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Jayma Abdoo Collected Papers

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Abdoo, Jayma

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence (1971-1977), a notebook, and information about Abdoo's involvement with the Camden 28, and subsequent trial in 1973, including statements, correspondence, court documents, and reference material. Collection also includes photographs and a lapel button.


  • Creation: 1971-2006


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

Copyright and Rights Information

Collection is open for use without restrictions.

Biographical note

Jayma Abdoo, 1951-2006, b. Philadelphia, PA; Jayma Abdoo was Assistant Dean at Barnard College, where she served as an advisor to pre-med, pre-law, and international students. She had graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1988 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a master's degree from the College of William and Mary. She died of cancer at the age of 55 in August 2006. She was actively involved with the Vietnam War draft resistance group, the Camden 28.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes; 10 linear inches)


Abdoo was actively involved with the Vietnam War draft resistance group, the Camden 28, which this small collection of papers helps to document.


Records arranged as received from the donor.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the papers of Jayma Abdoo.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anthony Giacchino, 2007.

Related Collections

  1. Anthony Giachinno Camden 28 [Motion Picture] Collection (DG 235)
  2. Camden 28 / Camden Defense Fund Collected Records (CDG-A)

Separated Materials

Photographs and negatives removed to the Photograph Collection. Button "Pumpkins for Peace" removed to the Button/Pin/Ribbon Collection.

Legal Status

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

General Note

"In the early-morning hours of Sunday, August 22, 1971, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General John Mitchell announced that FBI agents had arrested 20 antiwar activists in and near a draft board office in Camden, New Jersey. Five days later, Mitchell made public the indictment of these individuals and included eight others who were linked to the break-in. The major charges against the group were conspiracy to remove and destroy files from the draft board, FBI office, and the Army Intelligence office; destruction of government property and interfering with the Selective Service system. If convicted, some of the indicted faced up to 47 years in federal prison. The men and women arrested that summer of '71 in Camden called themselves 'America's conscience.' The government called them the Camden 28." -- Source:

Anne M. Yoder
November 2011
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Revision Statements

  • 2017: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Julie C. Swierczek added the notes in Fall 2017.

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