Wilma Leslie Garnett Collection, ca. 1955-1979

Collection Overview

Title: Wilma Leslie Garnett Collection, ca. 1955-1979

Record Series: MsC-37

Record Group:


Creator: Wilma Leslie Garnett

Date: ca. 1955-1979

Extent: 11 boxes (5.9 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: The majority of this material is in English. Several articles and books are in French and Khmer..

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Physical Access: Box 11 is located in Manuscripts Oversized 1.

Additional archival materials may be found at Kent State Special Collections and Archives in the WILMA LESLIE GARNETT PAPERS and at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City in the W. Leslie Garnett papers, 1918-1988. Ms211.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Wilma Leslie Garnett Collection, Manuscript Record Series MsC-37, ca. 1955-1979, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Wilma Leslie Garnett was born in Moline, Illinois, on September 2, 1893. She was the daughter of Robert Lewis and Martha (Kane) Garnett. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Iowa State Teachers College in 1918; her Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1925; and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Iowa in 1939. She taught in Iowa public schools and the University of Iowa elementary school. Later (1926-1930) she was supervisor at the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. From 1930 through 1937 Miss Garnett was director of elementary education at Eastern State Teachers College in Madison, South Dakota. She was a professor of English at Kent State University from 1937 through 1962, where she also served as advisor to the international program. She later taught at the Ohio State University-Newark, Illinois College, and Pikeville College. She retired to the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. She died in Cedar Rapids on February 1, 1992.

Scope and Content

Miss Garnett spent thirteen months in Cambodia in 1955-1956 working for the International Cooperation Administration as an education consultant. Much of this collection is the result of her work in Cambodia and her continuing interest in that country.

Dr. Ron Leonhardt, Assistant Professor of History at Albany State University, provided translations for some materials in Box 8, Folder "Cambodian publications" in June 2021 - please see the inventory.


Box 1

Biographical information about Miss Garnett and her family including notes made by Miss Garnett, articles about her, and sketches from biographical reference works; photographs of Miss Garnett and her friends, seldom well-identified; official reports written by her to sponsoring agencies about her work in Cambodia (1955-1956); photographs and postcards from Cambodia (1955-1956); essays and presentations on various aspects of Cambodian history, culture, and politics including: "Cambodia and Asia" (c. 1955); "Cambodian International Center" (1956); "Cambodia: Asian Country with a Compelling Opportunity . . . ." (1956); "Hope in Asia" (1956); "Cambodia: Ideal Country" (1956); and "Cambodia" (1956)

Box 2

Collection of Garnett essays and presentations continuing from Box 1: "Cambodia: Its Future Role" (1957); Article for Educational Horizons (1957); "Heartland of Asia" (1957); "1959 Realistic Approach to Asia" (1959); "Essence of Cambodia" (1971); "Cambodia: Assessment of Economic Potential" (1978); "Cambodia?" (1978, 1982, 1983); "Epilog" (1980); "Chant de Paix" (Garnett translation, 1985); "Cambodia: Taking Stock and Looking to the Future"; "Cambodia: Historical Notes"; "Proposal of Aid to Cambodia";

Map of Phnom Penh (c. 1955); Cambodian mementoes; correspondence from Garnett to members of her round robin circle about her Cambodian experiences (1955-1956); correspondence and notes on Cambodia (1979); correspondence and report: Khmer Crisis (1970); notes on Cambodia (c. 1965); notes on Cambodia (c. 1972); news clippings on Cambodia (mostly mid-1970s); correspondence, reports, programs relating to Garnett's work with international studies and students at Kent State University (c. 1948-1967); photographs and programs from the visit of Norodom Sihanouk to Kent State University (1960)

Box 3

Presentation photograph album and correspondence relating to Garnett's retirement from Kent State University (1962); professional correspondence, arranged chronologically; personal correspondence and greetings, only roughly arranged because of the informal and generally undated nature of the material; correspondence with Charles Brownwell

Box 4

Daybooks (1957-1964): very brief entries which record some of Garnett's appointments and an occasional short comment; decorated leather and wood album

Box 5

Books and articles dedicated or inscribed to Garnett; yearbook from Eastern State Teachers College, Madison, South Dakota (1931) with Garnett photo on p. 25; history of the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, where Garnett taught from 1926-1930

Box 6-11

Books and articles about Cambodia and Southeast Asia: included are monographs, picture books, popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, tourist publications, and other published material; some of the material was published in Cambodia in the 1950s, and in light of recent Cambodian history, may be quite scarce

Box 6

Folder 1: Groslier, Bernard Philippe. The Art of Indochina. New York: Crown, 1962.

Folder 2: Ponchaud, Francois. Cambodia Year Zero. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978.

Folder 3: Herz, Martin F. A Short History of Cambodia. New York: Praeger, 1958.

Folder 4: Ponder, H. W. Cambodian Glory. London: Butterworth, 1938.

Folder 5: Wheatcroft, Rachel. Siam and Cambodia. London: Constable, 1928.

Folder 6: Steinberg, David J. Cambodia. New Haven: Human Relations Area Files, 1957.

Folder 7: Candee, Helen Churchill. Angkor the Magnificent. New York: Stokes, 1924.

Box 7

Folder 1: Dannaud, J. P. Indochine Profonde. Paris: Lang, 1954.

Folder 2: Grousset, Rene. De la Chine au Japon. Monaco: Documents d'Art, 1951.

Folder 3: Grousset, Rene and Jeannine Auboyer. De l'Inde au Cambodge. Monaco: Documents d'Art, 1950.

Folder 4: Briggs, Lawrence Palmer. The Ancient Khmer Empire. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1951.

Folder 5: Cambodge d'Aujourd'hui. Issues dated: October-November-December 1959; February 1960;March-April 1960; May 1960; June 1960 (2 copies)

Folder 6: "Six Mois d'Activities Nationales." Les Cahiers du Sangkum, July-December, 1961.

Folder 7: Wingo, Hal. "The Vexing Peace-Keeper of Cambodia." Life 64 (February 16, 1968), 36.

Box 8

Folder 1: Groslier, Bernard and Jacques Arthaud. The Arts and Civilization of Angkor. New York: Praeger, 1957.

Folder 2: Dannaud, J.-P. Cambodge. Lausanne: Editions Clairefontaine, 1956.

Folder 3: Fall, Bernard B. "Two Thousand Years of War in Viet-Nam." Horizon (Spring 1967), 4.

Folder 4: Rau, Santha Rama. "Angkor." Horizon (January 1959), 60.

Folder 5: Three publications about Thailand: Loy Krathong and Songkran Festival (1956); Buddhism for the Young; and Thailand Illustrated (May 1960)

Folder 6: Four publications in Khmer

  • Chhim sot, late 1950s, Phoumi sasaruk brates Kampuchea: Geography of Cambodia
  • Lok Serei (Free World) vol. 3, no. 10, 1955 (Ministry of Information / Royal Cambodian Government)
  • American News, no. 143, April 16, 1956 (American Advocacy Group, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Folder 7: Claeys, Jean Yves. Angkor. Saigon: Editions Boy-Landry, 1948.

Folder 8: Angkor: Guide Henri Parmentier. Saigon: Albert Portail, 1950.

Folder 9: Livre Jaune sur les Revendications de l'Independance du Cambodge. Paris: Gouvernement Royal du Cambodge, 1953.

Box 9

Folder 1: France-Asie (September 1954).

Folder 2: Conference Publique de S. E. Sam Sary sur les Accords de Geneve et les Elections Generales au Cambodge. c. 1954.

Folder 3: Sam Sary and Mau Say. Bilan de l'oeuvre de Norodom Sihanouk Pendant le Mandat Royal de 1952 a 1955. Phnom-Penh: Albert Portail, 1955.

Folder 4: France-Asie (August 1955).

Folder 5: "Presence du Cambodge." France-Asie (November-December 1955), 315.

Folder 6: Martini, Francois and G. Monod-Herzen. "Etudes Cambodgiennes." France-Asie (February 1956), 663. (2 copies)

Folder 7: Thierry, Jean. L'Evolution de la Condition de la Femme en Droit Prive Cambodgien. Phnom-Penh: Institut National d'Etudes Juridiques Politiques et Economiques, 1955.

Folder 8: Tourist's Notes Cambodia. L'Office National du Tourisme-Cambodge.

Folder 9: Sam Sary. La Grande Figure de Norodom Sihanouk. Phnom-Penh: Imprimerie du Palais Royal, 1955. (2 copies)

Folder 10: Exposition Internationale de Phnom-Penh, 1955. (4 copies)

Folder 11: Cambodian-American Relations: a Story in Pictures. c. 1956.

Folder 12: Lincicome, Glen A. "The Consequences of the Future of Cambodia." 1956. (Student term paper submitted to Garnett)

Folder 13: Delegation Culturelle Indienne en Visite au Cambodge Mai 1956.

Box 10

Folder 1: Finot, Louis. L'Origine d'Angkor. Phnom-Penh: Editions de l'Institut Bouddhique, 1956.

Folder 2: Calendar for 1956. (In Khmer and distributed by U.S. Information Service)

Folder 3: United States Information Service (Phnom-Penh) Bulletin. April 27, 1956; May 11, 1956. United States Operations Mission to Cambodia News Summary. May 8, 1956.

Folder 4: Cambodian Commentary. November 15, 1959; December 15, 1959; February 15, 1960 (2 copies); March 15, 1960

Folder 5: Declaration de S. A. R. le Prince Norodom Sihanouk Chef de l'Etat du Cambodge, a la Seizieme Session de l'Assemblee Generale des Nations Unies. 1961.

Folder 6: Resultats de l'Enquete sur l'Affaire Labat. c. 1961.

Folder 7: Cambodia News. Washington, D.C.: Royal Embassy of Cambodia. (Scattered issues from 1962.)

Folder 8: Schanche, Don E. "Have We Lost Southeast Asia?" Saturday Evening Post (April 7, 1962), 86.

Folder 9: "The Prince and the Dragon." Time (April 3, 1964), 32.

Folder 10: "Back and Forth in Phnom Penh." New Yorker (April 18, 1964), 150.

Folder 11: "A Country That's 'Neutral' in Favor of Communists." U.S. News and World Report (April 27, 1964), 80.

Folder 12: King, Seth S. "Sihanouk--Prince Under Pressure." New York Times (September 13, 1964), sec. 6, pt. 1, 42.

Folder 13: Abercrombie, Thomas J. "Cambodia, Indochina's 'Neutral' Corner." National Geographic (October 1964), 514.

Folder 14: "We Don't Live in the Clouds." Newsweek (April 5, 1965), 46.

Folder 15: Sihanouk, Norodom. "The Future of Cambodia." Foreign Affairs (October 1970), 1.

Folder 16: "The Lands and Peoples of Southeast Asia." National Geographic (March 1971), 296.

Folder 17: "Vietnam: III--A Cave on Karl Marx Mountain." New Yorker (July 15, 1972), 32.

Folder 18: "Vietnam: IV--Johnson's Dilemma." New Yorker (July 22, 1972), 52.

Folder 19: Warner, Roger. "After Centuries of Neglect, Angkor's Temples Need More Than a Face-lift." Smithsonian (May 1990), 36.

Folder 20: "Cambodian Destiny" and two other poems.

Folder 21: Ceremonies des Douze Mois; Fetes Annuelles Cambodgiennes. Commission des Moeurs et Coutumes du Cambodge.

Folder 22: Sutharot, Sobhana Norodom. Motifs Decoratifs Khmers a l'Usage de la Broderie.

Folder 23: Phal, Makhali. Chant de Paix. Phnom-Penh: 1937.

Box 11

**Please note that Box 11 is located in the Manuscripts Oversized section of the shelf range**

Folder 1: Cambodian and Southeast Asian newspapers:

Folder 2: Realites Cambodgiennes: April 28, May 12, 1956;

Folder 3: Cambodge, Quotidien Khmer d'Information: May 20, July 23, July 27, July 28, July 29, July 30, December 17, 1955;

Folder 4: La Liberte: June 4 (partial), July 20, July 30, 1955; April 30, 1956 (partial);

Folder 5: Le Journal d'Extreme-Orient: May 2, May 4, May 16, May 21, May 23, May 28, May 31, July 1, July 4, July 6, July 7, July 12, July 13, 1955.

Appraisal, Destruction, and Scheduling Information

One dried rose was deaccessioned in July 2021 due to preservation concerns. It was originally included in a note from Faith Emerson, located in Box 3, Folder "Personal Correspondence & Greetings."

Processing Information

Collection arranged and finding aid prepared by Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson in February-March 1993; updated, March 3, 2016 (GP). Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017 and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, July 2021. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017. Translations provided by Dr. Ron Leonhardt, Assistant Professor of History, Albany State University.