Afghan students in the United States during the 1930s.

a. Engineering student Mohammed Kabir Ludin poses with fellow club members
(top row, second from left; light suit and glasses).
b. Letter from Columbia University medical student Mohammad Tahir to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Ithaca, New York, 1935
New York, New York, 1933

King Nadir Shah sent the first official group of Afghan students to study
in the United States in 1932. This successful initiative continued through the 1930s and set the
stage for decades of educational exchanges. Students often developed a great affection for American culture and participated in university clubs and societies. Many returned home to assume leadership positions. In this photo, the future Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., Mohammed Kabir Ludin, is pictured with members of the Cornell University Cosmopolitan Club.

Courtesy of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Libraries. RMC2005_0232.
Photograph by George Frederick Morgan.
Document courtesy of the National Archives. Department of State Central Decimal File 890H.01/24; RG 59.


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