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Guide to the American Veterans for Peace Records TAM 246

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Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: American Veterans for Peace Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1945-1957
Dates [bulk]: 1951-1955
Abstract: American Veterans for Peace (AVP) was founded in 1951 to oppose American participation in the Korean War. The AVP opposed militarism and supported improved Soviet relations and a progressive social agenda. The group published Progressive Veteran (later  Vet's Voice). The collection includes correspondence, ephemera, internal documents, petitions, public statements, and newsletters created by the AVP and other progressive organizations.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 246

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Historical/Biographical Note

American Veterans for Peace (AVP), officially founded in June 1951, was the result of a Communist Party-oriented initiative in the months following the outbreak of the Korean War that inspired the founding of several local Veterans for Peace organizations. The AVP published a monthly newsletter, first titled Progressive Veteran and then renamed  Vet's Voice in 1950. While its main purpose was to oppose American participation in the Korean War, AVP also opposed militarism and supported improved relations with the Soviet Union and a progressive social agenda. Norman Wagner and Paul Green served as co-chairs of the New York chapter of AVP.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, primarily between New York chapter co-chairs Paul Green and Norman Wagner, as well as ephemera, internal documents, and petitions and public statements. It also includes AVP newsletters and the newsletters of other progressive organizations, including foreign veterans' organizations. There are files on two annual AVP events: Elbe River Day, commemorating the meeting of American and Soviet troops in 1945, and AVP's art show (the file includes several photographs). Other materials document the campaign against the 1951 film Desert Fox; the U.S. Post Office's suppression of  Vet's Voice; the activities of an allied organization, the American Women for Peace (including copies of two issues of its monthly newsletter,  The Peacemaker); and the activities of the Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wagner, Norman
  • Green, Paul, 1894-1981
  • Turkel, Stanley.

Document Type

  • Petitions.
  • Photographs.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • American Veterans for Peace

Subject Topics

  • Korean War, 1950-1953 -x Veterans -- United States.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Veterans -- United States -x Political activity -y 1945-1960.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Stanley Turkel was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; American Veterans for Peace Records; TAM 246; Box number; Folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

American Veterans Committee: FOIA Files (TAM 213)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Stanley Turkel in 2001. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 2001.081, 2002.013, NPA.2002.048, and NPA.2005.037.

Processing Information

Photographs separated from this collection during processing were established as a separate collection, the American Veterans for Peace Photographs (PHOTOS 123). In 2013, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the American Veterans for Peace Records (TAM 246).

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Labor Party
Box: 1 Folder : 2 American Legion. Duncan-Paris Post
Box: 1 Folder : 3 American Peace Crusade
Box: 1 Folder : 4 American Veterans Committee
Box: 1 Folder : 5 American Veterans for Peace: National
Box: 1 Folder : 6 American Veterans for Peace: Origins
Box: 1 Folder : 7 American Women for Peace
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Art Shows
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence: Foreign and United Nations
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence: Outgoing
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence: Received
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Desert Fox (movie) Campaign
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Elbe River Day
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Freedom's War Gum
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Housing
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Korean Veterans
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Leaflets: Miscellaneous
Box: 1 Folder : 19 New York Peace Institute
Box: 1 Folder : 20 New York Veterans for Peace
Box: 1 Folder : 21 New York Veterans for Peace: Leaflets
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Petitions
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Society for the Prevention of World War III
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Veterans' Organizations: Other
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Vet's Voice: Suppression of

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