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British Library of Political and Economic Science

British International Studies Association (BISA)


Reference code(s): GB 0097 BISA

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: British International Studies Association (BISA)

Date(s): 1957-1994

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 6 boxes

Name of creator(s): BISA | British International Studies Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The British International Studies Association is a charitable trust which was founded in 1975 at a meeting of the British Coordinating Committee on International Studies 'to promote the study of International Studies and related subjects through teaching, research and facilitating contact between scholars'. It is the world's leading such organisation outside the USA, with a membership of around 750, and aims to represent all of those professionally engaged in International Studies in Britain. It produces a journal entitled the Review of International Studies, and organises conferences, meetings, research and study groups.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the British International Studies Association (BISA), 1957-1994, notably minutes of the British Coordinating Committee on International Studies (BCCIS), 1957-1970, including material relating to the Bailey Conferences on International Relations; BISA Committee minutes, 1973-1977, mainly relating to the founding of the Association, and the framing of its constitution; Chairman's correspondence, 1975-1983 and 1990-1992; correspondence and papers relating to BISA 'foreign relations' and attempts at the internationalisation of BISA, 1981-1984 and 1987-1990, including communications with groups such as the International Studies Association; minutes, papers and correspondence of the BISA Executive Committee, 1984-1989, including some minutes of Annual General Meetings, and papers of the Executive Committee study groups; papers relating to the Editorial Committee of the Review of International Studies, 1979-1989; BISA newsletters, 1976-1994; records of the BBC schools survey steering committee, 1970-1972; papers relating to the British Universities survey of teaching International Studies, 1970; the BISA Press Cuttings working group, 1975-1976; papers and correspondence concerning the BISA conference, 1989-1990; papers of the BISA Research and Projects Sub-Committee, 1986-1987; financial material, 1981-1991; material concerning the BISA newsletter, 1982-1994.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in files created by BISA.

Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by the depositor and their heirs.

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Archival history:

Deposited by BISA in 1999.

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Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2000

International relations

Personal names

Corporate names
BCCIS | British Coordinating Committee on International Studies x British Coordinating Committee on International Studies
BISA x British International Studies Association
International Studies Association
Review of International Studies | journal of BISA