Inventory of the Chile-California Program Records

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Inventory of the Chile-California Program Records

Inventory: F3721:1-572



California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California

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  • California State Archives
  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
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© 2000 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Chile-California Program Records
Inventory: F3721:1-572
Creator: Chile-California Program
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chile-California Program Records, F3721:1-572, California State Archives.

Agency History

The Chile California Program was part of the Alliance For Progress Program offered by the United States to Latin American nations. The Program was suggested to Governor Edmund Brown, Sr. by President Kennedy early in 1963.
Participation by the State of California in the Chile California Program began on February 1, 1963, under the terms of a contract signed by the United States through the Agency For International Development and Acting Governor Glenn Anderson on behalf of California. This contract provided for exploratory surveys, i.e. task forces and reports as to general fields of technical assistance which might be rendered by California to Chile. Actual implementation of the contract was to be provided by task orders, which in effect were agreements under the terms of the master contract and subsidiary to it.
In late February and early March of 1963, a seven man task force, appointed by Governor Brown, travelled to Chile. After consulting with high level Chilean officials, this task force (referred to as Task Force #1) concluded that California would enter on a technical cooperation program with Chile, focusing their energies in the areas of agriculture, education, water resources, and highway transportation. Responding directly to the wishes of the Chilean Government, a fifth area of concentration, planning and budgeting, was added to the core study areas.
Following the identification of these broad subject areas, a second California task force, consisting of various State officials, held discussions with the Agency For International Development to determine how a program of cooperation might best be carried out. This phase was followed by the appointment of a third task force, which visited Chile in late September and early October of 1963. The Third Task Force was composed of specialists in the five broad subject areas, that might be matched by California expertise. The report of the group's findings in November 1963 served as the blueprint for the Chile California Program. The Program officially began in December 1963.
As mandated by Task Order #1, the Program was to be headquartered in Santiago, Chile, with a backup office in Sacramento. To implement the technical cooperation portion of the Program, it was decided that the Director would be stationed in Santiago as well. As a means of providing logistical backup, a Deputy Director was also appointed. It was also the Deputy Director's function to direct the Private Sector phase of the Program. V.I.P. visits, Sister-City Programs, disaster relief projects, and the development of private investment in Chilean businesses were among the programs handled by the Deputy Director. Policy decisions and Program overseeing were the responsibilities of the Director.
In October 1967, citing inefficiency and failure to live up to project goals, Governor Reagan decided to terminate the Program as it was constituted; only the agricultural phase of the Program was to remain active. It was also decided at that time that Federal funding for the Program would no longer be continued. No new expenditures were allocated for the Program after October 31, 1967. The Program did receive encouragement from the Governor's Office to continue on a volunteer basis under the Department of Agriculture. The records of the Chile California Program do not indicate the continuance of the Program past the winter of 1968.

Arrangement and Description

Part I - Records Relating to the Establishment of the Chile California Program

 

1. TASK FORCE RECORDS. February - December 1963. (F3721:1-24)

Physical Description: 24 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Includes reports and correspondence from the First and Third Task Forces sent to Chile, February and September-October 1963, respectively. Included is the group report of the Third Task Force, entitled Report of the Third Task Force, December 1963, and individual reports pertaining to education, manpower planning, and agricultural marketing.
 

2. PRELIMINARY AND MASTER CONTRACT RECORDS. 1963 - 1966. (F3721:25-43)

Physical Description: 19 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by subject and chronologically thereunder.
Copies of preliminary and master contracts signed by U. S. and Chilean officials, plus correspondence (sampled). Also included here are copies of amendments to the master contract and subsequent project agreements for the years 1964-1966.
See also series entry 12 below.

Part II - Records of the Sacramento Office

Deputy Director Records

 

3. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. 1964-1967. (F3721:44-46)

Physical Description: 3 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Letters received and copies of letters sent. Includes correspondence with the Director, other State and Federal officials, and private citizens, regarding both private and public sector projects. Task Order implementation regarding transportation, manpower planning, and agricultural development projects are discussed. Private sector projects discussed include proposals for Sister-City programs and Art Exchange projects.
 

4. CHILE CALIFORNIA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION RECORDS. 1966-1967. (F3721:47-49)

Physical Description: 3 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.
In order to funnel private donations into meaningful private sector projects, the Chile California Development Foundation (a tax-exempt corporation) was set up in 1966 to take care of this need. The Foundation was directed by the Deputy Director through a Board of Directors selected in part by him. Separate files deal with: the Board of Directors, projects, and financial matters (including by-laws); correspondence dealing with various private sector projects, such as sending fire trucks to Chile in 1966; and lists of the members of the Board of Directors and minutes from the first meeting of the Board, November 1966.
 

5. ADVISORY COMMITTEE FILES. 1964-1967. (F3721:50-54)

Physical Description: 5 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Thirty-four members comprised this Committee appointed by Governor Brown in 1964, consisting of State officials, Congressmen, and private citizens. Serving as an Advisory Committee to the Governor, the purpose of the Committee was to review on a periodic basis both the private and public sector projects being carried out by the Program. In 1965, a Steering Committee was appointed, comprised of six members of the Advisory Committee (including Hugo Fisher, Chairman of the Advisory Committee and Robert Keating, Program Director) and three outside members. The Steering Committee's purpose was to give direction to the overall Committee. The Deputy Director served as a liaison between the Advisory Committee and the Chile California Program, hence the location of the Advisory Committee records within his files.
Arranged by subject.
The files include: biographies of Advisory Committee members; verbatim transcripts of the four meetings held between 1964 and 1967; Governor's press releases; proposed agendas; and correspondence between Hugo Fisher and various Committee members. Progress reports submitted to the Committee by the Director of Chile California Program are also included. These cover the period from January 1964 to December 1966.
 

6. MEMORANDUMS EXCHANGED BETWEEN PRESTON SILBAUGH (DIRECTOR) AND CHILE CALIFORNIA PERSONNEL (1964). (F3721:55-56)

Physical Description: 2 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Topics of discussion include logistical problems encountered; problems relating to Task Order implementation; proposed seminars with U. S. businessmen; meetings with Ambassador Gutierrez of Chile; and correspondence pertaining to private sector projects. File also contains weekly progress reports submitted by the Deputy Director (James Wilson, 1964-1965) to the Director (Preston Silbaugh, 1964-1965). Principal correspondents include Wilson, Silbaugh, Henry Laurant (Senior Advisor, Santiago) and Marian Ash (Administrative Assistant, Sacramento).

General Records

 

7. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. December 1963 - October 1967. (F3721:57-103)

Physical Description: 47 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Letters received and copies of letters sent.
Correspondents consist primarily of the Deputy Director, Executive, and Administrative Secretaries (Sacramento Office) and the Director, Senior Advisor (in charge of the consultants to Chile) and the Administrative Secretary (Santiago Office). Public and private sector projects are discussed, including the areas of transportation, agriculture, and education.
 

8. SUBJECT FILES. 1964-1967. (F3721:104-167)

Physical Description: 65 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Includes letters received and copies of letters sent regarding official visits by Chilean government officials; correspondence with the Governor's Office and the Agency For International Development in Washington. The latter deals with such matters as questions of interpretation regarding contract implementation, with specific attention to Task Orders.
 

9. LETTERS RECEIVED FROM THE SANTIAGO OFFICE. 1964-1967. (F3721:168-206)

Physical Description: 39 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Because of the unique organization set-up of this program, i.e. that the Director's Office was located in Chile, Sacramento requested that Santiago send routinely a copy of all outgoing correspondence to the Sacramento office. In effect, this file is a complete chronological file of the Program Director.
 

10. PUBLIC SECTOR PROJECTS' CONTRACT FILE. 1964-1967. (F3721:207-227)

Physical Description: 21 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by task order number.
In order to carry out the technical assistance portion of the Chile California Program, contracts were drawn up between the State of California and the Government of Chile. Each project was assigned a number: in all there were twelve public sector projects, designated as Task Orders 1-12. These deal with Program staffing, budget planning, agriculture, transportation, manpower planning, industrial development, education, business promotion, and watershed development.
Task Order files include amendments and correspondence dealing with contract implementation. The file dealing with Task Order #12 is missing.
 

11. TASK ORDER REPORTS. 1964-1967. (F3721:228-260)

Physical Description: 22 ff. and 11 vol.interspersed.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by task order number.
Includes reports pertaining to transportation, agricultural marketing and extension, education, and watershed development. Also contains end of tour reports by various advisors and miscellaneous correspondence dealing with report preparation.
 

12. PRIVATE SECTOR PROJECTS' FILE. 1964-1967. (F3721:261-352)

Physical Description: 94 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically be subject.
Includes letters received and sent pertaining to private sector projects, e.g. reforestation, student and art exchange programs, Sister-City affiliations, and participant training programs (such as the Peace Corps Teachers' Exchange Program). Providing needed supplies and equipment (e.g. firefighting equipment, stoves, sewing machines) was an integral part of these private sector projects. Encouragement of American industries to invest in Chile was also part of this program. The Patterson Canning Company and International Harvester Company were among the more prominent American companies participating.
 

13. PERSONNEL FILES. 1964-1967. (F3721:353-470)

Physical Description: 120 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name.
Includes resumes, letters of application, and copies of contracts signed with the State. These are included only when other biographical information is not included or existent or in those instances where insights into job activities are enhanced by doing so. All individuals included here were salaried personnel of the Chile California Program.
 

14. AUDIT REPORTS. 1963-1967. (F3721:471-472)

Physical Description: 3 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Periodically, the Agency For International Development (A.I.D.), representing the Federal Government, performed audits on the Chile California Program. In chronological order they were: (1) Feral Audit performed by A.I.D. covering period of inception to January 31, 1966 and (2) A.I.D. report, covering period April-May 1967. Also included here are memoranda from A.I.D.'s Auditing Department, suggesting ways of implementing recommendations made in the reports.

Audiovisual Materials

 

15. PHOTOGRAPHS. 1964-1967. (F3721:473-481)

Physical Description: 127 items. Black and white prints.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.
Subject matter dealt with includes: April 1964 visit to California of Chilean Ambassador Sergio Gutierrez (2 prints); First Task Force to Chile (February 1963) (8 prints); Signing in California (Master Contract, December 1963) (2 prints); Photos of Director Robert Keating (4 prints); Selected Scenes from Chilean Life (52 prints); Signing in Chile (Project Agreements, April 1964) (4 prints); Fire Truck Project, 1966 (project involving the selling of several fire trucks to the town of La Granja, Chile) (10 prints); Officials and Related Personnel of the Chile California Program (35 prints); and Unidentified Photographs (42 prints).
 

16. AUDIOTAPES. 1963-1967. (F3721:482-486)

Physical Description: 8 items.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.
Subject matter dealt with includes: Television Broadcast, KVIE, Sacramento, April 17, 1963 (personnel involved include Earl Warren, Jr., (member of First Task Force), Dan Luevano (Advisor), and Hugo Fisher (Chairman of Advisory Committee) (one reel and one Stenorette magazine); First Advisory Committee Meeting, September 14, 1967 (3 reels). ( See also item series #5); Speech of Chilean Ambassador at Latin American Center-UCLA (1 reel) (Ambassador and date of speech not identified); Joint Ceremonies-Signing of Master Contract-Washington and Sacramento (1 reel) (Ceremony took place simultaneously in Washington at the State Department and in Sacramento at the Capitol Building, December 1963; principals include Governor Edumnd G. Brown, Sr.); Speech of Director Henry Laurant (1 reel) (Unidentified as to place and occasion; Laurant served as Acting Director in 1964 and Director in 1965).

Part III - Records of the Santiago Office

Director's Records

 

17. CORRESPONDENCE OF THE DIRECTOR PERTAINING TO PROGRAM PROJECTS. 1964-1967. (F3721:487-490)

Physical Description: 4 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Letters received and copies of letters sent.
Correspondence pertains to both public and private sector projects. Examples include transportation, education, and watershed development (public sector) and Sister-City Projects (private sector). Principals include the Deputy Director, various advisors, including Henry Laurant and Michael Nelson, as well as private citizens.
 

18. COPIES OF LETTERS RECEIVED, LOUIS G. SLEEPER, CALIFORNIA LIAISON, UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, TO DIRECTOR. 1964. (F3721:491)

Physical Description: 1 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Only public sector projects are discussed here and papers consist primarily of memoranda from Sleeper; V.I.P. trips and budget matters (contract implementation) are also discussed.
 

19. SUBJECT FILES. 1964-1967. (F3721:492-526)

Physical Description: 38 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Includes letters received and copies of letters sent.
Examples of subjects discussed include correspondence with various Chilean governmental officers, such as the President (Frei), the National Planning Office (La Officina de Planificacion), and the Chilean National Bank (El Banco del Estado); correspondence with American companies (e.g. Patterson Canning Company and IBM) seeking investment opportunities. Other subjects dealt with include visits made by California dignitaries, including Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr.

General Records

 

20. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. 1964-1967. (F3721:527-549)

Physical Description: 23 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.
Letters received and copies of letters sent.
Contents include both private and public sector project matters and questions regarding budgetary concerns. Principal correspondents include the Deputy Director and Director, Administrative Assistants (both Santiago and Sacramento) and advisors. Some of the correspondence is in Spanish.
 

21. PUBLIC SECTOR (TASK ORDER PROJECTS) PROJECT FILES. 1964-1967. (F3721:550-567)

Physical Description: 18 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project and chronologically within each project.
Examples of projects include Agricultural Marketing, Maule River Basin (i.e. Watershed Development Project), and Planning and Budgeting Processes Project. Files are not arranged by Task Order number as is the case with the comparable files in the Sacramento Office records. Also included are field notes made by advisors pertaining to Chilean industries, such as meat packing, tractor manufacturing, and the iron and steel industries. File parallels correspondence contained in the Public Sector Project Files of the Sacramento Office. See also series entries 10 and 11.
 

22. NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS (CHILEAN NEWSPAPERS). MAY 1964-AUGUST 1967. (F3721:568-571)

Physical Description: 4 ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by month (some mixing has occurred).
Clippings from Chilean newspapers, most notably La Nacion, El Mercurio, Golpe (Santiago dailies), dealing with general news about the Chile California Program (i.e. the arrival of dignitaries and program developments, including major changes in personnel). Includes some newspaper clippings from dailies outside of Chile, such as Presencia (a La Paz, Bolivia daily).

Part IV - Records of the 1967-1968 Task Force

 

23. RECORDS OF THE CHILE CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE, 1967-1968. (F3721:572)

Physical Description: 1 ff.

Scope and Content Note

On October 31, 1967, after the official termination of the Chile California Program as a foreign aid program, Governor Ronald Reagan appointed a task force to set up goals and plans for achieving an increased involvement of the private sector in the production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products in Chile. On March 12, 1968, this task force was officially appointed by Governor Reagan with the mandate to publish a report of their recommendations and plans relating to the Program's newly revamped format. Richard Lyng, Chief Deputy Director of the State Department of Agriculture, was put in charge of the Program. No indication exists in the records themselves whether the report was ever completed or published.
Includes minutes of meetings and correspondence between Richard Lyng and members of the task force.