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Guide to the P. Adem Carroll Papers
1964-2018 (bulk, 2000-2010)
 MS 3212

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 29, 2022
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Scope and Contents

The P. Adem Carroll Papers includes documents from his work with post-9/11 detainees, as well as other files from his personal and professional life ranging from 1964 until 2018.

Series I. Detainee Files: The series consists of case files, arranged alphabetically by surname, of the post-9/11 detainees for whom Carroll provided legal and financial relief during his time at the ICNA Relief. These files include legal documents such as appeals, briefs, court stenographer's notes; correspondence, often with lawyers, politicians, judges, the detainees, or family members of the detainees; and financial documents, such as bills, invoices, checks, and other documents. Additionally, many of Carroll's professional documents that deal directly with detainees (detainee lists, handwritten notes, contact information, intake forms, among others) are included in the series.

Series II. Subject Files: The series consists of personal and professional documents of Carroll's, including: his work at other non-profit organizations, such as the Muslim Consultative Network (MCN), New York Disaster Interfaith Service (NYDIS), Turning Point, Burma Task Force, among others; various side projects and advocacy work that he or others performed; guides and reports; flyers and documents from various events; photographs; and items from his childhood and teenage years, such as personal education documents and performance programs.

Series III. Publications: The series consists of various newspapers, bulletins, newsletters, and magazines, mostly from the Islamic press. Of specific note is Muslims Weekly and the Weekly Mirror, two publications in which Carroll wrote a column and of which exist a large number of volumes in this collection.

Series IV. Audiovisual: The series consists of audiocassette, videocassette, and compact discs, mostly covering different topics pertaining to Islam or religion. Many of the videocassettes include reports and documentaries on the detainees and detention centers. The digital files include non-commercial recordings of a conference, reports on Hurricane Katrina, and some work on detainees.

Series V. Artifacts: The series includes a small amount of physical objects, including a patch from the Bosnian army, a tile with Arabic script, and a certificate.


The collection is organized into five series that reflects the work Carroll performed over his years as a community advocate and organizer:

Series I. Detainee Files, 1998-2011
Series II. Subject Files, 1964-2018
Series III. Publications, 1988-2010
Series IV. Audiovisual, 2002-2015
Series V. Artifacts, 2015