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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

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Southeast Asian Center],
[Series II: Peace Corps],
[Addendum 1],

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

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