Emily Greene Balch, to James Brown Scott, ca. May 1920

Dr. James Brown Scott.
Secretary of the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
2, Jackson Place,
Washington, D.C.

My dear Dr. Scott,

At the annual meeting of our Executive Committee there was a very interesting discussion of the possibility of utilizing the interest in the devastated regions to lead people to look forward as well as back and to concern themselves with the efforts to prevent war.

It appeared to us that the placing of placards calling the attention of women, especially, to this point of view and informing them of the existence of this League of women which exists to unite women in the interests of international peace, would be of real use. Such an undertaking would have to be well organized & put through on a considerable [scale]. It would be necessary to get official consent to place placards in the sites in question and to get Cook's and other tourist offices to display other posters, and to prepare suitable and artistic posters and placards in attractive form for this use.

Our Executive Committee, and Consultative Members sitting with them, represented 12 countries, and their unanimity and earnestness was an encouraging pledge of the future, but the difficulty of raising money in the countries that have suffered from the war is very great and you know how difficult it is to beg money for peace objects from the general American public today.

It therefore seemed to us necessary to turn to the store of energy prepared beforehand for the service of peace propaganda by Mr. Carnegie in the shape of his great endowment, and to inquire whether the trustees would not take into consideration this plan, and enable us to carry it out for the next tourist season. Such matters move slowly and it would be necessary to begin in good season and do an effective [piece] of work. [page 2]

It seems a pity to waste the emotional driving power excited by the scenes of horror and pity in Northern France and not to turn this feeling into a constructive channel, and I cannot help hoping that you may personally interest yourself not only to present but support our petition for a subvention for the purpose proposed.

An early reply will be a great [favor].

With every good wish for the ever increasing success of your own efforts on behalf of a world organized for peace,

I am,

Very faithfully yours,