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Foundation for International Exchange of Students Records

Identifier: MC 1881

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the FIES articles of incorporation and other legal and historical documents; board meeting agendas and minutes; correspondence; financial records; mailing and donor lists; records concerning the Foundation's scholarships; newsletters; brochures; and computer discs.


  • 1949-2023


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Access restrictions apply: Three folders have been restricted restricted to protect confidential personally identifying information (PII). These records will be released upon the death of the individuals.

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 Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Historical Sketch

The Foundation for International Exchange of Students (FIES), incorporated under the laws of the State of Arkansas as a non-profit organization, was established at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1949 by a group of faculty members to promote educational exchange and intercultural activity. The principal effort of the Foundation is providing scholarships for international students to attend the University of Arkansas as well as to encourage Arkansas students to study abroad. It also attempts to integrate all students from abroad into the civic life and cultural activities of the campus and state. Over the years FIES has supported reciprocal exchanges with colleges in Japan, Austria, Finland, Korea, Dominican Republic and Honduras. In 1995, the Foundation established an endowed John and Marie Lavallard International Scholarship to honor their many years of work and dedication on behalf of international education.

In conjunction with government funds made available by the Fulbright Act, the Foundation provides the foreign-student scholarships with the help of the University of Arkansas, various University associations, namely fraternities and sororities, civic organizations, such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, women's organizations, church groups, and individual contributions made by former FIES-sponsored students, faculty, and members of the community. Other ways to raise funds for its programs include sale of used books, cookbooks, annual mail solicitations and silent auctions.

A complete history of the organization was published in the summer 2011 issue of the Washington County Historical Society publication Flashback.


3.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


Legal documents, agendas, minutes, correspondence, financial records, mailing lists, newsletters, brochures, and other materials related to the operations of the FIES from 1949-2010.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The Foundation for International Exchange of Students Records were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on May 25, 2010 by the Foundation for International Exchange of Students Board of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Additional materials (Box 3, folders 40-52 and Box 4) were donated by DeDe Long on behalf of FIES in June 2017.

Additional materials (Box 5) were donated by Lauren Denny on behalf of FIES in June 2023.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed in November 2010.

An additional donation of materials (Box 3, folders 40-52 and Box 4) was integrated into the collection by Sam Ownbey in January 2020, and the finding aid updated by Katrina Windon in October 2020.

An additional donation of materials (Box 5) was integrated into the collection by Katrina Windon in June 2023.

Foundation for International Exchange of Students Records
Vera Ekechukwu
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444