Previous Reports on the subject
Research Paper c.1984
*Notes on Research paper compiled by Daniel J. Fleischmann

    Upon our gathering of conclusions, we found a research paper on foreign students at Dickinson College, which contains evidence of research done using the note cards we found as one of the main sources.

    In 1984, a student wrote on the subject of  foreign students, giving statistics and evidence of foreign students who attended Dickinson College, from the opening of the college to 1975.  Upon checking the information with the given sources, several
discrepancies were found, including poor citing which prevented review of all given data.  There were three sources used that
we had not seen in our research.  The first was a list of foreign students from 1957.  This source contained a list of five names, people who were listed to attend Dickinson College the next semester.  However, only one was listed as a member of the class of 1961, when researching the 1964 Dickinson College Directory of Living Alumni.  This person had a drop-file, but it contained only a letter from the college, congratulating the student for receiving his diploma.
    The next source was a folder entitled "Dickinson College.  Hungarian refugee Students. Correspondence"
It was a folder containing a large amount of data.  Placement of any pertinent information was not noted by the writer of the research paper, so it was difficult to extract any data from the source.  All that was listed was the name of the folder.  Most of the sources were poorly cited, with only sources were listed, no page numbers or other detailed references.
    The note cards come into the picture when information under the third major source came up in the research paper.  The source is attributed to a folder George Shuman. Dickinson College. Foreign Students. Shelf 1975 (DCA).  There was no record of it in the note card index, however, the year of the source, 1975, is the same year the note cards were compiled.
The statistics given in the paper were very similar to the statistics we compiled from the note cards.  We compiled data before we realized the note cards were bogus and discounted them from our research.  The writer claims that 25 German students attended and 8 Japanese attended, we came up with the same numbers.  The writer noted that it was strange that no Italians came, because Dickinson has a connection with Italy, but one student from far away Nepal did attend.  We noted the same exact thing in our research.  Even the number of countries represented was approximately the same.
    The note cards are located in the drop file for foreign students.  There is no explanation of what they represent, however, someone used them as a basis for their paper.  The note cards have no reflection or historical accuracy on the subject of foreign students who attended Dickinson as a full time student.


     We have reason to believe that these note cards may have been lists of exchange students.  The writer's definition of a
foreign student seems to mean a person from a foreign country who attended Dickinson.  Since there is no record of most of the
individuals on the note cards, they may have been students who went abroad, just like students in Dickinson's abroad program.  The title of the note cards, Foreign Student Program suggests that these were not necessarily 4 year students because there are usually not programs meant to recruit four-year students.  Foreign student programs usually mean exchange students.  The fact that the students on the note cards have no record of graduating or even attending Dickinson as full-time student also lead us to believe that the note cards were listing exchange students.


    It appears that the writer of this paper used the note cards and other inconclusive information to construct a paper, which
basically, has no historical merit.  The writer did not clearly indicate where sources could be located, which made it difficult to follow up on her research.  There was not a clear distinction of the criteria used to categorize a student as a "foreign student" nor was it clear whether the students being referred to were four-year students or exchange students.  The task of compiling the history of foreign students who attended this institution cannot be concluded by one source.  It took many sources to simply get an idea of the past record foreign student population in the history of Dickinson College, and there still much left unknown.  All sources that are found need to be checked for authenticity, so that pseudo-history is not created, as it was in the 1984 research paper.

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