Records of the Office of International Programs
Scope and Contents
Records of the Office of International Programs consists of documents dated 1948-1999, with the bulk falling from 1964-1984. The contents relate to the administration of Colorado State University international projects. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, conference proceedings, and office records related to meetings, finance, individual profiles, international travel, foreign countries and projects.
- Creation: 1948-1999
- Creation: Majority of material found in 1964-1984
- Colorado State University. Office of International Programs (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Due to the presence of personally identifiable information in some of the files, review must occur before access is granted. Items are stored off-site, so advance notice is recommended.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) was established on July 1, 1963 by the State Board of Agriculture following a feasibility study lead by Professor Richard Shen in order to administer and oversee projects of an international nature. Colorado State University (CSU) had become increasingly involved with international projects in the 1950s and 1960s and there was concern for administering these projects.
As early as 1961, Professor Shen, working with the Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF), submitted a proposal for an "Overseas Programs Center." Mr. Shen outlined the purposes for this center as administering all projects concerning overseas projects that CSU was involved with, including: the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Peshawar project, the Overseas Training Program and the Pakistan Peace Corps project, among others. In addition, the center was to be used in the centralization of all information regarding overseas activities, thus leading towards the elimination of duplicate efforts regarding international affairs.
The OIP was designed to be managed by a Director and an Advisory Council. The council consisted of ten members, including representatives from Agriculture, Engineering, Forestry, Home Economics, Veterinary Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Humanities, and the Office of Student Services. The Director was responsible for the administration of CSU's involvement in international contracts, the encouragement of improved campus international programs, providing assistance to foreign students, and international oriented programs. Maurice Albertson was the first Director and first meeting of the Advisory Council was on August 1, 1963. The office was originally designed to be financed from overhead funds generated by existing and future overseas contracts.
34.5 linear feet (22 record cartons, 1 document case, 1 flat box)
Language of Materials
The Records of the Office of International Programs was established to administer and oversee projects of an international nature. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, conference proceedings, and office records related to meetings, finance, individual profiles, international travel, foreign countries and projects. Material types include manuscripts, articles, reports, brochures, journals, maps, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, and photographs.
The materials in the collection appear to have arrived in boxes with folders, ordered as used by individuals within the office. Items are generally foldered according to subject and date or by name.
The collection consists of 1 series in 22 record cartons, 1 document case, and 1 flat box:
Series 1: Records, 1948-1999 and undated
Records of the Office of International Programs was acquired by Maurice L. Albertson over time, through three donations. The first donation occurred in 1988 with 83 boxes. This was divided into two collections, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Office of International Programs (OIP). An initial finding aid for this OIP donation was created in 1996. In 2004, another donation occurred for the Papers of Maurice L. Albertson (WMLA). Material was separated from that collection to join the OIP. In 2008, a third donation came from Albertson for his WMLA collection. Notes indicate that more material was shifted to the OIP collection and Nigeria boxes were already weeded. In January 2023 an accrual consisting of a scrapbook, papers, and photographs was added to the collection.
Previous to 2018, it is unclear what may have been previously disposed. By December 2018, files were reviewed and student transcripts were removed and shredded. From direction of Mark Shelstad, Coordinator, Digital Collection Services and Archives and Special Collections, material from Boxes #12-14 and #25 was shredded as well as Folders 1-25 of Box #26 due to personally identifiable information, medical and financial records, as well as federal or international agency forms. Box and folder numbers for this finding aid were retained.
Materials donated by Maurice L. Albertson from 1988, 2004, and 2008 were separated and combined with two Water Resources Archive University Archive collections: the Papers of Maurice L. Alberston and the Records of the Asian Institute of Technology.
As of April 2017, the collection was found housed in a mix of acidic and acid-free boxes and folders. Portions of the collection did not have folders. The finding aid was created with the collection as found and only very minimally processed for description, not for arrangement or preservation. Boxes 12-14, 25, and folders 1-25 of box 96 were destroyed due to the presence of sensitive information; therefore they are missing from the inventory.
Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed.
- Albertson, Maurice L. (Person)
- Shen, Richard Tsu-hsun. (Person)
- Whedbee, Robert E. (Person)
- Colorado State University. (Organization)
- University of Peshawar. (Organization)
- Council of U.S. Universities for Soil and Water Development in Arid and Sub-humid Areas. (Organization)
- Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. (Organization)
- United States. Agency for International Development. (Organization)
- Peace Corps (U.S.) (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Guide to the Records of the Office of International Programs
- Edited Full Draft
- Prepared by University Archives Staff
- Copyright 2018
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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