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Anthony Giacchino Camden 28 [Motion Picture] Collection

Identifier: SCPC-DG-235

Scope and Contents

The material in this collection is made up primarily of interview transcripts of Camden 28 defendants and others from the late 1990s through 2004, when the "The Camden 28" film was being planned, as well as material from when the Camden 28 raid and trial took place. The latter consists mostly of photocopies from the National Archives (NARA) and the FBI, with blacked-out security information, received through the Freedom of Information Act. A notable exception is two letters written by Philip Berrigan that were confiscated by the FBI for use as evidence in the trial.

For more information about the Camden 28, see the book Peace Warriors: the Story of the Camden 28 by Edward McGowan.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2004


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Certain folders in this collection are restricted and may be viewed only after contacting the donor and his representative for permission. These restrictions apply to all of Series A and parts of Series B. These restrictions are in place until 2035. Contact the Swarthmore College Peace Collection at for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must gain permission of donor, or his representative, before publishing parts of this collection. Please contact the Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at for more information.

Restrictions apply to all of Series A and part of Series B. Please see individual files; the restricted ones inlcude a note that restrictions apply.

Biographical note

Anthony Giacchino, was born in 1969, and grew up in Edgewater Park, New Jersey. After graduating from Villanova University with a B.A. in History and German in 1992, he received a Fulbright grant to study history at the University of Freiburg, Germany. In 1993 he moved to Leipzig, Germany where he worked for a year as an English instructor for the Amerikanisches Sprachinstitut. Giacchino later moved to New York City, where he began his television/documentary career.

"The Camden 28" was the first feature-length documentary Giacchino directed. The film told the story of group of activists who broke into a Camden (New Jersey) draft board office and destroyed draft records on August 21, 1971 and their ensuing trial. The story also includes the reflections of those involved in the case, from the perspective of 30+ years later. In 1971 twenty-eight activists, including four Catholic priests and a Lutheran minister, were arrested by the FBI in a planned sting. In a landmark trial, all 28 defendants were acquitted, establishing the first complete legal victory for the anti-war movement in five years of such draft board actions. In an interview for Catholic Digest Giacchino said: "Most people’s conception of the anti-war movement during Vietnam is what I call the 'Forrest Gump version,' where it’s people doing drugs, with long hair, burning draft cards. Certainly, there were elements of that. But when you look at the Camden 28, these were priests, an auto factory worker, social workers, regular people who took action against the war. I wanted to give people a sense that the antiwar movement was much deeper and more serious..."

"The Camden 28" won both the Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival. The film also aired on the critically acclaimed Public Television series POV (Point of View). In 2007 "The Camden 28" was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature Screenplay for the Writers Guild of America Awards.Giacchino has also produced nearly 200 hours of programming for The History Channel, and won for the network a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award with his short VOD Series “Great Moments From the Campaign Trail.” You can find a selection of Giachinno's work at:


3.75 linear ft. (3.75 linear ft.)


Records related to "The Camden 28" film, the feature-length documentary directed by Anthony Giacchino.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anthony Giacchino, 2007 [acc. 07A-038].

Related Materials

  1. Camden 28 / Camden Defense Fund Collected Records (CDG-A)
  2. Jayma Abdoo Collected Papers (CDG-A)

Related Materials

For the catalog record for this collection and for similar materials, search the library's online catalog.

Separated Materials

Items removed:

  1. Bumpersticker "Say Yes to Life. Support the Camden 28"; removed to Button/Pin/Ribbon Collection
  2. Photographs (21 black and white 8"x10") titled "Medford, 52-94527, Section 41, Serials 2442 through 2505" and "unidentified woman speaking at podium"; removed to Photograph Collection
  3. Camden 28 Newsletter; removed to Periodical Collection
  4. Camden 28 pdf documents; part of SCPC Digital Manuscript Collection; contact SCPC staff at:

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

Processed by Anne M. Yoder (Archivist), October 2009. This finding aid was updated by Wendy E. Chmielewski, July 2010.

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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. Wendy E. Chmielewski updated this finding aid, February 2019.

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