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Guide to the Records of the Center for Haitian Studies
1967-1975
(Bulk 1967-1968)
 RISM RG 11

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Collection processed by Emilyn L. Brown, August 2004, and edited by Nancy Cricco, March 2009. Inventory updated by Katie Ehrlich and Stephanie Schmeling, September 2010.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 04, 2013
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Center for Haitian Studies.
Title: Records of the Center for Haitian Studies
Dates [inclusive]: 1967-1975
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1967-1968
Abstract: The initial proposal for the Center for Haitian Studies took place at the Conference on Resources and Research in Haiti, held in New York City, November 1-4, 1967. During its relatively brief existence, the Center helped focus attention on critical issues in Haiti under the Duvalier government and provided research and training opportunities for Haitians living abroad or in exile. The bilingual collection includes correspondence, financial records, reports, minutes, statutes, press releases, clippings, draft material, published conference proceedings, transcripts, articles, printed matter, audiotapes, notes, and ephemera.
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet
Call Phrase: RISM RG 11

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Conference on Resources and Research in Haiti developed from a series of informal discussions between Dr. Richard P. Schaedel of the University of Texas and a small group of Haitian nationals working with international agencies in New York and Washington, D.C.. The Ford Foundation and the Joint Committee of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) provided financial support for the conference. The Research Institute for the Study of Man (RISM) and the City University of New York (CUNY) were responsible for organizing the event, which attracted participants from the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, and the United States.

The primary goal of the conference was to lend support to Haiti by formulating short- and long-term solutions to the political and economic turmoil caused by the Duvalier government. However, participating scholars and professionals, representing the fields of economics, anthropology, psychology, political science, history, public health education, and library science, were also encouraged to develop common interests across their respective disciplines.

During the final plenary session of the conference, a provisional committee was organized to establish a permanent center for Haitian research. Founding members of the newly formed committee included Dr. Francois Latortue, who served as president, Dr. Emerson Douyon, vice president, and Mr. Max H. Dorsinville, executive secretary. Dr. Richard P. Schaedel and Dr. Vera Rubin held advisory roles. By March 1968 the provisional committee finalized its governing statutes for ratification, and the Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) was formally established as a permanent organization headed by an executive committee. All CHS operations were based at the headquarters of RISM.

In an attempt to keep the international community apprised of its activities, CHS published its first newsletter in October 1968, along with numerous research and training opportunities. With the financial assistance of RISM, committee members began organizing the November 1967 conference proceedings, which were eventually compiled and edited by Dr. Schaedel. Published as The Haitian Potential: Research and Resources of Haiti, high demand for the proceedings generated a second edition, published by Teachers College Press of Columbia University, in 1975.

Between 1969 and 1970, CHS sought ways to establish a permanent financial base and to actualize its goals through a yearly calendar of activities. The intent of these efforts was to gain greater access to research facilities and to provide funding for visiting scholars and postgraduate training endeavors. After conducting a search for affiliates and sponsors among American and Canadian Universities, CHS invited Dr. H. William Hutchinson of the University of Miami, Dr. Lambros Comitas of Teachers College, and Dr. Robert Rotberg of MIT to join its executive committee.

Dr. Rotberg organized a series of seminars on Haiti, co-sponsored by CHS and MIT. The seminars culminated in a second major conference, Culture and Development in Haiti, held at the University of Montreal in 1970. Following the conference, CHS executive committee members voted to transfer the Center's operations permanently to the University of Montreal.

Sources:

  • Final Report to the Ford Foundation, 1968 (Series II, folder 7)
  • "Center for Haitian Studies Established," press release, June 10, 1968 (Series III, folder 3)
  • "Haiti Research Group Planned," Miami Herald, November 11, 1967

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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) span the years 1967-1975. The bulk of material was generated between 1967-1968. Materials in the bilingual collection include correspondence, financial records, reports, minutes, statutes, press releases, clippings, manuscripts, published conference proceedings, transcripts, articles, printed matter, audiotapes, notes, and ephemera. Specific details regarding chronological or alphabetical arrangement of the papers are included in the scope and content note for each series.

CHS was headquartered at RISM during a critical period in Haitian history. Their efforts to provide opportunities and a forum for Haitians living abroad or in exile are detailed in Series I. A contextual overview of Haiti, written as a rationale for the conference, can be found in several reports in Series II. Series III documents the specific goals, objectives, and accomplishments of CHS in correspondence, minutes, statutes, press releases and financial records. The formation of the CHS and its committee was also published in the Miami Herald in 1967 (see Series VII).

The largest series in the collection is Series IV. This series, which contains the files of conference participants, provides critical insight into all phases of the conference. Audio recordings of the conference are included. The collaborative efforts of CHS and MIT in sponsoring Haitian seminars are detailed in Series V.

Although there are fewer papers associated with the second Haitian Conference, the collaborative efforts of CHS and MIT are underscored in Series VI. Additional details concerning the conference can be found in the University of Montreal newspaper, Forum,  Hebdo-Information De L'Universite De  Montreal, published in May 1970. The newspaper can be found in Series X. A number of first-hand observations concerning the Haitian crisis are detailed in newspaper clippings in Series VII and X.

Series VIII includes correspondence and a wide range of publishing materials that highlight the committee's efforts to publish the conference proceedings. Series IX, the smallest series in the collection, contains brochures and print material representing the Center for Inter-American Relations. It remains unclear whether this organization formed a working relationship with CHS.

A copy of the published conference proceedings, Haitian Potential: Research and Resources of Haiti (Vera Rubin and Richard P. Schaedel, eds.) has been appended to the collection.

Arrangement

The Records of the Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) have been arranged in the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Ford Foundation Grant Papers
  3. III. Conference Papers: Research and Resources of Haiti
  4. IV. CHS Committee Papers
  5. V. Haiti Seminar Series
  6. VI. Conference Papers: Culture and Development in Haiti
  7. VII. Clippings
  8. VIII. Publication Papers
  9. IX. Miscellaneous Papers
  10. X. Oversized Documents

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Dorsinville, Max, 1943-
  • Douyon, Emerson
  • Duvalier, Francois, 1907-1971
  • Latortue, François
  • Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002
  • Rubin, Vera D.
  • Schaedel, Richard P.

Document Type

  • Audiotapes.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence.
  • Drafts (documents).
  • Financial records.
  • Manuscripts (document genre).
  • Minutes.
  • Reports.
  • transcripts.

Subject Organizations

  • Columbia University. Teachers College . Press.
  • Ford Foundation.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Research Institute for the Study of Man (RISM).
  • Université de Montréal.

Subject Topics

  • Anthropology -- Haiti.
  • Congresses and conventions -- Haiti.

Subject Places

  • Haiti |x History.
  • Haiti.
  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Center for Haitian Studies Collection was created by founding members Dr. Emerson Douyon of the University of Montreal; Dr. Francois Latortue of the Pan American Union; Dr. Vera D. Rubin, director of the Research Institute for the Study of Man; and Dr. Richard P. Schaedel of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas.

Access Restrictions

Some restricted materials pertaining mainly to internal finances, administration and private information remain at the Reed Foundation and are closed to researchers.

Additionally, please note that this collection is stored offsite , and you must contact the repository to schedule access.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2646
Fax: (212) 995-4225
E-mail: university-archives@nyu.edu

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Records of the Center for Haitian Studies; RISM RG 11; box number; folder number;
Research Institute for the Study of Man/New York University Archives

Related Material

The Vera D. Rubin Papers, RISM RG 1, are located at the Reed Foundation.

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Container List

Series I. Correspondence, 1967-1972, undated

Scope and Contents note

.5 linear feet (1 box), arranged chronologically. This series consists of incoming and outgoing letters, budget material, book lists, greeting cards, notes and ephemera. The letters detail the formation, accomplishments and demise of the Center for Haitian Studies (CHS).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1967 January-August
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1967 September-October
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1967 November-December
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1968 January-March
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1968 April-June
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1968 July-October
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1968 November-December
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1969 January-March
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1969 April-June
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1969 July-August
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1969 September-December
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1970 January-February
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence
1970 March-September
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1971 February-May
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence
1971 June-November, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence
1972 January-December, undated

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Series II. Ford Foundation Grant Papers, 1967 - 1971, undated

 

General note

Materials in Series II are at the Reed Foundation.

Scope and Contents note

.5 linear feet (1 box), arranged chronologically. The papers in this series relate to conference funding and include expense sheets, correspondence, invoices, and reimbursement forms submitted by conference participants. Highlights include the Final report to the Ford Foundation, which provides a historical context and rationale for the conference. Box 2 containing Series II and part of Series III were returned to RISM March 2009.

Series III. Conference Papers: Research and Resources of Haiti, 1967 - 1973, undated

Scope and Contents note

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes), arranged chronologically. The papers in this series document the activities and participants associated with the November 1967 conference and have been organized as three subseries. Subseries A includes pre-conference organizing, agendas and programs, administrative details, mailing lists, expense reports and summarized proceedings, which are also included in the CHS Committee Papers (Series IV). Subseries B consists of conference participant files, which have been retained in original alphabetical order by last name. These files include correspondence, curriculum vitae, articles, and manuscripts. Subseries C consists of reel-to-reel audiotapes. Box 4 containing part of Series III Subseries B. Conference Participants was returned to the Reed Foundation in March 2009.

 

General note

Some of the materials in Series III are at the Reed Foundation.

Subseries B. Conference Participants

 

General note

Some of the materials in Subseries B are the Reed Foundation.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Augier, Roy
1967 October-December, 1968 July, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Bastien, Remy
1967 July-December, 1968 July, 1968 August
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Bastien, Remy
1970 January, 1971 February, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Bazile, Robert
1967 October, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Beaubrun, Michael H.
1967 September-December, 1968 January, 1968 July
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Benoist, Jean
1967 September
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Bissainthe, Max
1967 September-1968 May
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Berry, Paul G.
1968 July, 1968 November-1969 January, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Brea, Ernst T.
1967 October-November
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Brea, Ernst T.
1968 January-August, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Carroll, Eleanor E.
1967 October-November
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Dorsinville, Max H.
1967 August-November
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Dorsinville, Max H.
1967 November-December, 1968 January
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Lomax, Alan
1967 November, 1968 January
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Lomax, Alan
1968 January-December, 1969 January
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Pierre-Noel, Lucien
1967 September-December, 1968 January
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Ravenscroft, Jr., Kent
1967 November, 1968 January
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Roberts, G.W.
1967 September-November
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Stewart, William A.
1967 October
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Tinker, Edward Laroque
1967 September
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Valdman, Albert
1967 July-October, 1968 February-May
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Vielot, Kleber
1967 July-October
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Vielot, Kleber
1967 [November}-December
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Vieux, Serge A.
1967 August-December, 1968 January-December
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Vieux, Serge A.
1968 June
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Vieux, Serge A.
1973 February

Subseries C. Reel-to-Reel Audiotapes

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Reel : 1 Tape 1, sides A & B
1967 November
Box: 6 Reel : 2 Tape 2 [no sides specified] Valdman, Berry & Elementary Education Tape 3, sides A & B
1967 November
Box: 6 Reel : 3 Tape 3, sides A & B
1967 November
Box: 6 Reel : 4 Tape 4, sides A & B Tape 5, sides A & B
1967 November
Box: 6 Reel : 5 Tape 5, sides A & B
1967 November
Box: 6 Reel : 6 Tape 6, side A only
1967 November
Box: 6 Reel : 7 1st Part Tape 4, roll VIII
undated

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Series IV. CHS Committee Papers, 1967 - 1975, undated

Scope and Contents note

.75 linear feet (1 box, 4 folders), arranged chronologically. This bilingual series retraces the transition and development of CHS. The papers include correspondence, draft reports, draft and final versions of committee statutes, summarized proceedings of the November 1967 conference, meeting agendas, minutes, mailing lists, expense records, reimbursement forms, notes, and ephemera.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1967 December
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Draft reports, amendments
1968 January
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence, manuscript
1968 January
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1968 January-May
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Correspondence, notes
1968 February-December
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Correspondence, resume of Haitian Conference [French, bound copy], list of participants
1968 March
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Resume of Haitian Conference [French, bound copy]
1968 March
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Summary of conference proceedings [English, bound copy]
[1968 March]
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Correspondence, CHS statutes
1968 March-April
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Correspondence [French], list of attendees, meeting agendas, detailed expenses, invoices, ephemera
1968 May-June
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Correspondence, mailing documents correspondence, news release, CHS statutes, amendement, Resume [French and English], notes
1968 June-August
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Meeting agenda, list of expenses, correspondence, ephemera
1968 November
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Notes
1968 December
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Correspondence, notes
1969 January-November
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Notes, manuscript
1969 March, 1969
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes, sample newsletters, expense forms, mailing list, notes, ephemera
1969 May-June, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Mailing lists, correspondence, minutes, list of expenses, notes, ephemera
1969 August-September, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Correspondence, invitations, notes, list of expenses, ephemera
1969 May-June
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Correspondence, notes, list of expenses, ephemera
1969 December
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Correspondence, mailing lists
1970 February-March
Box: 8 Folder : 3 CHS Bulletin No. 1, notes, miscellaneous papers
1970 April-May, 1971 February, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1970 July, 1972 November, 1975 February

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Series V. Haiti Seminar Series, 1969 - 1970, undated

Scope and Contents note

6 folders, arranged chronologically. This series documents the joint efforts of the Center for Haitian Studies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to produce seminars on Haitian issues. The papers include correspondence, mailing lists, invoices, minutes, notes, and ephemera.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Proposed schedule of seminars, mailing lists, correspondence, notes
1969 January
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1969 February
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Correspondence, notes
1969 March
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Correspondence, form letters, notes, mailing list, invoices, lists of expenses, notes, ephemera
1969 April , undated
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Correspondence, participant list, invoices, list of expenses, invitation, notes
1969 May-June
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1970 February-March

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Series VI. Conference Papers: Culture and Development in Haiti, 1969 - 1974, undated

Scope and Contents note

5 folders, arranged chronologically. This series consists of correspondence, brochures, invitations, flyers, programs, manuscripts, draft material and final reports. Highlights include an article concerning the CIA and Haiti, and flyers denouncing the Ford Foundation's funding of the conference.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1969 August, 1970 January-March
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Article on the CIA and Haiti, flyers denouncing the 1970 conference
1970 May, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Invitation, conference programs, final reports
1970 May
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Conference programs
1970 May
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Program information, draft material, manuscripts, correspondence, ephemera
1970 May, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Publishing catalog, Sei, journal ayisyin aletrangje, ephemera
1971, 1974 April, undated

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Series VII. Clippings, 1967 - 1969, undated

Scope and Contents note

5 folders, arranged chronologically. The clippings in this series describe the formation, goals and accomplishments of CHS and the political climate in Haiti. Also included is an obituary of noted Haitian folklorist Dr. Jean Price-Mars.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Haiti Research Group Planned, Miami Herald
1967 November
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Article outlining the goals of the center and its affiliates, note, Trans-cultural Psychiatric Research Vol. 5
1968 October
Box: 8 Folder : 19 Center for Advanced International Studies, University of Miami, Journal of Inter-American Studies Vol. X, No. 4
1968 October
Box: 8 Folder : 20 Haiti Conference Published, Newsletter of the American Anthropology Association, Vol. 10, No. 10, note
1969 December, undated
Box: 8 Folder : 21 Criado Centro de Estudos Haitianos, America Latina, ephemera
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 22 Obituary for Jean Price-Mars, published in Jeune Afrique and  Le Nouvelliste
Mar 1969
Box: 8 Folder : 23 Editorial concerning the regime of Francois Duvalier, The Jamaican Daily Gleaner
1969 July
Box: 8 Folder : 24 Report to O.A.S. Describes Charges of Terror in Haiti, N.Y. Times
1969 August [?]

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Series VIII. Publication Papers, 1967 - 1976

Scope and Contents note

.5 linear feet (1 box), arranged chronologically. The papers in this series reflect the efforts of CHS members to publish Research and Resources of Haiti, the November 1967 conference proceedings. A limited run of the book was published by RISM in 1969. As a result of high demand, a second version was published by Teachers College in 1975. The papers include correspondence, price quotations, invoices, dedication page and table of contents, sample cover, application and certification of copyright, mailing lists, requests for publication copies, and book reviews.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Price quotations, invoices, correspondence, dedication page, table of contents, cover, note
Nov 1967, Dec 1968, May-Sept. 1969, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Copyright documents, invoices, book synopsis, correspondence
1969 September-December
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Book reviews, correspondence, invoices
1971 February-September, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Author questionnaire, Teachers College Press contract, correspondence
1972 August-September
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Notes
1972 October-November
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Correspondence, Teachers College Press Magazine Review List, CHS mailing lists, notes
1973 January-July
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Correspondence, mailing lists, notes
1973 August-October
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Correspondence, notes, ephemera
1974 January-May
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Correspondence, book reviews
1975 May, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Book reviews
1976 September-October
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Correspondence, book advertisements from Teachers Press
1976 October-November
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Research and Resources of Haiti
1969

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Series X. Oversized Documents, 1969 - 1970

Scope and Contents note

2 folders, arranged chronologically. This series includes all oversized items in the collection.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 The Times of the Americas
1969 March
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Forum, Hebdo-Information De L'Universite De Montreal (3 copies)
1970 May

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Appendix

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