Papers of John P. Cavanagh (Federal Union and other federalist bodies)

Scope and Content

The collection comprises mainly of publications, including papers from various conferences on world government, press cuttings, journals, United Nations material and other Federalist bodies.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Federal Union's mandate was to encourage the peoples of a group of states to unite permanently and form a central government, in the hope that such a structure could ensure a peaceful world, free from economic crises. Members of Federal Union believed that ultimately only a World Government could ensure the survival of civilisation. The group was set up in 1938 and was a founder member of the World Movement for World Federation Government and the European Union of Federalists.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Centre in 1995.

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Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Federal Union records and correspondence, c.1938-70, are held at the British Library of Political and Economic Science.