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Community of Bosnia collection

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Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Community of Bosnia (COB) Foundation was founded by Michael Sells (head of the department of religion at Haverford College), and a few other colleagues in his academic community in 1993. The COB foundation was created to help Bosnian students escape the Bosnian war and gain access to a better education in the United States through a scholarship program. The schools providing scholarships include all the Friends schools, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr, Doylestown campus, the Shipley School, and several private Catholic schools. The COB foundation was most active from 1993-2003. The collection was gathered and donated by Walter Witte, the executive director of COB.

Materials related to the Community of Bosnia Foundation, an organization founded to help Bosnian students access better education opportunities in the United States through scholarship programs. The collection includes correspondence, publications, talks, reports, newspaper articles, photographs, and VHS tapes with interviews of students.

The collection is arranged into 7 series. The newspaper clippings series holds clippings related to COB's work and general press on the Bosnian war. The booklets series contains annual reports published by COB and COB publications including Saud Slìpìcevìc's story. The correspondence series contains letters sent to and from Walter Witte, the executive director of COB. The talks series contains notes from talks and lectures COB members gave on their work. The reports series holds study and travel reports from COB. The photograph series contains photos from COB foundation meetings. The audio-visual series contains VHS tapes and a cassette tape with student interviews and projects.

Publisher
Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Janeen Lamontagne
Finding Aid Date
May, 2022

Collection Inventory

Newspaper articles, 1995-1998.
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Newspaper articles on the Bosnian war and Bosnian students seeking scholarships through the Community of Bosnia organization

COB annual reports, 1999-2003.
Box 1
COB publications, 1996, 1999, 2003.
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A COB handbook for students and host families, "A Young Man's Accounts of War" by Suad Slìpìcevìc, COB interns booklet, Germantown Academy publication with story by Suad Slìpìcevìc

COB correspondence, 1997-2000.
Box 1
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Correspondence sent to and from Warren Witte, executive director of the COB foundation.

COB talks, 1997, 2000, undated.
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Talks given by the COB foundation on Bosnia

COB reports, 1993, 1998-1999.
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Reports from the COB study team and travel team

COB photographs, 1997-2000, undated.
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Photographs from COB gatherings

VHS tapes, 1994, undated.
Box 1
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3 VHS tapes, titled "Killing Memory: Bosnia's Cultural Hertiage and Destruction" by Andra Riedlmayer (00:41:42),"Bosnian Student Project" (00:19:00), and "Srebrenica: Cry from the Grave"

Interview with Suad Slìpìcevìc VHS and Bosnia update cassette, 1997-06-27, 2000-07-11 .
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Video of an interview with Suad Slìpìcevìc and a cassette tape titled "Radio Times Bosnia Update"

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