Archive of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MAPW minutes, agenda, correspondence, accounts, conference papers. MAPW bulletin, Proceedings of the MAPW, Journal of the MAPW. IPPNW conference papers. Lionel Penrose Trust accounts and covenants. Press cuttings. Relevant books and pamphlets.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) was founded in 1951 to study all aspects of physicians' concerns on war, and in particular the ethical responsibilities of doctors in relation to war. Three working parties were set up: on the misuse of science; psychological aspects of war; and the international role of medicine. From its inception MAPW made its presence felt with protests, such as that in 1952 against a British government embargo on the export of medical supplies to China. Activities diminished during the 1960s and early 1970s, but the investigation into issues of peace and conflict was maintained with MAPW conferences and publications, which reached an international audience. When the group International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) was formed in 1980, MAPW became an affiliated organisation. The formation, at the same time, of the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (MCANW) posed some problems of identity, but MAPW continued with its aims while co-operating with MCANW on nuclear issues. In 1992 MAPW merged with the MCANW to form Medact (Medical Action for Global Security). The compiler and donor, Dr Alex Poteliakhoff, who has worked in general practice and in hospitals, joined MAPW in 1951. He has been active in the organisation, serving as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-Chairman.


Files are arranged in alphabetical sequence by creator

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University of Bradford's J.B. Priestley Library by Nick Lewer in 2002.


In English

Other Finding Aids

A handlist is in preparation

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

Presented by Alex Poteliakhoff to Nick Lewer of the University of Bradford's Peace Studies department in January 2002.

Personal Names