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Thailand Project records

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Identifier: UA-

Scope and Contents

Records of the Thailand Project include a large amount of correspondence between alumni, professors, and education officials in Thailand with administrators and members of the "back-up" team at Michigan State University, as well as some from various American and international agencies connected with the project. Records document the development of the three-party contract to begin the project; and preliminary, official University, consultant, and miscellaneous reports document the progress of the project and the individual assessments of short-term professors involved in Thailand. Also included are records of Thai educational organizations, including the National Educational Council, the Educational Planning Office, and the University Development Commission. Records also detail programs and schedules of visiting groups of Thai educations in the United States and of receptions and visits of MSU educators in Thailand, as well as extensive biographical information on many Americans and Thais involved with the Project. Records detail seven planning and assessment conferences in Thailand; publications of Thai and American participants; information on similar projects conducted by the University of Indiana and Stanford University; preliminary planning; and salary, budget, and account records of the Project.

Chief Administrators

Brombeck, Cole. Campus Coordinator of Thailand Project, November 1964-August 1968

Coburn, L. Paul. Long-Term Consultant to National Education Council in Thailand, August 1966-August 1968

Harper, Ray. Long-Term Consultant to Ministry of Education, Education Planning Office in Thailand, August 1966-July1968

Hatch, Raymond. Chief of Party, MSU in Thailand, November 1964-December 1967

Heenan, David. Long-Term Consultant to National Education Council in Thailand, February 1965-July 1967

Mortimore, Fredric. Administrative Assistant, Thailand Project, 1964-1965. Research Associate in Thailand, March 1966-February 1967

Neff, Kenneth. Long-Term Consultant to Ministry of Education, National Education Council and the National Statistical Office in Thailand, August 1966-April 1968 Shaw, Archibald. Long-Term Consultant to National Educational Council and to the University Development Commission in Thailand, February 1967-November 1967. Chief of Party in Thailand, December 1967-August 1968


  • Creation: 1950 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials relating to participants’ academic performance, considered confidential under the University’s “Guidelines Governing Privacy and Release of Student Records” are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The Michigan State University Thailand Project was begun in the fall of 1964 to assist Thailand’s Ministry of Education and National Education Council in both short and long-range educational planning. Nearly forty MSU faculty members served as advisors and consultants in formulating Thailand’s educational policy. These faculty members worked principally through two Thai government agencies: The National Education Council (NEC) and the Education Planning Office (EPO). The NEC operated as a planning agency working closely with Thai universities and higher education generally. This involved the implementation of programs such as vocational training and seminars, as well as the starting of a data bank which furnished information relating to education to aid the council in reaching appropriate solutions. The EPO provided assistance to education at the secondary level and in the development and promotion of planning in rural areas. The Institute for International Studies in Education on the MSU campus acted as a coordinator of the project. Its duties included the organization and recruitment of project consultants, the formation of a back-up team to provide base support and to receive various tour groups of Thai educators who were sent to observe educational processes in this country. MSU’s involvement in the project ended in August 1968 when Thai officials assumed complete control over the educational programs.


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Series Description

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS AND PROPOSALS. 1964-1968, undated. 1/8 cu. ft. Records concerning the development of the three party contract which was signed in the fall of 1964. They provide information on the structure of the project and the roles of each party involved in the project and include work proposals for each year and budgets. Arranged by subject.

PROJECT REPORTS. 1963-1958, undated. ½ cu. ft. Preliminary reports, official university reports, consultant reports and miscellaneous reports of the Thailand Project. The preliminary reports outline the need and the benefits of the project. Included among the reports are several guidelines, outlines and memoranda. The official university reports are divided into quarterly progress reports prepared by the Chief of Party, semi-annual progress reports written by the campus coordinator for the United States Operations Mission and the Agency for International Development, and the Final Report by the Chief of Party. Semi-annual report number seven is missing from the collection. The short-term consultant reports related to projects undertaken by visiting MSU professors during their stays in Thailand. Also included in the series are six miscellaneous reports written by MSU faculty members and Thai project participants. Arranged by subject.

ADMINISTRATIVE CORRESPONDENCE. 1964-1968, undated. 2/3 cu. ft. Two sets of numbered letters (1-521 and 1-522) of correspondence from campus to Bangkok to campus, respectively. The correspondence is principally between Dr. Brembeck, the campus coordinator, and Dr. Hatch, the Chief of Party in Thailand. The letters are concerned with the general administration of the project and cover such topics as contract discussions, travel, the Back-Up Team and budgets. Letters 269, 272, and 274 of the campus to Bangkok files are missing. Arranged numerically.

AGENCY CORRESPONDENCE. 1964-1968, undated. ¼ cu.ft. Letters, telegrams and memoranda from various national and international agencies connected with the project. Subjects covered in this series are the publication of the “Education in Thailand” series, recommendations on project proposals and guides to planning projects. Arranged alphabetically by agency name and thereunder chronologically.

CABLEGRAM CORRESPONDENCE. 1964-1968. ¼ cu. ft. Correspondence between Bangkok and MSU campus produced by Dr. Hatch, Dr. Wronski and Dr. Brembeck. The bulk of the cablegrams are from the years 1966-1968 and deal with travel, approval of proposals, budget discussions and other administrative matters. Arranged chronologically.

CONSULTANT CORRESPONDENCE. 1964-1968. ½ cu. ft. Incoming and outgoing letters, telegrams and memoranda of MSU professors who served as project consultants. The correspondence relates largely to daily functions (i.e. visits, receptions) and publications. Arranged alphabetically by consultant.

BACK-UP TEAM RECORDS. 1964-1968. 11 folders. Records relating to the function of the MSU-based Back-Up Team. Topics covered in the materials are discussions on proposals and progress reports of the project which required advisement and approval. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

FINANCIAL RECORDS. 1964-1968, 1970, undated. 1/3 cu. ft. Correspondence, proposals, payroll distribution lists, expenditure lists and salary information on the project finances. The bulk of the material falls between 1966 and 1968. Most of the correspondence deals with travel expenses, salary adjustments, and reimbursements for the consultant staff. Other records document budget projections and proposals. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

NATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL RECORDS. 1964-1968, undated. ¼ cu. ft. A diverse series of records providing a general description of the functions of the NEC. The most prominent topics covered are the completion of the NEC office building in 1967, university service programs, international seminars in education and the training of staff members. Projects for the improvement of the NEC library as well as the establishment of a data bank are also dealt with in the records. Arranged alphabetically by subject. EDUCATIONAL PLANNING OFFICE RECORDS. 1964-1968, undated. 1/3 cu. ft. Files primarily consisting of reports and research materials of various EPO projects at the elementary and secondary school level. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION RECORDS. 1963-1968, undated. ½ cu. ft. A diverse series of records dealing with the development of Thailand’s university system. The records document the UDC’s role in such tasks as improvements in teaching methods, the upgrading of the personnel, and the implementation of math, physics, biology, and English language programs. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

TOUR GROUP PROGRAMS. 1965-1968, undated. ¾ cu. ft. Records of three Thai study groups which toured the United States to study educational methods. Each of the three groups (Secondary Education Tour, Higher Education Tour, and the Aree-Saing Study Tour) contains similar records: correspondence, budget materials, brochures, participant rosters and schedules. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

CONFERENCE RECORDS. 1964-1968. 1/3 cu. ft. Records of seven conferences held to discuss planning, tours, manpower assessments and work proposals. The types of records vary according to conference but generally consist of correspondence and working papers. The series also includes a sheet recording the attendance of MSU faculty members at the conferences. Arranged alphabetically by conference name.

PERSONNEL DATA. 1964-1968, undated. ¼ cu. ft. Records relating to individuals involved in the project. Extensive biographical data is included for both Thai participants and MSU faculty members. Monthly reports list all employees under MSU contract and their arrival and departure dates as well as leave times. The remaining records deal with general policy on personnel matters and include an International Programs Personnel Guide and personnel policy statements. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

PUBLICATIONS. 1965-1968, undated. ¼ cu. ft. Publications of Thai and American project participants and related correspondence discussing budget and layout problems. See Agency Correspondence series for other pertinent correspondence. Arranged chronologically.

BACKGROUND MATERIALS. 1956, 1959, 1964-1966, undated. 1/8 cu. ft. Reports, charts and essays concerning preliminary activity before the project’s implementation. The material includes information on the governmental structure and major laws of Thailand and information on two other international projects conducted by Stanford University and the University of Indiana. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

ROSTERS AND DIRECTORIES. 1950-1967, undated. 6 folders. Rosters and correspondence relating to American professors in Thailand group and MSU alumni in Thailand. An “Educational and Cultural Exchange Directory of Thai Officials” gives addresses and positions of educators within Thailand who may have contributed to the project. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

VISITS AND RECEPTIONS. 1965-1968. 5 folders. Correspondence, reception rosters and itineraries of MSU administrators and professors who visited Thailand. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

RESTRICTED ITEMS. 1963-1969. Materials relating to participants’ academic performance, considered confidential under the University’s “Guidelines Governing Privacy and Release of Student Records.” Arranged alphabetically.

ADDITIONS. 1964-1968, undated. Material added to collection after initial processing by archivists.

PHOTOGRAPHS. The photographs consist of three folders of people and groups involved in the Thailand Project. There are images of Michigan State University employees as well as Thai officials.

FILMS. Third Seminar on Educational Planning in Thailand (Held in East Lansing, Michigan) August 23, 1967. 16mm black and white silent acetate film.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

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