The Modern Records Centre at Warwick University which hold the archives of WUS (UK) .

WUS United Kingdom Archive

The Modern Records Centre

Warwick University, Coventry, United Kingdom

WUS UK was originally established as European Student Relief in the UK in 1920, it soon was renamed as International Student Service (ISS), it identified itself as WUS in 1950 and then Education Action International in 2001. Its work ended in 2007. The archive of WUS (UK) was saved and placed in the Modern Records Centre at Warwick University in 2010 by Liz Fraser, Sarah Hayward and Alan Phillips.

A research project was developed on the WUS UK programme for Chilean refugees in Exile (1973-86) and in 2021 a new research project will be developed to study its programme for Ethiopian and Eritrean Refugee student (1977-1988)  The Annual Reports of WUS (UK) and many of its publications were digitised in 2021 as a project of the Modern Record Centre to mark and celebrate the centenary of the founding of European Student Relief. The archive can be found online at the new WUS digital collection.

The MRC archive can be inspected online and may be contacted directly for more information on the WUS (UK) archives.   

Modern Records Centre 
University Library 
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

 Contact Us 
Telephone: +44 (0)24 7652 4219 

Donald Grant – European Student Relief  

The Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University California, USA 

The Hoover Institution Archives holds the archives of Donald Grant who was the Director of European Student Relief 1920 to 1925.  

The Hoover Institution should be contacted directly for information on this archive

Hoover Institution Archives 

Stanford University 

Stanford, California 94305-6010 

Phone: (650) 723-3563 

Fax: (650) 725-3445 




Robin Burns – WUS Australia

University of Melbourne Archives

In 1992 Robin Burns placed a number of WUS documents with the archives at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They include a number of WUS International General Assembly documents for the years 1966-1974 inclusive, a general series on the structure of WUSI, on  WUS in South Africa and Rhodesia, Asia in general, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Europe general, the UK, Latin America general and North America, Papua New Guinea general, correspondence with PNG, a book appeal for PNG, Activity there, related non-WUS issues regarding PNG, and New Zealand in general, plus Australian WUS correspondence with Geneva, 1966-76.

The papers have not been digitised but it is possible to request scans from the reference archivist for research purposes:  

University of Melbourne Archive Repository- a historic photo marking its 60th year

The collection should be cited as World University Service 1992.0017, University of Melbourne Archives

The University of Melbourne Archive home page is


WUS Austria Archives

WUS Austria was founded in 1983, it manages a wide range of programmes in Austria and other countries and is one of the remaining active committees. WUS Austria’s work is outlined on its website

They should be contacted directly for information on their archives. 

Schmiedgasse 40/3 
8010 Graz 

Phone: +43 316 382 258 



WUS Canada Archives 

John Conway Fonds Archive

University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, Canada:   

This is a record of WUS Canada 1957-1982 plus material on refugees later in the 1980s.  John Conway was professor of history at the University of British Columbia and specialised in the history of the holocaust, genocide and refugee issues. In addition to the WUSC holdings under his name in the library, there are records of a number of related Canadian NGOs in the archive. Again, this is not digitised but specific papers can be scanned for research on request to the University Library. You can also go directly to the John Conway fonds archive or contact  the archivist. 

WUS Canada has been active committee was founded in 1920s, it manages a wide range of programmes in Canada and worldwide and is one of the remaining active committees. Its current work is outlined on the web at 



They should be contacted directly for information on their archives. 


WUS Denmark (lBIS/ Oxfam Denmark) Archives

Many records of the work of WUS Denmark are found with Oxfam Ibis Denmark 

Oxfam IBIS originates from the world-wide, university-based organisation, World University Service (WUS) founded in the early 1920s. Its work continues in 2020 

IBIS holds the archives from 1970 onwards . Holdings contain materials on projects, news clippings, minutes, applications for funds from the ‘Anti-Apartheid Appropriation’ as well as WUS participation in and materials of the Anti-Apartheid Committee. 

They should be contacted directly for information on their archives. 

Contact details 
(+45) 35 35 87 88 
Vesterbrogade 2B 
1620 Copenhagen V 



WUS Germany Archives

WUS Germany was founded in the 1950s, it manages a wide range of programmes in Germany and other countries and is one of the remaining active committees. Its work is outlined on the web at 

They should be contacted directly for information on their archives. 

World University Service 
Deutsches Komitee eV 
Goebenstrasse 35 
65195 Wiesbaden 

Tel .:    +49 611 446648 
E-Mail: info [at] 


WUS International Research Project 

The World University Service International headquarters were in Geneva until 1995. Its functions included the oversight of the Programme of Action with its projects initiated and conducted by the independent national committees, contact with the national committees including regular visits, fund-raising in addition to national committee efforts, maintaining the international executive and organizing  the bi-annual general assemblies and other international events. Some of the publications of WUS International, can be found at the Modern Record Centre at Warwick University within the WUS (UK) Digitised collection

This includes three editions of WUS Action in the 1960s and 1970s that act as the annual report and the proposed programme of action. The WUS International Archive is held by WUS Canada who are developing a project to digitise the international archive at the University of Carleton, Ottawa. More information can be obtained from:  

1404 Scott Street, Ottawa, Canada
Phone 613 798 7477

Website :     

The project was due to coincide with the centenary anniversary of WUS International but has been delayed due to the restrictions caused by the COVID 19 worldwide pandemic.