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Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs records, 1914-1996 

Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs
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506 linear feet (809 boxes)
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Biographical Note

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (formerly the Church Peace Union, and later the Council on Religion in International Affairs) is a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting world peace. It was founded in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie for the purpose of furthering the role of the religions in promoting world peace. In its earliest incarnations, the Carnegie Council searched for ways to influence government action -- issuing statements, sending out petitions, and joining anti-war campaigns. Even in those early years, the Council adopted an educational mission, providing a forum for public debate and issuing pamphlets designed to foster discussion on the causes of war. Today the organization is dedicated entirely to educational pursuits, including publications, and public affairs programs on international relations. The Council has also performed studies of human rights, the environment, conflict, and reconciliation.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, minutes of meetings, financial records, publications, notes, subject files, awards, speeches, reports and audiovisual materials document work by the Church Peace Union, its successors Council on Religion in International Affairs and Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and related organizations such as the World Alliance for International Friendship Through the Churches. The first installment of the CCEIA archival materials came to the RBML in 1974, with numerous additions over the years. A major addition in 1982 contained primarily the records of the Board of Directors and their semi-annual meetings, as well as the various programs and institutes of the Council, for the years 1972-1982, along with selected 1930s materials. 1986 addition contains presidential correspondence files, minutes of the Board of Trustees and committees, special projects, programs and conferences files, and the business and editorial files of "Worldview". Correspondents include John Foster Dulles, Jane Addams, Fiorello La Guardia, and Paul Tillich. 1990 and 2000 additions includes files of CCEIA presidents and vice presidents, paper and audiovisual materials on Merrill House Conversation Programs; Educational programs; International Monetary Fund/Lecture series; The Annals Of The Academy Of Political & Social Science; Washington Consultations; Colloquia for the Clergy; Church State Project; Asian Development & The Carribean Initiative; Korea: Year 2000 Project; fundraising files, printed materials and files of the Department of Publications.