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Inventory of the Center for Responsible Tourism Collection
GTU 97-2-02  
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Description
The work of the Center for Responsible Tourism was for the most part to educate and inform First World, especially North American, people to be sensitive to how tourism can have a negative impact on the visited country environmentally and culturally, especially regarding the sexual exploitation of children and women. The collection includes administrative records, meeting minutes, correspondence, conference planning files and proceedings, collected articles, newsletters and journals, brochures, lectures, presentations, audiotapes (cassettes), and videotapes (VHS). The organization ran from the mid 1980s to the early 2000s.
Background
A laywoman in the United Presbyterian Church in the United States, Virginia Hadsell (1922 - 2011), helped coordinate a consultation in 1984 titled Tourism: The Human Dimension. The consultation was held at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. This meeting led to the establishment of the Center for Responsible Tourism. In a 1993 informational flyer about CRT, they describe themselves as "a para-church/tourism-activist organization which confronts North Americans with the impact we have as tourists on our sisters and brothers in the Third World, on their cultures, economy, and environment." This included the issues of sex tourism, and the prostitution and trafficking of women and children as well as tourism's impact which can cause cultural and environmental destruction.
Extent
15 boxes 14.50 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.