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Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of International Affairs.
Title:Office of International Affairs records
Dates:1951-1991 (bulk 1977-1988)
Call Number:A63
Volume:9.25 cubic ft. (11 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents the creation, programs, and activities of Northeastern University's Office of International Affairs, beginning in 1951 and ending with Joy W. Viola's departure from the office in 1988. Records include documentation of international visitors, recruitment efforts, and the administration of the office and its programs. Also included are records from boards and committees on which Joy Viola served during her tenure at NU, including the Century Fund, Center for International Higher Education Documentation, and the New England-China Consortium.
Historical Abstract:Prior to 1975, matters relating to international affairs at Northeastern University were the joint responsibility of the University Relations Office and the Student Center. In 1975, several committees were established to address the needs of a growing population of international students. Responsibilities shared among these committees included international recruitment, coordination of international visitors, and addressing the cultural, legal, and academic needs of foreign students. These committees were formally organized under the International Coordinating Board (ICB) in 1977. In 1982, the ICB was restructured into the Office of International Affairs (OIA) under Joy W. Viola, who served as dean from the OIA's inception through 1988. The early committees, and later the ICB and the OIA, worked closely with the Center for International Higher Education Documentation, of which Joy W. Viola was the founding member. International recruitment was assumed by the Office of Admissions in 1987. The OIA closed in 1988, and its responsibilities were delegated to other offices, including the International Student Office and the International Student and Scholar Institute.
Arrangement: Organized into six series: Series 1. Administration; Series 2. Recruitment; Series 3. International Visitors; Series 4. International Scholars and Education; Series 5. New England-China Consortium; Series 6. Joy W. Viola.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Viola, Joy W. (Winkie)
  • Ryder, Kenneth G., 1924-

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). International Coordination Board.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). New England China Consortium for Education and Cultural Exchange.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of International Affairs.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Admissions.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Students.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Funds and Scholarships.

  • Educational exchanges
  • International education

Restrictions:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Student and personnel records (box 4, folders 26, 29, 42-58; box 9, folders 7, 19, 47) are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Jessica Parr, December 2002