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National Defense Language Institute at Seton Hall University reports

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SHU 0035

Scope and Contents

The National Defense Language Institute at Seton Hall University reports include final reports on the yearly language programs, photocopied articles and images about the program, and some registration-related papers. The final reports were originally bound, but have been separated into folders. Reports for the years 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1972, and 1974 are included. The collection has been arranged chronologically.


  • 1962-1974

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not yet processed. Materials may be available to researchers with staff assistance at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Biographical / Historical

The Defense Language Institute has its roots in in the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), which was started during World War II to teach Japanese to American soldiers. The MISLS was located on the West Coast. During the 1950s and the Cold War, the program expanded and involved instruction at many satellite locations, including college campuses. Russian was the most popular language for much of this time, although many other languages were also taught. During the 1960s and 1970s and the Vietnam war, the program continued to expand and assist US military personnel with Vietnamese language instuction particularly. During that time, the program underwent consolidation, and most of the satellite instruction programs were phased out in favor of a central school located, the West Coast Branch, and the program was renamed the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC).

Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, Seton Hall University hosted summer programs in foreign language instruction for the Institute, known at that time as the National Defense Language Institute.


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The National Defense Language Institute, now known as the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), is a foriegn-language instruction program for US Military personnel that was run through satellite instruction programs at college campuses during the 1950s-1970s. The National Defense Language Institute at Seton Hall University reports include reports on the program as it was run at Seton Hall during the 1960s and 1970s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were transferred to the Archives and Special Collections Center from Seton Hall University. Terms of accession unknown.

Processing Information

Collection is currently partially processed. Basic finding aid created as part of Overhaul Project survey by Jacqui Bowen and Tracy M. Jackson, 2013.
National Defense Language Institute at Seton Hall University reports, 1962-1974
Tracy M. Jackson
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

Archives, Walsh Library
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange NJ 07079 US