Fonds MSS 28 (A1979-058, A1985-042) - Pan American Games Society (1967) Fonds

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Pan American Games Society (1967) Fonds

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MSS 28 (A1979-058, A1985-042)

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1.2 m of textual records, 13 film reels, 1 reel-to-reel audio tape

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The Pan American Games began in 1940. Twenty-one countries from the western hemisphere were called together by the Argentine Olympic Committee to discuss the establishment of the games. It was believed that the Pan American Games would provide amateur athletes added international competition between Pan-American Games Society n each Olympiad. Sixteen national Olympic committees sent representatives to the meeting and it was decided that the games would be held every four years beginning in 1942. The games, however, were delayed for nine years, the first being held in Buenos Aries, Brazil in 1951. The 1955 games were held in Mexico City, the 1959 games in Chicago, the 1963 games at Sao Paulo, Brazil and the 1967 games, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1967, 29 countries entered athletes in a program which included baseball, basketball, boxing, cycling, judo, rowing, fencing, shooting, soccer, football, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling, yachting, gymnastics, swimming, diving, tennis, and volleyball. Synchronized swimming and canoeing were included as "exhibition sports."

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The 1967 Pan American Society collection contains a remarkably complete record of the administrative working papers of the Society from 1963 to 1970. These are primarily the legal, financial, and committee papers preparatory to the actual start of the Games in July 1967. It is an excellent administrative record of the minutes, correspondence, legal agreements and contracts respecting facilities, staffing, publicity, and funding for staging the Games. A very few post-games papers reflect on the Society and its eventual dissolution in 1970.

Not included here are records of the games themselves, i.e. the day-by-day chronicle and description of athletic performances. However, the motion pictures include two detailed commentaries on film of the Collection. Furthermore there is a valuable oral tape recording about the Games by Bob Picken.

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These records are organized into 9 series:

I. Preliminary Papers, 1963-1967
II. Organization Board, 1964-1967
III. Committee Papers, 1964-1967
IV. Financial Papers1964-1970
V. Legal Papers, 1965-1968
VI. Publicity/ Promotion Files
VII. Post-Games Files, 1967-1969
VIII. Resource Files
IX. Miscellany

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Finding aid created by Dr. Richard E. Bennett (1983). Encoded by Leah Morton (June 2003). Converted by Justin Fuhr (July 2016).
Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).

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