Community of Bosnia collection
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.
Overview and metadata sections
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.
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Janeen Lamontagne
- Finding Aid Date
- May, 2022
Newspaper articles on the Bosnian war and Bosnian students seeking scholarships through the Community of Bosnia organization
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
Correspondence sent to and from Warren Witte, executive director of the COB foundation.
Talks given by the COB foundation on Bosnia
Reports from the COB study team and travel team
Photographs from COB gatherings
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"
Video of an interview with Suad Slìpìcevìc and a cassette tape titled "Radio Times Bosnia Update"