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James Goode files

Identifier: GV100-06

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the professional faculty papers of Dr. James Goode, spanning from 1986 to 2016. Materials document the the development of the Middle East Studies Program, the Model Arab League, and Middle East Study Abroad trips at Grand Valley. The collection also contains general professional correspondence, Goode's research files, and a small amount of material relating to the general operations of the History Department. Materials in the collection include meeting minutes and agendas, program proposals, correspondence, photographs, fliers and ephemera, newspaper clippings, articles, and other miscellany.


  • 1986-2009


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research, with the exception of Box 5. Arts and Humanities Divisional Personnel Committee agendas and minutes. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate. Restricted materials may be accessed only by authorized university perosnnel.

Biographical Note

Dr. James Goode was a professor of history at Grand Valley State University from 1986 to 2017. He coordinated the Middle East Studies program and taught courses on US history, the Middle East, and Islamic civilization.

James Goode is a native of Hyannis, Massachusetts and attended the Foreign Serviec School of Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed an MA in History at the University of Massachusetts in 1968. He then served in the Peace Corps from 1968-1971, teaching English in a small town in western Iran. From 1971 to 1973 he remained in Iran, teaching for the University of Mashhad in a special high school for honors students from the eastern province of Khurasan.

Between 1974 and 1978 he settled in Australia, his wife's native country, where they had two children. He taught geography, history, and Asian social studies in the senior high school of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. During this period he completed a Diploma of Education.

The Goode family came the United States in 1978 to permit Goode to enter the PhD program at Indiana University. There he completed his studies, his dissertation analyzed US-Iranian relations in the early Cold War era, and he completed his doctorate in history in 1984. After teaching for two years at the University of Georgia, Athens, he accepted a position in the history department of Grand Valley State University. Since his arrival in 1986, his teaching and scholarly efforts focused on the Middle East. He developed courses, a new area studies minor and wrote two books and numerous articles on regional topics.


1.46 Linear feet (4 boxes)


Dr. James Goode files
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States