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Peace Development Fund Records, 1981-2010
53 boxes (79.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 427

Abstract:
First conceived in 1980, the Peace Development Fund (PDF) was founded by a small group of activists and donors with a vision: to raise money to fund grassroots organizations promoting peace, global demilitarization, and non-violent conflict resolution. During the foundation's first funding cycle, PDF awarded 19 grants to projects designed to increase understanding of the arms race; some to organizations as nearby as Deerfield and Northampton and others to organizations as far away as California. With the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, PDF changed focus. Instead of thinking of peace as the absence of war, the Foundation began to see peace as "the presence of equitable relationships among people, nations, and the environment." Since that time, PDF has developed a new perspective on peacework, one centered on fostering social, environmental, and economic justice.

The records of the Peace Development Fund consist chiefly of grant-making files documenting the many organizations that submitted and received awards. Also included is a nearly complete run of PDF's annual reports, newsletters, and other publications, which together offer a full picture of the foundation's funding and programmatic history. Exchange Project files record PDF's efforts to provide training, not just money, to organizations lacking the skills necessary for effective fund-raising, strategic planning, instituting sound organizational structures, and dismantling racism.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note
Traprock Peace Center and PDF arms race flip chart

Traprock Peace Center and PDF arms race flip chart

First conceived in 1980, the Peace Development Fund (PDF) was founded by a small group of activists and donors with a vision: to raise money to fund grassroots organizations promoting peace, global demilitarization, and non-violent conflict resolution. During the foundation's first funding cycle, PDF awarded 19 grants to projects designed to increase understanding of the arms race; some to organizations as nearby as Deerfield and Northampton and others to organizations as far away as California. With the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, PDF changed focus. Instead of thinking of peace as the absence of war, the Foundation began to see peace as "the presence of equitable relationships among people, nations, and the environment." Since that time, PDF has developed a new perspective on peacework, one centered on fostering social, environmental, and economic justice.

During the past thirty years, the Peace Development Fund has provided over $26.7 million in program services, including $19.8 million in direct grants, to more than 3,300 peace and social justice organizations in the United States and internationally.

Scope and contents of the collection

The records of the Peace Development Fund consist chiefly of grant-making files documenting the many organizations that submitted and received awards. Also included is a nearly complete run of PDF's annual reports, newsletters, and other publications, which together offer a full picture of the foundation's funding and programmatic history. Exchange Project files record PDF's efforts to provide training, not just money, to organizations lacking the skills necessary for effective fund-raising, strategic planning, instituting sound organizational structures, and dismantling racism.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Peace Development Fund Records (MS 427). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired from the Peace Development Fund, 2001 and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Dex Haven, March 2011.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English

Contents List
2001-052. Art work, advertisements, peace memorabilia
undated


2001-052. Exchange project files, groups trained A-L
1985-1993


2001-052. Exchange project files, groups trained L-Z
1985-1993


2001-052. Exchange project files, newsletters
undated


Includes print out of databases of groups and other miscellaneous files.

2001-052. Exchange project files, PDF training materials
undated


2001-052. Exchange project files, workshops
1984-1988


2001-052. Exchange project files, workshops
1990-1992


2001-052. Exchange project files, workshops
1995-1996


2001-052. Grant-making files
1982-1986
9 boxes

Grant-making files
1984-1996

Box 9
2001-052. Grant-making files
1987
2 boxes

2001-052. Grant-making files
1988-1989
5 boxes

2001-052. Grant-making files
1988-1990


2001-052. Grant-making files
1990
4 boxes

2001-052. Grant-making files
1991


Grant-making files
1991-1997
6 boxes
Box 1-6
2001-052. Grant-making files
1992


Grant-making files
1993-2004

Box 10
2001-052. Grant-making files
1994-1995


Grant-making files
1998
2 boxes
Box 7-8
Grant-making files
1999-2000
3 boxes
Box 13-15
2001-052. Newsletters, annual reports, publications
1981-2001


Organizational files
1991-1997

Box 12
Program files
undated
4 boxes
Box 16-19
Publications
2000-2010

Box 11

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--United States
  • Peace Development Fund
  • Peace movements--United States
  • Social change--United States
  • Social justice--United States


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