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International Prisoners Aid Association records

 Collection
Identifier: 2000_046-UA
The International Prisoners Aid Association (IPAA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1950 by volunteer groups in North America involved in providing rehabilitation of offenders, after-care of prisoners and related activities. Member agencies dealt with offender rehabilitation and/or crime prevention at the federal, national or local level. The IPAA grew out of the National Prisoners Aid Association (NPAA), with its name changed from national to international and new constitution and by-laws adopted in 1950. The national organization reaches back to 1910, though this collection gives little if any information about its early years. Other papers that cover some of those years can be found at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin with a finding aid of the early papers included in this collection. IPAA was located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1950 to mid 1973, and then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1975 IPAA moved to the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, and Dr. Badr-El-Din Ali of the sociology department became executive director.

The purpose of IPAA between 1950 and 1975 was to help non-governmental organizations in different countries to become more effective in their efforts to rehabilitate offenders and prevent crime; to provide for the international dissemination and exchange of information, ideas and experiences regarding offender rehabilitation and crime prevention; to seek worldwide improvement in correctional services while fostering firm law enforcement and sound administration of justice; to encourage the establishment and growth of local and national non-governmental agencies that rendered needed services to offenders and their families; and to promote cross-cultural correctional research and facilitate contact among correctional workers throughout the world.

Dates

  • 1950-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1975

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

14.25 linear feet (11 records center boxes, 1 manuscript box)

Biographical / Historical

The International Prisoners Aid Association (IPAA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1950 by volunteer groups in North America involved in providing rehabilitation of offenders, after-care of prisoners and related activities. Member agencies dealt with offender rehabilitation and/or crime prevention at the federal, national or local level. The IPAA grew out of the National Prisoners Aid Association (NPAA), with its name changed from national to international and new constitution and by-laws adopted in 1950. The national organization reaches back to 1910, though this collection gives little if any information about its early years. Other papers that cover some of those years can be found at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin with a finding aid of the early papers included in this collection. IPAA was located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1950 to mid 1973, and then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1975 IPAA moved to the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, and Dr. Badr-El-Din Ali of the sociology department became executive director.

The purpose of IPAA between 1950 and 1975 was to help non-governmental organizations in different countries to become more effective in their efforts to rehabilitate offenders and prevent crime; to provide for the international dissemination and exchange of information, ideas and experiences regarding offender rehabilitation and crime prevention; to seek worldwide improvement in correctional services while fostering firm law enforcement and sound administration of justice; to encourage the establishment and growth of local and national non-governmental agencies that rendered needed services to offenders and their families; and to promote cross-cultural correctional research and facilitate contact among correctional workers throughout the world.

Arrangement

The records have been organized in three series: I Legal and Financial Documents; II Organizational Files; and III Printed Material. Series II is by far the largest with 11 linear feet that cover IPAA’s activities and correspondence during the time period of 1950 to 1975. It is divided into seven subseries, the largest of which is the agency files containing correspondence and publications of member and non-member volunteer agencies from around the world. The directory file is a collection of the materials assembled and used to publish a directory of these agencies. There is 1.8 linear feet of Legal and Financial Documents, including the articles of incorporation, budget, tax records, invoices, dues and foundation records. The 1.7 linear feet of printed material in the collection largely covers the 1970s and early 1980s. It appears that many of these items were assembled as research.

Custodial History

During the 1950 to 1975 period, IPAA records were first located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, transferred to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1973 and ended up in 1975 at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Records were carefully kept and highly organized. Many of the early records from 1950 to 1965 were sent to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin in June 1973 when the rest of the records were shipped to Philadelphia. These records can be found on 14 reels of microfilm (35mm) under International Prisoners Aid Association, Records, 1910-1973. A finding guide of these materials is included in this collection. In the early 1970s, funding for the organization declined. By 1975 IPAA was again looking for a new location. The papers were collected for the U of L archives about 1995 and processed in 2000.

Processing Information

The papers were collected for the U of L archives about 1995 and processed in 2000. They had been boxed much earlier for storage in a rather haphazard manner with some files upside-down, some backwards. However, when the groupings were examined carefully, they fell into fairly obvious categories. While the sequence is not the exact original sequence, most of the file organization is based on internal evidence of the records and appears to be close to the original files. For example, all of the member and non-member agency correspondence and information were filed in alphabetical order by country. The correspondence, directory, United Nations and meeting information was largely intact and had some internal organization that was maintained. This order has been kept in the container listing. The list is a box list and follows numerical sequence.

Creator

Title
International Prisoners Aid Association Records
Status
Completed
Author
Katherine Burger Johnson; Ruth Spangler
Date
July 2000
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752
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