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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 II: Peace Corps],
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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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