Guide to the International Studies Council Records, 1965-1968
Collection number: UA 9/9/1
Size: 1 box
About International Studies Council
The International Studies Council was a committee of professors from the University
of New Hampshire. The primary founders were David Larson and John Holden, both
professors of political science at UNH, who were later joined by Donald Vincent, the
university librarian. This committee came together to investigate the possibility of
not only furthering the study of political science but garnering support for it
through the establishment of a consortium of schools throughout the Northeast
devoted to the study of political science and international relations. While the aim
of the Council was to promote the study of political science on the graduate and
postgraduate level, they also hoped to enrich it on an undergraduate and
pre-collegiate level as well. The committee made proposals for programs on the high
school, middle and elementary level as well.
Working with the International Studies Council was the former New England Center.
While the Council was directly associated with UNH and with implementing a specific
curricula there, the Center focused on offering educational programs to the general
community and more broadly at furthering education for all. Both the Center and the
Council worked with the Universities of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont regarding international studies. By means of
their partnership the Center and the Council were able to offer programs, classes,
and conferences to the community. As a result of their work together they had access
to more funding for international studies, a critical issue. The members of the
International Studies Council were also able to use the location of the New England
Center as a base from which to teach classes on a community level. Later they also
worked with another organization, the International Studies Council Center. The New
England School of International Studies was also proposed but was never fully
Funding was critical for the continuation of the organization because of the
scarcity of funds available from the university and the fact that the Council was
not initially supported by the institution financially. Therefore many proposals and
grants were written by various members. A logical source of funding came about when
the International Education Act was passed in 1966. The Act provided a source of
grant money for educational institutions of higher learning that were teaching
specifically about international studies, the area in which the council focused.
However, the competition was fierce, and there is no clear indication that they were
the recipients of the grant money.
About the International Studies Council Records
This collection covers the years 1965 to 1968. It consists of the memorandums,
correspondence, minutes, and agendas of the Internationals Studies Council, as well
as their reports and proposals. The memos and correspondence cover the time period
from April 1967 to July 1968. The correspondence is from members of the council,
President McConnell, and other members of the faculty at that time. The collection
includes discussions in memo form or recommendations, goals, and curricula. The
minutes and agendas of the committee cover the years 1967 and 1968. They primarily
focus on developing the curricula of international relations at UNH on the
undergraduate level and increasing its popularity and enrollment.
The collection also contains two books compiled by the council. The books contain
documents pertaining to the mission of the council, its organization, and function,
as well as a copy of the International Education Act of 1966. These were intended as
guides for current and future members. There are two separate sections of reports,
those produced by the International Studies Council, which focus on budgets and
programs, and a separate set which covers a broader area, focusing on programs of
interest such as Japanese studies, high school programs, as well as the library’s
role in graduate studies.
In addition to the reports there are also proposals which include problems
identified by the council and their specified strategy to combat the problem. These
vary from increasing effective teaching at the high school level, to having a social
science major at UNH, to having a faculty workshop on international agricultural
development, and to a request for a program in the Americas. There are a set of
papers from a meeting of the New England State Universities Consortium for
Education, identifying the objectives of the consortium, desirable programs, and
Finally, there is an address written by David Larson, entitled “Current Developments
in the Teaching of International Relations,” followed by a set of papers which were
used in teaching political science and have been kept as an example of what was
considered a model of political science teaching at that time.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
[Identification of item], International Studies Council Records, 1965-1968, UA
9/9/1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire
Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Aquired from the files of Librarian Don Vincent, 2009
This collection was originally part of the University Librarian’s files and but
separate from that collection due to the content. The two books compiled by the
council have been kept in the original order in which they were found. The
collection has been organized into chronological order, with the exception of the
two books compiled by the council.
|Box 1, Folder 1||1967||Memos and Correspondence|
|Box 1, Folder 2||1967-1968||Memos and Correspondence|
|Box 1, Folder 3||1968||Memos and Correspondence|
|Box 1, Folder 4||1967||Minutes and Agendas|
|Box 1, Folder 5||1968||Minutes and Agendas|
|Box 1, Folder 6||1965-1967||Book I: International Studies at other NE Universities|
|Box 1, Folder 7||1967||Book 2: International Studies Council - UNH|
|Box 1, Folder 8||1967||International Studies Council Reports|
|Box 1, Folder 9||1965-1968||Reports|
|Box 1, Folder 10||1966-1968||Proposals|
|Box 1, Folder 11||1965||New England State Universities Consortium|
|Box 1, Folder 12||1968||"Current Developments in the Teaching of International Relations"|
|Box 1, Folder 13||1976||Teaching Materials|