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Collection Overview

Title: Southeast Asian Studies Center, 1961+

Predominant Dates:1961+

ID: RHC/UA/30/-5

Extent: 20.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1970

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies records are a subgroup within the Academic Centers record group of the University Archives.  There are two series in the collection:  Southeast Asian Center materials and Peace Corps records which are further divided into specific programs (ex. Malaya).

The records primarily date from 1961 to 1967, with newsletters from the Southeast Asian Studies Center continuing to the present time.  Correspondence and reports document the Center's history.  The Peace Corps records contain correspondence from all over the world detailing the establishment of training programs on the NIU campus as well as reports, proposals, and financial records.  The largest sub-series documents the Malaya and Thailand Training Programs.  Orientation aids, reports, and correspondence reveal a great deal of information on the health status and political make-up of Thailand, Malaysia, and the Phillippines.  The collection is an excellent source for political science research.

Collection Historical Note

In 1961 NIU President Leslie Holmes appointed several faculty members to develop a new interdisciplinary program focusing on Southeast Asia.  Under the leadership of Professor Daniel Wit (former Chairman of the Political Science Department) and Professor J. Norman Parmer (former Chairman of the History Department), the new program received approval from the Board of Governors in 1963.  At the same time the Center for Southeast Asian Studies was created to stimulate and direct the new program.  Professor M. Ladd Thomas of the Department of Political Science served as the first Center Coordinator.

From the beginning the Center became involved in training programs.  Under a contract with the Center, a small group of missionaries trained for lay work in Indonesia.  Under Professor Thomas' direction, the Center also was responsible for Peace Corps training programs for Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.  This activity ended in 1968 when the Peace Corps transferred its training programs to the host countries.

The Interinstitutional Council on Asian Studies in Illinois organized in 1970 to promote more effective use of Asian resources in the state.  The Council awarded the Center several grants to facilitate state-wide sharing of its Southeast Asian resources.  To minimize overlapping instruction in Southeast Asian languages and area specialization, the Center cooperated with the Center for Asian Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, and the Center for Vietnamese Studies, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

The primary focus of the Center is on Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  Over thirty courses taught by members of the Departments of Art (History), Anthropology, Geography, History, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Political Science, and Sociology are offered.  These courses cover a wide variety of topics and some additional courses focus on China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and the Middle East.

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the records.

Use Restrictions: Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Method: The University Archives acquired the Center for Southeast Asian Studies' records in several installments beginning in the mid-1970's.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series I: Southeast Asian Center
Box 1
Folder 1: History and Information
Folder 2: Program Proposals
Folder 3-4: Memoranda, 1967-1974
Folder 5-9: Correspondence, A-W, 1964-1965
Folder 10-15: General Correspondence, 1964-1965
Folder 16: Correspondence on Health Training, 1965
Folder 17: Correspondence on Peace Corps Lectures, 1965
Folder 18: Book Orders, 1965-1966
Folder 19: Speaking Engagements, 1965-1966
Folder 20-29: General Correspondence, 1966, 1972-1974
Folder 30: Correspondence on Exchange, 1967-1971
Folder 31: Search Committee for a Director, 1971
Folder 32: Newsletters [see Box 45 for "Mandala" newsletters], 1973-1979
Folder 33-36: Financial Records, 1965
Box 2
Folder 1: Volunteers' Reports on Experiences, 1966
Folder 2: Reports: Hilo Thailand X Language, 1965
Folder 3: Reports: Health Training, 1965
Folder 4: Reports: Peace Corps Training Program, 1965
Folder 5: Reports: Instruction about Communism in Peace Corps Training Programs, 1966
Folder 6: Reports: American Economic System, 1966
Box 3
Folder 1: Reports: Thailand TEFL, 1966
Folder 2: Reports: Pre-Training Planning Conference, 1966
Folder 3: Reports: Conference at Antioch College, 1966
Folder 4: Reports: Southeast Asia Collection, 1971
Folder 5: Reports: Malaysia XIII, 1966
Folder 6: Reports: Education in Thailand, no date
Folder 7: Mailing Lists and Student Rosters
Folder 8: Training Guide, no date
Box 4
Folder 1: Courses Offered, 1972, 1974, (1981-1986)
Folder 2-3: Lectures, no date
Folder 4: List of Southeast Asian Holdings, 1965-1975
Box 5-6: Special Reports, Numbers 1-14; Number  19, 1969-1977; 1981
Box 7
Volume 1-8: Occasional Papers (8 volumes), Number  1-4; Number  5-8, 1974; 1977-1981
Folder 1: Annual Reports, National, 1962-1964, 1967, 1977, 1981
Folder 2: Annual Reports, 1971-1982
Series II: Peace Corps
Sub-Series A: General Administration Files
Box 8
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1966-1967
Folder 2-4: Correspondence, A-Z, 1966-1967
Box 9
Folder 1: General Correspondence, 1967-1968
Folder 2-3: Correspondence with Volunteers, A-H, 1967-1968
Box 10
Folder 1-3: Correspondence with Volunteers, J-Z, 1967-1968
Box 11
Folder 1: Correspondence with Trainees, 1967-1968
Folder 2: Member, Trainee, and Staff Lists, 1966-1967
Folder 3: Conference Materials and Reports, 1966-1968
Folder 4: Program Descriptions, 1966
Folder 5: Dental Exam Regulations, 1967
Folder 6: Contracts, 1966-1968
Box 12
Folder 1: Contracts, 1966-1968
Folder 2: Faculty Employment Forms, 1967
Folder 3: Reports, 1965-1969
Folder 4: Letters for Academic Credit, 1967
Folder 5: Letters of Resignation, 1968
Folder 6: Inquiries about Peace Corps, 1965-1966
Folder 7: Training Information Request, no date
Folder 8: Guide for Research Proposals, 1963-1964
Folder 9: Research Advisory Committee, 1966
Folder 10: Proposals Approved by NIU Committee, 1966
Folder 11: Proposals Not Approved by NIU, 1966
Box 13
Folder 1: Research Proposals, 1965-1966
Folder 2: Research Contracts, 1965-1967
Folder 3: Report on Johnson Project, 1967
Folder 4: McLeish-Cooke Project, 1967
Folder 5: Asian Development Institute Proposal, 1966
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1966-1968
Folder 7: Memoranda, 1965-1967
Folder 8: Employment Possibilities, 1966-1968
Folder 9: Employment Applications, 1966-1967
Box 14
Folder 1: Evaluations, no date
Folder 2: Inventories, 1967
Folder 3: FSI Information, 1966
Folder 4: Bibliographies, no date
Folder 5: Book Orders, 1966-1967
Folder 6: Assessments, 1967
Folder 7: Subject Files: ATP Program-Dartmouth College, no date
Folder 8: Subject Files: Advisory Selection Boards, 1966
Folder 9: Subject Files: Exams, no date
Folder 10: Subject Files: Food Service, 1966-1967
Folder 11: Subject Files: Idiosyncrasy, no date
Folder 12: Subject Files: Immigration Policies, 1966
Folder 13: Subject Files: Society for International Development, 1965-1966
Folder 14: Subject Files: Materials, 1966
Folder 15: Subject Files: Medical Insurance for Instructors, 1967
Folder 16: Subject Files: Migrant School, 1966
Folder 17: Subject Files: News Releases, 1964-1966
Box 15
Folder 1: Subject Files: Orientation Films, 1965
Folder 2: Subject Files: Orientation Seminar, 1966
Folder 3: Subject Files: Peace Corps Trainee Lodging, 1967
Folder 4: Subject Files: NIU Representative Correspondence, 1961-1967
Folder 5: Subject Files: Permission For Use of Articles, 1966
Folder 6: Subject Files: Philippine Training Information, 1966
Folder 7: Subject Files: Public Relations for Peace Corps, 1964-1965
Box 16
Folder 1: Subject Files: Speaking Engagements, 1966-1967
Folder 2: Subject Files: Student Eligibility, 1967
Folder 3: Subject Files: Syllabus, 1966
Folder 4: Subject Files: Telephone System, 1966
Folder 5: Subject Files: Trainee Questionnaire, no date
Folder 6: Subject Files: Training Schedules, no date
Folder 7: Subject Files: Transportation, 1967
Folder 8-9: Aids to Teaching English, 1965
Box 17: Aids to Teaching English, 1965
Box 18
Folder 1-2: Methodology Syllabus, 1965
Box 19
Folder 1-16: Financial Records, Withdrawal Slips, 1965-1967
Box 20
Folder 1: Proposed PC Programs in the Far East, 1961
Folder 2: Shriver Memorandum on Selection Process, 1962
Folder 3: Peace Corps Placement Test, 1961, no date
Folder 4: Iverson Proposal for American Studies Outline, 1961
Folder 5: COR Project, 1963-1964
Sub-Series B: Malaya Program, 1961-1965
Box 20
Folder 6-7: Malaya I to VI Photos, 1961-1963
Folder 8: Budget Reports, 1962-1965
Folder 9: Malaya I Training Budget, 1961
Folder 10-11: Malaya II Budget for Training Program, 1962
Folder 12: Malaya III Budget, 1962
Folder 13-14: Malaya IV Training Budget, 1962
Folder 15-16: Malaya V Training Budget, 1963
Folder 17: Malaya VI Budget (Arnold), circa  1964
Folder 18-22: Peace Corps Contracts, Malaya I-V, 1961-1963
Folder 23: Peace Corps Contract Materials, 1961-1963
Box 21
Folder 1: Malaya I: Training Program, 1961-1962
Folder 2-6: Malaya I: Correspondence, 1961-1962
Folder 7: Malaya I: Complete Packet minus Psychological Tests, 1961
Folder 8: Malaya I: Peace Corps Volunteer Information Sheets, 1961
Folder 9: Malaya I: Peace Corps Volunteer Medical Status, 1961
Folder 10-49: Malaya I: Individual Information Forms on Volunteers, 1961
Folder 50: Malaya II: Complete File of Training Materials, 1962
Folder 51-56: Malaya II: Correspondence, 1962
Folder 57: Malaya II: Volunteer Information Sheets, 1961
Folder 58: Malaya III: Complete Record of Training Program, 1962
Folder 59-65: Malaya III: Correspondence, 1962
Folder 66: Malaya III: Volunteer Information Sheets, 1962
Folder 67: Malaya III: Evaluation of Training Form, 1962
Folder 68: Malaya III: Final Report, 1965
Box 22
Folder 1: Malaya IV: Training Program, 1963
Folder 2: Malaya IV: Speaking Dates, 1962-1963
Folder 3-10: Malaya IV: Correspondence, 1962-1963
Folder 11: Malaya IV: Report of Mid-Selection Board, 1963
Folder 12: Malaya IV: Volunteers Evaluation of Training, 1963
Folder 13: Malaya IV: Final Report, 1965
Folder 14: Malaya IV: First Exam in American Studies, 1963
Folder 15: Malaya IV: Test in World Affairs (Donnelly), 1963
Folder 16-17: Malaya IV: Volunteer Information Sheets, 1963
Folder 18: Malaya V: Training Program, 1963
Folder 19: Malaya V: Project Materials, 1963
Folder 20-27: Malaya V: Correspondence, 1963-1964
Folder 28: Malaya V: Exam in World Affairs, 1963
Folder 29-30: Malaya V: Area Studies Exams, 1963
Folder 31: Malaya V: American Studies Exam, 1963
Folder 32-33: Malaya V: Volunteer Information Forms, 1963
Folder 34-37: Malaya VI: Project Materials, 1964
Folder 38: Malaya IX Project, 1964
Folder 39-41: Press Books, Malaya II-IV, 1962-1963
Folder 42: Malayan Language Training Manual, September 1963
Folder 43: Second Five-Year Plan 1961-1965, Federation of Malaya
Box 23
Folder 1: Malaya VII, Health Education and Training Manual, 1964
Folder 2-13: Training Manuals and Directories of Peace Corps Trainees, Malaya I-VII, 1961-1964
Box 24: [OPEN]
Sub-Series C: Malaysia XIII Program, 1965-1967
Box 25
Folder 1: Advanced Planning
Folder 2: Administration
Folder 3: Budget
Folder 4: Contracts
Box 26
Folder 1: Language Instructors
Folder 2: Lectures
Folder 3: Policy
Folder 4: Reports
Folder 5: Staff
Folder 6: Syllabus
Folder 7: Senior Year Program
Folder 8: Malaysia PC Program, 1966
Box 27
Folder 4-Jan: Training Materials
Box 28: [OPEN]
Sub-Series D: Phillippines XIIIa Program, 1964-1965
Box 29
Folder 1: General Project Information
Folder 2: Reports
Folder 3-4: Correspondence, A-Z
Folder 5: Lectures
Box 30
Folder 1: Book Orders
Folder 2: Contracts
Folder 3: Training Manuals and Schedules
Folder 4: Budget
Folder 5: Monthly Statements
Folder 6: Fiscal Ledgers and Trust Fund Accounts
Sub-Series E: Thailand Programs, 1965-1968
Box 31
Folder 1: Program Proposals
Folder 2-4: Reports
Folder 5: Applications
Box 32
Folder 1: Language Staff Correspondence
Folder 2: Correspondence
Folder 3: Contracts
Folder 4: Financial Materials
Folder 5: Bibliography-Thai Related Materials
Folder 6: Case Study of Teaching in Thailand
Folder 7: Thailand X, Spring 1965
Box 33
Folder 1: Summer, 1965 Program: Advanced Planning
Folder 2: Summer, 1965 Program: Administration
Folder 3: Summer, 1965 Program: Books and Journals
Folder 4: Summer, 1965 Program: Training Center
Box 34
Folder 1: Summer, 1965 Program: Budget
Folder 2: Summer, 1965 Program: Contracts
Folder 3: Summer, 1965 Program: Exams
Folder 4: Summer, 1965 Program: Housing and Meals
Folder 5: Summer, 1965 Program: Language Instructors
Folder 6: Summer, 1965 Program: Policy
Box 35
Folder 1: Summer, 1965 Program: Staff
Folder 2: Summer, 1965 Program: Lectures
Folder 3: Summer, 1965 Program: Travel Arrangements
Folder 4: Summer, 1965 Program: Reports
Folder 5: Phase II, Advanced Training Program
Folder 6: Spring 1966 Program
Folder 7: Phase III, Summer 1966
Box 36
Folder 1: ATP Training Programs
Folder 2: TEFL Program Phase II, 1967
Folder 3: Summer, 1967 and 1968 Programs
Folder 4: Training Syllabi and Directories, 1963
Box 37
Folder 1-2: Training Syllabi and Directories, 1965-1967
Folder 3: Orientation Aids
Box 38
Folder 1-3: Orientation Aids
Folder 4-5: Newsletters
Sub-Series F: Summer Asian Institutes and  Summer Language Programs, 1958-1976
Box 39
Folder 1: Support from Asia Society, 1958-1962
Folder 2: Programs at Other Institutions, 1959-1973
Folder 3: Scholarships, 1960
Folder 4: Student Surveys, 1960
Folder 5: Summer Institute, 1960
Folder 6: Scholarships, 1961
Folder 7: Summer Institute, 1961
Folder 8: Scholarships, 1962
Folder 9: Summer Institute, 1962
Box 40
Folder 1: Visiting Scholars/Guest Lecturers, 1961-1962
Folder 2: Summer Institute, 1962-1966
Folder 3: Summer Institute, 1967
Folder 4: Summer Institute, 1968
Folder 5: Summer Institute, 1969
Folder 6: Summer Institute, 1970
Folder 7: Summer Session Budgets, 1970-1971
Folder 8: Brochures & Curriculum, Summer Institute, 1970-1973
Folder 9: Student Inquiries, Summer Institute, 1970-1977
Folder 10: Summer Intensive Language Program, 1971
Folder 11: Summer Institute, 1971
Folder 12: Summer Institute, 1972
Box 41
Folder 1: Summer Intensive Language Program, 1972
Folder 2: National Defence Education Assistance (NDEA) Grant, 1973
Folder 3: National Defence Education Assistance (NDEA) Grant Correspondence & Budget, 1973
Folder 4: Summer Faculty, 1973
Folder 5: Guest Speakers, Summer Institute, 1973
Folder 6: Summer Intensive Language, Program, 1973
Folder 7: NDFL Fellowships, 1973-1974
Folder 8: NDFL Fellowships, 1975-1976
Folder 9: National Defence Education Assistance (NDEA) Grant, 1976
Folder 10: National Defence Education Assistance (NDEA) Grant Correspondence, 1976
Sub-Series G: Publicity Scrapbooks, 1962-1977
Box 42-44
Volume 1-7: Scrapbooks (7 volumes), 1962-1977
Addendum 1
Series 1: Southeast Asian Center
Box 45
Folder 1: Informational Brochures and Pamphlets, 1963-1991; 2000-2009
Folder 2: Publication Guides and Information, 1981, 2000, 2005-2009
Folder 3: Newsletters for the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, 1972-1981 (1979)
Folder 4: Mindanao: A Perspective on Youth in the Philippines, 2005
Folder 5: Inter-Ethnic Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in the Philippines, 2006
Folder 6: DeKalb and the Philippines, 2006
Folder 7: Event and Informational Posters, 2000-2010
Folder 8: Events and Informational Posters, 2011-2014
Folder 9: Event Programs and Invitations, 1989, 2003-2012
Folder 10: Event and Informational Posters, no date
Folder 11: Brochures on Summer Institute of Non-Western Civilizations, 1960, 1971-1973
Folder 12: Study Abroad Informational Packets, 2005, 2012
Folder 13: Tsunami Relief Efforts, January 12, 2005
Folder 14: Southeast Asian Museum focus on Cole Hall, no date
Folder 15: 25th Anniversary Planning Materials, Publication and Draft, 1988
Folder 16: 25th Anniversary Planning Materials, Publication and Draft, 1988
Box 46
Folder 1: 50th Anniversary Planning and Event Materials, 2013
Folder 2: Northern Today Articles on the Center, 1987-1990,1993
Folder 3: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1967, 1968
Folder 4: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 5: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 6: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 7: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 8: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 9: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 10: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 11: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 12: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 13: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 14: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 15: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 16: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 17: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 18: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 19: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 20: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 21: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 22: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 23: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 24: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Folder 25: News Articles and Press on the Center, 1987-1990, 1996-2007, 2009- 2013, no date
Sub-Series 26: Photographs
Folder 26: Former Thai Consulate General and Wife Visit, 1985
Folder 27: SEASSI Summer Program, 1987
Folder 28: Unknown event, 1988
Folder 29: 25th Anniversary Book, 1988
Folder 30: Contemporary Vietnamese Publication, 1996
Folder 31: American Corners and Library Science, 2008
Folder 32: John Okell visit, 2009
Folder 33: Southeast Asia Publication, no date
Box 47
Folder 1: Oversized Group Photograph of SEASSI Summer Program, 1987
Folder 2: Photo Scrapbook of Southeast Asia Camp, Summer 1999
Box 48
Folder 1: “Mandala” Newsletters, 1996-2011
Folder 2: “Mandala” Newsletters, 1996-2011
Folder 3: Southeast Asian Studies Center in Northern Now Magazine, 2009-2013
Series 2: Peace Corps
Box 49
Folder 1: Center for Southeast Asian Studies in other materials, 1981, October 2012-March 2013
Folder 2: CSEAS and Center for Burmese Studies Information and Materials, November 2012
Folder 3: Center for Southeast Asian Studies Conferences and Events, November 2000-November 2012
Folder 4: Laos, July 1980-February 1981
Folder 5: Conversing in Lao, Workbook and Cassette, 1980
Folder 6: Pottenger House, August-September 2006
Folder 7: Faculty Photographs Southeast Asia Center, April 9, 1973
Folder 8: Center for Southeast Asian Studies Photos, November 1998-October 2001
Folder 9: Southeast Asia Collection Info, April 1985-May 2004
Folder 10: NIU Foundation, January 1989-November 2001
Box 50
Folder 1: Peace Corps Newsletters, November 1961; February 1968; 28 March 1968; 10  May 1968
Folder 2: Peace Corps Malaya Program 1962; Malaya Directory 1963; and Malaya Training Program, 1964

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