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Clearing House for Nigeria/Biafra Information Records

Identifier: SCPC-DG-168

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1967-1970


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information


Historical note

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.


10.5 Linear Feet (10.5 linear feet.)


The Clearing House was established to provide information about the Nigeria/Biafra War.


This collection remained in the order in which it was donated until it was processed by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection 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.

Physical Location

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hollis Ann Chenery, 1981 [acc. 81A-120].

Existence and Location of Copies

Most of this collection was microfilmed by the University of Chicago on 14 microfilm reels.

Separated Materials

Items removed: Photographs (8" x 10") Audio visual recordings

Legal Status

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

Processing Information

Collection processed and new finding aid created by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, February 2016.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017. This finding aid was updated by Wendy E. Chmielewski November 2018.

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