Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Near East College Association records, 1928 -- 1943

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1934 -- 1942

This series is open for research.

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This series contains records relating to the establishment of NECA and the work William Adams Brown and others did to complete the task, an example of which are the Five Year Stabilization Fund reports. In August 1936, a plan was approved to contract with Tamblyn and Brown to conduct a five-year stabilization fund. The goal was to raise $120,000 annually for a period of five years, which would be dispersed among the colleges. Allen W. Dulles became Chairman of the Stabilization Fund Committee. While fundraising was successful during the first few years, it faltered during World War Two. In addition to general information on the organization, specific materials relating to professors, their position in the college and their education form part of the collection Other documents reveal who returned to America from Turkey and their addresses. There exists a document listing preferred prospects and their addresses for membership in NECA, and if the individual could donate funds or at times, "literature only." The majority of those on this list were in Metropolitan New York, with a small number from "miscellaneous states." Also of note is a letter between Cleveland Dodge and W. A. Brown regarding the establishment of a Near East Society from March 1935. This society would be formed by NECA and the Near East Foundation, the purpose of which was to provide information to the American public on happenings in the Middle East. It officially formed in 1948.

This series is arranged in rough chronological order.

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Box 1 Folder 1 Minutes, 1934

Box 1 Folder 2 Suggestions for a Cooperative Near East Organization "Near East Society", 1935

Box 1 Folder 3 Membership Information, "Preferred Prospects in New York and Miscellaneous States", October 1936

Box 1 Folder 4-7 Reports, 1937-1942

Box 1 Folder 8-9 An Appraisal of America's Investment in Six Near East Colleges, presented by the Five Year Stabilization Fund of the Near East Colleges, 1936-1941

Box 1 Folder 10 Five Year Stabilization Fund Final Report, March 1938

Box 1 Folder 11 Histories, 1940

Box 1 Folder 12 Staff Information for Near East Colleges, 1940-1941