The Adam Curle Archive

Scope and Content

Adam Curle's written work (books, articles, lectures, poems) in the form of typescripts, manuscripts, offprints, and press cuttings. Reviews of Adam Curle's work. A small amount of personal material: address books, correspondence, notebooks, a photograph.

Administrative / Biographical History

Adam Curle was born in 1916. He studied anthropology at Oxford then served in the British Army during the Second World War. He returned to the world of social psychology with work at the Tavistock Institute, followed by appointments as Lecturer in Social Psychology at Oxford (1950), Chair in Education and Psychology at Exeter University (1956), consultant on Pakistan’s education policy (1956-64), and Professor of Education at the University of Ghana (1959). He set up the Harvard Center for Studies in Education and Development in 1962, and from 1973 to 1978 was the first professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. An active member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), he was particularly involved in mediation and reconciliation in areas of conflict, working as a mediator and promoter of peace in India and Pakistan, Nigeria/Biafra, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Croatia. He wrote widely on the theory and practice of peace-making and in 2000 received the Gandhi International Peace Award. He died on 28 September 2006.


The written work is mostly undated, so is arranged by the initial letters of the item's title.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. 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.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by Peace Studies to Special Collections, September 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist.

Archivist's Note

Described by John Brooker.

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.

Custodial History

Archive material given by Adam Curle to Department of Peace Studies at University of Bradford.

Personal Names