Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Inventory of the Vic and Barby Ulmer collection
95016  
No online items No online items
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (138.54 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement Statement
  • Related Collections

  • Title: Vic and Barby Ulmer collection
    Date (inclusive): 1954-2009
    Date (bulk): 1970-1999
    Collection Number: 95016
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English, Spanish; Castilian, Swahili, and others.
    Physical Description: 36 manuscript boxes, 1 cassette box, 1 card file box, 1 videocassette box, 5 oversize folders (15.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: The collection contains photographs, posters, letters, sound and video recordings, pamphlets, bulletins, reports, and other printed matter collected by Vic and Barby Ulmer, founders of Our Developing World. The bulk of the material relates to social, political, and economic conditions in Africa from the 1970s to the 1990s, especially in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Other topics documented in the collection include social and political conditions in Mexico, Central America, and China; international debt; international trade; globalization; and the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, also known as the Battle in Seattle.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creators: Ulmer, Barbara (Barby), collector Ulmer, Vic, collector

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vic and Barby Ulmer collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995, with increments received in 1998 and 2012.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Vic and Barby (Barbara) Ulmer are the founders and co-directors of Our Developing World (ODW). Formed in 1982, the non-profit organization strives to raise awareness of the struggles and triumphs occurring in developing countries by creating resources for teachers, hosting events, and leading educational trips to various countries in Central America and Africa.
    Vic and Barby Ulmer met while attending the University of California, Berkeley and married in 1954. Barby, a native of San Francisco, worked for many years as an English as a second language instructor. Additionally, she was a leader and active member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She also helped to form the San Jose Peace and Justice Center in 1957 and served as chairman of the organization until 1968. Some of Barby's oral histories discussing her work as an activist have been digitized and can be found in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Collection at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound.
    Vic, originally from Denver, Colorado, was an English teacher at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California for many years. He died on May 4th, 2016.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains photographs, posters, letters, sound and video recordings, pamphlets, bulletins, reports, and other printed matter collected by Vic and Barby Ulmer, founders of Our Developing World, a non-profit organization concerned with social, political, and economic issues in developing countries. Much of the material in the collection was collected as teaching material for Our Developing World programs and events.
    The bulk of the material relates to conditions in Africa from the 1970s to the 1990s, especially in South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia; however, materials related to Mexico, Central America, and China are also included. Other topics documented in the collection are international debt, international trade, globalization, and the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, also known as the Battle in Seattle, which Barby Ulmer participated in.

    Arrangement Statement

    The material is grouped together by topic according to the Ulmers' original order. The files within each grouping have been organized alphabetically for ease of use, and the original file names have been maintained where possible. Cross references have been added for topics that appear multiple times throughout the collection.

    Related Collections

    Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Collection, ARS056, Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
    South African subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Winifred Armstrong papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Africa--Economic conditions--1960-
    Africa--Politics and government--1960-
    Angola--Economic conditions.
    Developing countries--Economic conditions.
    Madagascar--Economic conditions.
    Mozambique--Economic conditions.
    South Africa--Economic conditions.
    Zimbabwe--Economic conditions.