School of Advanced International Studies Public Affairs Office records Edit


RG 07 185


  • 1940-1994 (Creation)
  • 1980 – 1994 (Creation)


  • 3.47 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    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)




  • Bibliography

    Historical information adapted from, accessed July 2015.

  • Abstract

    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).

  • 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.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Records transferred from the parent office.

  • Arrangement note

    This collection is arranged into 5 series.

  • 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.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Name of folder or item], [Date], [Box number], [Folder number], [Collection title], [Collection number], Special Collections, The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Processing Information

    Last processed by Annie Tang in January 2017.

  • 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).

  • Deaccessioned materials

    Series 3 has been withdrawn from the records and returned to the parent office.

  • 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.

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