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Collection Scope and Content Note


Records include organizational records of Citizen Soldier and its predecessor organizations, the Safe Return Amnesty Committee and the Citizens Commission of Inquiry on U.S. War Crimes. Citizens Commission on U.S. War Crimes records, 1969-1974, include correspondence, news articles, publications, sample letters, reports, handouts, legal papers, and military hearings on war crimes in Vietnam and racism in the United States military. Safe Return Amnesty Committee records, 1969-1976, include correspondence, publications, sample letters, newsletters, handouts, press releases, photographs, transcripts of legal proceedings, film scripts, and agendas on amnesty and other national and international political issues of the time. Citizen Soldier records, 1968-1986, include correspondence, news articles, reports, newsletters, handouts, vitae, fundraising information, and letters to the editor on unionizing the military, and health issues, especially Agent Orange, Vietnamese prisons, and prisoners of war.

Also, files relating to legal cases involving military issues including health issues such as Agent Orange, exposure to nuclear testing, exposure to toxic chemicals, drug testing, suicides and deaths in suspicious circumstances, AIDS testing, andother health issues; civil rights issues such as blacks in the military, and gays in the military; military justice including a murder case in Panama, gun smuggling in Grenada, and covert operations; recruiting practices; conscientious objectors; and Vietnam veterans.

Part of Vietnam War Veterans Archives.

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