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Buffalo-Paraguay Contract in Medical and Nursing Education records

 Collection — Box: 1-4
Identifier: 19-1-586

Scope and Contents

Subject topics: contract negotiations, progress reports on educational programs and facilities, reconstruction of the Hospital de Clinicas by hospital consulting engineer, Daniel M. Roop, personnel issues, status of medical education in Paraguay, Chile, Peru.


  • 1956-1971
  • Majority of material found within ( 1960-1964)


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Buffalo-Paraguay Contract in Medical and Nursing Education records, 1956-1971 (bulk 1960-1964) are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

The relationship between UB's Schools of Medicine and Nursing with the Servicio Cooperative Inter-Americano de Salud Publica (SCISP) was first established in 1957 after Dr. Stockton Kimball, Dean of the School of Medicine and Dr. Ellen McNicholas, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, conducted a preliminary survey of the medical education offered at the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay (NUA). The idea was to develop a small group of medical and nursing leaders in order to maintain a self-sustaining health service for the country.

Two field coordinators were sent as educational consultants to administer the program. From 1956 to 1961, Dr. Edward M. Bridge from the School of Medicine and Ruth T. McGrorey from the School of Nursing were sent as the first consultants. They reported monthly on the two programs and provided analysis into the medical and nursing educational conditions at Asuncion.

On July 1, 1962, the SCISP transferred the Paraguay Contract to the U.S. Operations Mission. Within the framework of the U.S. government and AID directives, the Mission provided administrative and political guidance and financial support to the two educational projects.

"The program during the first six years of operation covered reorganization of the library, selection and limitation of students,reorganization of the teaching in the basic science departments, development of new programs in [several clinical courses], development of better teaching methods, improvement in central common services of the University Hospital, and the development of long-range plans for improvement in the clinical teaching areas"

(-- "Experiences With the Buffalo-Paraguay Contract in Medical Education, 1962" by Edward M. Bridge, #1.13).

During the thirteen years the programs were in existence many UB faculty members including President C.C. Furnas went to survey and report on the programs' progress. In October 1964, the Rector (President) of NUA, Dr. Crispin Insaurralde, came to UB where a large event was planned in honor of his visit.

The program was eventually incorporated into the curriculum at the NUA and in 1967, "the first graduates of the new four year program received the title of Licensiada, a term equivalent to the baccalaureate degree in nursing."

By 1969, the Buffalo-Paraguay contract was no longer in existence.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 folio clamshell box)


Documents relating to the University at Buffalo-Paraguay Contract in Medical and Nursing Education programs at the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay and Dr. Andres Barbero Institute of Teaching.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Accession #88-057, transferred from the School of Nursing, was merged with collection 19/1/708, a portion of accession #85-058 from the School of Medicine records. At that time the collection was given a new number.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

38/F/619, Ruth T. McGrorey Papers, 1965-1977

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Tanny, December 2003.


Finding Aid for the Buffalo-Paraguay Contract in Medical and Nursing Education records
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Tanny.
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Repository Details

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