Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies

Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies
Front View of the Institute
Country Sri Lanka
Type Research library
Established 10th May, 1981
Location Thirunelveli, Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka

The Evelyn Rutnam Institute is a nonprofit organization located in Thirunelveli, Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka,[1] whose primary objective is to facilitate inter-cultural relations and to encourage the studies of past and present cultures.[2] The institute was established on 10 May 1981, in the memory of Evelyn Wijeyaratne Rutnam,[3] the late wife of late James T. Rutnam.[2]


James T. Rutnam had a huge collection of books and research articles received from university donations, researchers, leading legal figures, and businessmen. Learned persons visited him for consultation and made use of his library.[4] This collection was later donated to Jaffna College in Vaddukoddai, and was established as an institution to store and maintain the books and documents for research purposes.[4]

The institution was named the "Evelyn Rutnam Institute" in memory of James Rutnam's wife[5] and remains under the care and control of American Missionaries as a testimony to James Rutnam's love of research and learning, and as an encouragement to education.[4]


  1. ^ "Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Intercultural Studies". Digital Library for International Research. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Association for Asian Studies. Evelyn Rutnam Institute. Asian studies newsletter, Volume 28. 
  3. ^ Sivakumaran, K. S. (November 11, 2009). "In Memory of James Rutnam". Daily News. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "James T. Rutnam - a versatile servant". The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2005-12-02. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ Indrapala, Prof. K. (December 4–10, 20058). "Dr. James T. Rutnam - A true scholar". Daily Mirror (Tamil Week). Retrieved 15 February 2011. 

External links

  • Local Archives and Libraries: Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Intercultural Studies
  • Dr. James T. Rutnam - a scholar and writer

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