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Ernest E. Neal Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 22 Mar 2010

Biographical History

Ernest E. Neal (1911-1972) was one of the first African American foreign aid officers to work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For part of his career he was Special Assistant for Community Development and Chief of the Rural Development Division for its US Operations Mission to the Philippines and Deputy Director of USAID/Philippines.

For more information about Neal's work, see "South to South across the Pacific: Ernest E. Neal and Community Development Efforts in the American South and the Philippines," by Satoshi Sakano (2005).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ernest E. Neal Papers consist of reports relating to USAID's Rural Development efforts in the Philippines, as well as writings by Neal (speeches, addresses, and a printed booklet).

Reports contains quarterly narrative progress reports, reports on two regional seminars, and a "Terminal Report" written in July of 1958. There are also an assortment of later reports, including two brief summaries for the State Department, one "Monthly Report" (April l1966) and several papers on proposed education projects.

Writings consists of a published booklet entitled "Men, Ideas and Institutions: The Keys to Development" and the typescripts of numerous speeches and addresses, including a keynote address given at the Philippine Association of Social Workers conference in 1956.

Arrangement of the Collection

Reports are in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Neal, Ernest E.

Corporate Bodies

USOM to the Philippines.
United States. -- Agency for International Development.


Community development -- Philippines.
Economic development -- Philippines.
Rural development -- Philippines.


Philippines -- Politics and government.
Philippines -- Rural conditions.

Genres and Forms

Speeches (documents)
Speeches (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ernest E. Neal Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ernest E. Neal, 1970.

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