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At a Glance
The material is arranged in two series: I. Printed Materials, 1913-1924 II. Photographs, circa 1915-1916.
This collection of printed materials and photographs was assembled by Mary Alden Hopkins, a member of the Expedition, in 1952. The content primarily spans the time period just before, during, and after the expedition between the winter of 1915 and 1916. The collection centers on Hopkins' personal accounts of the expedition, biographical pamphlets, and passenger lists. Official statements issued by Louis P. Lochner, General Secretary of The Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation, at Stockholm, are also included herein. Additionally, a letter from Lochner with the "Appeal to Neutrals" the Neutral Conference's manifesto, is located in this collection. Several issues of Four Lights, a magazine published by the Women's Peace Party of New York City, are included along with various newspaper clippings pertaining both to the expedition and to the war in general. The photographs in this collection are both unidentified and undated, but certainly describe the social and political activities that took place during the expedition.
Other institutions that house collections relating to the Henry Ford Peace Expedition include: Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore College Henry Ford Peace Expedition Literary File, photography collection, University of Texas, Austin Papers Relating to the Ford Peace Plan, 1915-1918, Library of Congress Fredrick and Lilian Holt Peace Expedition Papers, 1915-1917, University of Michigan
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Restrictions on Access
This collection has no restrictions.
The following boxes are located off-site: Box 1. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. Materials in map case 14-P-1 are located on-site.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Henry Ford Peace Expedition collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Selected Related Material-- Other Repositories
Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore College.
Henry Ford Peace Expedition Literary File, Photography Collection, University of Texas, Austin.
Papers Relating to the Ford Peace Plan, 1915-1918, Library of Congress.
Frederick and Lilian Holt Peace Expedition Papers, 1915-1917, University of Michigan .
No additions expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed by Robyn Hjermstad.
Finding aid written by Robyn Hjermstad June 2010.
2010-07-31 File created.
2010-08-04 XML document instance created by Catherine N. Carson
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The purpose of the Henry Ford Peace Expedition was to call a conference of delegates from non-combatant countries during World War I. In the winter of 1915-1916, the Ford Peace Expedition carried a delegation of Americans to Norway, Sweden, and Holland to meet with fellow European pacifists. Henry Ford hosted the "Peace Ship" which served as both a vehicle for travel and for collaboration amongst its passengers.
During the months prior to the expedition, Hungarian feminist and pacifist Rosika Schwimmer encouraged Ford to commission the expedition. On December 4th, 1915, Henry Ford and members of the peace voyage boarded Oscar II, also known as the Peace Ship, in Hoboken, New Jersey for the expedition. The delegates for the peace expedition traveled first to Christiania (present day Oslo), Norway, and later met with fellow pacifists in Sweden and Holland. In February, 1916, members of the neutral nations from Europe met with the Ford party in Stockholm, Sweden, to form the Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation. The expedition returned from Europe in February of 1916, but work within the Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation continued until the end of that year. Among many active figures that influenced the expedition were Rosika Schwimmer, Ellen Key, and Louis P. Lochner.