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Organization for Tropical Studies records, 1962 - 1974 10.5 Linear Feet — 10,000 Items

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), founded in 1963, has had its North American Office located at Duke University since 1976. The OTS offers students, faculty, and researchers opportunities to work hands-on in tropical sciences in Costa Rica and other Latin American countries. The Organization for Tropical Studies Records contain correspondence, administrative materials, reports, memoranda, and course materials from the early years of OTS. The focus of the collection is on the administrative structure of OTS and planning the course offerings in Latin America. Major correspondents include Jorge Campabadal, J. T. Spencer, and Kenneth J. Turnbull. Major topics include tropical biology, geography, meteorology, earth science, and forestry, and the National Science Foundation. English.

The Organization for Tropical Studies Records includes correspondence, administrative materials, reports, memoranda, and course materials from the early years of OTS. The focus of the collection is on the administrative structure of OTS and planning the course offerings in Latin America. Major correspondents include Jorge Campabadal, J. T. Spencer, and Kenneth J. Turnbull. Major topics include tropical biology, geography, meteorology, earth science, and forestry, and the National Science Foundation. The collection is organized into two series. The Administrative series contains correspondence from the North American Office, as well as correspondence with OTS administrators and faculty. In addition, the series has information on committees, sources of funding, founding documents, and topics related to the administration of OTS. The second series, Courses, has information on the planning, curriculum, course participants, critiques, and other aspects of educational programming offered by OTS.

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The Organization for Tropical Studies Reference Collection contains files of articles, memoranda, correspondence, and clippings used by Donald E. Stone in his history of the organization.

The bulk of the collection (three folders) consists of copies of memoranda, letters and reports cited by Donald E. Stone in his article, "The Organization for Tropical Studies: A Success Story in Graduate Training and Research" published in Tropical Rainforests: Diversity and Conservation, Frank Almeda and Catherine Pringle, eds. (1988), along with a copy of the Stone article. These materials are in three folders. A fourth folder contains news clippings about the organization, 1979-1985.