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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Separated Materials
  • External Documents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: Gerald J. Bender papers
    creator: Bender, Gerald J.
    Identifier/Call Number: 5322
    Physical Description: 66.5 Linear Feet 73 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2016
    Date (bulk): 1973-1998
    Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of Gerald J. Bender, a professor of international relations at USC from 1979 to 2011 and director of the School of International Relations from 1986 to 1991. Bender was a foremost expert on the study of politics, languages, and culture of Angola and Southern Africa generally, with a particular interest in United States foreign policy toward the region. The Gerald J. Bender papers contain Bender's personal, professional, and USC correspondence; files on Bender's research, consultancies, and projects (including his work with oil companies in southern Africa); teaching materials relating to the USC School of International Relations; an extensive collection of news clippings on topics relating to Southern Africa; some realia and graphic materials; and manuscripts, published papers, and research proposals authored by Bender and/or his colleagues.
    Language of Material: English and Portuguese.

    Biographical / Historical

    Gerald J. Bender (1941-2017) was a professor at the USC School of International Relations who specialized in the politics, history, and languages of Portuguese-speaking African countries, with an emphasis on Angola. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he became interested in African politics during his undergraduate studies when he lived in Nigeria to complete a summer research study on community development. In 1963, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and obtained his Master's and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1967. He became a research fellow in the African Studies Center at UCLA, where he spearheaded the grant-funded Portuguese Africa Project from 1971 to 1975. In 1979, he joined the faculty at the USC School of International Relations where he would teach for three decades until his retirement in 2011. From 1986 to 1991, he was appointed as the director of the school. He received seven teaching awards during his career at USC, including the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1985.
    From the mid-1970s to the early 2000s, he published and lectured extensively about political issues in Angola and other Portuguese-speaking African countries, Portugal, and South Africa under apartheid. He commented on the United States' policies toward southern African countries in national newspapers and presented statements for the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
    Additionally, Bender served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department, non-profits such as the Citizens Engergy Corporation, and several multinational corporations and think tanks. He convinced Conoco, an oil company, to invest in local communities in Angola, and worked on a project to reduce the incidence of AIDS in the Angolan Armed Forces. Throughout his career, Bender maintained political alliances with African politicians and negotiated with organizations on behalf of governments to facilitate the development of libraries and hospitals.
    [See links under "External Documents" for biographical/historical sources]

    Content Description

    This collection comprises the papers of Gerald J. Bender, a professor of international relations at USC from 1979 to 2011 and director of the School of International Relations from 1986 to 1991. Bender was a foremost expert on the study of politics, languages, and culture of Angola and Southern Africa generally, with a particular interest in United States foreign policy toward the region. The Gerald J. Bender papers contain Bender's personal, professional, and USC correspondence; files on Bender's research, consultancies, and projects (including his work with oil companies in southern Africa); teaching materials relating to the USC School of International Relations; an extensive collection of news clippings on topics relating to Southern Africa; some realia and graphic materials; and manuscripts, published papers, and research proposals authored by Bender and/or his colleagues.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Gerald J. Bender papers, Collection no. 5322, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the estate of Gerald Bender, October 2017.

    Processing Information

    Boxes 1 through 30 of this collection have been described at a folder level and rehoused into acid-free folders. The majority of boxes with numbers following 30 contain material described at a box level. The material described at box-level is still housed in Bender's original folders, but has been boxed into labeled acid-free boxes.

    Separated Materials

    Bender collected a large run of Jornal de Angola, along with a number of Portuguese-language monographs published in Angola and Portugal. These materials were separated from the Bender papers and cataloged as part of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. The Boeckmann Center's holdings are accessible via the USC Libraries catalog search.

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Africa, Portuguese-speaking -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Africa, Southern -- Foreign relations -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Angola -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    International relations -- Study and teaching -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    National liberation movements -- Africa, Portuguese-speaking -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Petroleum industry and trade -- Angola -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    clippings files
    Correspondence
    Manuscripts
    Photographs
    Photomontages (visual works)
    Publications (documents)
    Realia
    Research (documents)
    Student projects
    Bender, Gerald J. -- Archives
    Conoco Inc -- Archives
    University of Southern California. School of International Relations -- Archives