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NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records

Identifier: MC 715

Scope and Content Note

The NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records consist of the official records of the organization, including board minutes, publications, correspondence, reports, financial and legal documents. These materials document the history of the organization and its outreach and support efforts, including its annual conference and other annual programs, as well as NAFSA's regional subdivisions. The initial group of materials, found in Boxes 1-195, represents the first three installments of records shipped in 1987, 1991, and 1993.

Additional materials from the later MC 715a and MC 715c.001-MC 715c.008 accessions were added as part of a processing project in September 2022. In addition to additional examples of the previously stated materials, these newer accessions also included photographs and audio/visual materials, including recordings of annual conference sessions. The newer materials can be found in Boxes 196-341. In the course of processing these materials, they were assigned by box to one of the pre-existing record groups; in some cases this may result in similar materials, such as newsletters, being found in multiple record groups; these materials are still kept in context with other materials that they were accessioned with.


  • Creation: 1940-2018


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

NAFSA: The Association of International Educators is a self-funded, nonprofit, strategically driven association that provides leadership to its diverse constituencies through establishing good practices and providing professional development opportunities. NAFSA encourages networking among professionals, convenes conferences and collaborative dialogues, and promotes research and knowledge creation to strengthen and serve the field. NAFSA leads the way in advocating for a better world through international education and is the largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international higher education.

Founded in 1948 by academics engaged in bringing international students and scholars to the United States following World War II, the organization was named the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. To reflect the well-established role of NAFSA members in all aspects of international education and exchange, in May 1990, the membership formally renamed the organization NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The acronym was retained to reflect NAFSA's proud past and broad name recognition.

The Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan for 2014–16, which begins with the value statement, “NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community. We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.”

NAFSA offers annual programs such as the Ron Moffatt Seminar for Peace and the Global Civil Society, the Academy for International Education year-long intensive training program, Presidents Day at the annual conference, and colloquia that bring together deans and faculty from public health, legal education, business schools, STEM fields, and teacher education.

NAFSA provides assistance regarding visa requirements to study abroad advisers through liaison activities with foreign consulates in the United States, and to international student advisers through liaison with U.S. government agencies and other educational associations in the United States and abroad. It has produced publications and audiovisual presentations that provide information about all aspects of working with foreign students and scholars and U.S. students going abroad at all educational levels. Notable publications are the NAFSA Newsletter; NAFSA Adviser's Manual of Federal Regulations Affecting Foreign Students and Scholars; Statement of Ethical Principles, to help guide international educators in providing high-quality education and services to participants in international education and exchange; Assessment and Evaluation for International Educators, to assist postsecondary institutions in improving their assessment and evaluation of their international educational exchange programs and services; and the NAFSA Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators, an indispensible resource for study abroad offices.

Within NAFSA, knowledge communities provide resources, networking opportunities (virtual and at conferences), and leadership opportunities for professionals working in U.S. Education Abroad; International Students and Scholars Services; International Enrollment Management; Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship; and Internationalization.


330 Linear Feet (341 boxes)

5.36 Gigabytes (2009 Files)


Correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, financial records, legal records, photographs, audio/visual materials, and other official records of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and related committees and subcommittees.

Arrangement of the Papers

There has been only minor rearrangement of material; folder titles and the original order of the collection have been largely preserved. In general, within each group (or series) broad topics are identified. Within each topic, folders are usually arranged in alphabetical or chronological order.

A preliminary arrangement of the materials was done by long- time NAFSA Executive Director/Executive Vice President Hugh Jenkins. Based upon his arrangement, the materials have been separated into eight broad groups(see below). The groups are not exclusive; just as the activities of NAFSA have overlapped and intermeshed, so the records overlap from group to group. UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2022-Materials from subsequent accessions MC 715a and MC 715c.001-MC 715.008 were also sorted into these groups by box; with the exception of the Publications group and some materials from the Annual Conference Files, the materials were arranged in the order in which they were received. Existing folder titles were used when possible.

  1. Group 1. Official Records, 1948-2012. Boxes 1-9, 264-267.
  2. Group 1. Series 1. Executive Board Minutes, 1948-2012. Boxes 1-2, 264-267.
  3. Group 1. Series 2. Ford Foundation Reports, 1954-1970. Box 3.
  4. Group 1. Series 3. Regional Council Guidelines, 1964-1977. Boxes 3-4.
  5. Group 1. Series 4. Supplementary Sectional Minutes and Bylaws. Boxes 4-5.
  6. Group 1. Series 5. Name Change and Subsequent Reorganization, 1964-1973. Boxes 5-6.
  7. Group 1. Series 6. Foreign Contacts and Membership Files. Boxes 7-9.
  8. Group 2. Annual Conference Files, 1942-2016. Boxes 10-20, 196, 239-256, 315-316.
  9. Group 3. Associational Files, 1940-2018. Boxes 21-94, 197-210, 268-283, 319-328.
  10. Group 4. Field Service Program (FSP) Files, 1940-2005. Boxes 95-146, 211-226, 257-258.
  11. Group 5. Education for International Development (EID) Files, 1960-2018. Boxes 147-161, 227-232, 261-262, 317-318.
  12. Group 6. Community Section (COMSEC) Files, 1961-1995. Boxes 162-164b, 233-234, 259-260.
  13. Group 7. Government Regulations Advisory Committee (GRAC) Files, 1953-2017. Boxes 165-175, 263, 311-314.
  14. Group 8. Publications, 1948-2018. Boxes 176-195, 235-238, 284-310, 329-341.

Acquisition Information

Official records including board minutes, publications, correspondence, reports, financial and legal documents were donated on June 10, 1987, by an agreement from NAFSA officials designating Special Collections as the archival repository for the organization's permanently valuable records. This initial group of materials represents the first three installments of records shipped in 1987, 1991, and 1993.

Materials added to this collection in September 2022 were acquired from NAFSA in 1991, 1999, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, Nan Lawler, and Kim Allen Scott, January 1994.

Boxes 196-341 were processed by Adam Heien, Huong Nguyen, and other Special Collections Staff in September 2022; these boxes contained materials from accessions MC 715a, MC 715c.001, MC 715c.002, MC 715c.003, MC 715c.004, MC 715c.005, MC 715c.006, MC 715c.007, and MC 715c.008

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Records
Vera Ekechukwu, Nan Lawler, and Kim Allen Scott. Finding aid updated to account for additional materials processed in September 2022 by Adam Heien
January 1994
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2022-09-22: Finding aid updated to include processed accesions MC 715a, MC 715c.001, MC 715c.002, MC 715c.003, MC 715c.004, MC 715c.005, MC 715c.006, MC 715c.007, MC 715c.008. The newly processed materials cover Boxes 196-341.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

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