British International Studies Association (BISA)

Scope and Content

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.

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.


Arranged in files created by BISA.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by the depositor and their heirs.

Custodial History

Deposited by BISA in 1999.