Collection Number: 40089

Collection Title: Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1937-1983

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4000 items)
Abstract The Institute of Latin American Studies was established in 1940 as the Inter-American Institute; it kept the latter name until 1947. The Institute's initial purpose was to expand the university's research materials on Latin America. Its first major program was the School for Latin Americans, which it ran from 1941 to 1945 and which brought scholars from Latin America to the Chapel Hill campus. From its beginning, the Institute has received significant funding from foundations, allowing it to expand its programs and activities to include curriculum development, aid to graduate students, support for travel by scholars, publication of research, and the planning and coordination of conferences. Currently the Institute is organized as a program in the College of Arts and Sciences and is administered by a director and advisory board. Records include correspondence and other files relating to the administration and programs of the Institute of Latin American Studies. Institute directors who figure significantly in these records include Sturgis E. Leavitt and Federico G. Gil.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Institute of Latin American Studies.
Language English
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[Identification of item], Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40089, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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The Institute of Latin American Studies was established by Consolidated University of North Carolina President Frank Porter Graham in 1940 as the Inter-American Institute. It grew out of the efforts of Professor Sturgis E. Leavitt to expand the university's research materials on Latin America. The Rockefeller Foundation provided funds for the acquisition of these materials and the use of this funding was supervised by the Inter-American Institute with Leavitt as director.

During the early years of the program, the major activity was the winter "summer school" for Latin Americans. From 1941 through 1945, the grant-funded schools brought hundreds of Latin American scholars to the Chapel Hill campus. In 1947, the Carnegie Corporation funded expansion of the program and the name became the Institute of Latin American Studies. With the Carnegie and subsequent foundation support, the Institute broadened its efforts to include curriculum development and coordination, graduate student support, funding of travel by Latin American scholars to the United States and of American scholars to Latin America, support of professional organizations such as the Southern Conference on Latin American Studies and the Latin American Studies Association, and support for publication of research papers and translations.

More recently, the Institute has operated the Mexican Visiting Scholars Program. Under a grant from Pepsi Cola of Mexico, twelve scholars were selected in 1979 for advanced study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The following year, the program was expanded to include six Venezuelans in addition to twelve Mexicans. This program continued through the spring semester of 1983. In 1989, UNC-Chapel Hill joined with Duke University to create the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Currently, the Institute is organized as a program within the College of Arts and Sciences and is supervised by a director and an advisory board. It is composed of historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, economists, and linguists actively engaged in the study of Latin American life and culture. Through the activities of the Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has become recognized as one of the major centers of Latin American studies in the United States.

Directors of the Institute have been:

1940-1959 Sturgis E. Leavitt
1959-1983 Federico G. Gil
1983-1985 Enrique A. Baloyra
1985-1986 Joseph Tulchin, Acting
1986-1994 Lars Schoultz
1994-1998 Evelyne Huber
1998-2000 Jonathan Hartlyn
2000-2003 Evelyne Huber
2004-2007 Arturo Escobar
2007?- Louis A. Perez, Jr.
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Box 1:1

Advisory Board of the Institute, 1974 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Development Grants: Carnegie Corporation of New York Grant to Support Cooperation in the Latin American Field (1947-1952): General Correspondence, 1937-1952 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

(University of North Carolina, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Texas)

Development Grants: Carnegie Corporation of New York Grant to Support Cooperation in the Latin American Field (1947-1952): Reports, 1947-1952 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Development Grants: Rockefeller Foundation Grant for the acquisition of Latin American Materials (1940-1946): Reports, 1942-1947 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

(University of North Carolina, Duke University, and Tulane University)

Institute Activities, Announcements of Lectures, Seminars, Visiting Scholars, 1960-1979 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Inter-American Forum, Proposal for, 1959-1960 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Alliance for Progress, Harvard University Meetings on Latin America (1960 and 1962), 1960-1963 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Annual Reports, 1967; 1968 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), 1968-1982 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Constitution and Bylaws, 1970 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Executive Council Meetings, 1970-1972 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

(correspondence, agendas, and minutes)

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Ford Foundation, Proposal for Grant, 1972 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: "History of the Latin American Studies Association" by Howard F. Cline, 1966-1970 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Membership Lists, 1966-1973 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: First, New York City, November 1968 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Second, Washington, D.C., April 1970 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Third, Austin, Texas, December 1971 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Fourth, Madison, Wisconsin, May 1973 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Fifth, San Francisco, California, November 1974 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Sixth, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1976 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Seventh, Houston, Texas, November 1977 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: National Meetings: Eighth, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 1979 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: Latin American Studies Association: Special Reports: Ad hoc Committee on Guatemala, 1973 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: "Language and Area Studies Programs and the Participation of Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Minorities in American Society," Report of Miami Conference, May 1969 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

Outside Organizations: United States Department of State, Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, 1970-1981 #40089, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1937-1982." Box 1:1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans.

These records in this subseries, 1940-1945, were formerly listed as the Inter-American Institute Records in the University Archives.

The idea for an Inter-American Institute school for South Americans at University of North Carolina originated from a similar effort conducted at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, in 1940. The Grace Steamship Line, which had promoted the Lima venture, approached the University of North Carolina with the suggestion that it host a 1941 school. The University of North Carolina accepted because of its strong romance language and Latin American programs. Professors Sturgis Leavitt and J. C. Lyons were appointed to supervise the effort with an advisory committee including President Frank Graham, Dean of Administration (later Chancellor) Robert B. House, and Controller William D. Carmichael. Monetary support was granted by the Grace and Moore-McCormick steamship lines, the Institute of International Education, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. The school's program integrated instruction and recreation, such as excursions and dances. Some 108 Latin Americans attended the 1941 school, which was held from 19 January 19 to 2 March. With some variations in the program, the schools were held annually from 1942 through 1945.

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Folder 1: 1941 School: Correspondence, August-November 1940 #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

Folder 2: 1941 School: Correspondence, December 1940 #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

Folder 3: 1941 School: Correspondence, January 1941 #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

Folder 4: 1941 School: Correspondence, February 1941 #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

Folder 5: 1941 School: Correspondence, April 1941 and undated #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

Folder 6: 1941 School: Photographs #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

(photographs are filed separately under P-40089/74-114)

Folder 7: 1941 School: Clippings #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

Folder 8: 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945 Schools: Reports #40089, Subseries: "2.1. Inter-American Institute School for Latin Americans." Box 2:1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Mexican Visiting Scholars Program.

In 1978, Pepsi Cola of Mexico funded a five-year, interdisciplinary program of advanced study and research for Mexican scholars. Twelve scholars were selected by assessment of their research interests and abilities to spend the spring semester on the University of North Carolina at Chapel or North Carolina State University campus. In 1980, a group of six Venezuelans joined the twelve Mexicans in the program. Fields of specialization ranged from the humanities and social sciences to public health and medicine. The program concluded in 1983, having achieved advances in the knowledge and abilities of native Mexican and Venezuelan scholars. Even more importantly, the program resulted in an increased awareness and understanding of the cultural similarities and differences existing within the hemisphere.

The files include announcements of the program, applications of interested scholars, notes on the selection process, reports of the scholars' activities while at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, program publicity, and annual reports of the program coordinator.

Box 2:2

1979 Program, 1977-1979 #40089, Subseries: "2.2. Mexican Visiting Scholars Program." Box 2:2

1980 Program, 1979-1980 #40089, Subseries: "2.2. Mexican Visiting Scholars Program." Box 2:2

(includes photographs shelved separately under P-40089/123-125)

1981 Program, 1980-1981 #40089, Subseries: "2.2. Mexican Visiting Scholars Program." Box 2:2

(includes photographs shelved separately under P-40089/126-129)

1982 Program, 1981-1982 #40089, Subseries: "2.2. Mexican Visiting Scholars Program." Box 2:2

(includes photographs shelved separately under P-40089/132-134)

1983 Program, 1982-1983 #40089, Subseries: "2.2. Mexican Visiting Scholars Program." Box 2:2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Argentine Council on International Relations (CARI)-Institute of Latin American Studies Conference (1981).

This conference, held 30 March-3 April 1981, was entitled "Public Policy Issues in Comparative Perspective."

Box 2:3

General Correspondence, 1980-1981 #40089, Subseries: "2.3. Argentine Council on International Relations (CARI)-Institute of Latin American Studies Conference (1981)." Box 2:3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Chile 1970-1973: Lessons of an Experience Conference (1975).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5. Duke University-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Cooperative Program in International Studies Summer Institute on Latin America (1968).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.6. Institute of Cuban Studies Conference, Cuba Between Two Worlds (1980).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.7. Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO)-University of North Carolina Program of Scientific Cooperation.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.8. Peace Corps Central America Project in University Education.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education.

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Proposal, 1962 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Contract, 1962-1964 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Project Administrative Memoranda, 1962 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Peace Corps: General, 1961-1964 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Peace Corps: Griscom, Richard A., Deputy Peace Corps Director, Venezuela, 1963 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Peace Corps: Guzman, Ralph, Associate Peace Corps Director, Venezuela, 1962-1963 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Peace Corps: Newton, I. G., Division of University Relations, 1962-1963 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Peace Corps: Simons, John J., Division of University Relations, 1962-1963 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Venezuelan Embassy, Washington, D.C., 1962 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Correspondence: Letters of Appreciation, 1962 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Syllabus, 1962 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Training Courses: Health and Medical #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Training Courses: Languages #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Training Courses: Physical Education #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Training Courses: Technical Studies #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Training Courses: World Affairs #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Weekly Schedules, September-November, 1962 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Peace Corps Volunteers: Categories by Training and Education #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Peace Corps Volunteers: Directory #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Peace Corps Volunteers: Photographs #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Publicity: Newspaper Clippings #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Publicity: Photographs #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

(photographs are filed separately under P-40089/1-70)

University of North Carolina Program: Graduation: Exercises #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

University of North Carolina Program: Graduation: Banquet #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Final Report #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

Inspection Trips to Latin America, January-February 1963; June 1963 #40089, Subseries: "2.9. Peace Corps Venezuela Project in University Education." Box 2:3

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