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School of Advanced International Studies Hopkins-Nanjing Program records

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-07-270

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The records of the School of Advanced International Studies Hopkins-Nanjing Program range in date from 1982 to 1998. The records document the daily administrative activities of the center and the faculty members and students who have participated in the program. Included in the administration records are telex and fax correspondence and memos used by the Office of the Executive Director of the program to communicate with the program center in China. The records also include student records and files on faculty members. The records have been divided into three subgroups.

Subgroup 1: Administrative Records of the Executive Director, 1982-1998
Series 1: Telex Files, 1985-1988
Series 2: Chronological Fax Files, 1989-1996
Series 3: Subject Files, 1982-1996
Subgroup 2: Student Records, 1991-1998
Subgroup 3: Faculty Records, 1986-1998
Series 1: Faculty Files, 1986-1998
Series 2: Faculty Correspondence, 1994


  • Creation: 1982-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Administrative records in subgroup 1 are restricted for twenty-five years from their date of creation. Educational records in subgroup 2, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, are restricted along with the employment records in subgroup 3.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


The Hopkins-Nanjing Center opened its doors in 1986 in a new, modern building located on the Campus of Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. The center boasted modern dormitories and its own library which is unique in that it is one of very few libraries in China operating without state censorship. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center strives for an atmosphere of intellectual and academic freedom with the closed society. A unique program, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a joint educational venture between the School of Advanced International Studies and Nanjing University. The program focus is on providing language training and increasing cross-cultural understanding for the next generation of China and America experts. As many as one hundred graduate students, qualified undergraduates, and mid-career professionals from both the United States and China participate in the program each year. Chinese students are instructed in English by SAIS professors and students sponsored by SAIS are instructed in Mandarin Chinese by faculty of Nanjing University. As often as possible, Chinese and SAIS students are paired as roommates so they can further develop their language skills and build friendships. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center was able to remain open throughout the Tiennaman Square Uprising and Massacre of 1989. In 1994 the Center faced another crisis when fire broke out in the complex. The Nanjing Center was able to meet these challenges and continues to operate today.


36.63 Cubic Feet (29 record center cartons, 1 letter size document box)

Language of Materials



These records were transferred to the Archives from the SAIS Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Washington, D.C. Program offices.

Accession Number

98.22, 98.26, 99.29

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Allison Ward.

School of Advanced International Studies, Hopkins-Nanjing Program 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