The Benson Latin American Collection

Records of the U.S. Embassy, Chile, Office of George Alonzo Stanford, 1937-1946

Descriptive Summary

Creator United States. Embassy (Chile)
Title Records of the U.S. Embassy, Chile, Office of George Alonzo Stanford
Dates: 1937-1946
Abstract Records from the office of George Alonzo Stanford, Assistant Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, document Stanford's work primarily in 1944-1945 to monitor and report on culteral events, as well as to foster cultural relations between the U.S. and Chile.
Accession No. 2011-09
OCLC Record No. 754850883
Extent 1.25 linear feet
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Administrative History

Claude Gernade Bowers served as the U.S. ambassador to Chile from 1939-1953. George Alonzo Stanford worked as an Assistant Cultural Attaché during Bowers' term as Ambassador, alongside Cultural Attachés Lawrence Kinnaird and Philip W. Thayer. As Assistant Cultural Attaché, Stanford fostered cultural exchange between the U.S. and Chile. Stanford's responsibilities included monitoring and reporting on educational, literary, and artistic affairs in Chile. He also facilitated the exchange of publications between Chile and the U.S and monitored a travel grants program for Chilean scholars studying or teaching in the U.S.

Works Referenced:

Bowers, Claude G. The United States in Latin America: A Historical Dictionary. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Bowers, Claude G. Chile through Embassy Windows: 1939-1953. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.

Scope and Contents Note

Personal material, publications, correspondence, and collected material document the activities of the office of George Alonzo Stanford at the American Embassy in Santiago, Chile, from 1937 to 1946 (1.25 linear feet). The records are arranged in four series: Personal and biographical material, Written works, Correspondence, and Collected material.

Series One, Personal and biographical material (1946), is composed of one item, an honorary diploma awarded to George Alonzo Stanford by the Associacão de Professores de Inglês. The second series, Written works (1944), is also composed of one item, an educational pamphlet written by Stanford about the author Joaquín Edwards Bello and his book En El Viejo Almendral.

The third series, Correspondence (1937-1946, N.d.), comprises the bulk of the collection. The records in this series document the activities of the Ambassador, the Cultural Attaché, and the Assistant Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in Santiago, primarily focusing on the areas of culture and education. The first sub-series is made up of the Embassy's correspondence with the U.S. Department of State, consisting primarily of reports from the Embassy on a variety of subjects. The second sub-series is general correspondence, and includes files for Claude G. Bowers, Lawrence Kinnaird, George Alonzo Stanford, and Philip W. Thayer as well as original topical files concerning procurement of publications, Protestantism in Chile, the arts, and education.

Series Four, Collected Material (1943-1946, N.d.), is composed of clippings, programs, pamphlets, and other items collected by the office of George Alonzo Stanford. This series documents literary, musical, theatrical, and political events. A subseries is comprised of material from a scrapbook kept by Stanford, maintaining original section headings.


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Index Terms

The Records of the U.S. Embassy, Chile, Office of George Alonzo Stanford are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
United States. Embassy (Chile)--Archive
Stanford, George Alonzo--Archive
Edwards Bello, Joaquin 1888-1968
Chile--Foreign relations--United States
Cultural relations
Added Authors
Bowers, Claude Gernade, 1879-1958
Kinnaird, Lawrence, 1893-1985
Stanford, George Alonzo
Thayer, Philip Warren, 1893-1966

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Records of the U.S. Embassy, Chile, Office of George Alonzo Stanford, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Personal and biographical material, 1946

box folder
1 1 Diploma de Socio Honorario from Associacão de Professores de Inglês, 1946

Written works, 1944

box folder
1 2 Joaquín Edwards Bello and his En El Viejo Almendral, 1944

Correspondence, 1937-1946, N.d.

1 Correspondence of the U.S. Embassy in Chile and the U.S. Department of State, 1943-1945
3 General, 1943-1944
4 General, 1944
5 Dispatches on cultural activities in Chile, 1944
6 Dispatches on cultural activities in Chile, 1944-1945
7 Procurement of Publications, 1944-1945
8 Travel Grant program, 1944-1945
9 Report on the University of Chile, 1944
General, 1944-1946
10 Bowers, Claude G., 1944-1945
11 Kinnaird, Lawrence, 1944
12 Stanford, George Alonzo, 1944-1946
13 Thayer, Philip W., 1944-1945
2 Topical correspondence files, 1937-1946, N.d.
1 Procurement and exchange of publications, 1937-1945
2 Protestantism in Chile, 1944-1945, N.d.
3 Arts, 1945-1946
4 Education, 1944-1945

Collected Material, 1943-1946, N.d.

box folder
2 5 Correspondence, pamphlets, notes relating to Protestantism in Chile, 1943-1945
6 Programs, 1944-1945, N.d.
7 Information concerning the Experimental Theater of the University of Chile, 1944-1946, N.d.
8 Clippings from El Mercurio, 1944-1945
box folder
3 1 Clippings from El Mercurio, 1945
2 Loose clippings, 1944-1946, N.d.
3 Various, 1945, N.d.
Clippings from scrapbook, 1942-1944, N.d.
4 Introductory pictures from La Guardia, 1944, N.d.
5 Articles and pictures of interest from Zig-Zag, 1943-1944
6 Literary criticism by "Alone", 1943-1944, N.d.
7 Literary criticism other than by "Alone", 1943-1944, N.d.
8 Articles and notes of literary interest, 1943-1944, N.d.
9 Joaquín Edwards Bello, 1942-1943
10 Nicodemes Guzmán, 1944
11 Articles and notes of cultural interest, 1942-1943, N.d.
12 Spanish zarzuellas and operettas, 1944
13 Political Interest, 1943
14 Election Day, 1944
15 El Averguador Universal (the question box), 1943-1944, N.d.
16 General interest, 1942-1944, N.d.