Swarthmore College Peace Collection


Anthony Giacchino Camden 28 [Motion Picture] Collection, 1970-2004

Collection: DG 235


Contact Information
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Descriptive Summary
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Giacchino, Anthony (1969- )
Title
Anthony Giacchino Camden 28 [Motion Picture] Collection
Inclusive Dates
1970-2004
Call Number
DG 235

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
3.75 linear inches/feet [papers only]
Abstract
Papers related to "The Camden 28" film, the feature-length documentary directed by Anthony Giacchino.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Yes, researchers must gain permission of donor, or his representative, before viewing parts of this collection. Please contact SCPC staff for further information.
Usage Restrictions
Yes, researchers must gain permission of donor, or his representative, before publishing parts of this collection. Please contact SCPC staff for further information.
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Anthony Giacchino, 2007 [acc. 07A-038]
Processing Information
Processed by Anne M. Yoder (Archivist), October 2009. This finding aid was updated by Wendy E. Chmielewski, July 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Anthony Giacchino Papers (DG 235), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record


Related Collections
Camden 28 / Camden Defense Fund Collected Records (CDG-A)
Jayma Abdoo Collected Papers (CDG-A)

Historical Background
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: http://www.vimeo.com/user2686410.


Collection Overview
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.

Items removed:
Bumpersticker "Say Yes to Life. Support the Camden 28" [removed to Button/Pin/Ribbon Collection]
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]
Camden 28 Newsletter [removed to Periodical Collection]


Arrangement of Collection
Series A: Research and Interviews, 1996-2004; Series B: Research Material Gathered About 1971-1973 Events; Reference Material




Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES A: Research and Interviews, 1996-2004
Box 1 [restrictions apply]
Correspondence and notes, 1996-2004

Research possibilities
Notes re: chronology of events in 1971
Notes of (assistant) Terry Neist
Search for jury members, ca. 2002-2003
Interview of Gene Dixon: transcript #1-#2
Interview of Gene Dixon: transcript #3
Correspondence with Michael J. Doyle; interview transcript and notes, 1998
Interview/s of Michael J. Doyle: transcript
Interview/s of Michael J. Doyle: transcript (cont.)
Interview/s of Michael J. Doyle: transcript (unedited)
Interview of Michael Giocondo: questions asked; transcript
Correspondence with Robert Hardy, 1997; interview notes
Interview of Robert Hardy: transcript (unedited)
Interview of David Kairys: transcript (version #1), 2004

Box 2 [restrictions apply]
Interview of David Kairys: transcript (version #2), 2004
Interview #2 of Ned Murphy: transcript
Interview of Joan Reilly: transcript
Interview/s of John Swinglish: transcript
Interview of John Swinglish: transcript, 2004 (May 4)
Email from Tom Tierney (FBI agent) with answers to questions posed by A.G., 1998 (March 10)
Interview of Tom Tierney(?) by Terry Neist(?): transcript
Interview of Tom Tierney by Terry Neist: transcript
Interview of Howard Zinn: transcript
Summaries of FBI transcripts(?)
Courthouse event, May ___: transcript (p. 1-1 to 2-30)
Courthouse event, May ___: transcript (p. 3-1 to 4-34)

SERIES B: Research Material Gathered About 1971-1973 Events
Box 3 [restrictions apply, folders marked with an * are open without permission]
Camden 28: FBI Surveillance/Investigation
miscellaneous communications re: arrests, interrogation, plans for prosecution
miscellaneous communications re: surveillance and informant
miscellaneous communications re: surveillance and informant, with White House, etc.
miscellaneous communications re: surveillance
*Medburg FBI: surveillance: sections 38-41
*Medburg FBI: surveillance: section 42
*Medburg FBI: surveillance: sections 43-44
*Medburg FBI: surveillance: sections 47-49

Box 4 [restrictions apply, folders marked with an * are open without permission]
Camden 28: FBI Surveillance/Investigation
*Transcripts of radio conversations monitored and reports of surveillance in Camden , New Jersey, [nights of] July 18-30, 1971
*Transcripts of radio conversations monitored and reports of surveillance in Camden , New Jersey, [nights of] July 31 - August 9, 1971
*Transcripts of radio conversations monitored and reports of surveillance in Camden , New Jersey, [nights of] August 20-21, 1971
*Transcripts of radio conversations monitored and reports of surveillance in Camden , New Jersey, [nights of] August 20-22, 1971
Verbatim transcript of citizens band radio conversations by defendants, from August 21-22, 1971
Reports of arrests made, 1971
*Images of photographs taken of defendants, 1971 (FBI photocopies)
Reports of premises searched and items removed, 1971 [includes transcription from cassette tape taken]
Report of photographs and fingerprints taken
miscellaneous reports and statements
miscellaneous reports and correspondence (with highlighting)
Camden 28: Defendants
Lists of people involved (and their bail amounts, etc.); statement
Paul Couming
Michael J. Doyle
Anne Dunham
Peter Fordi
Michael Giocondo, 1971-1973
Robert Hardy (informant), 1971-1972: statements; correspondence; record of payment from FBI; affidavit
Kathleen (Cookie) Ridolfi
miscellaneous responses/statements, 1971-1974

Box 5 [restrictions apply, folders marked with an * are open without permission]
Camden 28: Trial
Grand jury charges against defendant
Jury
Memo with biographical information on members of the jury, 1973
Request/s to change instructions to jury
"Memo on Jury Nullification" (1st draft) for defendants and lawyers in case
Chronology of trial; report of opening statements
Memos etc. `from lawyer David Kairys
miscellaneous documents
*Trial document: "Government's Response Defendant Pre-Trial Motions"
*Trial document: "Memorandum in Support of the Government's Opposition to Motion for Disclosure of Electronic Surveillance..."
*Trial document: "Memorandum in Support of the Government's Opposition to Motion for Disclosure of Electronic Surveillance..."
-- supporting documents
*Trial document: motions
*Trial document: motions and supporting documents

Box 6 [all folders are open without permission]
Camden 28: Trial
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 14), February 28, 1973 (p. 1855-1889)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. ?), date? (p. 2019-2026)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 15), March 1, 1973 (cover page only)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. ?), date? (p. 2413-2443)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 20), March 9, 1973 (p. 2609-2712)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 22), March 14, 1973 (p. 2870-2892)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. ?), date? (p. 4221-4251)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 32), March 30, 1973 (p. 4505-4508)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 34), April 3, 1973 (p. 4724-4843)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 35), April 4, 1973 (p. 4786-4933)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 36), April 5, 1973 (p. 4937-5135)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 37), April 6, 1973 (p. 5138-5228)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 38), April 10, 1973 (p. 5231-5403)

Box 7 [all folders are open without permission]
Camden 28: Trial
Transcript of proceedings (vol.
39), April 11, 1973 (p. 5405-5505)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 40), April 18, 1973 (p. 5538-5612)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 40), April 18, 1973 (p. 5659-5673)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 44), April 18, 1973 (p. 6242-6268)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 45), April 19, 1973 (p. 6450-6478)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 46), April 24, 1973 (p. 6481-6518)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 47), April 25, 1973 (p. 6631-6762 and index)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 49), April 27, 1973 (p. 6978-703_)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 50?), date? (p. 7039-7117 and index)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 50), April 30, 1973 (p. 7120-7139)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 51), May 1, 1973 (p. 7277-7328)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 52), May 2, 1973 (p. 7457-7530)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 56?), May 10, 1973 (p. 8016-8039)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 57), May 14, 1973 (p. 8178-8192)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 58), date? (p. 8485-8514)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 59), May 16, 1973 (p. 8529-8545)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 60), May 17, 1973 (p. 8590-8683)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 61?), date? (p. 8727-8729)
Transcript of proceedings (vol. 62-63), May 18, 1973 (p. 8792-8794)

Box 8 [restrictions apply, folders marked with an * are open without permission]
Camden 28: Media Coverage
*Media coverage, 1971 (August)
*Media coverage, 1971 (September-November)
*Media coverage re: death of Billy Hardy, 1971 (October)
*Media coverage, 1972 (March-May)
*Media coverage, 1972 (July-October)
*Media coverage, 1973 (January-February)
*Media coverage, 1973 (March-April)
*Media coverage, 1973 (May-October)
*Media coverage, undated (1971-1973)
*Media coverage, 1975
Camden 28: Supportive Efforts
Daniel and Philip Berrigan [includes 2 letters written by Philip, March 20, 1971 and March 30, 1971]
Camden Defense Committee
*Amici Curiae brief in Supreme Court of the United States, 1972 [see p. 26-27]
Camden 28: Histories/Retrospectives
Timeline by M. Rudovsky 1973 [incomplete]
Mss. "The Trial of the 'Camden 28': An Ethnography" by John F. Khanlian, 1973
Mss. by Robert Hardy, with Tony Muldoon, 1975
*Excerpts from Jury Selection Procedures, including Camden 28 trial, 1977
Letter from David Kairys to Betty Medsger, 1993 (June 29)
Research paper "The Trial of the Camden 28" by Gregory F. Brown, 2002
Mss. (thesis) re: Camden 28, undated [incomplete]
*News article re: 60 Minutes retrospective, undated

SERIES C: Reference Material
Box 9 [all folders are open without permission]
Finding aid "Papers and Other Historical Materials of John Dean" [from National Archives and Records Administration]
President Richard Nixon: daily planner, August 1-10, 1971 [from National Archives and Records Administration]
President Richard Nixon: daily planner, August 11-31, 1971 [from National Archives and Records Administration]
President Richard Nixon: tape subject log for August 2-13, 1971 [from National Archives and Records Administration?]
"Special Report Interagency Committee on Intelligence (Ad Hoc)" ["sanitized"], June 1970; with cover letter to from J. Edgar Hoover to the President, June 25, 1970
Government internal memos re: anti-war and activist organizations
Milwaukee 14
Raid of draft files in Media (Pennsylvania) FBI office, 1971
The Defense Committee
Reference material: miscellaneous



This file was last updated on July 8, 2010