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International Program Records

 Collection — Box: 2 Boxes
Identifier: UASC.UA.029

Scope and Contents

Materials include various correspondence between university faculty, staff, administration, and outside contacts, agendas for visiting foreign delegations, and local delegations visiting foreign locations, newspaper clippings, budget and expenditure documents of different programs, brochures and course fliers, grant proposals, class offerings and syllabi, and reports concerning respective projects.


  • Creation: 1990-2004


Historical Information

The University of Texas at Tyler's participation in international programs dates to its joining of the University of Texas System in 1979. At the beginning of the 1990s, UT Tyler began to participate in various exchange programs between the university and central European nations. Participating nations were former members of the Soviet Union or Warsaw Pact, and had only recently broken away from the communist bloc and became liberal democracies. This program began with the Polish Municipal Education and Leadership Program in 1990. The PMELP was a program facilitated by the Sister Cities International organization that sought to train and educate municipal leaders from the Polish town of Jelenia Góra. The program began in 1990 and ended in 1995 with multiple delegations from Tyler and Jelenia Gora engaging in an educational exchange program to foster international cooperation and training for municipal governance and leadership. This exchange also included a cultural exchange between Tyler and Jelenia Gora. The program was originally facilitated by Dr. Patricia Gajda, and university President Dr. George Hamm. At the same time, the University began development of more travel study programs between 1990 and 1994, including art and theater travel study courses to the United Kingdom and Italy. These types of courses would continue through the 1990s and into the early 2000s and include whirlwind trips through Great Britain, France, and Italy. The Central European Studies Program was a program of intellectual exchange between the University of Texas at Tyler faculty and various university faculty and students from central European nations such as Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland to name a few. Lectures concerning central European history and politics were held at UT Tyler by visiting professors and university faculty. UT Tyler faculty along with some City of Tyler administrators participated in a trip to Budapest, Hungary in 1994. The International Summer Program from 1994 to 1996 was a summer program that brought several foreign students from central and eastern European nations to study during the summer sessions at UT Tyler.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The International Programs Records contains materials created and collected by the University of Texas at Tyler Office of International Programs, faculty, staff, and the administration of the university. The materials in this collection document the creation and implementation of various international programs by the university during the early and mid-1990s. These programs include the Polish Municipal Education and Leadership Program, travel study classes from 1993 to 1995. the Central European Education Program, and the International Summer program from 1995 to 1996. There are also three final reports on travel study classes from 1998, 1999, and 2004, as well as an end of term travel study report from 1998.


No pre-existing order present--arrangement imposed during processing. The records are arranged into five series, each of which contain files pertaining to that series. Series include: Series I: Polish Municipal Education and Leadership Program, Series II: International Studies Program Development, Series III: Central European Education Program, Series IV: International Summer Program, and Series V: Travel Study Program.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was transferred to the UASC by the UT Tyler Office of International Programs. Materials were held in two banker's boxes.

Related Materials

Patricia Gajda Papers, Sister Cities Records, George F. Hamm Papers

Processing Information

Files were arranged by their respective series and were weeded of any non-essential or sensitive information. File folders were labeled to correspond with their respective series. Two bound proposals were unbound and placed in folders.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Brent McClendon

Brent McClendon
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Texas at Tyler University Archives and Special Collections Department Repository