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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for International Higher Education Documentation.
Title:Center for International Higher Education Documentation records
Date:1966–1986 (bulk 1977–1985)
Reference Code:A120
Location Code:36/1
Extent:9.75 cubic ft. (10 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: This collection documents the early years of the Center as a depository for the files of the International Encyclopedia of Higher Education Project as well as the Center's administrative, research, and programming activities, particularly from the late 1970s and into the early 1980s. Topics include: women in international higher education, comparative systems of cooperative education, evaluation of education credentials, and documentation centers.
Historical Abstract:The Center was established in 1976 to house the research files of Asa Knowles' International Encyclopedia of Higher Education. As part of the internationalization of Northeastern, it served as a hub for international activities, arranging conferences on global topics and hosting foreign visitors. The Center conducted research on topics such as the role of multinational corporations in foreign education, the status of women in academics, and an international survey of cooperative education programs. In 1981, director Joy Viola left to head the Office of International Affairs. Assistant director Solvang Turner took over and expanded their credential evaluation service beyond Northeastern to outside agencies. In 1986, due to economic cutbacks, the Center was closed.
Language and Scripts:The majority of the records are in English. There is correspondence with foreign universities in French, Spanish, German, and Swiss. The Project series contains research articles and surveys in French, Spanish, German, and Swiss, and Russian.
System of Arrangement:Organized into two series: 1. Administrative and 2. Projects.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Knowles, Asa S. (Asa Smallidge), 1909–1990
  • Turner, Solveig
  • Viola, Joy W.
  • Mosbacker, Wanda

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Center for International Higher Education Documentation.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Cooperative Education Research Center
  • UNESCO

  • Credentialing
  • Documentation
  • Education, Cooperative
  • Education, Higher –– Central America
  • Education, Higher –– Encyclopedias
  • International education
  • Surveys
  • Women in higher education
  • Women –– Education (Higher) –– Central America

Conditions Governing Access:Student Records (Box 3: Folders 1–24) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Archival Materials:

M20: Asa S. Knowles papers
A63: Office of International Affairs records
A100: International Student Office records

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cheryl Ostrowski, February 2013