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IFYE Association of the USA records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0695

Scope and Content

This collection (1952-2012, undated) contains bylaws, meeting minutes, newsletters, leaflets, publications, histories, reports, scrapbooks, conference programs, and photographs. The scrapbooks primarily contain information on the conferences including photographs and programs. Also included are transcripts of oral histories documenting the experiences of delegates during the association's first exchange in 1948. Oral histories are filed under the delegate's name, and audiocassettes are listed separately.

Dates

  • 1948-2012, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) was founded in 1948 by the National 4-H Foundation after World War II to promote greater international understanding and cooperation. The first two-way exchange took place in 1948, with seventeen young Americans traveling to seven different countries in Western Europe and six Europeans traveling to the United States to live with host families for six months. It was this exchange that led to the development of IFYE. The program was funded in the United States by the National 4-H Foundation and later by the National 4-H Council. In 1973, IFYE changed its name to International Four-H Youth Exchange. In 1992, the National 4-H Council decided it would only fund programs for young people under the age of 19, which resulted in the loss of 4-H funding for IFYE. Individual states were able to continue conducting the exchange programs directly with other countries, if the state would provide the funding. In 1999, the IFYE Association took on the responsibility of funding the IFYE program. In 2012, the IFYE Association changed its name to IFYE Association of the USA, Inc., which continues to support the exchange program.



The program has been a three to six month exchange program with a vision of promoting "Peace Through Understanding." 4-H alumni and other young adults interested in a rural living experience who participate in the international exchange program live with a host family in another country and take part in the family's daily activities.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 map case folder, 1 half-document box, 1 audiocassette box)

Abstract

The IFYE Association of the USA, Inc., originally the International Farm Youth Exchange and later the International Four-H Youth Exchange, was founded in 1948 for young adults to increase international understanding and cooperation. The program is a three to six month exchange program in which 4-H alumni and other young adults interested in a rural living experience live with a host family in another country and take part in the family's daily activities. The collection includes bylaws, meeting minutes, newsletters, leaflets, reports, publications, histories, scrapbooks, conference programs, and photographs. The scrapbooks primarily contain information on the conferences. Also included are transcripts of oral histories documenting the experiences of delegates during the association's first exchange in 1948.

Arrangement

This collection is organized Chronologically.

Items in related collections

MS-0696. IFYE Foundation of the USA records, 1988-2009, undated RS 16/3/4/2. Iowa State University. International Farm Youth Exchange program files, 1963-1975 RS 16/3/57. William H. Stacy papers, 1911-1975, undated RS 16/3/4. Iowa State University. 4-H Youth Development records, 1915-2010

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
MS-0695. IFYE Association of the USA records, 1948-2012, undated
Date
January 11, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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