Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam Records, 1969-1973

Collection: DG 227

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Descriptive Summary
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam
Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam Records
Inclusive Dates
Call Number
DG 227
Language of Materials
Materials in English
19 linear feet [papers only]
The Committee of Liaison with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam was founded in 1969. Cora Weiss was the co-chair and director of the organization from 1969-1972. The Committee organized the exchange of letters and packages between families of prisoners of war in Vietnam and the POWs. The Committee played a significant role in providing information to the U.S. public about the POW situation and in the public debates about this issue. Other supporters and activists with the Committee included David Dellinger, Richard Falk, and William Sloane Coffin

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
Usage Restrictions
Yes, POW files are restricted unitl May of 2023, Boxes 24-27. Contact SCPC staff for further information.
Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Cora Weiss, 2007 [Acc. 07A-044, Acc. 07A-047, Acc. 07A-059]
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed. This finding aid was created by Wendy E. Chmielewski, 2007-2009
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam Records (DG 227), 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
Cora Weiss Papers (DG 222)
Friendshipment/Bach Mai Hospital Fund Records (DG 228)

Historical Background

The Committee of Liaison With Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam was founded in 1969. Cora Weiss was the co-chair and director of the organization from 1969-1972. The COL organized the exchange of letters and packages between families of prisoners of war in Vietnam and the POWs themselves. This exchange often revealed the names of those men still alive and prisoners in North Vietnam, which the U.S. government had refused to make public. The COL played a significant role in providing information to the U.S. public about the POW situation and in the public debates about this issue. In 1972 Weiss and other COL supporters traveled to North Vietnam to visit U.S. POWs. They were able to arrange for the return home of some these men. Other supporters and activists with the COL include David Dellinger, Richard Falk, and William Sloane Coffin.

Collection Overview
This collection includes COL administrative records, newspaper clippings on COL activities, a large collection of newspaper clippings on individual prisoners of war as well as clippings with general information on POWs; material about trips of COL organizers and supporters to Vietnam; and records on individual POWs, including COL correspondence with family members (these files are restricted).

Items removed:
Photographs (see DG 222)

Arrangement of Collection
This collection is unprocessed and remains in the order in which it was donated. Committee of Liaison administrative records are scattered throughout the collection. Newspaper clippings about COL activities and POWs may also be found throughout the collection. Records of POWs maintained by the Committee of Liaison are to be found at the end of the collection organized by the COL in several sections. In each section these records are in alphabetical order by the last name of the POW. At the end of these records there are three boxes of files cards about POWs maintained by COL staff.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Names of servicemen detained by Laos-China
Names of civilian detainees
Names of servicemen detained by PRG
New Prisoners of War Department of Defense list, 1973 (January 28)
DRV list as of September 29, 1972
Lists, January 28, 1973 and releases of Prisoners of War
Charles, Gartley, Elias, 1972
Taylor list
23 deaths
Prisoners of War by state, December 22, 1970
Prisoners of War released or escaped prior to accords
Status lists
Original lists
Servicemen detained by DRV
Committee of Liaison, attacks by prisoners of war and response

Box 2
Prisoners of War, press conferences
Pennsylvania Prisoners of War
Returned Prisoners of War
Prisoners of War, rehabilitation
Prisoners of War, anti war statements
Prisoners of War, 12 anti war PRG
Prisoners of War, NLF tapes
Prisoners of War DRV 8 letters to Congress
Prisoners of War history, Cora Weiss talk, NARMIC, Philadelphia
French Prisoners of War
N.V.N.A. wire, 4 captured, December 18, 1971
Prisoners of War DRV
Downey, John T., Flynn Smith
MIA-Missing in Action [3 folders]
List November 20, 1970, deaths
DRV lists
Lists Prisoners of War families
Lists, November 1970
Prisoners of War statements after release
Interview transcripts, CBS “60 Minutes”

Box 3
Books to released pilots
Voice of Women (VOW) Canada, Indochina women’s conference
Phuong, Hang, poem “Welcome to American Friends,” December 12, 1969
NFUK ( Cambodia)
Laos, bombing
Pathet Lao
Korean GI revolt
Sweden, Prisoners of War
Prisoners of War, Laos
Pathet Lao, Prisoners of War
Prisoners of War, China
League of Families meeting, October 1972
South Vietnamese art
South Vietnamese political prisoners
South Vietnamese political prisoners
Civilian prisoners
League of Families meeting, September 1971

Box 4
“American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1971” Congressional Hearings, April 1971
Journal (Cora Weiss?) 1973
Requests for travel
PRG invitation
Redress, March 17, 1973
Master lists (PRG and DRV) for Committee of Liaison mailings
Wrong form
Fund raiser recap, November 1972
Paris trips
Love mail
Thank you mail
Complete list (for Committee of Liaison mailings)
Mail labels DRV, January 1972
Photocopies of letters from families
Whereas resolution
Weiss, Cora biography

Returned Prisoners of War mail [missing?]

Box 5
Quotes and follow ups from letters received
PRG master list
Hate mail, etc
Press contacts
Press lists
David Dellinger biography
Committee of Liaison history
William Sloane Coffin biography
Norris A. Charles
Committee of Liaison additional members
Children’s letters of inquiry about Prisoners of War, 1971
Letters of inquiry
Prisoners of War letter to media, senators, April 29, 1972
Committee of Liaison press releases [3 folders]
Paris meetings, October27, 1972
Packages [for Prisoners of War] contents
Literature orders

Box 6
Mail from DRV Prisoners of War
Vietnam Women’s Union
Trip December 13, 1972-January1, 1973
Box 7
Cora Weiss interviews
Cora Weiss articles
Cora Weiss
Winter soldier investigation
Whitaker Kansas
Western Union cable, December 31, 1971 on Prisoners of War
Cora Weiss testimony
Cora Weiss speaking engagements
Trip, September 1972, documents
Trip, itineraries
Today [Show] NBC
Dana Stone
South Vietnam propaganda
South Vietnam
PRG 7 point proposal, July 1, 1971
DRV prisoner information
Prisoners of War, DRV press
DRV, war crimes
DRV, Trading with Enemy law

Box 8
DRV, correspondence to and from
DRV policy
Prisoners of War conditions
DRV statements
DRV cables
DRV downed aircraft
Women Strike for Peace
Veterans for Peace
Underground press
Vietnam Veterans Against the War
Women Strike for Peace, convention, 1970
Trees, Jewish project
South Vietnam, drugs
Ring around Congress
We are all Prisoners of War
Project air war
Peace movement, spring plans
Organizational literature

Box 9
Medical Aid, Boston
Medical Aid committee
Medical Aid
Organization literature
Moratorium, May, 1972
Families for Immediate Release
Letter to Senator Scott
League of Families
National League of Families
LAO Refugee drawing
People’s movements
Binh, Nguyen Thai
Asian Information Group
Army base list
Amnesty International
International Red Cross
International Vietnam Solidarity Committee
Accords and protocols
Peace treaty
Paris, September 1, 1972 release
State department
Prisoners of War, United States policy

Box 10
Prisoners of War PRG
Geneva Convention
Navy, next of kin letters
Prisoners of War, House Foreign Affairs hearings
Congressional resolution 297
Statements of congressmen

Box 11
Congressional Record
Congressional directory
Kramer, Wall Street Journal, September 1971
Phil Donahue Show
Jane Fonda
Department of Defense
Tom Hayden
Michael Allen
NLF Prisoners of War
Piloten im Pyjama
TV contracts
South Vietnam Prisoners of War information
Prisoners of War mail
Prisoners of War legislation, Congress
Prisoners of War, India/Pakistan
Prisoners of War, black
Prisoners of War
1001 letters press, December 21, 1971
Pentagon Papers

Box 12
[Christian Science] Monitor pieces
Confiscation of mail
Prisoners of War, magazine stories
Magazine articles
Life [magazine]
Letters to the editor
Le Monde
F11 fighter planes
Clippings, 1970
Christmas package and Christmas mail press conferences, November and December 1971
The Nation article on Prisoners of War, January 1971
Committee of Liaison FBI investigations
Returned veterans
United Nations resolution on Prisoners of War
George Wilson, Washington Post
Trip, release, documents
Stephens College life
South Vietnamese Prisoners of War
Saigon Prisoners of War release, October 1971
South Vietnamese relay site
Sontay [2 folders]
Newspaper clippings on Prisoners of War

Box 13
Prisoners of War, the wives and families
Prisoners of War families
Prisoners of War visits, communications, lists, families
Van Dyke
Van Horne
Von Hoffman
Telford Taylor
George Smith
Bella Abzug
Grace Paley
Muriel Rukeyser
Theo Ronco
The Guardian
Committee of Liaison articles
Christmas 1972 bombing and after
Prisoners of War articles
Kurt Waldheim, United Nations
Debris and Menras
Saigon Prisoners of War release
Thuy interview
Thieu trip
Prisoners of War charges
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings
Returned Prisoners of War White House party, May 24, 1973
Prisoners of War-Missing in Action after release
Prisoners of War divorce
Prisoners of War civilians
Prisoners of War code of conduct
Prisoners of War, cease fire, January 23, 1973
Prisoners of War statements on torture
Mary Payne
Grace Paley

Box 14
Monika Metzner
Liberation News Service articles
Lelyverd, The New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Peggy Duff article
Richard Falk
CBS News
Banning Garrett
Vietnam news
Committee of Liaison mail
[William Sloane] Coffin
Jane Hart
Fonda, IPC
Frances Fitzgerald
Evans and Novak
Richard Dudman
De Wolf
Bob Considine
[Richard] Falk
Ted Kennedy response
Seymour Hersh [3 folders]
Newspaper clippings, 1969

Box 15
Dayton, Ohio families
Information requests
Committee of Liaison meeting, March 1972
Committee of Liaison meeting, December 1, 1972
Prisoner of War scrapbook, December 1969
Committee of Liaison, correspondence, 1972 and 1973
Diana Johnstone
South Vietnamese women, right to live, prisons

Box 16
From DRV
Captured documents
DRV Paris
Reprints of articles
Sontag, Berrigan, Zinn, Davis
Committee of Liaison “Facts”, April 30, 1970
Anniversary tours
Committee of Liaison pamphlets and literature
Christmas 1972, mail and packages
Camp and Trail, freeze dried foods
List of Committee of Liaison, 1972-1973
Prisoner of War newspaper clippings
Prisoner of War, facts and charts
Committee of Liaison-travel expenses
Committee of Liaison-telephone and answering machine [2 folders]
Committee of Liaison-stationary, paper supplies
Committee of Liaison-rent
Committee of Liaison-financial records [2 folders]
Committee of Liaison-contributions
Committee of Liaison-fund raiser, Ramsey Clarke, November 1972
Committee of Liaison-Cronin
Committee of Liaison-volunteers
Reference file-Con Son
Box 17
Committee of Liaison-fund raising letters
Committee of Liaison-notebook and loose correspondence
Committee of Liaison-notebook
Committee of Liaison-FOIA suit
Missing in Action, MIAs Laos
Committee of Liaison-press releases and other literature
Committee of Liaison-copies of letters to families, March 1970-February 1973
Prisoners of War next of kin letters from Air Force
Missing in Action, MIAs mailing January 20, 1971
Letters sent to DRV through office, lists of Prisoners of War
Prisoners of War-newspaper clippings [3 folders]
Prisoners of War families

Box 18
Committee of Liaison-correspondence and miscellaneous files, 1970s
Committee of Liaison-miscellaneous notes
Committee of Liaison-miscellaneous files
Committee of Liaison-DRV
Airforce documents on Prisoners of War
Committee of Liaison, History of
Committee of Liaison, Incorporation
Committee of Liaison, Finances
Committee of Liaison, Meeting January 3, 1973
Committee of Liaison, Board meeting.October 22, 1973-December 1973
Committee of Liaison, Meeting March 26, 1973
Committee of Liaison, Minutes, memos
Committee of Liaison, Correspondence
Committee of Liaison, Correspondence to and from members
Committee of Liaison, Correspondence
Box 19
Master list of POW's
Letters sent to DRV through office, lists of POW's
POW newspaper clippings
CoL letters to and from members
CoL file and correspondence (1972)
Committee of Liaison, Correspondence and files
Committee of Liaison, Press releases
Committee of Liaison, Reprints
Committee of Liaison, Trip to Vietnam, 1972

Box 20
Committee of Liaison, Reactions to Prisoners of War release
Committee of Liaison, Miscellaneous files
Committee of Liaison, Newspaper clippings
Committee of Liaison, Lists of Prisoners of War
Committee of Liaison, Prisoners of War
Committee of Liaison, Prisoners of War requests
Committee of Liaison, Missing in Action (MIA)
Committee of Liaison, Missing in Action (MIA), lists
Committee of Liaison, Missing in Action (MIA), master list, August 1971
Court case, Prisoners of War vs. the US government
Ramsey Clarke trip, August 1972
Air Force magazine on Prisoners of War
U.S. government publications

Box 21
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings (1)
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings (2)
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings (3)
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings (in notebook)
Peter Arnett newspaper clippings
Bishop Crowther
Reference files
Prisoners of War, 1970 (?)
Prisoners of War, and Vietnam after war
Box 22
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings (1)
Prisoners of War newspaper clippings (2)
POW release
Court material, 30 May (1973)
Cora Weiss correspondence
Committee of Liaison memos of Board of Directors (not in chronological order)
International community
MIA select committee
Cora Weiss testimony, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Box 23
Draft articles by Committee of Liaison leaders
Miscellaneous Prisoners of War, Committee of Liaison files
Miscellaneous, includes lists of Prisoners of War
CoL miscellaneous
CoL press, memos, etc.
POWs press (1973)
CoL POW press releases
CoL and POW clippings (1971 and 1972)
Clippings, POW press

Boxes 24-37 Files of individual Prisoners of War [Restricted]
Card File Box 38-39 Card files of individual Prisoners of War [Restricted]
Card File Box 40 Card file of Americans who visited Vietnam [not restricted]

(Currently stored with (DG 229) Cora Weiss)

This file was last updated on September 15, 2017.