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The Library of the Dayton International Peace Museum is small but growing quickly. At the moment it consists of donated books and videos that relate to the mission of the museum. Our largest donation of books came from Charles Chatfield, the noted author and scholar in the field of peace history. 
Currently, there are close to 1,200 books and more than 100 videos and DVDs.  Subject areas most represented in the library include but are not limited to ethics, history, religion, war, peace, environment and globalization. Other major topics include international policies analysis, peace and peace education, and the Middle East . 
The library is comfortable and inviting for those who might want to browse and materials are available for checkout. We have volunteers who are eager to help with any research question. We especially welcome questions from students, so please feel free to call or email your questions to the Peace Museum.

The following data includes complete files of important books, treaties and other documents pertaining to peace issues. Most of the documents are in Adobe Acrobat format.

Online Peace Resource Center for Educators & Students

Peace resources for educational/fair use compiled in an online database.
View "Online Peace Resource Center"

 

Peace History

Enheduanna is believed to be the world’s oldest writer. She wrote what may be the first recorded poem in response to war, in approximately 2300 BCE. “Lament to the Spirit of War”
 
 Cyrus the Great
 
 c. 539BCE CYRUS THE GREAT
Cyrus was upright, a great leader of men, generous and benelovent. The Hellenes, whom he conquered regarded him as 'Law-giver' and the Jews as 'the anointed of the Lord'
 

THE EDICTS OF KING ASHOKA  An English rendering by Ven. S. Dhammika
c. 257BCE forerunner of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

painting of ErasmusDesiderius Erasmus,   1466 - 1536
Desiderius Erasmus, The Complaint of Peace [1521]
Edition used: The Complaint of Peace. Translated from the Querela Pacis (A.D. 1521) of Erasmus (Chicago: Open Court, 1917).

Desiderius Erasmus, In Praise of Folly [1511]
Edition used:Erasmus in Praise of Folly, illustrated with many curious cuts, designed, drawn, and etched by Hans Holbein, with portrait, life of Erasmus, and his epistle to Sir Thomas More (London: Reeves & Turner, 1876).

United States 13 Star Flag
PEACE PRAYER by Thomas Jefferson. (One of the most notable Peace Presidents)
 
Noah Worcester, U.S. Revolutionary War Veteran and one of country's first veteran peace activists wrote:
"A SOLEMN REVIEW OF THE CUSTOM OF WAR SHOWING THAT WAR IS THE EFFECT OF POPULAR DELUSION AND PROPOSING A REMEDY", 1815.
 

The NEW YORK PEACE SOCIETY, organized by David Low Dodge in the summer of 1815, was the first peace society in the United States.  -   learn more here
 

AMERICAN PEACE SOCIETY was formed in May 1828
learn more here

 
AN EXHIBIT OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF LEADERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE AMERICAN PEACE SOCIETY - HERE  Antique group photo of attendees

Early American Peace Society Documents - Here
 
Mark Twain Image    THE WAR PRAYER by Mark Twain

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - History
 

Women's Peace Party


Early Photos - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Mother's Day, peace was its origin.
In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother's Day.
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Elizabethtown College's Peace Pamphlet Collection

 

Dayton Peace Accords Information and Links
Dayton Peace Accords Project web site

 

Vatican to venerate conscientious objector

 

Peace Reading of the Month
Papers concerning peace and nonviolence offered for their pertinence to current events in our lives. 

Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Researched by students from Earlham College and developed by volunteers from the Museum, the PowerPoint presentation features peacemakers such as Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. It is available in an Adobe Reader pdf format.

Major wars and armed conflicts - since 1945

 

Golden Rule & Peace in World Religions

Love Your Enemy in World Religions

 

Nobel Peace (pdf)

Appeal of the Nobel Peace Prize Winners (pdf)

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

The Price of Living in a Violent World


Does Peacekeeping Cost Too Much?

If we could shrink the World...

World Military Expenditures 2004

FY2007 U.S Military Expenditures

Nonviolent Resources

The Nonviolent Crescent: Eight Theses on Muslim Nonviolent Actions

Community Affirmation and World Peace Prayer

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste
What you need to know about joining the military.

PEACE DOCUMENTS

 Russell Einstein Manifesto

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice in the 21st century

Florence Appeal

Universal Declaration of Non-Violence

Vienna Declaration

International Humanitarian Law - Treaties & Documents

The Seville Statement
It says war is a social invention and that peace can be
invented to replace it.

 

 

Index on Landmines, Text Database at Campaign to Ban Landmines

Nuclear Weapons Illegal! World Court Issues Landmark Opinion

World Court Opinion on illegality of
nuclear weapons in pdf format.

TREATY ON THE NON-PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

 

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States
in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space,
including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

THE KYOTO DECLARATION ON CONFRONTING VIOLENCE

AND ADVANCING SHARED SECURITY

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

The Flemish Peace Institute

HUMAN RIGHTS:                    (Culture of Peace topic covered >>>Click here)


12 Myths of World Hunger

Human Rights & Poverty 

Human Rights, Peace & Disarmament

Human Rights & Race

Human Rights & Religion

Human Rights & The Environment
 


Human Rights & Education

Human Rights & Health

Human Rights & Housing

Human Rights & Livelihood

Millennium Report Chapter 0

Millennium Report Chapter 1
 

Millennium Report Chapter 2

Millennium Report Chapter 3

Millennium Report Chapter 4

Millennium Report Chapter 5

Millennium Report Chapter 6

Nuclear Weapons and the Right to Peace


International Journal on Human Rights

The International Journal of Peace Studies

The International Peace Research Association

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Universal Declaration of Non-Violence

The Rights of Ethnic and Racial Minorities

 

MESSAGE BY H.E. SHEIKHA HAYA RASHED AL KHALIFA THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, March 8, 2007

United States relationship with the world:

PEACE 284, The word "peace" in 284 languages.

ENVIRONMENT:

World Scientists Warning to Humanity

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United
States National Security

The Regional Impacts of Climate Change: An Assessment of Vulnerability

KYOTO PROTOCOL TO THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Additional UN Documents:

HISTORY OF THE PEACE SYMBOL

PEACE QUOTES

PEACE QUOTES for a Culture of Peace

HISTORY OF THE PEACE DOVE

PEACE AFFIRMATION & PRAYER

THE PRICE OF LIVING IN A VIOLENT WORLD

BEST GUN FIRE

PEACE COOKIES - the recipe