Collection Number: 40199

Collection Title: Southern Council on International Relations Records, 1937-1978 (bulk 1937-1948)

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract The Southern Council on International Relations (SCIR) was established in 1937 as a non-partisan, nonprofit, civic association by a group of civic, religious, and educational leaders representing the ten southeastern states. The purpose of the council was to counter the growth of isolationism in the South and the nation by promoting international understanding through public education. The council supported the United Nations, the International Trade Organization, the international exchange of students and teachers, the Good Neighbor Policy, the strengthening of ties between the people of the United States and Latin America, and other international institutions and programs promoting cooperation among nations in the interest of peace, prosperity, and mutual understanding. The central office of the council was located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Executive secretaries of the council were Keener Chapman Frazer of the University of North Carolina Department of Political Science, 1937-1943; Fletcher Melvin Green of the university's Department of History, 1943-1944; and Eugene Pfaff, 1944-1946. Records of the Southern Council on International Relations (SCIR) consist primarily of files of the executive secretary or director. Most of the material is correspondence with members of the council and with officials of civic, religious, and political organizations. Also included are minutes of Executive Committee meetings; planning materials for meetings, institutes, educational centers, and other activities; and correspondence with and annual reports to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Also included is a folder comprised mainly of correspondence with Leon F. Sensabaugh of Birmingham Southern University, who chaired the SCIR's Committee on the South and Latin America, 1940-1943.
Creator Southern Council on International Relations.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Southern Council on International Relations Records #40199, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Periodic transfer from the offices that create these records.
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The Southern Council on International Relations was established 20 November 1937, as a non-partisan, non-profit, civic association by a group of civic, religious, and educational leaders representing the ten southeastern states. The council was organized to counter the growth of isolationism in the south and the nation by promoting international peace, international trade, and international understanding through public education.

The Executive Committee--consisting of a president, vice president, executive secretary, and treasurer--and an executive board directed the council's activities. In the main, these activities involved the organization of institutes and the operation of a speakers bureau; the distribution of literature; the establishment of centers to conduct programs on international relations and provide accommodations for foreign visitors; the international exchange of students and teachers; the encouragement of foreign travel for educational purposes; the organization of conferences to improve the teaching of foreign relations; the publication and distribution of memoranda on International Problems (later known as The South in World Affairs); the organization of groups in Latin America to promote the aims of the council in the Caribbean countries; and the promotion of international trade by cooperation with the International Trade Organization, the United States State Department, agencies of state governments, and local chambers of commerce.

The central office of the Southern Council on International Relations was located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The major forces in the council's establishment and operation were University of North Carolina President Frank Porter Graham, who served as president of the council's Executive Committee; Professor Keener Chapman Frazer of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, who served as executive secretary from 1937 until June 1943, when he entered military service; Professor Fletcher Melvin Green of the university's Department of History, who replaced Frazer; and Dr. Eugene Pfaff, who replaced Green in July 1944 and served as director of the council until Frazer returned to Chapel Hill in January 1946.

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Records of the Southern Council on International Relations (SCIR) consist primarily of files of the executive secretary or director. Most of the material is correspondence with members of the council and with officials of civic, religious, and political organizations. Also included are minutes of Executive Committee meetings; planning materials for meetings, institutes, educational centers, and other activities; and correspondence with and annual reports to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Also included is a folder comprised mainly of correspondence with Leon F. Sensabaugh of Birmingham Southern University, who chaired the SCIR's Committee on the South and Latin America, 1940-1943.

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Contents list

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Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

General, 1937 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 1-2

Folder 3-6

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

General, 1938 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 3-6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

General, 1939 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

General, 1940 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 9

Folder 10

General, 1941 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 10

Folder 11

Subscription and Membership Record Volume, March 1940-February 1942 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 11

Folder 12-18

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

General, 1942 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 12-18

Folder 19-23

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

General, 1943 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 19-23

Folder 24-26

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

General, 1944 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 24-26

Folder 27

General, 1945 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 27

Folder 28

General, 1946 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 28

Folder 29

General, 1947 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

General, 1948-1949 #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 30-31

Folder 32

Memoranda on International Problems, I, No. 4 (28 September 1938)-I, No. 14 (15 March 1939) #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 32

Folder 33

The South in World Affairs, I, No. 15 (1 April 1939-II, No. 20 (undated) #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 33

Folder 34

Committee on the South and Latin America, 1938; 1940-1943; 1978; undated #40199, Series: "Southern Council on International Relations Records." Folder 34

(chaired by Leon Sensabaugh of Birmingham Southern University; included is a 1978 letter from Sensabaugh to Tennant McWilliams, author of The New South Faces the World)

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