Files of the text of published articles about peace and social justice by Constance Willis; mostly as carbon copies of typescript, some as cuttings. Transcripts of public addresses, including speeches by Bertrand Russell, J.B. Priestley and Martin Niemoller. Some background letters and press-cuttings. Text of selected sermons of Donald Soper from 1977 to 1985.
The Constance Willis Peace Archive
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Administrative / Biographical History
Mrs Constance Willis was a lifelong Christian pacifist. She was secretary to the Rev. Donald Soper for several years from 1929, and a member of the Peace Pledge Union from the 1930s. From 1951 to 1969 she worked as a reporter for Peace News, The British Weekly, The Friend, The Congregational Monthly, Reconciliation and local newspapers. She reported on peace conferences, rallies, marches, court appearances and other occasions connected with the peace movement. She was also involved with organising events for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Conditions Governing Access
Available to all researchers, by appointment
Donated by her son, Tom Willis, in 2001
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Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.