Rod Library--Special Collections
Wilma Leslie Garnett Collection
MsC-37 Wilma Leslie Garnett Collection
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 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.
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.
- Biographical information about Garnett and her family including notes made by Garnett, articles about Garnett, and sketches from biographical reference works; photographs of Garnett and her friends, seldom well- identified; official reports written by Garnett 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)
- 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); newsclippings 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)
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
Daybooks (1957-1964): very brief entries which record some of Garnett's appointments and an occasional short comment; decorated leather and wood album
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
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
- Groslier, Bernard Philippe. The Art of Indochina. New York: Crown, 1962.
- Ponchaud, Francois. Cambodia Year Zero. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978.
- Herz, Martin F. A Short History of Cambodia. New York: Praeger, 1958.
- Ponder, H. W. Cambodian Glory. London: Butterworth, 1938.
- Wheatcroft, Rachel. Siam and Cambodia. London: Constable, 1928.
- Steinberg, David J. Cambodia. New Haven: Human Relations Area Files, 1957.
- Candee, Helen Churchill. Angkor the Magnificent. New York: Stokes, 1924.
- Dannaud, J. P. Indochine Profonde. Paris: Lang, 1954.
- Grousset, Rene. De la Chine au Japon. Monaco: Documents d'Art, 1951.
- Grousset, Rene and Jeannine Auboyer. De l'Inde au Cambodge. Monaco: Documents d'Art, 1950.
- Briggs, Lawrence Palmer. The Ancient Khmer Empire. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1951.
- Cambodge d'Aujourd'hui. Issues dated: October-November-December 1959; February 1960;March-April 1960; May 1960; June 1960 (2 copies)
- "Six Mois d'Activities Nationales." Les Cahiers du Sangkum, July-December, 1961.
- Wingo, Hal. "The Vexing Peace-Keeper of Cambodia." Life 64 (February 16, 1968), 36.
- Groslier, Bernard and Jacques Arthaud. The Arts and Civilization of Angkor. New York: Praeger, 1957.
- Dannaud, J.-P. Cambodge. Lausanne: Editions Clairefontaine, 1956.
- Fall, Bernard B. "Two Thousand Years of War in Viet-Nam." Horizon (Spring 1967), 4.
- Rau, Santha Rama. "Angkor." Horizon (January 1959), 60.
- Three publications about Thailand: Loy Krathong and Songkran Festival (1956); Buddhism for the Young; and Thailand Illustrated (May 1960)
- Four publications in Khmer
- Claeys, Jean Yves. Angkor. Saigon: Editions Boy-Landry, 1948.
- Angkor: Guide Henri Parmentier. Saigon: Albert Portail, 1950.
- Livre Jaune sur les Revendications de l'Independance du Cambodge. Paris: Gouvernement Royal du Cambodge, 1953.
- France-Asie (September 1954).
- Conference Publique de S. E. Sam Sary sur les Accords de Geneve et les Elections Generales au Cambodge. c. 1954.
- 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.
- France-Asie (August 1955).
- "Presence du Cambodge." France-Asie (November-December 1955), 315.
- Martini, Francois and G. Monod-Herzen. "Etudes Cambodgiennes." France-Asie (February 1956), 663. (2 copies)
- 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.
- Tourist's Notes Cambodia. L'Office National du Tourisme-Cambodge.
- Sam Sary. La Grande Figure de Norodom Sihanouk. Phnom-Penh: Imprimerie du Palais Royal, 1955. (2 copies)
- Exposition Internationale de Phnom-Penh, 1955. (4 copies)
- Cambodian-American Relations: a Story in Pictures. c. 1956.
- Lincicome, Glen A. "The Consequences of the Future of Cambodia." 1956. (Student term paper submitted to Garnett)
- Delegation Culturelle Indienne en Visite au Cambodge Mai 1956.
- Finot, Louis. L'Origine d'Angkor. Phnom-Penh: Editions de l'Institut Bouddhique, 1956.
- Calendar for 1956. (In Khmer and distributed by U.S. Information Service)
- United States Information Service (Phnom-Penh) Bulletin. April 27, 1956; May 11, 1956. United States Operations Mission to Cambodia News Summary. May 8, 1956.
- Cambodian Commentary. November 15, 1959; December 15, 1959; February 15, 1960 (2 copies); March 15, 1960
- 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.
- Resultats de l'Enquete sur l'Affaire Labat. c. 1961.
- Cambodia News. Washington, D.C.: Royal Embassy of Cambodia. (Scattered issues from 1962.)
- Schanche, Don E. "Have We Lost Southeast Asia?" Saturday Evening Post (April 7, 1962), 86.
- "The Prince and the Dragon." Time (April 3, 1964), 32.
- "Back and Forth in Phnom Penh." New Yorker (April 18, 1964), 150.
- "A Country That's 'Neutral' in Favor of Communists." U.S. News and World Report (April 27, 1964), 80.
- King, Seth S. "Sihanouk--Prince Under Pressure." New York Times (September 13, 1964), sec. 6, pt. 1, 42.
- Abercrombie, Thomas J. "Cambodia, Indochina's 'Neutral' Corner." National Geographic (October 1964), 514.
- "We Don't Live in the Clouds." Newsweek (April 5, 1965), 46.
- Sihanouk, Norodom. "The Future of Cambodia." Foreign Affairs (October 1970), 1.
- "The Lands and Peoples of Southeast Asia." National Geographic (March 1971), 296.
- "Vietnam: III--A Cave on Karl Marx Mountain." New Yorker (July 15, 1972), 32.
- "Vietnam: IV--Johnson's Dilemma." New Yorker (July 22, 1972), 52.
- Warner, Roger. "After Centuries of Neglect, Angkor's Temples Need More Than a Face-lift." Smithsonian (May 1990), 36.
- "Cambodian Destiny" and two other poems.
- Ceremonies des Douze Mois; Fetes Annuelles Cambodgiennes. Commission des Moeurs et Coutumes du Cambodge.
- Sutharot, Sobhana Norodom. Motifs Decoratifs Khmers a l'Usage de la Broderie.
- Phal, Makhali. Chant de Paix. Phnom-Penh: 1937.
- Cambodian and Southeast Asian newspapers:
- Realites Cambodgiennes: April 28, May 12, 1956;
- Cambodge, Quotidien Khmer d'Information: May 20, July 23, July 27, July 28, July 29, July 30, December 17, 1955;
- La Liberte: June 4 (partial), July 20, July 30, 1955; April 30, 1956 (partial);
- 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.
Collection arranged and finding aid prepared by Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson in February-March 1993.