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School of Advanced International Studies Public Affairs Office records

Identifier: RG-07-185
This collection consists of subject files, press clippings, reports, and audio tapes on the same topics, from the 1940s to the 1990s (bulk: 1980s -1990s).


  • 1940-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


3.47 Cubic Feet (2 record center cartons, 1 letter full-size document box, 2 letter half-size document box, 2 cardfile boxes (12.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 inches))

Biographical/Historical note

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) was founded in 1943 by Paul H. Nitze and Christian Herter and became part of The Johns Hopkins University in 1950. The school was established during World War II by a group of statesmen who sought new methods of preparing men and women to cope with the international responsibilities that would be thrust upon the United States in the postwar world.

The founders assembled a faculty of scholars and professionals (often borrowed from other universities) to teach international relations, international economics, and foreign languages to a small group of students. The curriculum was designed to be both scholarly and practical. The natural choice for the location of the school was Washington, D.C., a city where international resources are abundant and where American foreign policy is shaped and set in motion.

In 1955, the school created the Bologna Center in Italy, the first full-time graduate school located in Europe under an American higher-education system. By 1963, SAIS outgrew its first quarters on Florida Avenue and moved to one of its present buildings on Massachusetts Avenue. In 1986, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center was created in Nanjing, China, completing the school's global presence.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of subject files, press clippings, reports, and audio tapes on the same topics, from the 1940s to the 1990s (bulk: 1980s -1990s).

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into 5 series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Records transferred from the parent office.

Deaccessioned materials

Series 3 has been withdrawn from the records and returned to the parent office.


Historical information adapted from, accessed July 2015.

Processing Information

Last processed by Annie Tang in January 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA