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Register of the Pan American Society (USA), San Francisco Chapter Papers, 1928-1965
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The papers of the Pan American Society (1928-1965) consist of correspondence, financial and membership records, publicity, photographs, educational materials and memorabilia.
The Pan American Society was founded (1912) to foster Pan American friendship and understanding. It is the oldest private Latin American organization in the United States. The idea for the Society originated with John Barrett, who, at the time was Director of the U.S. government-sponsored Pan American Union. Barrett, with the assistance of Senator Elihu Root, organized meetings of a first chapter in New York City. By 1940 membership had grown to about 800.
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