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Panama-Bolivia Project Records

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0019

This collection houses financial records, personnel records, correspondence, reports, contracts, travel records, manuscripts, and other materials documenting the University of Tennessee's participation in the Panama-Bolivia Project. For a more complete description of this collection, researchers should consult the folder-level finding aid described in the Other Finding Aids section of this document.

Dates

  • 1955-1963

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

47.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses financial records, personnel records, correspondence, reports, contracts, travel records, manuscripts, and other materials documenting the University of Tennessee's participation in the Panama-Bolivia Project. For a more complete description of this collection, researchers should consult the folder-level finding aid described in the Other Finding Aids section of this document.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Panama-Bolivia Project was organized in 1955 by the International Cooperation Administration (UCA) and the United States Operation Mission (USOM) as part of the Four Point Program for Development. It was administered by U.T. in partnership with the University of Panama and the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia. Its goal was to teach the residents of Panama and Bolivia the skills they needed to participate effectively in their respective governments. Staff from U.T. travelled to both countries, where they taught agriculture (Panama only), political science, public administration, office management, and library science. Students from both Panama and Bolivia travelled to the U.S. to study at the University level. Lee S. Greene served as Home Staff Coordinator at U.T. and was assisted by numerous field administrators, including Robert S. Avery and Nelson M. Robinson of the Political Science Department, Dr. John Conrad of the School of Agriculture, and Dr. Joseph Starr. The Bolivia segment of the program ended in 1961; U.T. staff were forced out of Panama in 1963 due to a climate of political uncertainty and unrest.

Arrangement

This collection consists of 38 boxes divided into four series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Project Files Generated by Staff in Panama
  2. Series II: Project Files Regarding Panama Kept in Knoxville
  3. Series III: Records Regarding Bolivia
  4. Series IV: Other Records Regarding Panama

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. AR.0060: Panama-Bolivia Project Records, 1955-1959

File Plan

The original file numbers assigned to the folders in Series I have been left intact. Beginning with Box 10, a new numbering series was instituted in order to structure the collection in an organized manner. In Series II, Series III, and Series IV, any number that might have been part of an older numbering system has been included next to the new number in parentheses. For the sake of clarity, folders in Series III and Series IV have been numbered consecutively. More information about the collection's organization can be found in Box 38, Folder 28.

Other Finding Aids

A full container list for this collection can be found as a [pdf].

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480