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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.
Irene Tinker donated her papers to American University Library in four installments (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).
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
Curriculum Vitae, n.d.
Correspondence [2 folders], 1960-2007
Expense/Travel Reports, 2003-2004
AFL-CIO, 1962, n.d.
Civil Rights Movement, 1963-1964, n.d.
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
Comparative Urbanization Project, 1972-1990, n.d.
International Development Courses, 1986-1989
CP115: Urbanization in Developing Countries, Spring 1995
CP117: Gender & Planning, Fall 1995
Regional and Urban Development in Third World Countries
Regional and Urban Development Strategies, 1992
Global Trends and Local Actions, Spring 1993
Regional and Urban Development Strategies
Regional and Urban Development Strategies in Low Income Countries
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
WS24: Woman Organizing, Fall 1992
WS141/241: Women and World Development
Box 2 Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development
Walsh Subject Files
Archival Project, 1992-2003, n.d.
Abortion, 1991-1996, n.d.
Affirmative Action, 1989=1998, n.d.
Agriculture [2 folders], 1973-1993
Box 4 Subject Files (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.
Grassroots Development [2 folders], 1988-1996, n.d.
Grassroots Development [3 folders], 1977-1998
Millennium Development Goals, 2002-2004
Subject Files (continued)
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.
Sustainable Development [3 folders], 1984-2006, n.d.
Resource Management, 1996-1998
Box 6 Subject Files (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