William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation Records, 1931-1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation
Title
William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation Records
Dates
1931-1987 (inclusive)
Quantity
9 c.f.
Collection Number
UG031 (collection)
Summary
Correspondence and records of programs, speeches, and budgets for the annual conference, prize essays submitted by high school and university students, and correspondence, handbooks, fact sheets, survey forms, and opinion ballots from the community relations and Great Decisions programs. There are also items dealing with the unveiling of the Borah statue in the U.S. Capitol in 1947 and the Borah Centennial celebration in 1965.
Repository
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
83844-2350
Telephone: 208-885-0845
libspec@uidaho.edu
Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation was established at the University of Idaho in 1929 by a grant from Salmon Oliver Levinson, prominent Chicago attorney and prime mover for the Kellogg-Briand Pact, and a man who greatly admired Senator Borah, especially for his great efforts in helping get the pact through the U.S. Senate, and his many other efforts on behalf of peace. The sum of $50,000 was turned over to a trustee, the Central Trust Company of Illinois, to be invested in securities that could be depended upon to yield an annual income. Another $5,000 was made available to the University to commission a bust or portrait of Senator Borah.

The actual administration of the foundation was entrusted by the Board of Regents of the university to a faculty committee known as the Borah Committee. As stated in the resolution of the regents, "The purpose of the Foundation is to establish in the University of Idaho a lectureship for the promotion of a better understanding of international relations, of the age-old struggle with the baffling problem of war, and of the vital part played in its solution by William Edgar Borah." The university has liberal discretion in furtherance of the purpose of the endowment.

The first use made of the income was on September 23 & 24, 1931, when, with Senator Borah in attendance, the foundation was inaugurated. Dr. Manley 0. Hudson, Professor of International Law at Harvard University, delivered a series of four lectures dealing with the development of agencies among the nations of the world for the outlawry of war. Senator Borah also spoke. Financial limitations, however, prevented continuation of a regular program. It was not until 1938 that the foundation again sponsored an address to the university, this time by Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Since 1948 the foundation has underwritten annual conferences concerned with specific facets of the general theme, the causes of war and the conditions for peace. In selecting speakers for the conferences, every effort is made to bring outstanding academicians and national and international authorities in diverse fields to the campus to participate in these deliberations.

The academic year 1959/60 saw a change from the annual conference to a single lecturer who spoke both on the university campus and in selected communities in the state. This practice, sometimes including several different speakers during the course of the year, lasted until 1967 when the symposium format was introduced.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s the foundation sponsored a series of community discussions of world affairs throughout the state. In this program they worked closely with the Agricultural Extension Service whose network of offices in almost every county supplied local support and assistance. With an initial grant from the Foreign Policy Association in 1956, a full-time executive secretary was employed with primary responsibility for the promotion of these discussions. Small neighborhood groups met in private homes once a week for two months in early spring to discuss foreign policy issues using the association's "Great Decisions" curriculum.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Records of the Borah Committee span the years 1931 to 1987, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1948 to 1987.

The papers include correspondence, programs, speeches, and budgets for the annual conferences; in later years an anthology of readings related to the conference is also included. Essays submitted by high school and university students are included, as are correspondence, handbooks, fact sheets, survey forms, and opinion ballots from the community relations and Great Decisions programs. There are also items dealing with the unveiling of the Borah Statue in the U.S. Capitol in 1947 and the Borah Centennial Celebration in 1965.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Conferences and Lectures, 1931-1987Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Inaugural Conference, Manley 0. Hudson
10 items
September 24-25, 1931
1/2
Lecture, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
1 item
March 26, 1938
1/3
Committee Reports
9 items
1946-1947
First Annual Conference
April 14-16, 1948
Box/Folder
1/4
Program and Publicity
7 items
1948
1/5-6
Correspondence, A-Z
235 items
1948
1/7
Speakers
46 items
1948
1/8
Speeches and Comments
13 items
1948
1/9
Budget Material
51 items
1947-1948
Second Annual Conference
April 12-14, 1949
Box/Folder
1/10
Program and Publicity
2 items
1949
1/11
Correspondence
200 items
1948-1949
1/12
Speakers
64 items
1949
1/13
Speeches
6 items
1949
1/14
Budget Material
49 items
1948-1949
Third Annual Conference
April 17-19, 1950
Box/Folder
1/15
Program and Publicity
9 items
1950
1/16
Correspondence
290 items
1949-1950
1/17
Speakers
72 items
1950
1/18
Speeches and Comments
16 items
1949-1950
1/19
Budget Material
60 items
1949-1950
Fourth Annual Conference
April 17-19, 1951
Box/Folder
1/20
Program and Publicity
29 items
1951
1/21-22
Correspondence
292 items
1950-1951
1/23
Speakers
79 items
1951
1/24
Speeches
6 items
1951
1/25
Budget Material
40 items
1950-1951
Fifth Annual Conference
April 8-9, 1952
Box/Folder
1/26
Program and Publicity
5 items
1952
1/27
Correspondence
150 items
1951-1952
1/28
Speakers
46 items
1952
1/29
Speeches
6 items
1952
1/30
Miscellaneous Records
43 items
1951-1952
1/31
Budget Material
49 items
1951-1952
Sixth Annual Conference
March 18, 1953
Box/Folder
1/32
Program and Publicity
11 items
1953
1/33-34
Correspondence
258 items
1952-1953
1/35
Speakers
50 items
1953
1/36
Speeches
3 items
1953
1/37
Miscellaneous Records
37 items
1952-1953
1/38
Budget Material
52 items
1952-1953
2/39
Seventh Annual Conference
42 items
March 18-19, 1954
2/40
Eighth Annual Conference
31 items
March 16-17, 1955
Ninth Annual Conference
March 7-8, 1956
Box/Folder
2/41
Program and Publicity
24 items
1956
2/42
Arrangements
33 items
1956
2/43
Correspondence
154 items
1955-1956
2/44
Speakers
60 items
1955-1956
2/45
Annual Report, Comments, etc.
10 items
1956
2/46
Budget Material
51 items
1955-1956
Tenth Annual Conference
March 20-21, 1957
Box/Folder
2/47
Program and Publicity
10 items
1957
2/48
Arrangements
14 items
1957
2/49
Committee Minutes
36 items
1956-1957
2/50
Conference Evaluations
25 items
1957
2/51
Correspondence, General
81 items
1956-1957
2/52
Correspondence, From Schools
52 items
1957
2/53
Correspondence, Participants
38 items
1957
2/54
Correspondence, Speakers
95 items
1956-1957
2/55
Correspondence, VIPs
29 items
1957
2/56
Speakers' Addresses
8 items
1957
2/57
Budget Material
75 items
1956-1957
2/58
Photographs
5 items
1957
Eleventh Annual Conference
March 19-20, 1958
Box/Folder
2/59
Program and Arrangements
60 items
1958
2/60
Committee Minutes
18 items
1957-1958
2/61
Correspondence, General
77 items
1957-1958
2/62
Correspondence, Invitations and Responses
163 items
1958
2/63
Correspondence, Speakers
150 items
1957-1958
2/64
Speeches
4 items
1958
2/65
Budget Material
139 items
1957-1958
Twelfth Annual Conference
March 18-19, 1959
Box/Folder
2/66
Program and Arrangements
33 items
1958-1959
2/67
Committee Minutes
21 items
1958-1959
2/68
Borah Dinner, Lists of Those Invited
10 items
1959
2/69
Correspondence
183 items
1959
2/70
Correspondence, Foreign Policy Association
15 items
1958-1959
2/71
Mailing Lists for Lectures
4 items
1959
2/72
Speeches
7 items
1959
2/73
Budget Material
148 items
1958-1959
Borah Foundation Lecture [13th]
October 31-November 4, 1960
Box/Folder
2/74
Program and Publicity
26 items
1960
2/75
Committee Minutes
75 items
1959-1960
2/76
Correspondence
32 items
1959-1960
2/77
Annual Reports
4 items
1960
2/78
Speech
1 item
1960
2/79
Budget Material
141 items
1959-1960
Borah Foundation Lectures [14th]
March 27-April 7, 1961
Box/Folder
3/80
Program, Publicity and Arrangements, Fall 1960
72 items
3/81
Program, Publicity and Arrangements, Spring
42 items
1961
3/82
Committee Minutes
42 items
1960-1961
3/83
Correspondence
100 items
1960-1961
3/84
Correspondence, Old
217 items
1957-1961
3/85
Annual Report
1 item
1961
3/86
Budget Material
158 items
1960-1961
Borah Foundation Lectures [15th]
October 23-November 3, 1961
Box/Folder
3/87
Program
1 item
1961
3/88
Committee Minutes
35 items
1961-1962
3/89
Foundation History and Activities
5 items
1961
3/90
Correspondence, General
113 items
1961/1962
3/91
Correspondence, Speakers
100 items
1961/1962
3/92
Peace Research
22 items
1961-1962
3/93
Annual Report
2 items
1962
3/94
Budget Material
100 items
1961-1962
Borah Foundation Lectures [16th & 17th]
Fall 1962, Spring 1963
Box/Folder
3/95
Program, Publicity, and Arrangements, Fall
92 items
1962
3/96
Supplemental Lectures
44 items
Spring, 1963
3/97
Correspondence, General
50 items
1962-1963
3/98
Minutes and Annual Report
4 items
1962-1963
3/99
Budget Material
51 items
1962-1963
Borah Foundation Lectures [18th]
October 22, 1963, and March 26, 1964
Box/Folder
3/100
Program and Speeches
6 items
1963-1964
3/101
Correspondence
95 items
1963-1964
3/102
Correspondence, Speakers
79 items
1963-1964
3/103
Budget Material
71 items
1963-1964
Borah Foundation Lectures [19th]
1964/1965
Box/Folder
3/104
Borah Medal and Prize
7 items
1965
3/105
Correspondence, General
55 items
1964-1965
3/106
Correspondence, Speakers
38 items
1964-1965
3/107
Budget Material
46 items
1964-1965
Borah Foundation Lectures [20th]
1965/1966
Box/Folder
3/108
Correspondence, General
28 items
1965-1966
3/109
Correspondence, Speakers
21 items
1965-1966
3/110
Budget Material
6 items
1965-1966
Borah Foundation Conference [21st]
April 5-6, 1967
Box/Folder
3/111
Program, Correspondence
13 items
1967
3/112
Budget
19 items
1966-1967
Borah Foundation Symposium [22nd]
February 15-17, 1968
Box/Folder
3/113
Arrangements and Publicity
31 items
1967-1968
3/114
Correspondence, Speakers
74 items
1967-1968
3/115
Budget Material
59 items
1967-1968
Borah Foundation Symposium [23rd]
March 13-15, 1969
Box/Folder
3/116
Arrangements and Publicity
25 items
1968-1969
3/117
Correspondence, Speakers
67 items
1969
3/118
Budget Material
68 items
1968-1969
Borah Foundation Symposium [24th]
April 23-25, 1970
Box/Folder
3/119
News Releases
5 items
1970
3/120
Memos and Reading List
16 items
1969-1970
3/121
Budget Material
71 items
1969-1970
Borah Foundation Symposium [25th]
March 4-6, 1971
Box/Folder
3/122
Program and Publicity
13 items
1971
3/123
Correspondence, General
31 items
1970-1971
3/124
Correspondence, Speakers
68 items
1970-1971
3/125
Typescript of Speeches (290 p.)
1 item
1971
4/126
Budget Material
49 items
1970-1971
4/127-138
Reel to Reel Tapes
12 items
1971
Borah Foundation Symposium [26th]
February 29-March 1, 1972
Box/Folder
4/139
Program, etc.
3 items
1972
4/140
Committee Minutes, etc.
46 items
1971-1972
4/141
Correspondence, Inter-Office
69 items
1971-1972
4/142
Proposed Speakers
26 items
1971-1972
4/143
Correspondence, Speakers
93 items
1972
4/144
Budget Material
6 items
1971
Borah Foundation Symposium [27th]
April 2-4, 1973
Box/Folder
4/145
Program, Minutes, etc.
29 items
1972-1973
4/146
Correspondence, General
29 items
1972-1973
4/147
Correspondence, Prospective Speakers
86 items
1972-1973
4/148
Budget Material
22 items
1972-1973
Borah Foundation Symposium [28th]
February 5-7, 1974
Box/Folder
4/149
Program, Publicity, Correspondence
19 items
1974
4/150
Committee Minutes and Memos
30 items
1973-1974
4/151
Correspondence, Speakers
27 items
1973-1974
4/152
Budget Material
21 items
1973-1974
Borah Foundation Symposium [29th]
January 28-30, 1975
Box/Folder
4/153
General
59 items
1974-1975
4/154
Budget Material
35 items
1974-1975
Borah Foundation Symposium [30th]
March 30-April 1, 1976
Box/Folder
4/155
Minutes, Correspondence, etc.
44 items
1975-1976
4/156
Publicity
60 items
1976
4/157
Budget Material
71 items
1975-1976
4/158-161
Reel to Reel Tapes of Speeches
4 items
1976
Borah Foundation symposium [31st]
March 22-24, 1977
Box/Folder
5/162
Program and Publicity
36 items
1976-1977
5/163-164
Correspondence and Contracts
240 items
1976-1977
5/165
Biographies of Speakers
27 items
1976-1977
5/166
Speeches
17 items
1977
5/167
Photographs re: Nuclear Power, Many of Hiroshima
32 items
ca. 1945
5/168
Budget Material
114 items
1976-1977
Borah Foundation Symposium [32nd]
April 10-11, 1978
Box/Folder
5/169
Correspondence
155 items
1977-1978
5/170
Committee Minutes
20 items
1977-1978
5/171
Publicity
45 items
1978
5/172
Budget Material
79 items
1977-1978
5/173
Voice of America Tape
2 items
1978
Borah Foundation Symposium [33rd]
March 5-6, 1979
Box/Folder
5/174
Correspondence
65 items
1978-1979
5/175
Committee Minutes
14 items
1978-1979
5/176
Planning and Publicity
36 items
1978-1979
5/177
Budget Material
11 items
1978-1979
Borah Foundation Symposium [34th]
April 1-2, 1980
Box/Folder
5/178
Program and Publicity
12 items
1978
5/179
Correspondence
51 items
1979-1980
5/180
Committee Minutes
27 items
1979-1980
5/181
Budget Material
36 items
1979-1980
Borah Foundation Symposium [35th]
March 30-31, 1981
Box/Folder
5/182
Program and Planning
25 items
1981
5/183
Publicity
43 items
1981
5/184
Correspondence
69 items
1980-1981
5/185
Committee Minutes
58 items
1980-1981
5/186
Budget Material
21 items
1980-1981
Borah Foundation Symposium [36th]
March 29-30, 1982
Box/Folder
5/187
Program and Planning
16 items
1981-1982
5/188
Committee Minutes
72 items
1981-1982
5/189
Speakers
51 items
1981-1982
5/190
Correspondence, General
24 items
1981-1982
5/191
Banquets and Publicity
33 items
1982
5/192
Typescripts of Proceedings
2 items
1982
5/193
Budget Material
152 items
1981-1982
Borah Foundation Symposium [37th]
March 28-29, 1983
Box/Folder
6/194
Program and Publicity
33 items
1983
6/195
Correspondence
100 items
1982-1983
6/196
Committee Minutes
55 items
1982-1983
6/197
Budget Material
74 items
1982-1983
Borah Foundation Symposium [38th]
March 26-27, 1984
Box/Folder
6/198
Program and Publicity
29 items
1984
6/199
Committee Minutes
20 items
1983-1984
6/200
Correspondence, Memos, etc.
100 items
1983-1984
6/201
Budget Material
55 items
1983-1984
Borah Foundation Symposium [39th]
5 items
March 24-26, 1985
Box/Folder
6/202
Report and Summary
2 items
1985
6/203
Background Material and Publicity
8 items
1985
6/204
Anthology of Readings
1 item
1985
6/205-207
Reserve Room Readings
55 items
6/208
Certificates
10 items
1985
6/209
Budget Material
2 items
1985
Borah Foundation Symposium [40th]
March 24-25, 1986
Box/Folder
6/210
Program and Publicity
16 items
1986
6/211
Arrangements
10 items
1986
6/212
Committee Minutes
48 items
1985-1986
6/213
Reading Anthology
1 item
1986
6/214
Additional Readings
18 items
Borah Foundation Symposium [41st]
March 19, 23-24, 1987
Box/Folder
6/215
Program and Publicity
32 items
1986
6/216
Committee Minutes
20 items
1986-1987
6/217
Plans, Committee Memos
36 items
1986-1987
6/218
Background Reading
18 items
6/219
Reading Anthology
1 item
1987
6/220
Conference and Symposium Programs
1948-1987
6/221
Conference and Symposium Printed Speeches
8 items
1954-1967
6/222
Conference and Symposium Topics
2 items
1948-1975
6/223
Correspondence re: Printing of Conference Proceedings
25 items
1949-1952

Series II. Borah Essay and Oratorical Contests, 1947-1987Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/224
General Correspondence, High School Essay Contest
52 items
1947-1950
7/225
High School Contest, Correspondence and Essays
98 items
1948
7/226
High School Contest, Correspondence and Essays
50 items
1949
7/227
College Essays
15 items
1949
7/228
College Essays
15 items
1950
7/229
College Oratorical Contest
13 items
1958
7/230
High School Contest, Correspondence and Essays
40 items
1982
7/231
High School Contest, Correspondence and Essays
7 items
1983
7/232
High School Contest
2 items
1984
7/233
College Essay Contest
20 items
1984
7/234
High School Essay Contest
5 items
1986
7/235
College Essay Contest
9 items
1986
7/236
High School Essay Contest, Correspondence
12 items
1987
7/237
College Essay Contest, Correspondence
5 items
1987

Series III. Community Relations and Foreign Policy Association "Great Decisions" Series, 1954-1967Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/238
Foreign Policy Association Correspondence
210 items
1954-1963
7/239
Community Programs, Correspondence & Reports
70 items
1956-1967
7/240
Agricultural Extension - Public Affairs
15 items
1957-1958
7/241
Correspondence with County Agents
144 items
1957-1958
7/242
Correspondence, Evaluations, Reports
140 items
1957-1958
7/243
Endorsements
15 items
1958
7/244
Opinion Ballots
37 items
1957-1958
7/245-246
Correspondence with County Agents
115 items
1958-1959
7/247
Correspondence, Reports
70 items
1958-1959
7/248
Great Decisions Handbooks
18 items
1959
7/249-251
Correspondence with County Agents
131 items
1959-1960
7/252
Correspondence, Foreign Policy Association
48 items
1959-1960
7/253
Correspondence, Agricultural Extension
14 items
1959-1960
7/254
Newsletter
28 items
1960
7/255
Great Decisions Conference, Boise and Moscow
27 items
1960
7/256
Secretary's Reports to Chairman
7 items
1960
7/257
The Discussion Series, Reports, Memos, etc.
51 items
1959-1960
7/258
Great Decisions, Discussion & Leadership Guides
29 items
1959-1960
7/259
Great Decisions Handbooks
20 items
1960
7/260
Opinion Ballot Tabulations
106 items
1960
7/261
Fact Sheet Shipment Records
3 items
1960
7/262
Returned Questionnaires
32 items
1960
8/263-265
Correspondence with County Agents
349 items
1960-1961
8/266
Correspondence, Foreign Policy Administration
26 items
1960-1961
8/267
Discussion Series, Materials, Sources
20 items
1960-1961
8/268
Newsletter
6 items
1961
8/269
Opinion Ballot Summaries and State-wide Tabulation
142 items
1961
8/270
Program Evaluation
2 items
1961
8/271
Program Subcommittee
22 items
1961
8/272
Publicity
10 items
1960-1961
8/273
Requisitions and Orders
47 items
1961
8/274
Summer Community Survey
7 items
1961
8/275
Travel
29 items
1960-1961
8/276
Correspondence with County Agents
103 items
1961-1962
8/277
Correspondence, Foreign Policy Association
35 items
1961-1962
8/278
I.F.Y.E.'s in Idaho
11 items
1961-1962
8/279
Attitudes Toward the University, by Clint Grimes
11 items
1961-1962
8/280
Community Program Pre-evaluation
19 items
8/281
Discussion Series
22 items
1962
8/282
Endorsements, Anti-defamation Material
35 items
1961-1962
8/283
Fact Sheets and Guides
14 items
1962
8/284
Opinion Ballots
115 items
1962
8/285
Opinion Ballots, Statewide Tabulation
16 items
1962
8/286
Orders for Fact Sheets
75 items
1962
8/287
Publicity for Community Programs
16 items
1962
8/288
Radio Tape, "Major Issues Facing the United Nations Sixteenth General Assembly" and Broadcasting Foundation of America Publicity
10 items
1961
8/289
Study of the Community Program Discussion Groups
9 items
1962
8/290
Survey - Jerome
14 items
1962
8/291
Survey - Caldwell
14 items
1962
8/292
Survey - Coeur d'Alene
8 items
1962
8/293
Survey - Sandpoint
11 items
1962
8/294
Television
6 items
1962
8/295
Travel
9 items
1961-1962
8/296
Discussion Series
63 items
1963
9/297
Fact Sheets, Brochures, etc.
11 items
1964
9/298
Discussion Series, Correspondence
108 items
1965
9/299
Fact Sheet, Brochures
4 items
1965
9/300
Discussion Series, Correspondence
24 items
1965
9/301
Fact Sheets, Correspondence, Publicity
16 items
1967

Series IV. Correspondence with Other Organizations, 1947-1966Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/302
American Association for the United Nations
47 items
1947-1964
9/303
AAUN Manual, Brochures, etc.
20 items
1960-1963
9/304
Foreign Policy Association
10 items
1954-1956
9/305
Fund for Adult Education
3 items
1959-1960
9/306
Idaho Partners of the Alliance
23 items
1964-1966
9/307
S & H Foundation
5 items
1967
9/308
Superintendent of Documents
9 items
1961-1964
9/309
Purdue University
2 items
1957
9/310
U.S. National Commission for UNESCO
20 items
1957-1959

Series V. Other Papers, 1931-1965Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/311
Executive Secretary Applications
96 items
1959
9/312
Historical Documents
24 items
1931-1959
9/313
Unveiling of Borah Statue, U.S. Capitol
2 items
1947
9/314
Borah Centennial Material
8 items
1965

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • International relations
  • Peace
  • Personal Names :
  • Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940 -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940 -- Statues
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • University of Idaho. William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation -- Records