Roerich Pact: Archival Materials

April 15, 2010

Today marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Roerich Pact in Washington, D.C., in the White House, with President Roosevelt and his cabinet—and also the representatives of the Roerich Museum—attending. It was a very important occasion; the treaty was signed by all the members of the Pan-American Union, which included almost all the nations of the Americas.

Most people are not aware of the background to this event. Helena Roerich revealed, in her letters to President Roosevelt, that there was a Plan to unite the Americas. It was for this reason that one of the major conventions to promote the Pact took place in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was also for this reason that one of the early co-workers of the Roerichs, Frances Grant, who was one of the trustees of the Roerich Museum in New York, was sent on a cultural mission to the major capitals of Latin America, to meet the heads of state and introduce them to the ideas and purpose of Roerich’s work in the West. Ms. Grant took with her a large number of paintings by Nicholas Roerich, and exhibited them in the various capitals, thus bringing awareness of Roerich’s art to an entire new continent.

In the archive of Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, there are many archival materials relating to the Roerich Pact. We have chosen some of these to present here, certainly for the first time to many viewers, so that there may be a fuller understanding of one of the important missions of the Roerichs in the West. The Pact itself is an important force even today, making itself felt all over the world, reminding people of the desperate need for humanity to gain a new respect for its cultural heritage, to value the cultural, scientific, and educational achievements of all nations and commit itself to the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

The Banner of Peace is the world’s most powerful sign of this mission of humanity. This sign, of ancient origin, is found all over the world. No one can own it, no one can control it. It symbolizes the striving of people everywhere to preserve the best of humanity’s past and of its present achievements.

All the best that humanity produces is so often treated with such disregard and destructiveness, such disdain and cruelty, that we must be reminded again and again that we hold the planet in sacred trust. We do not own it, we may not harm it, we must cherish it and preserve it and hand it on to future generations intact, and even enhanced.

Daniel Entin, Director
Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

ROERICH NOMINATED FOR PEACE AWARD
Reprint from the New York Times
Sunday, March 3, 1929

GEORGE G. CHKLAVER TO GEORGE N. ROERICH
Paris, December 3rd, 1929

DRAFT BY THE ROERICH MUSEUM OF NEW YORK
of the International Pact for the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions, Historic Monuments, Missions and Collections
Originated by Nicholas Roerich
1929(?)

LA DEFENSA DEL MUNDO CULTURAL
El Pacto Roerich y la Bandera de la Paz
Buenos Aires, 1929

SPECIAL FLAG IS SUGGESTED TO PROTECT ART TREASURES
The New York Times
Sunday, March 16, 1930

THE BANNER OF PEACE (FRENCH)
by Nicholas Roerich
1930

TO PROTECT ART BY NEUTRAL FLAG
The New York Times
Sunday, August 8, 1930

DISCUSS PLANS TO SAFEGUARD ART TREASURES
Buffalo, N.Y.
October 14, 1930

MESSAGE TO THE BRUGES CONFERENCE BY SWAMI JAGADISWARANANDA
of Sri Ramakrishna Mission in Ceylon
August 8-9, 1932

ОСЕТИЯ (OSSÉTIE)
Журнал Комитета Осетиноведения при Европейском Центре Музея Н.К.Рериха, No. 3
Bulletin Mensuel du Comité des Études Ossétines près le Centre Européen du Roerich Museum
Paris, March 1, 1933

ОСЕТИЯ (OSSÉTIE)
Журнал Комитета Осетиноведения при Европейском Центре Музея Н.К.Рериха, No. 7-8-9
Bulletin Mensuel du Comité des Études Ossétines près le Centre Européen du Roerich Museum
Paris, July-August-September, 1933

ROERICH PEACE BANNER — PROTECTOR OF ART TREASURES OF HUMANITY
Address to Young Women Association by Sina Lichtmann
Stamford, Connecticut, September 26, 1933

ROERICH PEACE BANNER — PROTECTOR OF ART TREASURES OF HUMANITY
Notes by Sina Lichtmann
Jewish Center, Stamford, Connecticut.
September 26, 1933

PEACE BANNER CONVENTION IN WASHINGTON
Speech by Sina Lichtmann
November 17-18, 1933

INVITATION TO THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
FOR THE ROERICH PACT AND BANNER OF PEACE
November 17-18, 1933

THE ROERICH BANNER OF PEACE
By Mrs. Frances R. Grant
Reprinted from the Educational Review
Madras, India. December 1933

THE ROERICH BANNER OF PEACE. WHAT IT IS
by Colonel A. E. Mahon, D.S.O.
Reprinted from The Assam Review, June, 1934

A BANNER OF PEACE FROM A MILITARY POINT OF VIEW
by Colonel A. E. Mahon, D.S.O.
1934

США ПОДПИСЫВАЮТ ПАКТ МИРА РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Новое Русское Слово
New York. September 6, 1934

США ПОДПИСЫВАЮТ ПАКТ МИРА РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Новая Заря
September 11, 1934

США ПОДПИСЫВАЮТ ПАКТ МИРА РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Свет
September 13, 1934

США ПОДПИСЫВАЮТ ПАКТ МИРА РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Рассвет
September 13, 1934

КОМИТЕТ ЗНАМЕНИ МИРА РЕРИХА В ХАРБИНЕ
Статья из газеты Рассвет
October 10, 1934

РАТИФИКАЦИЯ СОЕДИНЕННЫМИ ШТАТАМИ ПАКТА РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Рассвет
October 30, 1934

ОТЧЕТ РУССКОГО КОМИТЕТА ПАКТА РЕРИХА В ХАРБИНЕ
Статья из неизвестной русской газеты
Harbin, 1934

ОТЧЕТ РУССКОГО КОМИТЕТА ПАКТА РЕРИХА В ХАРБИНЕ
Статья из газеты Рассвет
Chicago. December 1, 1934

СВЕТЛЫЙ ПОЧИН
Статья из газеты Свет
December 27, 1934

ПОБЕДОНОСНОЕ ШЕСТВИЕ ПАКТА РЕРИХА (Russian)
Ратификация Пакта Северо-Американскими Соединенными Штатами
Статья из газеты Шанхайская Заря
Shanghai, February, 1935

НАЦИИ ПОДПИСЫВАЮТ ПАКТ РЕРИХА
From Svet newspaper. February 28, 1935

PUBLIC FORUM. THE ROERICH PACT
An article from The Reading Times
Reading, PA, March 11, 1935

ЗНАМЯ МИРА РЕРИХА
Статья Рихарда Рудзитиса из газеты Для Вас, No. 13
Latvia, March 23, 1935

ПАКТ МИРА РЕРИХА
Статья Рихарда Рудзитиса из газеты Старый Нарвский Листок, No. 34
Narva, Estonia, March 25, 1935

ПРИЗНАНИЕ ПАКТ РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Русское Поле, No. 8
Издание Группы Молодежи Свято-Спиридоновского Русского Православного Прихода
Siattle, Washington, March 31 – April 13, 1935

ПРИЗНАНИЕ ПАКТ РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Рассвет
April 11, 1935

20 АМЕРИКАНСКИХ РЕСПУБЛИК ПОДПИСАЛИ ПАКТ РЕРИХА
Статья из русской газеты
New York(?), April 15, 1935

ЦЕРЕМОНИЯ ПОДПИСИ ПАКТ РЕРИХА
Статья из газеты Новая Заря
April 16, 1935

ПОДПИСАНИЕ ПАКТА РЕРИХА АМЕРИКАНСКИМИ НАЦИЯМИ
Статья из газеты Русское Поле, No. 11
Издание Группы Молодежи Свято-Спиридоновского Русского Православного Прихода
Seattle, Washington, April 21 – May 4, 1935

ПРИЗНАНИЕ ПАКТ РЕРИХА СТРАНАМИ АМЕРИКИ
Статья из газеты Новая Заря
April 24, 1935

ПОДПИСАНИЕ ПАКТ РЕРИХА АМЕРИКАНСКИМИ НАЦИЯМИ
Статья из газеты Рассвет
April 24, 1935

ПОДПИСАНИЕ ПАКТ РЕРИХА АМЕРИКАНСКИМИ НАЦИЯМИ
Статья из газеты Рассвет
April 25, 1935

РЕЧЬ МИНИСТРА – ПОСЛАННИКА РЕСПУБЛИКИ ПАНАМЫ
Статья из газеты Рассвет
May 1, 1935

ADDRESS OF LOUIS L. HORCH, PRESIDENT OF ROERICH MUSEUM, NEW YORK
An article from The Newtown Bee
May 3, 1935

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
TREATY ON THE PROTECTION OF THE ARTISTIC AND SCIENTIFIC
INSTITUTIONS AND HISTORIC MONUMENTS
The White House, May 20, 1935

ARTISTIC AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS AND HISTORIC MONUMENTS
Executive report to the Senate
June 19, 1935

ROERICH PACT. PEACE BANNER
The Red Cross of Culture
Published by: Roerich Pact Committee of Shanghai
Shanghai, ca. 1935-1936

TREATY BETWEEN THE USA AND THE OTHER AMERICAN REPUBLICS
Treaty series, No. 899
United States Government Printing Office
Washington, 1936

ROERICH PACT
By Hiralal Amritalal Shah
Reprinted from The Maha Bodhi, Vol. 44, No. 11
1936

INDIA OFFICIALLY RATIFIED THE ROERICH PACT
Press release by Roerich Pact and Banner of Peace Committee
New York. September 3, 1948

FONTI BIBLIOGRAFICHE DEL PATTO INTERNAZIONALE ROERICH
The Roerich International University Publications. Italian chapter
Bologna, Italy. 1948

ROERICH PACT AND BANNER OF PEACE COMMITTEE
On death of Prof. Nicholas Roerich
December, 1947