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International Peace Research Association (IPRA) papers

Identifier: COU:837

Scope and Contents

IPRA’s collection was divided into 19 categories. Boxes 1 through 9 Contain publications IPRA collected, retaining to peace research, international affairs, the United Nations and human rights. Box 10 Contains papers from IPRA, loose correspondence, papers from outside conferences and publications. Boxes 11 through 20 Contain files from IPRA’s biennial conferences ranging from 1977 to 1994. The files comprise attendance lists, budgets, travel arrangements, lecture and research papers presented at the conferences. Boxes 21 Contains Peace Education Commision (PEC) files. The files comprise PEC correspondence, membership records, newsletters, publications, and conference papers relating to the PEC. Box 22 Contains files from outside organizations relating to peace research. Box 23 Contains files devoted to peace programs at universities. Boxes 24 and 25 Contains correspondence of IPRA’s US office. The files are broken down alphabetically by last name. Boxes 26 through 28 Contains correspondence from IPRA’s Finland office. These files are broken down alphabetically by last name. Box 29 Contains unsorted correspondence from the Finland office. Box 30 Contains files pertaining to the UN and UNESCO. Box 31 Contains bound IPRA newsletters. The newsletters are from 1963 to 1986, volumes 1 through 25. Box 32 Contains unbound IPRA newsletters and micro film of newsletters. The unbound newsletters range from 1963 Volume 1 Number 1 to 1997 Volume XXXV Number 1. Boxes 33 through 36 Contains video and audio cassettes from IPRA. The video cassettes are documentaries and presentations in either VHS or PAL format. The audiocassettes are primarily of IPRA conferences (note: some of the cassettes are titled in Arabic). The boxes have a some floppy diskettes. Box 37 Contains IPRA’s financial records from 1976 to 1987. The files are made up of debits, donations and personal files. Box 38 Contains IPRA’s address lists and member directories. Box 39 Consists of IPRA study groups devided by subject. Box 40 Contains grant information and bound volumes on international peace research topics. Box 41 Contains files on specific countries and regions. Boxes 42 to 44 Contains unsorted administration files. The IPRA collection contains an Oversize Folder consisting of ledgers.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1998

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Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1965 the International Peace Research Association developed from a conference organized by the "Quaker International Conferences and Seminars" in Clarens, Switzerland, 16th-20th August 1963. Founded in 1964, IPRA developed from a conference organized by the "Quaker International Conferences and Seminars" in Clarens, Switzerland, 16th-20th August 1963. The participants decided to hold international Conferences on Research on International Peace and Security (COROIPAS), which would be organized by a Continuing Committee similar to the Pugwash Conferences. Under the leadership of John Burton, the Continuing Committee met in London, 1st-3rd December 1964. At that time they took steps to broaden the original concept of holding research conferences. The decision was made to form a professional association with the principal aim of increasing the quantity of research focused on world peace and ensuring its scientific quality. An Executive Committee including Bert V A. Roling, Secretary General (Netherlands), John Burton (United Kingdom), Ljubivoje Acimovic (Yugoslavia), Jerzy Sawicki (Poland), and Johan Galtung (Norway) was appointed. This group was also designated as Nominating Committee for a 15-person Advisory Council to be elected at the first general conference of IPRA, to represent various regions, disciplines, and research interests in developing the work of the Association.

As of 2012, the Secretaries General of IPRA have been: 1964-71: Bert V. A. Roling (Netherlands) 1971-1975 Asbjorn Eide (Norway) 1975-1979 Raimo Vayrynen (Finland) 1979-1983 Yoshikazu Sakamoto (Japan) 1983-1987 Chadwick Alger (USA) 1987-1989 Clovis Brigagao (Brazil) 1989-1991 Elise Bouding (USA) 1991-1994 Paul Smoker (USA) 1995-1997 Karlheinz Koppe (Germany) 1997-2000 Bjoern Moeller (Denmark) 2000-2004: Katsuya Kodama (Japan) 2004- 2008 Luc Recyler (Belgium) 2008-2010 Kevin Clements (New Zealand) 2010-2012 Jake Lynch (Australia) and Katsuya Kodama (Japan)

IPRA has had two Presidents: Kevin Clements (New Zealand/USA, 1994-98) and Ursula Oswald Spring (Mexico, 1998-2000). IPRA abolished the President and Vice President positions at the 2000 conference.

Vice Presidents have included: Judit Balasz (Hungary, 1996-98) Katsuya Kodama (Japan, 1998-2000) Regine Mehl (Germany, 1998-2000) Saana Osserian (Lebanon, 1994-96) Maria Elena Valenzuela (Chile, 1994-98)


69 linear feet (44 boxes and some oversize)

Language of Materials



The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) was founded in 1965 to bring social science researchers together to work on peace research. IPRA holds biennial conferences to share research on peace and related topics. IPRA also encourages global peace education and the spread of peace research around the world. IPRA members come from a variety of nations. The IPRA files contain the administrative files of the organization, papers from IPRA’s biennial conferences, numerous pacifist and human rights publications, and audio and video tape collections of conferences.


This collection is arranged in original order in which we attained it from the donor, with a box level inventory list.

Physical Location

[A4 M2]; [A4 M1]; [A4 M2-M6]; [A4 M1]; [A5 J7-M7] PASCAL

Physical Location

Located at offsite storage (PASCAL). Allow at least 5 days for delivery. Contact for questions and requests.

Survey by: Steven Dike-Wilhelm, June 2004 Preliminary Inventory by: Robert J. Frakes, October 8, 2004 Edited by: Justin Easterday, May 2013
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