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Collection Overview
Title: Office of International Affairs records
Dates:1951-1991 (bulk 1977-1988)
Location:30/4
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

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the management of international affairs at Northeastern University (NU), including recruitment activities, international visitors, institutional collaborations, and international student life. There are six series in this collection: Administration, Recruitment, International Visitors, Student Life, New England-China Consortium (NECC), and Joy W. Viola (JVW). The Administration series includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and annual reports from the International Coordinating Board (ICB) and the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The Recruitment series includes advertising, information requests, and trip reports relating to recruitment efforts of the OIA. The International Visitors series documents international visitors to NU between 1951 and 1989, including the African Ambassadors Reception in 1984 and the 1985 visit of Dr. Carlos Tunnermann, Ambassador of Nicaragua. The International Scholar and Education series documents cultural and educational exchange programs as well as seminars that assisted international students and faculty in adapting to NU. The NECC series documents the establishment and activities of the NECC, a cultural exchange and educational collaborative of 40 institutions in New England and China. The Joy W. Viola series contains material relating to the professional and administrative activities of JWV, dean of the Office of International affairs between 1982 and 1988, founding director of the ICB, NECC, and the Center for International Higher Education Documentation, and director of Century Fund communications between 1988 and 1991.

Historical Note

Prior to 1975, matters relating to international affairs at Northeastern University (NU) were the joint responsibility of the University Relations Office and the Student Center. In 1972, NU President Asa S. Knowles began working on the International Encyclopedia of Higher Education, which served as a catalyst for increasing interest in international education at NU. In 1975, a series of committees, including the Policy Committee for International Students and the International Reviewing Committee, 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, setting NU policy on matters relating to international affairs, and addressing the cultural, legal, and academic needs of foreign students. These committees were formally organized under the International Coordinating Board (ICB) in 1977, with Joy W. Viola (JWV) as the Coordinator of International Affairs.

The early international committees worked closely with the Center for International Higher Education Documentation (CIHED), of which JWV was the founding director in 1977. Additionally, JWV helped to establish the New England-China Consortium for Education and Cultural Exchange (NECC) in 1980, serving as president of the NECC from 1980 to 1982. The NECC membership of 40 institutions worked to promote sharing of education and culture between member institutions in China and New England.

In 1982, the ICB was absorbed into the Office of International Affairs (OIA) under JWV, who served as dean from the OIA's inception through 1988, when she become Director of Century Fund Communications until her retirement in 1991. The staff of the OIA traveled around the world to host recruitment events and enlist NU alumni living abroad in its recruitment efforts. The OIA also organized events and workshops, including English tutoring, seminars on immigration, American culture, and taxes. In addition, the OIA offered counseling services to assist foreign students in adapting to American university student life and living in Boston. The OIA also assisted with immigration issues, such as visas and other documentation.

The OIA closed in 1988, and its responsibilities were delegated to other offices, including the International Student Office (ISO) and the International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI). International recruitment became the responsibility of the Office of Admissions in 1987, but the ISSI continues to provide programs and services to assist NU's international student population. The ISSI also assists in organizing cultural education programs that enable NU students to learn about other cultures, including study abroad programs for NU students.

Chronology
1972Asa S. Knowles begins work on the International Encyclopedia of Higher Education
1975International affairs separate from the Student Center
1976-1977First university-wide report on NU's international endeavors
1977ICB established; CIHED established with Joy Viola as the founding director; first International Encyclopedia of Higher Education published
1979-1980Restructuring of the ICB; liaisons formed with the International Student Policy Committee and the NU China Committee
1980Creation of the New England-China Consortium (NECC)
1981 OIA established
1980-1982Dean Joy W. Viola serves as president of the New England-China Consortium
1985OIA moves from the YMCA to new offices on Huntington Avenue
1986CIHED closes
1987Office of Admissions assumes International recruitment responsibilities
1988The OIA closes; Joy W. Viola becomes director of the Century Fund Communications.
1991Joy W. Viola retires
Bibliography

Antoinette Frederick. Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years. 1975-1989. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 1995.

International Student and Scholar Institute: http://www.dac.neu.edu/iso/
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Series:

1. Administration, n.d., 1972-1988 (1977-1986)
Volume:3.50 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Arranged into 3 sub-series: A. Administration and Committees; B. International Coordinating Board; C. Office of International Affairs
Summary:

This series documents the administrative activities relating to international affairs at Northeastern University (NU). Included are correspondence, annual reports, meeting minutes, and documentation of committee activities. The Administration and Committees sub-series documents committees relating to international affairs at NU between 1972 and 1986. The International Coordinating Board (ICB) sub-series documents the activities of the ICB, including its oversight of policies governing international students and its activities to increase international enrollment at NU between its inception in 1977 and 1983, when it was effectively absorbed by the OIA. Included are annual reports, budgets, correspondence, and a statement of purpose. The Office of International Affairs sub-series documents the activities of the OIA from its inception in 1982 through 1986. Included are annual reports, correspondence, a statement of purpose, and records of events organized by the OIA.
BoxTitleDate
A. Administration and Committees
1Admissions (3 folders)1979-1986
1Chinese Studies Task Force (3 folders)n.d., 1972-1983
1Committee for International Students (5 folders)1980-1982
1Coordinator of International Affairs1979-1980
1Correspondence (5 folders)1977-1982
1Correspondence: Kenneth G. Ryder (2 folders)1977-1984
1European Council of International Schools (ECIS)1986
1English as a Second Language1976
1Going Home Workshop1977
1Government Relations1981, 1983
1Grants1979
1Institutional Collaboration1984
1International Dimension of Higher Education1975
1International Reviewing Committee1977
1International Student Recruitment and Employer Development Project (3 folders)1984-1985
1Lebanese Project1977
1Meetings n.d.
1Mission Statements1981
1National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)1984
1NU Cabinet Presentation1982
1NU China Delegation1979-1980
1NU Students Abroad1975-1979
1Policy Committee for International Students (3 folders)1976-1986
1Surveys1987
1Status of International Endeavors Report1983
B. International Coordinating Board
1 Annual Reports (3 folders) 1977-1983
1Budget1979
1Correspondence (3 folders)1977-1983
1Events1980
1Meetings (8 folders)1977-1983
1Membership1979
1Reports (6 folders)1980-1983
1Restructuring1980
1Statement of Purposen.d.
1Task Force on Foreign Students1978-1979
C. Office of International Affairs
2Annual Reports (4 folders)1981-1985
2,3Correspondence (68 folders)1980-1988
3Correspondence: APICE1986
3Correspondence: Boston-Barcelona Sister City Association1985
3Correspondence: Cours Meurant1985
3Establishment n.d., 1981
3Events (6 folders)1980-1988
3General (2 folders) 1980-1986
3Meetings (3 folders)1980-1986
3Move to 346 Huntington Avenuen.d.
3Proposals1985
3Public Relations1986
3Reports1985
3Speeches: US, Kenneth G. Ryder1984
3Strategic Planning1985
3Statement of Purpose1985
3Statistics1985
3Two Year Retrospective (3 folders)1986
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Series:

2. Recruitment, n.d., 1982-1987
Volume:1.50 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the recruitment activities of the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The OIA recruited international students between its establishment in 1982 and 1987, when international recruitment became the responsibility of the Office of Admissions. Included are advertisements, recruitment-related correspondence, travel reports, enrollment statistics, advertising, information requests, and international collaborations.
BoxTitleDate
Advertising
4Canadan.d., 1984-1987
4Christian Science Monitor1987
4General (3 folders)n.d., 1982-1986
4NU Pamphlets (2 folders)n.d., 1984
4Peterson's Guiden.d., 1986-1987
4Presentation Materials1985-1986
4South America1985
4Contact Lists1985
Correspondence
4Africa1987
4Asia (3 folders)1984-1987
4Canada (2 folders)1985
4Europe (2 folders)1985-1987
4General (2 folders)1986
4Venezuela (2 folders)1985-1987
4Middle East1985-1987
4South America (6 folders)1985-1987
Institutional Collaboration
4Africa1985
4Asia (3 folders)1978, 1985-1986
4Caribbean1977
4Costa Rica (2 folders)1985-1987
4Europe1975, 1986
4General1977
4Israeln.d.
4Market Study on Asia1983
4National Association of Foreign Student Advisorsn.d.
NU Information Requests
4Africa (2 folders)n.d., 1986-1989
4Asia (7 folders)n.d., 1984-1988
4Canada (2 folders)1985-1988
4Caribbean1985
4Europe1985-1987
4General1979, 1986-1987
4Latin America1985-1987
4Middle East1985-1986
4Oceania1987
4South America1985-1988
4Statistics1985-1986
Receptions
4Canada1984
4Europen.d.
Reports
4,5Asia (6 folders)1984-1986
5Canada (2 folders)1985-1986
5Europe (3 folders)1985-1987
5General1986
5Latin America (2 folders)1985
5South America1986
5Speeches: Latin America 1985
5Statistics: Foreign Students1973-1979, 1985
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3. International Visitors, 1951-1989 (1980-1985)
Volume:2.00 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents international visitors to NU. Initially, visits were arranged through the Office of University Relations, and later the CIHED under Joy Viola and Solveig Turner. When the OIA was established in 1982, visits were coordinated jointly under the two bodies. After the CIHED closed in 1986, the OIA assumed sole responsibility for coordination of visitors. Visitors included international scholars, diplomats, and other government officials. Records in the series include correspondence, visitor biographical information, programs, and occasional statistics on foreign visitors by country.
BoxTitleDate
6,7General (72 folders)1951-1952, 1960-1989
7African Ambassadors Reception (6 folders)1984
7Carlos Tunnerman, Ambassador of Nicaragua (2 folders)1985
7Costa Rican Delegation1985
7Egyptian Delegation1985
7Formez Training and Studies Center Fellowship Programme1985-1986
7Nigerian Intern (2 folders)1980
7Venezuelan Delegation1978-1979
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4. International Scholars and Education, n.d., 1976-1988 (bulk 1985-1988)
Volume:0.50 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents academic life at NU for international scholars and study abroad programs for NU students. Included are flyers, orientation materials, correspondence, and issues of the NU International Newsletter, which was produced by the OIA for international scholars.
BoxTitleDate
Academics
8Asian Studies1980-1984
8Scholarships (2 folders)n.d., 1986
8Visiting Scholars1985-1986
Alumni
8Asia1985-1986
8Canada1984-1986
8Europe1985-1988
8Venezuela1985
8South America1985-1987
8Conferences1981
8Cooperative Education: International Exchange1985
8Cultural Exchange: News Clippings1981, 1985
8Harlane Lane Reception1985
8International Faculty1986-1987
International Programs
8Bolanzo, Italy1983
8College Venture Program Abroadn.d.
8Correspondence1983
8East/West Biologyn.d.
8France/Italy1985
8London, Englandn.d.,1985
8Job Placement1979
8Luncheon for Graduating International Students1986-1988
8Orientation1979
8Programming1984
8Student Surveys1985-1986
8Workshops1987
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5. New England-China Consortium for Educational and Cultural Exchange, n.d., 1979-1988 (bulk 1980-1985)
Volume:2.00 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents a consortium of 40 institutions in New England and China, that was established in 1980 to collaborate educational and cultural exchange programs with the People's Republic of China. Member institutions included Northeastern University, Bunker Hill Community College., Bentley College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Massasoit Community College, Harvard University, Jiaotong University (Xi'an), Northwest University (Xi'an), Sichuan University (Chengdu), Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chengdu). Dean Joy W. Viola was actively involved in the creation of the NECC and served as president from 1981 to 1982. Included in this series are meeting minutes, issues of the China Newsletter, NECC constitution and bylaws, correspondence, and records on programming and other activities. Also included is documentation on pre-NECC delegations and correspondence regarding Chinese-New England institutional collaborations leading to the creation of the NECC.
BoxTitleDate
9Academic Policies for the People's Republic of China 1979
9Annual Meeting1981
9Agreements (2 folders)n.d., 1980
9Background Conference1980
9Bylawsn.d., 1981, 1985
9Chan, Miss Itty1979
9China Committee1979
9China Diary1980-1982
9China Newsletter (3 folders)n.d.
9Chinese Alumni1980
9Chinese Language Course1981-1984
9Chinese Scholar Roster1980-1982
9Chinese Scholars-in-Residence1982-1983
9Chinese Speeches: Alumni Clubs1980
9Chinese Student Housing1980-1981
9Chinese Studies.com1980-1981
9Chinese University Profilesn.d.
9Chinese Visiting Scholar Applications1979-1983
9Council on International Educational Exchange: Summer Study Abroad1980-1981
9Committee on Scholarly Communications with the People's Republic of China 1984
9Consortium1981
9Constitutionn.d., 1981
9Co-op Company Letters1979-1981
9Correspondence (16 folders)1979-1988
Delegations
9Beijing Delegation1981
9Chiao University (Shanghai)1980
9,10China (12 folders)1979-1980
10Guangdong Delegation1983
10Harbin and Beijing Institutes of Technology Delegations1980
10Southwestern Jiaotong University1985
10Tsinghua University1980
10Youxie (2 folders)1979
10Faculty Exchange1981
10Fellowships1983
10Financial Assistance for Chinese Studentsn.d.
10Financial Records (3 folders)1982-1984
10Lectures and Exchange Programs1983
10Legal Statement Committee1977-1980
10Linkage: US and Chinese Institutions1979
10Meetings (11 folders)1980-1986
10Membership (8 folders)n.d., 1980-1982
10New England-China Consortium Officers1980-1982
10NU-China Relations Reassessment1983-1984
10NU-China Scholars1979
10NU Faculty China Interests1979
10Orientation Materials for Visiting Faculty1981
10Programs (7 folders)1980-1985
10Project Committees1983
10Public Relations1981-1982
10Reports1979-1980
10Slide Show Committee1980
10Sponsorship (3 folders)1980-1983
10Survey Analysis1982
10Surveysn.d.
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6. Joy W. Viola, n.d., 1983, 1986-1991 (bulk 1986-1990)
Volume:0.25 cubic ft.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents JWV's professional career and involvement with the Century Fund at NU. Documentation of the Century Fund includes correspondence and a strategic plan.
BoxTitleDate
11Century Fund (3 folders)n.d., 1983-1990
11Communications Strategic Plan for Century Fund, Phase II1987
11Correspondence1979-1982, 1991
11Saudi Arabian Diary1983
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