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Collection Number: 04423

Collection Title: Federico Guillermo Gil Papers, 1941-1996

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Federico Guillermo Gil, Kenan Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department, and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Materials relating to economics and politics in Venezuela and Chile, including correspondence between Gil and Romulo Betancourt (1908-1981), provisional president, 1945-1948, and president, 1959-1964, of Venezuela. Items relating to Chile are chiefly writings by Chilean politicians, including Radomiro Tomic, 1960s-1970s, and papers by Gil. Files pertaining to the Latin American Studies Association, the Army Specialized Training Program, the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericano, and the Institute of Latin American Studies at UNC-CH are also included.
Creator Gil, Federico Guillermo.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Federico Guillermo Gil papers #4423, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Federico Guillermo Gil of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1996 (Acc. 96090), February 1988, June 1985, and 1977.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Federico Guillermo Gil, Kenan Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department, and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Materials relating to economics and politics in Venezuela and Chile, including correspondence between Gil and Romulo Betancourt (1908-1981), provisional president, 1945-1948, and president, 1959-1964, of Venezuela. Items relating to Chile are chiefly writings by Chilean politicians, including Radomiro Tomic, 1960s-1970s, and papers by Gil. Files pertaining to the Latin American Studies Association, the Army Specialized Training Program, the Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericano, and the Institute of Latin American Studies at UNC-CH are also included.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Venezuela, 1957-1980.

37 items.

These papers document the views of Romulo Betancourt (1908-1981), a major participant in the public affairs of Venezuela for many decades. Betancourt served as provisional president of Venezuela from 1945 to 1948, and as president from 1959 to 1964. He also was active in general Latin American movements and was highly regarded as a scholar in the Spanish-speaking world.

Correspondence in this collection between Betancourt and Federico Guillermo Gil begins in 1957, when Betancourt was at Stanford University. There is evidence in the first letters, however, that initial contact between the two men was made long before this date. In 1960, several letters were exchanged between Gil and Alejandro Yabrudy Rojas, Betancourt's private secretary. Correspondence with Betancourt himself picks up again in 1968 and continues through 1980. These letters refer to a mixture of personal and official topics, chiefly focusing on the correspondents' publications and travels.

Also included are copies of Betancourt's articles on many subjects, including several from the series "Escribe Romulo Betancourt," published in the journal Boh. In these articles, Betancourt comments on Francisco Franco, Pablo Casals, Juan Domingo Person, and others. Betancourt sent these and other writings to Gil in the hopes that they would be useful to students in the Institute of Latin American Studies.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1957-1980 #04423, Series: "1. Venezuela, 1957-1980." Folder 1

Folder 2

Writings of Romulo Betancourt, undated #04423, Series: "1. Venezuela, 1957-1980." Folder 2

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35 items.

Writings by politicians, economists, and political scientists on Chilean politics and economics. These include writings by Radomiro Tomic, who was a presidential candidate in 1970 and also served as Chilean ambassador to the United States. Files pertaining meetings of FLACSO (Facultad Latino Americana de Ciencias Sociales) in Chile and the 1990 inauguration of President Aylwin are included.

Folder 3

Writings of Radamiro Tomic #04423, Series: "2. Chile, 1963-1990." Folder 3

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

Writings of others #04423, Series: "2. Chile, 1963-1990." Folder 4-5

Folder 6

1989 paper presented at FLACSO #04423, Series: "2. Chile, 1963-1990." Folder 6

Folder 7

FLACSO meeting 1989 #04423, Series: "2. Chile, 1963-1990." Folder 7

Folder 8

Paper: "Chile: Remaking a Political System and Restructuring a Society, 1973-1980" #04423, Series: "2. Chile, 1963-1990." Folder 8

Folder 9

Inauguration of President Aylwin #04423, Series: "2. Chile, 1963-1990." Folder 9

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. LASA (Latin American Studies Association), 1966-1992.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program), circa 1941-1945.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996.

About 120 items.

Files pertaining to UNC-CH's Institute for Latin American Studies, cooperative programs with Spain, and the ICI (Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana).

Folder 31

Madrid Conference, 1982 (ICI) #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 31

Folder 32

UNC-Spain, 1983 #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 32

Folder 33

Spanish Conference, 1983 #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 33

Folder 34

Madrid Conference, 1985 (ICI) #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 34

Folder 35

ICI-UNC-CH, 1988-1989 #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 35

Folder 36

ICI-UNC-CH, 1990 #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 36

Folder 37

UNC-CH-Spain #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 37

Folder 38

UNC Institute for Latin American Studies and Duke University Council on Latin American Studies #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 38

Folder 39

Miscellaneous files #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 39

Folder 40

Letelier, Orlando (Mexico, 1975) #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 40

Folder 41

Lettras de Oro (book prizes) #04423, Series: "5. Institute for Latin American Studies (UNC-CH), 1975-1996." Folder 41

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Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, June 1989; Tim Pyatt, October 1996

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