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ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION FIELD OFFICES, RECORD GROUP 6.9 - CALI, COLOMBIA, 1960-1978

Size: 4.4 cubic feet

Contents: The records (1960-1978) of the Rockefeller Foundation's Cali, Colombia field office, consisting of routine administrative correspondence, document to a limited extent the administration of the RF's Education For Development (EFD) program and other programs undertaken in Colombia by the RF's divisions of Medical and Natural Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. For information about specific grants to individuals or institutions in Colombia, consult the grant files located in Record Groups 1.1 and 1.2 (Projects), Series 311 (Colombia), in the Rockefeller Foundation Archives.

Contents: The records (1960-1978) of the Rockefeller Foundation's Cali, Colombia field office, consisting of routine administrative correspondence, document to a limited extent the administration of the RF's Education For Development (EFD) program and other programs undertaken in Colombia by the RF's divisions of Medical and Natural Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. For information about specific grants to individuals or institutions in Colombia, consult the grant files located in Record Groups 1.1 and 1.2 (Projects), Series 311 (Colombia), in the Rockefeller Foundation Archives.

Arrangement: The Cali office records are arranged in four series:
  1. Series I - Administrative Correspondence
  2. Series II - Universidad del Valle - Academic Programs
  3. Series III - Universidad del Valle - Medical Programs
  4. Series IV - Cooperating Universities and Programs
Series I contains eight folders concerning the Cali field station of the RF's Virus Research Program (1964-1973), a program for research on arthropod-borne (arbo) viruses. The bulk of the collection, located in Series II and III, relates to the development of the University del Valle's academic and library programs and its medical school under the auspices of the RF's University Development (1963-1974) and Education For Development (1974-1978) programs. Series IV includes correspondence between the Cali staff and several American universities cooperating with the Universidad del Valle in rural and tropical disease research, preventitive medicine and nutrition, and child and public health.

Correspondents include Farzam Arbab, Ulysses J. Grant, Guy S. Hayes, Robert S. Morison, Patrick N. Owens, Dorothy Parker, Virgil C. Scott, Harold Trapido, John Veenstra, and John M. Weir. Some correspondence is in Spanish.

Within series, files are arranged in the order received, according to an internal numeric system. Retaining the files' original order preserves the usefulness of numerous cross-reference inserts which refer to related files by number. Gaps in the numbering sequence indicate that the office discarded portions of these records prior to their transfer to New York in 1977, 1978, and 1984.

Organizational History: The Rockefeller Foundation opened a field office in Cali, Colombia in 1960, ten years after the establishment of the Colombian Agricultural Program in Bogota. Guy S. Hayes, an Assistant Director in the Medical and Natural Sciences division, held the post of Field Director in Cali from 1960 until 1970. After 1970, the office was headed by Foundation Representatives Patrick N. Owens (1970-1974) and Farzam Arbab (1974-1978). The office closed on December 31, 1983.

RF activity in Colombia reflected the broad reorientation of Foundation programming away from Europe and towards the developing world which took place under RF Presidents Dean Rusk (1952-1961) and J. George Harrar (1961-1972). In Latin America, as in Africa and Southeast Asia, the Foundation sought to relieve basic human needs by establishing rural and community development programs, strengthening disease research facilities, and revitalizing universities that they might become more responsive to local populations. The RF approach to development involved the training of local personnel and the strengthening of local institutions through exchange programs with American universities and fellowship support for Colombian scholars.

One of the prime beneficiaries of RF support in Colombia was the Universidad del Valle and its Medical School at Cali, which received assistance under the RF's University Development program (1963-1978). (The program was renamed Education for Development (EFD) in 1974). The Universidad del Valle became one of the best medical schools in Latin Amerca, combining the practice of publich health at the Candelaria Rural Health Center with the teaching and practice of medicine. The EFD program was phased out in 1978, with future university grants made within the appropriate RF program areas.

Rockefeller Foundation Field Offices, Series 6.9 - CALI, COLUMBIA, 1960-1978
Series I. Administrative Correspondence, 1960-1977 (1.2 cubic ft.)

Folders are arranged by file number. File numbers appear in parentheses following folder title.

Box 1
    1 - Bogota office, 1961-1967 (210)
    2-10 - Miscellaneous correspondence, 1960-1965, 1967-1976 (211)

Box 2
    11-13 - Staffing and personnel, 1960-1962, 1964-1968 (214)
    14-15 - Staffing and personnel, 1966-1967 (214A)
    16-17 - Visiting firemen, 1967, 1976-1977 (216)
    18 - Foreign students program, 1964-1973 (225)
    19-21 - Rockefeller Foundation (RF) Virus Program, 1964-1965, 1967 (228)

Box 3
    22-26 - RF Virus Program, 1968-1973 (228)
    27-28 - Centro Internacional De Agricultura Tropical, 1968-1976 (230)
    29 - Centro de Recursos Para la Ensenanza, 1970-1971, 1973 (231)
    30 - World Health Organization, 1970-1971, 1974 (232)
    31 - Fundacion Para La Educacion Superior, 1971-1976 (233)
    32-33 - Departamento de Investigaciones y Educacion - Proyectos Especiales, 1973-1975 (233A)
    34 - Asociacion Nacional para la Defensa de la Naturaleza (ANADENA), 1973 (234)
    35 - Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario, 1973, 1975-1976 (235)
    36 - Programa de Investigacion en Modelos de Prestacion de Servicios de Salud (PRIMOPS), 1973 (236)

Rockefeller Foundation Field Offices, Series 6.9 - CALI, COLUMBIA, 1960-1978
Series II - Universidad del Valle - Academic Programs, 1962-1975, n.d. (1.2 cubic ft.)


Box 4
    37-39 - General correspondence, 1966-1967, 1969-1971 (400)
    40 - Department of Sociology, 1966-1970 (404A)
    41 - Department of Sociology--Cauca Valley Study, 1969-1970 (404B)
    42-44 - Nursing education, 1967-1975 (405)
    45 - Nursing education - School of Nursing Program, 1967 (405)
    46 - Nursing education - Auxiliary Nursing Course, 1965-1966 (405A)
    47 - Political Science Department, 1969 (406)
    48 - Agricultural economics, 1969-1972 (406B)
    49 - Division of Humanities, 1967-1975 (407)
    50 - Basic Studies Program, 1967 (408)
    51 - Language Department, 1965-1967 (409)

Box 5
    52-54 - Library Program, 1964-1974 (410)
    55-59 - Faculty of Engineering, 1962-1974 (411)
    60 - Faculty of Engineering - Centro de Calculo Electronico, 1971-1973, 1975, n.d. (411A)
    61 - Faculty of Engineering - Agricultural Engineering, 1973 (411B)
    62-63 - Faculty of Architecture, 1967-1970, 1974 (412)
    64 - Division of Sciences, 1966-1967 (413)

Box 6
    65 - Division of Sciences, 1968-1976 (413)
    66 - Faculty of Education, 1968, n.d. (414)
    67-68 - Operations Research, 1966-1970, 1975 (415)
    69-73 - Sanitary Engineering, 1968-1971, 1973-1975 (416)
    74 - Department of Physics, 1969-1971, 1973 (417)
    75 - Biology Department, 1970-1974 (418)
    76 - Department of Industrial Administration, 1972 (419)
    77 - Natural Resources program, 1973 (420)
    78 - Onchocerciasis control, 1973-1974 (421)
Rockefeller Foundation Field Offices, Series 6.9 - CALI, COLUMBIA, 1960-1978
Series III - Universidad del Valle - Medical Programs, 1960-1976, 1978 (.8 cubic ft.)


Box 7
    79-81 - Faculty of Medicine - general, 1963-1966, 1969-1976 (500)
    (See also below, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, folder 95)
    82 - International Development Research Centre, Canada, 1972-1974, 1976 (501)
    83 - Fundacion Nacional para la Desarrollo Social (FUNDES), 1973-1974 (502)
    84-85 - Del Valle University Hospital, general, 1961-1967, 1972, 1974 (503)
    86 - Medical Center, 1966-1969 (503)

Box 8
    87 - Metabolic Unit, 1971-1974 (510)
    88-89 - Preventive Medicine and Public Health, general, 1961-1966, 1969-1970, 1972-1973 (540)
    90 - Preventive Medicine and Public Health - Programa de Investigaciones en Planeacion de Salud (COLINPLAS), 1972-1973 (540A)
    91 - Programa UV-ICA-CIAT (Univ. del Valle-Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario-Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical), 1972-1974 (540B)
    92 - Canadian Program, 1971 (541)
    93-94 - Candelaria Program, 1965-1966, 1968-1969, 1973-1974, 1976, 1978 (543/604)
    95 - Faculty of Medicine - Department of Internal Medicine, 1960-1966 (570)

Rockefeller Foundation Field Offices, Series 6.9 - CALI, COLUMBIA, 1960-1978
Series IV - Cooperating Universities and Programs, 1960-1976 (1.2 cubic ft.)


Box 9
    96 - General correspondence, 1970 (600)
    97-99 - Universidad Federal de Bahia, 1973-1976 (601)
    Harvard University-Cali Project
    100 - General correspondence, 1973-1974 (604)
    101 - Statistics, 1960-1961, 1963 (604d)
    102-104 - St. Lucia Project, 1970-1975 (605) 105 - University of Notre Dame Program, 1969-1970 (606)
    106-109 - University of Tennessee Program, 1960-1970 (607)

Box 10
    110-114 - University of Florida Program, 1965-1971 (608)
    115-117 - Cornell University Program, 1966-1970, 1972-1974 (609)
    118 - Yale University Program, 1966-1968 (610)
    119 - Centro de Investigaciones Multidisciplinarios en Salud (CIMS), 1969-1972 (611)
    120 - The Mitre Corporation, 1973 (612)

Box 11
    121-123 - Tulane University - International Center for Medical Research and Training, 1963-1967, 1969-1976 (701)
    124 - Ford Foundation, 1965-1968, 1972-1973 (706)
    125-127 - Colegio Bolivar, 1966, 1968-1972, 1974-1976 (709)
    128 - Centro Colombo Americano, 1962-1972 (710)


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