China Projects File, 1938-1948
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Brief Description: Files of China Projects, contains book lists, correspondence, meeting agenda, newspaper clippings, proposals, and reports about Books for China Project (1938-40, 1944-48), the National Library at Peiping (1943-47), Boone Library School, Chinese libraries, private and public Chinese universities, war damage, a proposal for an American Library in China, and multiple proposals for library services developments in China, includes correspondence with Charles H. Brown, Wilma Fairbank, Carl Milam, Leonore Sipes, Carl White, T. L. Yuan, Dr. Chih Meng, A. Kaiming Chiu, Dr. Hu Shih, Mark Tseng, Associated Boards for Christian Colleges in China, United China Relief, Inc., Jorge Basadre Grohmann, Rae Cecilia Kipp, Mortimer Graves, Chinese News Service, Mason City Globe-Gazette, The China Foundation, Committee on Friendly Relations Among Foreign Students, and the Library of Congress.
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 7/1/51
Created by: International Relations Office (IRO)
Volume: 2.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 04/26/1974.
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Arrangement: Arranged by project and by subject title thereunder
Biographical Note for International Relations Office (IRO) : The International Relations Board (International Relations Round Table) creatred the International Relations Office (IRO) in June 1942 (1).  The IRO was set up to "carry on its work in cooperation with the other committees of the Association whose work had international implications" (2).  The IRO also functioned as an advisory agency for libraries abroad (3).  In 1942-45, the IRO served "as an operational agency for various projects of the Department of State, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other foundations and libraries" (4).  A "new" IRO was created in 1956 (5).  The IRO concentrated its efforts on library development and the director was charged to "study and investigate the state of library education in various parts of the world" (6).  The director was expected to spend several months of each year in nations on the continents of Asia, Africa, and South America (7).  In 1959, the IRO sponsored (with Rockefeller Foundation monies) a group of ten visiting Japanese librarians who studied reference and advisory services in the United States (8).  The IRO was disbanded in 1972 (9). The office reopened in 1976 before closing again in 1982, then reopening.
Subject Index
Boone Library School
Brown, Charles H.
China Project
China Project, Books for
Chinese Universities
Fairbank, Wilma
Milam, Carl H.
Peiping, National Library At
Sipes, Leonore
White, Carl M.
Yuan, T. L.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]