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Finding Aid for the Collection of Material about Partido Social Cristiano (Venezuela), 1955-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Material about Partido Social Cristiano
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1967
    Collection number: 1235
    Creator: unknown
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: A collection of political material representing the Venezuelan third-way political party, the Partido Social Cristiano de Venezuela. The collection documents circulated political materials leading up to the election of its party founder and head, Rafael Caldero, to the Venezuelan presidential office in 1968. It includes both public propaganda and internal organizational reports.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Ms. Lois Smith Bupp, July 1979.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, August 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Material about Partido Social Cristiano (Venuezuela), (Collection 1235). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232774 


    The Comité de Organización Política Electoral Independiente ("Political Electoral Independent Organization Committee"), or Copei, otherwise called the Partido Social Cristiano de Venezuela, is a political party in Venezuela. The party's stated 1948 principals call for the repudiation of totalitarianism in the name of democracy, and the goal of encouraging social justice and national liberty through an embrace of Christian ideals, community ethics, and family values. The party was officially established on January 13, 1946 by founding member Rafael Caldera. Caldera, who taught sociology and law at various universities early in his career before becoming a politician, had a failed run for Venezuelan presidency in 1947, but he succeeded in winning the election in 1968. He was sworn into office in 1969, and this election became the first peaceful transition of political in Venezuela's post-colonial history. Before Caldera's split from the party, Copei was one of the two dominant Venezuelan parties for the greater part of the late twentieth century. Luis Herrera Campins was the only other Copei member to preside over Venezuela. His presidency lasted from 1979 to 1973. Some of the party's more notable leaders include Lorenzo Fernández, Eduardo Fernández, and Oswaldo Álvarez Paz.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists mostly of printed, typeset, and mimeographed political materials circulated by the Christian Socialist Party (Copei) of Venezuela between 1955 and 1967, and includes some items dating back to the party's founding in 1946. The materials encompass a wide range of political literature such as official party information, position pamphlets, conference proceedings and transcripts, monographic essays, and political propaganda. Organizational reports also constitute a large portion of the collection. The collection includes speeches and essays of Rafael Caldera from various publishers. The collection also has a number of short works from such intellectuals and political figures as Ruben Gonzales, Godfredo Gonzales, Rafael Fernandez, Carlos Molina Camacho, and Luis Herrera Campins.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection has been arranged mostly according to document type and format, maintaining some chronological arrangement within its sub-divisions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Caldera, Rafael, 1916-2009 --Archives.
    COPEI (Political party) --Archives.