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Ronald Glossop, chairman of the World Federalists Association of Greater St. Louis, donated the noncurrent records of the organization to the Western Historical Manuscript Collection on January 29, 1981. He made further donations, which are contained in this addenda, in 1982 and 1983.
The World Federalists Association of Greater St. Louis is an affiliate of the World Federalists Association, a national organization founded in 1947. First known as the United World Federalists, Inc., the goal of this political action lobbying organization is world peace in a world community where enforceable law replaces armed conflict. It was hoped the United Nations would be transformed into such a world federal government with limited powers adequate to make, enforce, and interpret world laws to maintain peace and prevent aggression. The United World Federalists, Inc., (subsequently called World Federalists, USA) was reorganized in 1975 as an educational organization, the World Federalists Association.
Soon after the national organization was formed in 1947, city and state chapters were organized throughout the United States. Several chapters emerged in the St. Louis area numbering almost a thousand members in the early 1950s but declining to little more than a hundred members by 1970. The chapters merged into one organization, the World Federalists Association of Greater St. Louis, and members continue to be involved in educational and political action work seeking to promote world peace through world law.
The Missouri State Branch of the United World Federalists was formed in 1949. Organizational changed is 1954 replaced the state branches of the UWF by nine regional organizations, Missouri being grouped into the Midwest Region with Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. The main function of the Midwest Region was to stimulate federalists activities in the area and coordinate political action within the four states.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The World Federalists Association of Greater St. Louis Addenda document the activities of the organization from 1948-83 and contain some material relating to the national, regional, and state organizations. The collection contains newsletters, correspondence, membership rosters, reports, by-laws, minutes, brochures, questionnaires, and public relations information.
There is only a limited amount of the organization's administrative material within the collection: annual files for 1950-54, 1960, 1971-73; membership rosters for 1950, 1952, 1969-71, 1973-78; board meeting minutes for 1971, 1973-75, 1977-82; and a smattering of correspondence from 1951-53.
This addenda also includes a small amount of information concerning the suburban chapter, the Washington office, and the Midwest Region, along with some literature and pamphlets. Several newsletters are also included in this addenda, from 1967 to 1978 and 1983. Along with the collection of newsletters, there are also a few publications from other similar organizations, such as the United Nations Association.
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS Series 1, United World Federalists: This series consists of the organization's early files from 1949 to 1971. Contains annual files, membership information, correspondence, and a copy of the Missouri Branch Constitution. Folders 1 through 14.
Series 2, World Federalists Association: This series consists of the organization's later files from 1972 to 1982. Contains annual files, information on some of the group's activities, membership information, material concerning the Midwest Region, board meeting minutes, and general information. Folders 15 through 42.
Series 3, Publications: This series consists of newsletters, news releases and clippings, copies of Public Affairs Bulletin, WorldFedNews, Transnational Perspectives, UNA News, and World Citizen Federalist Letter. Also included are pamphlets and miscellaneous publications. Dates range from 1952 to 1983. Folders 43 through 58.
Series 4, Photographs: This series consists of one photograph of some unidentified man and woman. No date is given for the photo, but it is probably from the 1950s.
Series 3: United World Federalists
BOX 1 (45663)
1. Financial Committee Promotion, 1949
3. Membership Renewal Drive, 1950
6. Correspondence, 1951-53
7. Literature, 1952, 1954, nd
8. Membership, 1952
9. UWF of Ohio, 1952
11. Missouri UWF, 1950s
13. Washington Office, 1967-71
14. Missouri Branch Constitution, nd
Series 2: World Federalists Association
15. Richard Budlong File, 1948-50
16. Campaign Organization Manual, UWF Finance Drive in 1950, St. Louis West End Chapter
17. International Convention, 1950
18. Support Material, 1950-51
19. Suburban Chapter, 1951, 1954-55, 1968-69
20. Suburban Chapter Program, 1953-54
21. Clark, Robert, La Grange, 1969
22. Coalition on National Priorities, 1969
23. Membership Rosters, 1969, 1973-78
24. Missouri Public Relations Committee, 1969-70
25. Annual Meeting in St. Louis, 1970
26. Federalist Assembly, Midwest Region in Dixon Illinois, 9/18/78
27. Information from Washington, 1970
28. Membership List for Nominating Committee, 1970-71
29. Midwest Region, 1970
30. Senator Clark Meeting, 1/70
32. Board Meeting Minutes, 1971
33. "Education for Peace: An Untried Road." by Lyman L. Ross, 1971
36. Board Meeting Minutes, 1973-75
37. World Association of World Federalists, 1973
38. World Population Year, 1974
39. Libraries, 1975
40. National Fasting Day, 1975
41. Board Meeting Minutes, 1977-78
42. Board Meeting Minutes, 1979-82
Series 3: Publications
43. News Releases and Clippings, 1952, 1969, nd
44. Public Affairs Bulletin, 1955
45. Newsletters, 1967-69
46. Publications, 1967-69
47. Newsletter, 1968
48. WorldFedNews, 1970-71
49. WorldFedNews, 1972-75
50. WorldFedNews, 1972-75
51. Transnational Perspectives, 1974-75
52. UNA News, 1974-75
53. World Citizen Federalist Letter, 1974-75
54. Newsletters, 1975, 1979-84
55. Pamphlets, 1975, nd
56. Newsletters, 1976-78
57. Newsletters, 1978
58. Newsletters, 1983
Series 4: Photographs
59. 503.1: Unidentified Couple, nd (one 4x5 BW print)
Board Meeting Minutes, f. 32, 36, 41-42
Budlong, Richard, f. 15
Clark, Robert, f. 21
Clark, (Senator), f. 30
Coalition on National Priorities, f. 22
Correspondence, f. 6
Eagleton, (Senator) Thomas, f. 25
Membership, f. 3, 8, 23, 28
Midwest Region, f. 26, 29
National Fasting Day, f. 40
Newsletters, f. 45, 47, 54, 56-58
Public Affairs Bulletin, f. 44
Ross, Lyman L, f. 33
St. Louis, f. 25
Transnational Perspectives, f. 51
UNA News, f. 52
United World Federalists of Ohio, f. 9
United World Federalists of Missouri, f. 11, 14
World Citizen Federalist Letter, f. 53
World Association of World Federalists, f. 37
WorldFedNews, f. 48-50
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