Guide to the Ardath W. Burks Papers 1928-1996

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Guide to the Ardath W. Burks Papers, 1928-1996

Guide to the Ardath W. Burks Papers 1928-1996

The Ardath W. Burks Papers, 1928-1996, are those maintained and created by Ardath W. Burks, Rutgers University administrator and Professor of Asian Studies. The papers contain material relating to both Burks' personal and public activities. Personal activities relate to his family and home life. His relationship with Japan, manifested in many ways, dominates his public activities; Burks' education, military service, promotion of positive relationships between Japan and the United States, and his academic career and endeavors relating to academia comprise elements of his public activities. However, the line of demarcation between the two spheres of activity blurs often, and documents like correspondence frequently contain information related to a myriad of topics,such as his family life, academic activities, and participation in Sister Cities International programs.

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