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.
Collection is open for research.