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Irene Tinker Papers

VOLUME: 36.5 linear feet

ACCESS: This collection is open to the public upon request.  

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RELATED COLLECTIONS: Ellen S. Overton Papers


Biographical Note


Irene Tinker was born in 1927 and received her B.A. from Radcliff College in political philosophy and comparative government and her PhD. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in comparative government and development. She married Millidge Walker in 1952, with whom she had three children. Irene Tinker became a leading academic and activist in field of women in international development specifically the gender impact of development. She served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Howard University, American University, and University of California-Berkeley, where she spent the majority of her teaching years. She taught courses covering women studies, city and regional planning and development, among other topics. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal and Sri Lanka (1987-1989) and a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy (March-April 1994).  


Scope and Content Note


This collection consists of biographical materials; correspondence; conference materials; government, NGO, and organizational reports and newsletters, including many from the World Bank and the United Nations; interview notes and transcripts; manuscripts; newspaper, magazine and journal articles; research notes; teaching materials; and working papers. The collection includes chapter notes, drafts and correspondence from the book she edited and published in 2004, Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development.  

The bulk of this collection is comprised of materials relating to international development and especially the role of women and non-governmental organizations. Much of which relates to the informal economy and her work on Street Foods, a 15 year research project investigating ways to improve vendor income and food safety. Other major topics include Indonesia and the passage and implementation of the 1973 Percy Amendment, which required U.S. bilateral aid programs to explicitly address the role of women in developing countries’ economies.  

The collection also includes a few three-dimensional objects, including pins, buttons, t-shirts and tote bags from conferences and events Tinker attended.


Provenance

Irene Tinker donated her papers to American University Library in four installments (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).

 
Processing Note

As this collection came in multiple installments, the archivist had to identify and combine related documents. The materials for Irene Tinker’s book, Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development, were arranged alphabetically by the name of the author of each chapter and include drafts, comments and correspondence.

In organizing the subject files within this collection, the archivist used the categories assigned by Irene Tinker whenever possible. Additional categories were created as needed. The archivist placed material in the category “Gender” when it related to the relationship between men and women in development, or the material focused on men. The term “Women” was used when materials related specifically to the role of women. In the cases where there was not enough “gender” material to warrant its own folder, these materials were categorized with “women” and vice versa.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Biographical Materials
Certificate, 1957
Curriculum Vitae, n.d.
Correspondence [2 folders], 1960-2007
Expense/Travel Reports, 2003-2004
Clippings
   1957-1963, n.d.
   AFL-CIO, 1962, n.d.
   Civil Rights Movement, 1963-1964, n.d.
   Tjibantjet, 1957-1958
Magazines
   Radditudes, 1946-1947
   Signature, 1947-1949
Millidge Walker, 1970-1983, n.d.
   Shanghai American School [3 folders], 1940-1999, n.d.
      Newsletters [2 folders], 1989-1999
Notes, 1960-1961, n.d.   
Photographs, 1961, n.d.
Travel Permits, 1961, n.d.

Teaching Materials
University of Maryland- Women and World Development, Summer 1981
American University
   Comparative Urbanization Project, 1972-1990, n.d.
   International Development Courses, 1986-1989
Berkeley
   CP115: Urbanization in Developing Countries, Spring 1995
   CP117: Gender & Planning, Fall 1995
   CP270
      Regional and Urban Development in Third World Countries
         Fall 1989
         Fall 1990
      Regional and Urban Development Strategies, 1992
      Global Trends and Local Actions, Spring 1993
      Regional and Urban Development Strategies
         Fall 1994
         1996
       Regional and Urban Development Strategies in Low Income Countries
         Spring 1998
   CRP284B
      Topics in City and Metropolitan Planning- Informal Sector, Spring 1990
      Economic Development and the Informal Economy, Spring 1991
   Semester at Sea, Spring 1997
   WS14: Contemporary Global Issues for Women
      Spring 1991
      1992-1994
      Spring 1995
      Spring 1996
   WS24: Woman Organizing, Fall 1992
   WS141/241: Women and World Development
      1990-1992
      Fall 1995
      Fall 1996
      Fall 1997

Box 2
Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development
   Intro
   Antrobus
   Bruce
   Chaney
   Cloud
   Colombo
   Derryck
   Flora
   Fraser
   Gachukia
   Gulhati
   Haslegrave
   Hoskins
   Hussein
   Jain
   Jaquette
   Knowles
   Lewis
   Lycklama
   Pitanguy
   Portugal
   Rowan-Campbell
   Scott
   Shahani
   Smith
   Snyder
   Staudt
   Timothy
   Walker
   Walsh

Subject Files
Archival Project, 1992-2003, n.d.
Abortion, 1991-1996, n.d.
Affirmative Action, 1989=1998, n.d.
Aging, 1990-1995
Agriculture [2 folders], 1973-1993

Box 3
Subject Files (continued)
Agriculture [2 folders], 1994-2009
Women, 1984-1995
Child Welfare, 1991-2000, n.d.
Development [5 folders], 1978-2003, n.d.
   Democratization, 1986-1997, n.d.
      Asia, 1990-1991

Box 4
Subject Files (continued)
Development (continued)
   Democratization (continued)
      Asia (continued) [2 folders], 1992-1994, n.d.
      Latin America, 1991-2000
   Economics, 1956, 1992-1996
   Foreign Aid, 1979-2008
   Gender [3 folders], 1989-2009, n.d.
      Asia, 1990-2009
   Grassroots Development [2 folders], 1988-1996, n.d.
   Grassroots Development [3 folders], 1977-1998
   Millennium Development Goals, 2002-2004

Box 5
Subject Files (continued)

Development (continued)
   Regional
      Africa, 1989-1992, n.d.
      Asia, 1988-1995, n.d.
      Indonesia [6 folders], 1968-1996, n.d.
   Rural Development [2 folders], 1976-1997, n.d.
      Women, 1982-1996
   Sustainable Development [3 folders], 1984-2006, n.d.
      Resource Management, 1996-1998

Box 6
Subject Files (continued)
Development (continued)
   Women [4 folders], 1975-2008, n.d.
      Association for Women’s Rights in Development, 1995-2004
      Coalition for Women in International Development, 1978-1979
      International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) - Promoting Women in Development (PROWID) [2 folders], 1996-1999
      International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) [2 folders], 1989-1997
      Percy Amendment [2 folders], 1973-1984, n.d.
      Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA), 1977-1985
      Theory, 1982-1998, n.d.
      USAID, 1977-1996, n.d.
      World Bank, 1975-1989

Box 7
Subject Files (continued)
Economics [2 folders], 1970-2001, n.d.
   “Doing Business” {re: comparative regulatory measures}, 2008
   Equal Means: Women Organizing Economic Solutions, 1992-1995
   Gender [2 folders], 1987-2006
   Globalization, 1994-2002
   Homeworking [2 folders], 1982-2008, n.d.
      Home Net, 1998-2001
 
Box 8

Subject Files (continued)
Economics (continued)
   Informal Economy, 2003-2004
   Informal Sector [2 folders], 1978-2001, n.d.
      Africa, 1984-2000, n.d.
      Asia, 1987-2002, n.d,
      Latin America, 1983-1998
      Street Vendors, 1995
      Women [2 folders], 1981-2002, n.d.
   International Monetary Fund, 1990-2002
   Labor, 1984-2000, n.d
      Gender, 1991-2000, n.d.
   Local Government Financing, 1987, n.d.
   Microfinance [4 folders], 1990-2003, n.d.
      Accion International, 1989-1998, n.d.
      Aspen Institute [2 folders], 1993-2004
      Portland Microenterprise Summit, 1999
      Microfinance, Risk Management and Poverty, 2000-2001, n.d.
      Regional
         Africa, 1984-2007, n.d.
         Africa- 1997 Trip

Box 9
Subject Files (continued)
Economics (continued)
   Microfinance (continued)
      Regional (continued)
         Asia, 1984-2001, n.d.
         Bangladesh, 1978-2002, n.d.
         India, 1993-2001, n.d.
         Vietnam, 1996-1998
         Latin America, 1990-2002, n.d.
      United Nations, 1990-2002
      Women [2 folders], 1980-2003, n.d.
   Self Employed Women’s Association, 1987-2001, n.d.
   Social Capital, 1996-2002
   Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa, 2000
   Structural Adjustment [3 folders], 1979-2006, n.d.
   Trade [2 folders], 1990-2002, n.d.
   Women, 1971-2002
      Africa, 1988-2002, n.d.
      Asia, 1987-1999
 
Box 10
Subject Files (continued)
Economics (continued)
   Women (continued)
      Asia, 2000-2007, n.d.
      Latin America, 1985-1998, n.d.
   World Bank, 1994-2007, n.d.
   World Bank Papers, 2001-2004
Education, 1987-2000, n.d.
   Women [2 folders], 1971-2005, n.d.
Elites, 1973-1979
Environment [3 folders], 1988-2008, n.d.
   Climate Change, 1983-1995, n.d.
   Energy, 1976-2009, n.d.
      Energia News [2 folders], 1998-2010
   Forestry [2 folders], 1988-1999, n.d.   
      Women, 1984-2001

Box 11
Subject Files (continued)

Environment (continued)
   Regional
      Asia, 1990-1997, n.d.
      Mexico, 1990-1996
   Sustainability [2 folders], 1988-2000
   Water Resources, 1986-2002
   Women [2 folders], 1987-1998, n.d.
Food [4 folders], 1978-2003
   Cook Stove Technology, 1993-1998
   Food Aid, 1990-1998
   Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1995-2003, n.d.
   Food Chain: A Journal about Small-Scale Food Processing, 1992 -2002
   Food Security, 1990-2000, n.d.
   Gender, 1985-1996
   Hunger Notes (Publication of World Hunger Education Services) [2 folders],1979-2000

Box 12
Subject Files (continued)
Food (continued)
   International Food Policy Research Institute, 1992-2009
      20/20 Vision, 1995-2007, n.d.
   Regional
      Africa, 1992-2004, n.d.
      Asia, 1989-1995
      Latin America, 1996-2008, n.d.
   Street Food [2 folders], 1980-2004, n.d.
      Bangladesh, 1984, n.d.
      Indonesia [2 folders], 1983-1992
      Philippines, 1983-1999, n.d.
      Senegal, 1982-1983
      Vietnam, 1998
   Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs, and Sustainable Cities, 1996
   Urban Food Production [5 folders], 1976-2003, n.d.
   Urban Issues, 1991-2000, n.d.

Box 13
Subject Files (continued)
Housing [3 folders], 1972-2005, n.d.
   Asia [2 folders], 1990-2007, n.d.
   Gender Perspectives, 1992-2001   
   Habitat Debate, 1996-2000
   Habitat International Coalition Women and Shelter Network, 1989-1993
   Self-made Housing, 1980-1996
   Women [3 folders], 1984-2002, n.d.
   World Habitat Day, 1992-1997
Human Rights, 1983-2000
Human Security, 2002-2003
Land [2 folders], 1986-2003, n.d.
   Gender Perspectives, 1996-2008, n.d.
   Women’s Property Rights, 1992-1997

Box 14
Subject Files (continued)
Land (continued)
   Women’s Property Rights (continued) [2 folders], 1998-2007, n.d.
Law, 1990-2006
Men’s Movement, 1991-2008, n.d.
Migration, 1989-2005, n.d.
Non-Alignment n.d.
Non-Governmental Organizations [3 folders], 1987-2007, n.d.
   Aspen Institute Project [3 folders] 1994-1999, n.d.
   Bellagio Conference, 1994, n.d.
   Development [3 folders], 1982-1998, n.d.
   India 1994-2001, n.d.
   Funding, 1992-2001
 
Box 15
Subject Files (continued)
Non-Governmental Organizations (continued)
   NGO Networker, 1988-1995
   NGO & State Relations [2 folders], 1985-2002
   NGO & UN Relations, 1990-1996
   NGO & World Bank Relations, 1987-1996, n.d.
   Public Participation, 1987-1994, n.d.
   Regional
      Africa, 1982-2002
      Asia, 1989-1996, n.d.
         Indonesia [3 folders], 1982-1997, n.d.
         Nepal, 1987
         Philippines [2 folders], 1986-1996
         Thailand, 1993-1997
         Vietnam [3 folders], 1992-1998, n.d.
      Australia, 1991

Box 16
Subject Files (continued)
Non-Governmental Organizations (continued)
   Regional (continued)
      Central America, 1989-1998
      Europe, 1992-1998, n.d.
      Latin America [2 folders], 1987-1997
      Middle East, 2000
   Women, 1989-2002
Non-Profit Organizations [2 folders], 1992-2002, n.d.
Politics [3 folders], 1970-2005, n.d.
   Civil Society [3 folders], 1987-2001, n.d.
   Civil Society & Democracy, 1988-1994
   Decentralization, 1988-1989, n.d.
   Democratization [4 folders], 1963-2008, n.d.

Box 17
Subject Files (continued)
Politics (continued)
   Elections, 1997-2005, n.d.
      Indonesia, 1948
   Independence, 1963-1971
   Local Governance, 1973-1998, n.d.
   Regional
      Africa, 1955-2006, n.d.
      Asia, 1967-1999
      Latin America, 2005-2008

Box 17 (continued)
Subject Files (continued)
Politics (continued)
   Women [2 folders], 1970-2007, n.d.
      Civil Society, 1993-2007
      Democratization [2 folders], 1990-2004, n.d.
      Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2000-2002
      Leadership and Representation [2 folders], 1993-2008, n.d.
      Peace-building, 1999-2003, n.d.
      Political Participation [4 folders], 1975-2008, n.d.
         Africa, 1996-2007, n.d.

Box 18
Subject Files (continued)
Politics (continued)
   Women (continued)
      Political Participation (continued)
         Asia [2 folders], 2000-2003, n.d.
         India, 1992-2000, n.d.
         Pakistan, 1999
         Europe, 1992-2003, n.d.
         Latin America, 1995-2003
      Regional
         Africa, 2006-2008, n.d.
         Asia, 2005, n.d.
         Latin America [2 folders], 1996-2010, n.d.
Population [2 folders], 1959- 2007, n.d.
   Birth Control, 1963-1996, n.d.
   Family Planning and Reproductive Health [2 folders], 1984-2004
   Population Briefs, 1998-2003
Poverty [2 folders], 1962-2007, n.d.
   Africa, 1998-2003, n.d.
   Asia, 1978-2001
   United States, 1964-1999, n.d.
   Women, 1977-2008
Prostitution, 1990-2008
Publications
   Connexions, 1993-1994
   Field Forum, 2001-2002

Box 19
Subject Files (continued)
Publications (continued)
   Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) Letters, 1995-2007
   Inter-American Foundation, 1995-1996
   The New Internationalist, 1990-1996
   Snapshots, 2001-2003
   World Watch, 1991-1996
Race, 1976-1991, n.d.
Refugees, 1991-2001, n.d.
Regional
   Africa, 1989-1999
   Asia [3 folders], 1954-2005, n.d
      Indonesia [4 folders], 1967-2003, n.d.
      Papua New Guinea, 1990
   Latin America [2 folders], 1991-2000, n.d.
   Middle East, 2000, n.d.
Religion, 1983-2009, n.d.
Science, 1976-1993
Social Capital, 1996-2003, n.d.
Sports, 1990-1995

Box 20
Subject Files (continued)
Transportation, 1982-1991
United Nations [2 folders], 1973-1996, n.d.
   Interviews, 1983, n.d.
   UNRISD News, 1999-2001
   Women, 1972-1999, n.d.
Urbanization, [5 folders], 1969-2006, n.d.
   Africa, 1986-1995
   Environmental Management, 1995, n.d.
   Gender [2 folders] 1991-2001, n.d.
   Mega-Cities, 1989-1992
   Urban Age, 1998-2000
   Urban Agriculture, 2000-2002
   The Urban Governance Initiative Urban Links [2 folders], 2001-2004
   Urban Poor [2 folders], 1969-1993, n.d.

Box 21
Subject Files (continued)
Urbanization (continued)
   Urban Poor (continued) [2 folders], 1993-2000, n.d.
Welfare, 1995-1999, n.d.
Women [3 folders], 1974-2006, n.d.
   AIDS, 2000, n.d.
   Conferences, 1975-1981
      Cairo Conference, 1995-1999
      Nairobi Conference, 1986-1991
      United Nations 4th World Conference on Women (Beijing) [3 folders],1995-2007, n.d.
   Empowerment [3 folders], 1995-2006, n.d.
   Equality, 1989-2002
      Gender Equality [2 folders]1996-2007, n.d.
         50-50 Gender Balance, 2009
   Family, 1971-1989

Box 22
Subject Files (continued)
Women (continued)
   Family (continued) [3 folders], 1989-2003, n.d.
      Economics [3 folders], 1987-2007
   Female Headed Households [2 folders], 1978-1997, n.d.
   Feminism [3 folders], 1977-2004, n.d.
   Health, 1977-1998, n.d.
   History , 1998-2001, n.d.
   Human Rights [3 folders]1989-2007, n.d.
   International Women’s Year, 1973-1976
   Mainstreaming [2 folders], 1993-2005 n.d.
   Marriage, 1979-1989, n.d.

Box 23
Subject Files (continued)
Women (continued)
   Notes, 1974-1975, n.d.
   Organizations, 1960-1979 n.d.
      International Women’s Rights Action Watch, 1986-2000
      Maryland Commission for Women, 1976-1978
      Women’s Environment & Development Organization, 1995
   Regional
      Africa, 1987-2002 n.d.
         East Africa, 1975-1999, n.d.
         North Africa, 1981-2002, n.d.
         South Africa, 1993-2005, n.d.
         West Africa/Sahel, 1988-1996, n.d.
      Asia, 1982-2006, n.d.
         Bangladesh, 1989-1996, n.d.
         China, 1987-1997, n.d.
         India [2 folders], 1979-2002, n.d.
         Indonesia [2 folders], 1973-1999, n.d.
         Nepal, 1981-2002, n.d.
         Pakistan, 1998-1999, n.d.
         Singapore, 1990-1993, n.d.
         Sri Lanka, 1988-1994
         Turkey, 1989-2007
         Vietnam, 1994-2000, n.d.
      Europe
         Eastern Europe, 1990-1999, n.d.
         Russia, 1992-1995, n.d.
         Western Europe, 1988-1996, n.d.
      Latin America [2 folders], 1985-1997

Box 24
Subject Files (continued)
Women (continued)
   Regional (continued)
      Latin America (continued), 1999, n.d.
      Middle East, 1997-2007
      United States, 1984-2002, n.d.
   Reproductive Health [2 folders], 1975-2001, n.d.
   Technology, 1982-1997
   Violence, 1979-2001, n.d.
      Female Genital Mutilation, 1992-2001, n.d.
   Voices of Women: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally (VHS)
   Work [3 folders], 1977-2005, n.d.
      Asia, 1985-1999, n.d.
   “The World’s Women: Trends and Statistics” 1970-1995
   Women’s Studies, 1987-1996, n.d.
   World Bank 1988-1995, n.d.
      Participatory Development Workshop [3 folders] 1987-1995
      World Bank Policy Research Bulletin, 1994
   Youth, 2006

Box 25

Hillary Clinton Campaign disk
International Women’s Year t-shirt
Political buttons
Scarf
Tote Bags (2)
Women in Development pins
Women in Development t-shirt