The Office of International Programs and Studies (OIPS) was established by the Board of Trustees on May 24, 1962; its Director was given general responsibilities to supervise and coordinate programs, encourage instruction and research, and disseminate information.1 The office works with other administrative units, and through its own specialized units. As of 1984, OIPS administered seven units. The Center for International Comparative Studies was founded in 1964 to support faculty research "along cross-cultural... lines."2 The Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities, Inc. (MUCIA), an organization to help midwestern universities coordinate and fund overseas research, was established in 1964, and the Urbana office opened the same year.3 The OIPS Committee on Publications has sponsored the publication by the University of Illinois Press of monographs in fields of international studies since 1972.4 The Office of International Faculty and Staff Affairs has supervised the "sponsoring and employing of foreign visitors and staff" since November, 1980.5 The Office of Women in International Development was formed in 1980 to promote research and to disseminate information about that area of study.6 The Study Abroad Office provides information and counseling for students who wish to study abroad.7 It was established in 1969.8 The Foreign Visitors Office dates from 1963,9 and the Overseas Projects Office from 1969.10 The two offices were merged in 1975.11 The Illinois Tehran Research Unit was organized in 1969 to coordinate research and exchange between the University of Illinois and the University of Tehran, Iran.12 The Unit was abandoned after 1979.13
1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 51st Report, May 24, 1962, p. 1442-3; The Future--International Programs at the University of Illinois: A Ten-Year Glimpse. Report and recommendations of the Chancellor's Ad Hoc Committee on International Programs. May 1, 1968, p. 4. (RS: 24/2/802)
2. Ibid., p. 13.
3. International Programs and Studies, 1969-1970. University of Illinois, p. 78.
4. International Programs and Studies, 1981-84. University of Illinois, p. 106.
5. Ibid., p. 90.
6. Ibid., p. 113.
7. International Programs and Studies, 1974-1976. University of Illinois, p. 113.
8. Staff Directory, 1969/1970: University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign Campus, p. 42.
9. Staff Directory, 1963/1964: University of Illinois/Departments in Urbana-Champaign, p. xxxv.
10. Staff Directory 1969/1970, p. 42.
11. Student-Staff Directory, 1975-76: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, p. 23.
12. International Programs and Studies, 1977-80. University of Illinois, p. 100.
13. It is absent from International Programs and Studies, 1981-84, despite large writeups in the previous three publications.
Description: Files from the offices of the director and assistant director (primarily 1962-79), containing correspondence; contracts; budgets; proposals for projects; reports; minutes and files for conferences and meetings; and material related to contract implementation, staff appointments, travel and pay. The series pertains to all countries with which the Office of International Programs and Studies dealt, especially India, Sierra Leone, and Iran. It includes material on international programs committees; inter-institutional cooperation, e.g. MUCIA; Ford and Rockefeller Foundation grants; area studies centers; university research programs and staff; agricultural universities; soybeans; population studies; student exchange programs, the Study Abroad Office and English language instruction.