Grenville Clark papers, 1636-1972Manuscript ML-7

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Grenville Clark contain correspondence, financial and legal documents, newspaper clippings, reports, court briefs, notes, address books, diaries, photographs and interviews of Grenville Clark, lawyer of New York, NY and Dublin, NH. The collection includes material related to his leadership of the Plattsburg movement and officer training before US involvement in World War I, the National Economy League and the drafting of the Economy Act of 1933, the institution of the selective service system in 1940, the Dublin conferences of 1945 and 1965 on world government, and his involvement as a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation.

From World War II until his death, Clark’s principal effort was to achieve world peace through enforceable world law, the subject of his major work, World Peace Through World Law, co-authored with Louis B. Sohn. The collection contains extensive research material, drafts and translations of this book.

The collection also includes material related to his participation in other matters of public service as well as his work with the NAACP to found the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and uphold civil rights.

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