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School of Advanced International Studies Office of Development and Alumni Affairs records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-07-240

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The records of the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs of the School of Advanced International Studies document the School's efforts at fundraising during the period 1943 to 1994. These records, consisting primarily of correspondence, grant proposals, reports, subject files and memoranda, are divided into ten series.

Series 1: Financial Data and General Information, 1944-1984
Series 2: Special Campaigns and Funds, 1953-1982
Series 3: Alumni Affairs, 1958-1994
Subseries 1: Subject Files, 1965-1983
Subseries 2: Subject Files, 1958-1994
Series 4: Bologna Center, 1945-1993
Subseries 1: Subject Files, 1945-1982
Subseries 2: Subject Files, 1983-1993
Series 5: School of Advanced International Studies Advisory Council, 1943-1986
Series 6: Government, 1964-1983
Series 7: Foundations, 1957-1985
Subseries 1: Foundation Files, 1958-1981
Subseries 2: Corporate and Charitable Foundation Files, 1957-1985
Series 8: Individuals, 1952-1981
Series 9: Corporations, 1952-1982
Series 10: Chronological Files, 1974-1982


  • Creation: 1943-1994


Use Restrictions

Records in this group are restricted for twenty-five years from their date of creation. Also, some development records may be of a personal nature and permanently restricted.


From the founding of the School of Advanced International Studies until 1959, fundraising at SAIS was a decentralized process, undertaken by the dean, his administrative assistant, Priscilla Mason, and the successive chairmen of the Foreign Service Educational Foundation, Christian Herter and Paul Nitze. In 1959, Robert Hall was appointed Assistant to the Dean with responsibility for coordinating all of the School's fundraising activities, although many long-time contributors continued to carry on their correspondence with the School through Mason or Nitze. Hall's title changed twice, in 1969 to assistant to the Dean for Development, and again in 1974 to Director of Development, but his duties remained the same.

In 1980, Hall, having assumed responsibility for alumni relations, including the publication of SAISPHERE and the Alumni Directory, was given the additional title of Director of Alumni Affairs. With his retirement in 1984 however, the two offices were split, with Richard C. Ammons becoming Director of Development and Paul C. Alter assuming the title of Director of Alumni, Governmental and Public Affairs.


16.43 Cubic Feet (6 record center cartons, 23 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box)

Language of Materials



The records of the SAIS Office of Development and Alumni Affairs were transferred by Robert Hall, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at SAIS.

Accession Number

84.24, 92.43, 94.22, 95.22, 99.14, 2000.12

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Wayne Kimball, Brian Harrington, and Alexis Marotta.

School of Advanced International Studies Office of Development and Alumni Affairs records
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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