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International Institute of Rural Reconstruction records, 1914-2018

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\IIRR,MS#0647
Bib ID 4079905 View CLIO record
Creator(s) International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
Title International Institute of Rural Reconstruction records, 1914-2018
Physical Description 163 linear feet (271 boxes; Audio Visual boxes; Flat boxes; 8 Tube boxes)
Language(s) English and Chinese.
Access

Boxes 1-166 of this collection are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Boxes 167-170: Cataloged correspondence; Boxes 1-161: Arranged correspondence & other records; Boxes 162-166: Printed materials; Oversize box: Blueprints, plans, photographs& maps; Map case 14-13-6: maps Addition, Boxes 1-108.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, lectures, notes, diaries, notebooks, reports, financial records, blueprints, photographs, and printed materials of Y.C. James Yen and the IIRR concerned with the development, sharing, and financing innovative methods of teaching, improving agriculture, health and family planning, and education in impoverished villages. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Pearl Buck, William O. Douglas, Nelson Rockefeller, and DeWitt Clinton.

The Addition: conprises correspondence, reports, financial records, photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, photograph albums, scrapbooks, reel to reel films, videocassettes, reel to reel audio tape, tape cassettes, printed materials, maps, works of art, posters, and Chinese calligraphy of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. This collection is an addition to previously donated and processed IIRR materials. This addition focuses heavily on IIRR's outposts in various countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and houses the bulk of IIRR's photographic, audio visual material, and memorabilia including the awards of Dr. Y.C. James Yen.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

Boxes 1-166 of this collection are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); International Institute of Rural Reconstruction Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Records Processed HR 05/12/1998.

Records Processed HR 05/20/1998.

Records Processed by Molly Monosky, Annie Grunow, Alexsander Gelfand, and Rebecca Farber 2005.

Revision Description

2009-07-07 File created.

2018-04-09 XML document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi. Addition of archived web site.

2019-03-25 dsc-level genreform tags moved into scopecontent notes, before AS migration. kws

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anthologies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appointment books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architectural drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Budgets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bylaws (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grants Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greeting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Itineraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorandums Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oaths Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Outlines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Passports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prizes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Readers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Receipts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resolutions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tax returns Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
blueprints (reprographic copies) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Adult education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Adult education -- Philippines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Adult education teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agricultural education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agricultural education -- Philippines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agricultural teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Altschul, Frank, 1887-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Cooperating Committees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American-Chinese Committee of the Mass Education Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American-Chinese Cooperating Committee Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Area specialists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astor, Brooke Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benton, William, 1900-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blaine, Anita McCormick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blair, William McCormack Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buckley, James Lane, 1923- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Cheng, 1898-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Qizi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese -- United States -- Societies, etc -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese Americans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese Mass Education Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese National Association of Mass Education Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College of Rural Reconstruction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Community development -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Community development -- Philippines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davidson, Carter, 1905-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Developing countries specialists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Douglas, Helen Gahagan, 1900-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Douglas, William O (William Orville), 1898-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic assistance, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic development -- China -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic development -- Philippines -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic development -- Taiwan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic development projects -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic development projects -- Philippines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- Philippines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Educators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Field, Marshall, 1893-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Filipinos Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fundamental education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fundamental education -- Philippines Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoffman, Paul G (Paul Gray), 1891-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hutchins, William S., 1871-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International Committee of the Mass Education Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International Mass Education Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jimmy Yen's Rural Reconstuction Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kaltenborn, H. v (Hans), 1878-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koo, V. K. Wellington, 1888-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuo, Ping Wen, 1880-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lasker, Mary W Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lehman, Herbert H (Herbert Henry), 1878-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lehman, Herbert H., Mrs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lobbyists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lovett, Robert A (Robert Abercrombie), 1895-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lu, Zuofu, 1893-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marshall, George C (George Catlett), 1880-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCloy, John J (John Jay), 1895-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mellon, Paul Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moe, Henry Allen, 1894-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moynihan, Daniel P (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Myers, William Irving, 1891-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Non-governmental organizations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paley, William S (William Samuel), 1901-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Penney, J. C (James Cash), 1875-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philanthropists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public health -- China -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public health -- Philippines -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public health personnel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reading teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reagan, Ronald Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reid, Whitelaw Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, David, 1915-2017 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, John D., III (John Davison), 1906-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, John D., Jr (John Davison), 1874-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rosin, Alex G Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scherman, Harry, 1887-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schultz, Theodore W (Theodore William), 1902-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sinologists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Skouros, Spyros P Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soong, T. V (Tzu-wen), 1894-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swope, Gerard, 1872-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taft, Charles P (Charles Phelps), 1897-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Unesco Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States (Title of work: China Aid Act of 1948.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Agency for International Development Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vanderbilt, William H (William Henry), 1901-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallace, DeWitt, 1889-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallace, Henry A (Henry Agard), 1888-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallace, Lila Acheson, 1887-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walsh, Richard J., 1912- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watson, Thomas John, 1874-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilbur, Ray L (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Xie, Fuya, 1892-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yen, Y. C. James, 1893-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhang, Qun, 1889?- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhang, Zhizhong, 1890-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo nong cun fu xing lian he wei yuan hui Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhonghua ping min jiao yu cu jin hui Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhu, Jiahua, 1893-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) was founded in 1960 to combat rural poverty worldwide. Its head and founder is Dr. Y.C. James Yen. It deals with the problems of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and misgovernment in China, the Philippines, and other third world countries, and promotes American aid programs. Y.C. James Yen was born in 1893 in Sichuan Province, China. He graduated from Yale University in 1918, and later studied at Princeton University. During early experience as a Y.M.C.A. teacher in France among Chinese workers in 1919, Dr. Yen recognized the need for Chinese workers, traditionally a lower and undereducated class in their native country, to have basic reading and writing skills. He set about teaching them basic Chinese characters, enabling them to communicate with family members back home. Inspired by his success, he returned home to China. In 1923, he became the head of the Chinese National Association of the Mass Education Movement (later, the Chinese Mass Education Movement) and its fund raising arm, the American Cooperating Committee. Together these organizations supported the College of Rural Reconstruction in China. During World War II, Yen returned to the US and organized the American-Chinese Cooperating Committee (later the American-Chionese Committee of the Mass Education Movement) to secure American support and funding for his educational efforts in China. His committee was responsible for the China Aid Act of 1948 (otherwise known as the "Jimmy Yen Act") and the creation of the Chinese-American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction.

After China turned to communism, Dr. Yen turned his attentions to the Philippines and other, smaller, nations in need. He formed the International Committee of the Mass Education Movement, later known as both the International Mass Education Movement (IMEM) and Jimmy Yen's Rural Reconstruction Movement (JYRRM). These organizations merged into the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction in 1960. The IIRR headquarters in the Philippines acted as the driving force behind a number of smaller movements in other countries. These movements included the Colombia Rural Reconstruction Movement (CRRM, MCRR), the Guatemala Rural Reconstruction Movement (GRRM, MGRR), the Ghana Rural Reconstruction Movement (GhRRM), the Indian Rural Reconstruction Movement (IRRM), the Korean Rural Reconstruction Movement (KRRM), and the Thailand Rural Reconstruction Movement (TRRM) to name a few. Dr. Y.C. James Yen died in 1990. He was survived by his movement, which still has regional centers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as its headquarters in the Philippines.