The record group of the South Africa Initiatives Office (SAIO) includes manuscript and printed records related to the University of Michigan's effort to foster cultural exchange with South African universities in the years immediately following the end of apartheid. Administrative records of the SAIO directors and staff, grant program applications, promotional materials, and materials gathered from South African universities are included. In addition, there is some material related to the career of Kenneth Lutterman, Assistant Dean for Research, School of Social Work, who had research interests in South Africa.
The Mellon Program, 1997-1999 series, the Moody Exchange Program, 1998-2000 series, and SAIO Research Grants, 1997-2007 series relate to the core function of SAIO: administering and distributing grants to support research of Michigan faculty and students in South Africa, and to bring South African scholars to Ann Arbor to further their research. Within all three of these fund granting series, files are arranged alphabetically. Files have been weeded to remove any confidential student information such as transcripts, recommendations or social security numbers. What remains are the research proposals, and reports, program evaluations, and lists of recipients.