Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information Records, 1967-1970

Collection: DG 168


Contact Information
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399 U.S.A.
Telephone: (610) 328-8557 (Curator); Fax: (610) 328-8544
Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/



Descriptive Summary
Repository
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Creator
Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information
Title
Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information Records
Inclusive Dates
1967-1970
Call Number
DG 168

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
10.5 linear feet
Abstract
The Clearing House was established to provide information about the Nigeria/Biafra War.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
none
Usage Restrictions
none
Alternate Form of Material
none
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Hollis Ann Chenery, 1981 [acc. 81A-120]
Processing Information
Collection processed and new finding aid created by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, February 2016
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information Records (DG 168), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, 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 Collection
Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information Records (DG 168): Photographs

Historical Background
The Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information was established to provide information about the Nigeria/Biafra War. The organization was headquartered in New York, New York and was in operation from October 1968 to February 1970. The CHNBI collected information, issued information packets and a news bulletin, promoted civilian relief and a cease-fire, and an arms embargo. Because the organization was Catholic-based, they were particularly interested in finding newsclippings and other material on Catholic relief efforts and opinions. This has resulted in a rich gathering of information from Ireland and Great Britain, especially.

Collection Overview
This collection contains the files maintained by the Clearinghouse on the Nigerian and Biafra civil war and humanitarian relief for civilians.

Items removed:
Photographs (8" x 10")


Arrangement of Collection
This collection remained in the order in which it was donated until it was processed by the SCPC archivist. The collection had thousands of newsclippings and news articles stored in old binder pages with plastic covers. Many were folded up under the plastic so could not be read without removing the covers. In the end, it was decided to remove all the plastic, and whenever possible, sort the loose clippings and articles by country and by newspaper. The articles from foreign countries are mostly in no order within their respective folders. The U.S. articles are in year order, but are mostly not in order by month or day.

 



Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
History
Employee involvement
Correspondence, 1968 (October) - 1969 (April)
Correspondence, 1969 (May-December), undated
Releases and literature produced: miscellaneous
Releases and literature produced: "A Brief Summary of Recent Political Events"
Releases and literature produced: "Food and Relief Situation"
Releases and literature produced: "Military Survey"
Releases and literature produced: "Political Survey"
Releases and literature produced: "Publications Relevant to the Nigeria/Biafra Conflict" (list)
Questionnaire (forms)
Releases and literature produced: "Sources for Information and Materials"
College list
Committees of individual interested in Nigeria/Biafra (lists)
Notes

Box 2
Foreign organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
Africa: World Council of Churches
Belgium: International Conscience in Action
Biafra: miscellaneous
Biafra, Republic of: booklets "Notes on the Management of Refugee Camps" by the Rehabilitation Commission, 1968, and "Problems of Disease Prevention and Medical Cure," 1968
Biafra, Republic of Biafra: government documents
Britain, Great: miscellaneous
Britain, Great: Biafra Association, London
Britain, Great: Save Biafra Campaign
Britain, Great: Susan Garth Biafran Babies' Appeal, London
Canada: miscellaneous
Canada: Canadian Friends of Biafra
Canada: Canairelief (Canadian Air Relief to Nigeria/Biafra)
Canada: The Nigeria/Biafra Relief Fund of Canada
Canada: Government reports and statements, etc.
Canada: House of Commons Minutes of Proceedings and Evidence, no.1-5, 7-13, 1968 (October 8-November 4)

Box 3
Foreign organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
France: groups and reports, etc.
Ireland: miscellaneous
Ireland: Africa Concern Limited/Joint Biafra Famine Appeal,
1968
Ireland: Africa Concern Limited/Joint Biafra Famine Appeal, 1969 (January-April)
Ireland: Africa Concern Limited/Joint Biafra Famine Appeal, 1969 (May-October)
Ireland: Africa Concern Limited/Joint Biafra Famine Appeal, 1969 (November) - 1971 (August)
Israel: groups and reports, etc.
Netherlands: miscellaneous
Nigeria: miscellaneous
Nigeria: Christian Council of Nigeria
Nigeria: government documents
Nigeria (eastern): Publicity Division of the Ministry of Information -- booklet "Nigeria Pogrom: The Organized Massacre of Eastern Nigerians"
Nigeria, Embassy of (Washington D.C.): "News from Nigeria" [press releases], etc.
Nigeria: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Nigerian Red Cross
Nigeria: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Nigerian Red Cross -- "Contributions of the Voluntary Agencies in Nigeria," 1969 (February)

Box 4
Foreign organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
Scandinavian: Nordchurchaid
Switzerland: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -- efforts re: Biafra
Switzerland: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -- news releases, 1968
Switzerland: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -- news releases, 1969 (January-May)
Switzerland: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -- news releases, 1969 (June-December)
Switzerland: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) -- news releases, 1970
Switzerland: Joint Church Aid [org.]
Switzerland: Joint Church Aid [org.] -- press releases, no.12-49 [missing no.47]
Switzerland: Joint Church Aid [org.] -- press releases, no.50-89 [missing no.57,76,85,88]
Switzerland: Joint Church Aid [org.] -- press releases, no.90-126 [missing no.96,98,107]

Box 5
Foreign organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
Switzerland: Markpress -- miscellaneous
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.14-99
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.100-199
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.200-290
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.300-399
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.401-499
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.500-599
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.600-699
Switzerland: Markpress News Feature Service, no.700-777
Switzerland: World Council of Churches
Tanzania: miscellaneous

Box 6
U.S. organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
ACTION: branches
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, NYC
American Committee on Africa
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive, 1967-1969
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive, undated
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive, NYC: reports on oil
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive: booklet "Peace for Biafra"
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive: Lifeline
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive: reprints of articles
American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service: TAICH -- assistance programs of U.S. non-profit organizations, 1969-1970
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
American Jewish Committee
Americans for Biafra Relief, 1969-1970
Americans for Biafra Relief, undated
Americans for Children's Relief
Arms Control and Foreign Policy Student Working Group: booklet "The Nigerian Civil War, 1969-1970: A Case Study--" by Laurie S. Wiseberg, 1972
Biafra Association in the Americas Inc., NY
Biafra Medical Relief, NY
Biafra Relief Services Foundation [photos removed]

Box 7
U.S. organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
CARE
Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Reports
Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Reports (continued)
Catholic Relief Services: press releases
Catholic Relief Services: press releases (continued)
Catholic Relief Services: field reports
Church World Service
Coalition of Citizens Committees on the Nigerian/Biafran Crisis
Committee for Nigeria/Biafra Relief Inc., NY
Committee of Returned Volunteers, NY
Emergency Relief for Nigeria/Biafra (Rochester) [see also Operation Medicorps]
Food for Biafra Committee
Joint Church Aid - USA Inc.
Keep Biafra Alive Inc.: report of the Aburi Conference, Ghana, January 4-5, 1967
Lutheran Church: Missouri Synod

Box 8
U.S. organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
Medical Support Committee for Nigeria/Biafra Relief
National Council of Churches
New England Committee for Nonviolent Action/Emergency Committee on Nigeria and Biafra
Operation Medicorps
Operation Outrage Inc.
Operation Outrage Inc. (Coalition for Biafra Relief)
Quaker Service: Nigeria
Student Mobilization for Biafra, NYC
Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee: clinics in Awo-Omamma
UNICEF: press releases
UNICEF: Circular Letters, no.26-28, 30-31, 33
UNICEF: reports
UNICEF: report "Biafran Airlift"
UNICEF: reports about: high school food drive
United Nations: press releases, 1968-1969
United States National Student Association
World Horizons Inc., NYC: "New: The Multi-media Album," vol.4:3

Box 9
U.S. organizations/groups working on Nigeria/Biafra
U.S. government: White House
U.S. government: Vice President's Office
U.S. government: Senate
U.S. government: Senate -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy
U.S. government: House of Representatives
U.S. government: "Congressional Record"
U.S. government: State Department
U.S. government: State Department -- USAID
U.S. government: State Department -- Office of Special Coordination on Relief
U.S. government: State Department USAID -- Disaster Memo, no.1-8, 10
U.S. government: Library of Congress
U.S. government: "Statements of the United states Government on the Problem of Nigeria, December 6-31, 1968"
U.S. government: report "Foreign Activity in Search for Peace in Nigeria", 1968

Box 10
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Alabama -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: California -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: California -- Bay Area Committee to Save Biafran Children
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Colorado -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Connecticut -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Connecticut -- Biafra Children's Relief Fund (Yale University, New Haven, CT)
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Connecticut -- Food for Biafra Committee: Bridgeport Chapter
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Georgia -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Hawaii -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Illinois -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Indiana -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Iowa -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Kansas -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Kansas -- American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive Chapters
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Kansas - Interfaith Efforts
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Maryland -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Massachusetts -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Michigan -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Minnesota -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Missouri -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Missouri -- Kansas City Committee for Biafra-Nigeria Relief
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Missouri -- St. Louis Committee to Keep Biafrans Alive
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Montana -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Nebraska -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: New Jersey -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: New Hampshire -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: New York State -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: North Carolina -- miscellaneous

Box 11 (1/2 box)
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Ohio -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Oregon -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Pennsylvania -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Rhode Island -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: South Dakota -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Tennessee -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Texas -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Vermont -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Virginia
-- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Washington D.C. -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Washington State -- miscellaneous
U.S. state/local proclamations and resolutions: Wisconsin -- miscellaneous

Box 12
Events
Benefit Auction for the Relief of the Nigerian Civil War, 1968
Aburi Conference, Ghana, January 4-5, 1967
"First International Conference on Biafra," December 6-8, 1968
"Perspectives: Biafra. An International Conference," January 11, 1969
"The Nigeria-Biafra Conflict: Report of a One-Day Conference," May 22, 1969
Conference on National Reconstruction Development in Nigeria: papers given, 1969
Conference on National Reconstruction Development in Nigeria: Economic and Social Survey, 1969
Conference on National Reconstruction Development in Nigeria: "Rehabilitation and Resettlement" by U. Asika
Other
Ad samples -- ad hoc groups

Box 13 (1/2 box)
Medical Reports
Catholic Medical Mission Board Inc., NYC
Miscellaneous medical reports and projects
Miscellaneous medical reports and projects (continued
)

Box 14
Observer Teams/Eyewitness Reports
International observer teams
Congressional Study Mission to Biafra
Eyewitness accounts
Catholic eyewitness reports, 1967
Catholic eyewitness reports, 1968
Catholic eyewitness reports, 1969
Catholic eyewitness reports, 1970
Catholic eyewitness reports, undated

Box 15
Miscellaneous Published Material Gathered
Miscellaneous material gathered
Miscellaneous material gathered (continued)
Miscellaneous material gathered (continued)
Miscellaneous material gathered (continued)
CBS radio broadcast "Nigeria-Biafra: the World's Tragedy" June 9, 1969
Booklet: quarterly journal "The African Scholar" vol.1:1 (August 31-November 30, 1968) -- focus on Biafra
Booklet (loose leaf) "Biafra Time" [photocopy]
Booklet "January 15: Before and After," 1967 (Nigerian Crisis 1966, vol. 7)
Biafra: booklet "Nigeria and Biafra: The Parting of the Ways" [pages missing at end]
Pamphlets: 1) Nigeria: The Army and the People's Cause" by Obarogie Ohonbhmu; 2) The Biafra-Nigeria War - A Human Tragedy" by Godfrey C. Okeke
Paper "Genesis of the Nigerian War" by Paul I. Unogo (University of Lagos), undated
Paper "Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from the Nigerian Civil War" by Nawrie S. Wiseberg, 1973
Paper "Nigeria and the Challenge for Unity"
African-American writers and opinions
Miscellaneous
Genocide
Maps
Oil in Nigeria/Biafra
Addresses by Lieutenant-Colonel Odumegwa Ojukwa

Box 16

Newsclippings: Africa-Britain
Africa/n: newsclippings
Africa/n: newsclippings from "Nigeria-News," vol.2:11 (February, 1970) [cover title --"United Nigeria Has Arrived"]
Britain, Great: newsclippings from unknown papers
Britain, Great [Ireland?]: newsclippings from unknown papers
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Africa Confidential," 1967-1970
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Daily Express"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "The Economist"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "The Financial Times"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Guardian Weekly"/"Guardian"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "London Times"/"Times," 1968
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "London Times"/"Times," 1969 (January-May)
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "London Times"/"Times," 1969 (June-December)
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "London Times"/"Times," 1970
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Morning Post"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "New Statesman"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Observer"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Sunday Express"/"Sunday Press"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Spectator"

Box 17
Newsclippings: Britain-France
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Sunday Telegraph"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Sunday Times"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "Telegram"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "The Times"
Britain, Great: newsclippings from "West Africa"
Canada: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Canada: newsclippings from "Montreal Star"
Canada: newsclippings from "Ottawa Journal"
Canada: newsclippings from "Toronto Daily Star"
Canada [Toronto]: newsclippings from "Globe and Mail"
Canada [Toronto]: newsclippings from "Telegram"/"Telegraph"
France(?) [in French]: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
France [in English]: press bulletins
France: newsclippings from "Jeunne Afrique"
France: newsclippings from "Le Figaro," 1968 (October) - 1969 (May)

Box 18
Newsclippings: France-Ireland
France: newsclippings from "Le Figaro," 1969 (June-December)
France: newsclippings from "Le Figaro," 1970, undated
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1968
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1969 (January-February)
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1969 (March-April)
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1969 (May-June)
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1969 (July-August)
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1969 (September-December)
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," 1970
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde," undated
France: newsclippings from "Le Monde Diplomatique"
France: newsclippings from "Le Nouvel Observateur"
France: newsclippings from "Le Soir"
France: newsclippings from "L'enenement"
France: newsclippings from "L'Express"
France: newsclippings from "Monde et Vie"
France: newsclippings from "Paris Match"
Germany(?) [in German]: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Ireland: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Ireland: newsclippings from "Cork Examiner"
Ireland: newsclippings from "The Daily Telegraph," 1967-1968
Ireland: newsclippings from "The Daily Telegraph," 1969 (January-June)

Box 19
Newsclippings: Ireland-Italy
Ireland: newsclippings from "The Daily Telegraph," 1969 (July-December)
Ireland: newsclippings from "The Daily Telegraph," 1970, undated
Ireland: newsclippings from "Evening Herald"
Ireland: newsclippings from "Irish Independent"
Ireland [Dublin]: newsclippings from "Irish Press"
Ireland: newsclippings from "Irish Times"
Ireland: newsclippings from "Sunday Press"
Ireland: newsclippings from "Sunday Independent"
Israel: newsclippings from "Jerusalem Post"
Italy(?) [in Italian]: newsclippings and articles from miscellaneous papers
Italy(?) [in Italian]: newsclippings and articles from miscellaneous papers (continued)
Italy: newsclippings from "Corriere Della Sera"

Box 20 (1/2 box)
Newsclippings: New Zealand-Switzerland
New Zealand: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Nigeria: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Nigeria(?): newsclippings from "Daily Times"
Nigeria(?): newsclippings from "New Nigerian"
Nigeria: newsclippings from "Nigerian Observer"
Nigeria: newsclippings from "Sunday Observer"/"Sunday Times"
Scandinavian: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
South Africa/n: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Spain(?) [in Spanish]: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers
Switzerland: newsclippings from "Press Actions, Abridged Edition"

Box 21
Newsclippings: United States, 1967-1969 (July)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1967
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1968 (January-August)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1968 (September)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1968 (October)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1968 (November)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1968 (December)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (January)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (February)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (March)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (April)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (May)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (June)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (July)

Box 22
Newsclippings: United States, 1969 (August) - 1970, undated

United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (August)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (September)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (October)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (November)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1969 (December)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1970 (January 1-15)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1970 (January 16-31)
United States: newsclippings from "Biafra Review," no.1, 1970 (January)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1970 (February)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, 1970 (March-October)
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, undated
United States: newsclippings from miscellaneous papers, undated (continued)

Box 23 (1/2 box)
Composites
United States and foreign: composites of newsclippings
Newsclippings: composites of newsclippings (photocopies)



This checklist was last updated on February 8, 2016