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Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam Records

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-227
This collection includes Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam (COL) administrative records, newspaper clippings on COL activities, a large collection of newspaper clippings on individual prisoners of war as well as clippings with general information on POWs; material about trips of COL organizers and supporters to Vietnam; and records on individual POWs, including COL correspondence with family members (these files are restricted).

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1969-1973

Creator

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Prisoner of war files are restricted until May of 2023. A list of these files is maintained separately and will be made available when the restrictions are lifted.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Extent

19 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam was founded in 1969. Cora Weiss was the co-chair and director of the organization from 1969-1972. The Committee organized the exchange of letters and packages between families of prisoners of war in Vietnam and the POWs. The Committee played a significant role in providing information to the U.S. public about the POW situation and in the public debates about this issue. Other supporters and activists with the Committee included David Dellinger, Richard Falk, and William Sloane Coffin.

Biographical note

The Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam (COL) was founded in 1969. Cora Weiss was the co-chair and director of the organization from 1969-1972. The COL organized the exchange of letters and packages between families of prisoners of war in Vietnam and the POWs themselves. This exchange often revealed the names of those men still alive and prisoners in North Vietnam, which the U.S. government had refused to make public. The COL played a significant role in providing information to the U.S. public about the POW situation and in the public debates about this issue. In 1972 Weiss and other COL supporters traveled to North Vietnam to visit U.S. POWs. They were able to arrange for the return home of some these men. Other supporters and activists with the COL include David Dellinger, Richard Falk, and William Sloane Coffin.

Arrangement

This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated. Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam (COL) administrative records are scattered throughout the collection. Newspaper clippings about COL activities and POWs may also be found throughout the collection. Records of POWs maintained by the Committee of Liaison are to be found at the end of the collection organized by the COL in several sections. In each section these records are in alphabetical order by the last name of the POW. At the end of these records there are three boxes of files cards about POWs maintained by COL staff.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cora Weiss, 2007 [Acc. 07A-044, Acc. 07A-047, Acc. 07A-059].

Separated Materials

Items removed: Photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection, where they are filed with the photographs in DG 222: Cora Weiss Papers.

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid was created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, 2007-2009.
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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017.

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