Republic of Biafra collection, circa 1968-1970

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kerr, Graham B. (collector)
Title: Republic of Biafra collection, circa 1968-1970
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1335
Extent: .5 linear feet (1 box), 1 extra oversized paper (XOP), and AV Masters: .25 linear feet (CLP)
Abstract:Collection of materials regarding the Republic of Biafra, collected by Graham and Maryagnes Kerr, including newspaper clippings, press releases, and printed materials.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift of Maryagnes and Graham Kerr, 2015.

Custodial History

The Kerrs collected the materials.


[after identification of item(s)], Republic of Biafra collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of Political, Cultural, and Social Movements Collections, Randy Gue.


Processed at the folder level by Laura Starratt, June 2015.

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Collection Description

Historical Note

The Republic of Biafra, named for the Bight of Biafra, was a secessionist state in south-eastern Nigeria that existed from May 1967 to January 1970. The republic's creation was due to tensions between the Igbo people of that region and the other groups of Nigeria. Biafra was formally recognized by a number of countries and supported by others along with non-state actors such as Joint Church Aid. The creation of this state and the push for recognition led to the Nigerian-Biafran War, and after two and a half years of war in which over a million people were killed due to fighting or from famine, Biafran forces agreed to a ceasefire with the Nigerian government and were reintegrated into Nigeria.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains primarily newspaper clippings about the Nigerian-Biafran war as well as printed materials and two form letters seeking support and awareness of the Biafran cause. There is a map of the Republic of Biafra as well as a phonograph record, This is Biafra, which includes the national anthem and other songs of Biafra, and a speech by Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu, head of state of Biafra, in 1967.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Biafra Independence Anniversary Bulletin, May 30, 1968
1 2 Clippings, 1968-1970 [1 of 3]
1 3 Clippings, 1968-1970 [2 of 3]
1 4 Clippings, 1968-1970 [3 of 3]
1 5 Correspondence, circa 1968-1970
1 6 Cover art, Communication in East Nigeria: An Experiment in Inducing Change, no date
XOP1 - Map, Biafra, circa 1969
1 7 Newsletters, Clearing House Weekly, June-December 1969
1 8 Press release, Joint Church Aid-U.S.A., Inc., December 4, 1969
CLP2 - This is Biafra, 1967 [original: phonograph]