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  • Collection Summary
  • Arrangement Statement
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Related Collections
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Edgar Jacob Fisher papers
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1933
    Collection Number: 79037
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Languages: In English
    Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes 1.2 linear feet
    Abstract: The collection relates to Robert College and other American schools in Turkey and elsewhere in the Near East, social and political conditions in Turkey, and ethnic minorities in Turkey. It consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, student essays, and printed matter.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    creator: Fisher, Edgar Jacob, 1885-1968.

    Arrangement Statement

    The collection is organized into 2 series: Turkey subject file and Robert College file

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edgar Jacob Fisher papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Collections

    Edgar J. Fisher collection, Ohio State University Libraries
    Edgar J. Fisher archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University
    Mary Mills Patrick papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Ernest W. Riggs papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    Edgar Jacob Fisher was born in 1885. He earned his PhD from Columbia University in 1911, where he authored New Jersey as a Royal Province, 1738 to 1766 (New York: Columbia University). As a proponent of international education, Fisher worked as a professor of social studies and dean of Robert College in Constantinople (Istanbul) from 1917 to 1933. In 1924, Fisher was briefly dismissed by the Turkish Minister of Education for allegedly speaking unfavorably about the government to a group of tourists, only to be rehired in 1925. In his time in Turkey, Fisher wrote a number of short articles that appeared in professional journals and The New York Times about the state of affairs during the first World War and international education. He also worked as the assistant director of the Institute of International Education. He died in 1968.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection relates to Robert College and other American schools in Turkey and elsewhere in the Near East, social and political conditions in Turkey, and ethnic minorities in Turkey. It consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, student essays, and printed matter.
    Although mainly focused on events surrounding American schools in the Near East, the collection includes a number of clippings, professional journal articles, writings, and correspondence about Turkey's history, culture, and ethnic minorities, as well as the burgeoning Nationalist Movement, Treaties of Sèvres and Lausanne, formation of the Republic, and Kemalist reforms; all of which appear in the Turkey subject file. Some of the folder titles used in this part of the collection are from the records' creator, hence archaic forms of place names.
    In an effort to standardize curricula, secure funding, and encourage cooperation among the heads of American schools in the Near East, Fisher worked on the Advisory Committee on Education of the Committee of Cooperation on American Education in the Near East, the correspondence and reports of which appear in the Robert College file. Also included in this file is correspondence regarding Fisher's expulsion from Robert College by the Minister of Education, and student research papers on Turkey's ethnic minorities, including Bulgarians, Persians, Gypsies, Greeks, and Armenians.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Robert College (Istanbul)
    Education--Middle East.
    Education--Turkey.
    Minorities--Turkey.