Oxford Student Pugwash

Scope and Content

Papers of the Oxford Student Pugwash, including Proceedings of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, 1960-1986; papers relating to the Oxford Student Pugwash, 1978-1984, including Oxford Student Pugwash newsletters, International Student/Young Pugwash newsletters and guidelines on setting up local chapters.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs aim 'to bring together, from around the world, influential scholars and public figures concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems'. The first Pugwash meeting, inspired by a 1955 Manifesto by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein, was held in 1957 in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, the birthplace of the US philanthropist Cyrus Eaton, and was attended by 22 eminent scientists. From this meeting evolved a series of conferences at locations all over the world, which continue today. International Student/Young Pugwash was formed in 1978, starting in the US and Canada and spreading to a further 18 countries. International collaborations began in 1988, with the first IS/YP conference in the Netherlands. Each IS/YP group has an independent organisational structure. The IS/YP groups coordinate a series of activities including the publication of books, conferences, curriculum materials and electronic conferences.


Arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Oxford University Social Sciences Library in 1998.

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Archivist's Note

Sources: Pugwash websites at http://www.pugwash.org/ and http://www.student-pugwash.org/ . Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

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