The Peace Palace Library is in the possession of a unique and important collection on peace movements from the period 1899-1940, brought together by J.C. ter Meulen, head librarian 1924-1952.
What is the Peace Movement collection?
This special collection consists of books, brochures, pamphlets, conference reports, newspaper clippings, letters and photographs from pacifist organizations and individuals connected with these organizations. These groups and individuals all strived for world peace in the period 1900-1940. Most of the materials are in Dutch, but there are also books and documents in English, German, French or other languages. All items in the Peace Movement collection’ were added to an inventory list, published in J. Haasbeek (ed.), Vredescollectie: Collection of dossiers concerning the Peace Movement, 1993. All of the records in the collection, roughly 1500 items, are now searchable in a database (a word from the title or description, or an author's name), for which you can use the search box below or the 'Search our resources' in the banner of each webpage.
Digitization of the Peace Movement collection
Not only were all documents described, but all items in the 55 folders were put on microfilm and photographed in 2004-2005 under the Metamorfoze project of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands. Each item was also scanned and is now available in separate pdf files, so all texts in this collection will be available online.