People to People

The People-to-People Program was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. President Eisenhower felt that creating understanding between people was essential to building the road to enduring peace and envisioned programs such as city affiliations, pen-pals, stamp exchanges, international sporting events, musical concerts, hospitality programs, theatrical tours and book drives as the means to achieving that goal - a critical goal in the existing Cold War climate.

The idea for People-to-People was President Eisenhower's but he envisioned the execution and implementation of this program coming from the country's citizens, not their government; however, the program did have initial links to the U.S. government through the United States Information Agency (USIA). The People-to-People Program was comprised of forty committees chaired by prominent leaders, businessmen and citizens from all walks of American life. The committees ranged from a Cartoonists Committee to a Sports Committee to a Medical Committee and were charged with coordinating programs and events in their areas of expertise.

"If we are going to take advantage of the assumption that all people want peace, then the problem is for people to get together and to leap governments - if necessary to evade governments - to work out not one method but thousands of methods by which people can gradually learn a little bit more of each other." - President Eisenhower's remarks at the People-to-People Conference, September 11, 1956.

  1. Documents
  2. Photographs
  1. Article, Life, A New Great White Fleet
  2. Article, US News and orld Report, Jan. 17, 1958
  3. Congratualtions Letter From Eisenhower on the 1st Anniversary of the USIA
  4. Eisenhowers Notes on Fundraising Difficulties
  5. Eisenhowers Remarks in D.C. September 11, 1956
  6. Foreign Service Dispatch Regarding People-to-People Visit of Pakistan Cricket Team
  7. Letter From Al Capp of the People-to-People Cartoonists Committee
  8. Letter From Johan Hanes Jr. Response to Student Exchange Program
  9. Letter From People-to=People President to Sherman Adams
  10. Letter Regarding Termination of the People-to-People Foundation
  11. Letter Regarding the People-to-People Sports Committee
  12. Letter, Abbott Washburn to Gabriel Hauge
  13. Letter, Charles Wilson to Eisenhower
  14. Letter, Edward Eagan, People-to-People Sports Committee
  15. Letter, Eisenhower to Henry Ford II
  16. Letter, Sheman Adams to Charles Wilson Regarding Dissolution of People-to-People
  17. Letter, Sherman Adams to Charles Wilson Regarding Financial Support
  18. Memo Fro Eisenhower to Sherman Adams
  19. Memo From Abbott Washburn to Andrew Goodpaster
  20. Memo of Conference With Eisenhower, March 5,1957
  21. Memo of Conference With President, Aug. 31, 1956
  22. Memo of Telephone Convo. Between Dinnis Fitzgerald and Carl Harr
  23. Memo Regarding People-to-People Music Committee
  24. Memo Regarding Project Hope
  25. Memo, Chartering of a Navy Hospital Ship for Project Hope
  26. Memo, Confrence with President Regarding For Foundation Support of People-to-People
  27. Memo, Fredric Fox to Fred Dearborn
  28. Memo, Regarding Project Hope
  29. Mission of the United States Information Agency
  30. Newsletter, People-to-People News October 1956
  31. Pamphlet Regarding the High Schools Ambassador Program
  32. People-to-People Memo Regarding Program Dilemma
  33. People-to-People Sports Committee Program Report
  34. Press Release, White House Conference on People-to-People Partnership
  35. Project HOPE Pamphlet
  36. Recommendations to Joyce Hall, Hallmark Corporation
  37. Summary of Reposrt From Veterans Committee of People-to-People
  38. US Navy Report on the People-to-People Program in Morocco