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Building a Collection: Giok Po Oey and the John M. Echols Collection

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After years of work, Cornell University, with the help of Senator Irving Ives, who had sponsored special legislation to bring Giok Po to the United States, managed to bring him to Cornell to fill a position no others could. With his language training, background in libraries, and knowledge of Southeast Asia, Giok Po was uniquely qualified for the task at hand. Using a $1000 loan from the Southeast Asia Program, Giok Po and his new wife finally moved back to Ithaca and Cornell to begin what would be a life’s work of developing a world-class library collection.