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Pacifism, 1933-1969

MS. Coulson 133

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Folder F.1.1:

Council of Christian Pacifist Groups.

Correspondence, programme, copies of addresses delivered at public meeting held in Central Hall, Westminster, 9 November 1934, on 'Christ's Call to Make Peace'. Ms. and typescript of Coulson's contribution. Copy of Manifesto issued by Council. (Coulson was Chairman of the Youth Section.) 1933-1934.

'Cambridge Group'.

Numerous drafts of 'Peace Pamphlet' written by four members of the Cambridge Group Movement, and correspondence between members regarding the pamphlet.

Folder F.1.2:

One file of extensive, thoughtful correspondence on pacifism, conscientious objection, use of the atom bomb. Many of the letters are from members of the Cambridge Group Movement. Letters include references to the 'Peace Pamphlet' and to the 1934 Christian Pacifist Groups meeting. 1933-1936, 1940-1945.

Folder F.1.3: Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Correspondence regarding meetings of The Fellowship and regarding the establishment of a Youth Section of the Council of Christian Pacifist Groups, 1934-1936.

Miscellaneous correspondence regarding various activities of the Fellowship (meetings, journal, Oxford University branch, etc.). Includes a substantial amount of correspondence with Japanese scientists and other interested parties regarding a possible BBC feature on effects of atomic bombs on births in Japan, 1953-1957.

Folder F.1.4:

Extensive background material (press cuttings, poems, official letters, notices of meetings, etc.) on pacifism and conscientious objection, as assembled by Coulson. Includes ms. and typescript notes by Coulson from the current literature, typescript of 3 articles or notes by Coulson 'Something to Do', 'The Undergraduate and War' and 'Conscription of Women', and copies of 2 letters sent out by Coulson to members of the Cambridge Group. Related correspondence. 1934-1941.

Folder F.1.5: British Peace Committee.

Correspondence with members and officers regarding various appeals, international congresses, publications of the Committee. Includes numerous printed documents issued by the committee and comments by Coulson on J.D. Bernal's pamphlet 'Disarmament' (1952). The correspondence especially relates to the Vienna Peace Congress, 1951-1953. Coulson was asked to be one of the sponsors of the 1952 Congress but declined. He drafted a letter to the Times (which was to be signed by several other invited sponsors) setting out their reasons for not participating. Coulson's correspondence with the officers of the British Peace Committee and with Canon L.J. Collins (a signatory of the letter to the Times) exhibits the same thoughtful, careful concern which is such a feature of the documents preserved in this section of the collection.

Folder F.1.6: Christian Action.

Correspondence and printed material regarding the work of the organization, especially regarding the Defence and Aid Fund. Includes drafts of pamphlet on 'Nuclear deterrent and Christian conscience', 1958-1969.

Folder F.1.7: International Voluntary Service for Peace.

Coulson was a Vice-President for several years. Correspondence with members and officials of the organization, especially regarding the establishment of a branch in Oxford.


  • 1933-1969


7 folders

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Coulson 133

Former reference:

CSAC 60/4/78/F.1/1-7

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom