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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Index to Major Groups
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Howard A. Reed papers
    Dates: 1909-2000
    Collection Number: 89010
    Creator: Reed, Howard A. (Howard Alexander), 1920-
    Collection Size: 118 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (48 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, notes, curricular material, conference papers and proceedings, and printed matter, relating to the promotion of international education in the United States; Middle Eastern area studies, and especially Turkish studies, in the United States; and activities of the American Friends Service Committee and other organizations in promoting education for peace and international exchange programs for students.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In English and Turkish

    Administrative Information


    Collection is stored off-site. It may be possible to have a limited number of boxes brought to the archives reading room for examination. A minimum of two days notice is required. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.
    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], Howard A. Reed papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1989, with increments added in 1993 and 2000.


    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/Historical Note

    1920 February 26 Born, Izmir, Turkey
    1942 BA in Modern European History and Languages, Yale University
    1949 MA, Princeton University
    1950-1952 History department staff, Yale University
    1951 PhD in History of the Near East and Oriental Studies, Princeton University
    1955-1957 Program specialist in International Training and Research, Ford Foundation (New York City and Beirut)
    1957-1958 Lecturer and researcher on Islam and the Middle East, Pendle Hill
    1958-1960 National director, American Friends Service Committee, Colleges and Projects Programs in U.S. and abroad
    1958-1973 Board member, Pendle Hill
    1960-1964 Associate director, The Danforth Foundation
    1967-1971 Director of International and Intercultural Studies, University of Connecticut at Storrs
    1967-1989 Professor of History (Middle Eastern, Islamic and Ottoman), University of Connecticut at Storrs
    1969 Board member, American Research Institute, Turkey
    1978 Program director, University of Connecticut, Storrs, International Studies Program
    1981 January-May Visiting scholar, Hoover Institution, researching modern Turkey
    Circa 1989 Professor emeritus, University of Connecticut at Storrs
    1991-1995 Special consultant to four successive ministers of National Education of Turkey
    Source: "Howard Alexander Reed." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2002

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Howard A. Reed papers document the development of international education programs, in particular Middle East and Turkish studies, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and across the United States. In addition the papers reflect Reed's work with the American Friends Service Committee in promoting the research of peace through international exchange programs for students, as well as his work as a consultant to ministers of National Education in Turkey. The papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, notes, curricular material, conference papers and proceedings, meeting minutes, photographs, printed matter, and sound recordings.
    The University of Connecticut file contains materials relating to the administrative and educational activities of the History Department of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where Howard Reed was a professor of Islamic, Middle East, and Ottoman history and director of the Institute of International and Intercultural Studies. In 1978 Reed was awarded a $57,000 three-year federal grant to coordinate a statewide international studies program for undergraduates. As director of the Undergraduate International Studies Program (UISP) Reed was responsible for coordinating a mobile outreach program to community colleges, structuring the curriculum, inviting guest speakers and lecturers, and promoting exchange programs with universities in other countries. The materials relating to this program can be found in the University of Connecticut file as well as the Subject file and are in the form of grant applications, financial records, flyers, promotional materials, correspondence with participating state colleges and universities, newspaper clippings, and other printed matter.
    The Subject file covers a wide variety of topics related to education and the Middle East. Brochures, correspondence, newsletters, and other materials by Friends World College, a college based on Quaker principles and the promotion of peace and international studies, are found in this series.
    Reed co-founded the Middle East Studies Association and Turkish Studies Association in North America. The Middle East Studies Association file includes correspondence about the first MESA conference in 1967 and conference materials from subsequent meetings.
    Materials relating to Turkish Studies are in the collection in the form of Turkish newspapers, journals, conference papers and proceedings, and course materials. Much of Reed's writings and research on Turkey, its history and education system, can be found in this series as well as in the National Education of Turkey consultant file, which includes mostly printed materials collected during Reed's time as a consultant to the Turkish minister of national education.
    As the grandson of International College founder, Alexander MacLachlan, and son of one of its early presidents Cass Arthur Reed, Reed's interest in international education was shaped by International College. The papers include research material about the International College of Izmir, which was later relocated to Beirut, Lebanon. Highlights from these materials include copies of minutes from meetings of Board of Trustees from the early years of the college and photographs of students from 1914 to 1920.

    Index to Major Groups

    Papers are arranged in the order in which they were received. Although the collection is not physically arranged, most materials fall into the following groups.
    Box Nos. Groups
    1-13, 20-21, 23, 28-38, 48-62, 64, 68-78, 85-86, 89-91 University of Connecticut file, 1965-1988. Includes memoranda, correspondence, reports, printed matter, conference materials, curricular material, photographs, and sound recordings relating mainly to the development of international studies (primarily Middle East studies) at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and subsequently other colleges and universities in the United States.
    14-20, 24-27, 39-46, 62-64, 70, 84, 87, 91-92, 94, 95 Subject file, 1959-1989. Includes correspondence, memoranda, conference materials, reports, sound recordings, newsletters, journals, brochures, and other printed matter. Original folder titles retained in the description of collection materials
    66, 82-83, 111-112, 116 Middle East Studies Association file, 1966-1974, 1994. Includes conference materials, correspondence, and by-laws.
    78-81, 86, 88, 93 Turkish Studies file, 1920-1986Includes correspondence, curricular material, conference materials, meeting minutes, reports, and printed matter relating to Turkish Studies programs and conferences in the United States and to education in Turkey.
    99-113 National Education of Turkey consultant file, 1983-1999. Includes research materials in the form of magazines, journals, reports, articles, correspondence, and brochures relating to the development of higher education in Turkey and to the Turkish economy.
    113-114, 117-119 International College file, 1909-1999. Includes research materials for Reed's study on the history of International College in Izmir and Beirut in the form of brochures, yearbooks, correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, photographs, postcards, and negatives.
    67, 70, 80, 84-85, 97-98, 114 Printed matter, 1967-2000. Includes newspapers, journals, monographs, clippings, and newsletters.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    American Friends Service Committee.
    Peace--Study and teaching.
    International education.
    Education--United States.
    Middle East--Study and teaching.
    Turkey--Study and teaching.