Oral Histories

Interview of Marguerite Heyn Byrne

Project India: The Early Years
Project India
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA History: Events and Projects
Brownstein, Bettina Ellen
Byrne, Marguerite Heyn
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This is a series of interviews with former UCLA students who participated in Project India, a program founded by Adaline Guenther, executive secretary of the University Religious Conference. Operating at the height of the Cold War, Project India was a cultural exchange program in which UCLA students toured India, speaking to Indian students and attempting to familiarize them with American life and the benefits of democracy.
Initial exposure to Project India; Motivation for applying; Selection criteria; Impressions of Adaline Guenther; Training program; Purpose of Project India; Funding; Meetings with Nehru and Prasad; Initial reaction to India; Itinerary in India; Project India work projects; Indian students and their political involvement; Attempts to deal with culture shock; Meeting Richard Byrne; Frightening and humorous incidents in India; Assessment of the success of Project India and its effect on Mrs. Byrne’s future life.