The Papers of Colin Hunter

Scope and Content

Meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, reports, ephemera, publicity and press cuttings relating to Bradford Peace Action Group, Northern Friends Peace Board, and committees of Quaker Peace and Service.

Handwritten notes and related papers of talks given by Councillor Hunter at conferences and meetings. Background material on nuclear-free zones, and the United Nations SSD-2. There is a small file of peace march photographs, probably intended for use in QPS publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bradford Councillor Colin Hunter was instrumental in the City’s decision to declare itself a nuclear-free zone in 1981. He also set up, and chaired, the Peace Action Group, which monitored the zone. Further details about the zone and the group can be found in the Cwl BPAG collection description.

Councillor Hunter was also active in Quaker organisations working for peace during the 1980s, particularly the Northern Friends Peace Board and Quaker Peace and Service. He served on the East/West and Peace Committees of the latter.


Colin Hunter’s system of arrangement has been retained.

Access Information

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation. Most sections of this archive contain personal data on individuals and access is therefore restricted under the Act. More detailed cataloguing may make it possible to refine this restriction. Researchers should contact the Special Collections Librarian for information about the status of the material they wish to view.

Acquisition Information

Donated to Commonweal during the 1990s by Colin Hunter.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished boxlist.

Archivist's Note

Described by Alison Cullingford.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Appraisal Information

Some obvious duplicates and published items have been removed. It is probable that further weeding will be appropriate when more detailed cataloguing is carried out.

Related Material

Papers of Bradford Peace Action Group (Cwl BPAG) held by Special Collections at the University of Bradford.

Papers of Bradford Council and of the Northern Friends Peace Board held by the West Yorkshire Archives Service.

Records of Quaker Peace and Service (later known as Quaker Peace and Social Witness) held by the Library of the Religious Society of Friends.


“Bradford the day after: What a one megaton nuclear bomb would do to the Bradford Metropolitan District”. Bradford Metropolitan Council, 198?.

“The story of a nuclear-free zone”. Bradford Peace Action Group, 1983.

Personal Names