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Jayma Abdoo Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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Overview and metadata sections

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.

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.

Records arranged as received from the donor.

"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:

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

Gift of Anthony Giacchino, 2007.

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

Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Finding Aid Author
Anne M. Yoder
Finding Aid Date
November 2011
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research without restrictions.

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

Collection is open for use without restrictions.

Collection Inventory

Biographical information.
Box 1
Family correspondence, 1973-1977, undated.
Box 1
General correspondence, 1971-1973.
Box 1
General correspondence, 1974.
Box 1
General correspondence, 1975-1977, undated.
Box 1
Box 1
Notebook kept.
Box 1
Involvement with Camden 28: statements, etc.
Box 1
Involvement with Camden 28: correspondence.
Box 1
Involvement with Camden 28: voir dire arguments, etc.
Box 2
Involvement with Camden 28: court documents -- Abdoo's motion.
Box 2
Involvement with Camden 28: court documents.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

[3 folders]

Involvement with Camden 28: jury.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

[includes reference material]

Reference material.
Box 2

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