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Foreign Student Friendship Foundation records

 Collection — Box: 2
Identifier: UA 158

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, excursion records, minutes, reports and program files.

Collection is organized by accession and includes the following material (lists are not comprehensive):

Accession 10173.A: Reports, meeting minutes, and program files, 1961-1971.

Accession 11364.A: Program requests for sponsorship by organizations in Oregon, agendas for trips, and details about activities. Content is organized into manilla envelopes in rough date order, 1958-1984.


  • 1958-1984


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Foreign Student Friendship Foundation (presently known as the Friendship Foundation for International Students (FFIS)) began in 1950 under the leadership of Dr. David M. Dougherty, a University of Oregon professor of Romance Languages and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages from 1947 to 1964. He was inspired by the vision and perseverance of the late professor Raymond Watson Kirkbride, University of Delaware, whose “war experiences had convinced him of the great need for better understanding between nations,” and was quoted as saying, “we must get to know each other in order to understand each other.”

The core of FFIS, whose goals are to bring together individuals and organizations, are interested in providing UO international students and scholars with experiences that enhance their educational and cultural experiences in the United States; in promoting environments that enhance friendship; and in offering the community opportunities to know and appreciate international students and their countries and cultures of origin.

One of the main activities of the program was organizing excursions throughout Oregon for foreign students. The program would request sponsorship by other organizations, like a local chamber of commerce, to cover accommodations and other things in the cities and town they would travel to. In exchange, the UO students would speak at schools and local organizations about their home country and their experience at the University.

[Source: FFIS Newsletter,]


1 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



The Foreign Student Friendship Foundation was founded in 1950 by University of Oregon professor Dr. David M. Dougherty. The collection contains correspondence, excursion records, minutes, reports and program files, 1958-1984.


Material within this collection has been organized by accession. This organization reflects the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them as a whole at this point in time, give the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records have been acquired through occasional transfers from the Foreign Student Friendship Foundation.


Continued transfers of records from the Friendship Foundation for International Students are expected indefinitely.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Foreign Student Friendship Foundation at Special Collections and University Archives include: University Archives publications, UA Ref 4.

Physical Description

1 manuscript box and 1 legal manuscript box.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jenn Newby, 2012 and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing. Multiple accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the Foreign Student Friendship Foundation Records
Complete Description
Jenn Newby and Tanya Parlet; updated by processing staff
2012; 2013; updated 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA