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Princeton Action for Chile Records


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Princeton University. Princeton Action for Chile.

Princeton Action for Chile (PAC) was a student organization established in October of 1976 following the assassination of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier in Washington, D.C. PAC—primarily led by Peter Railton *1983 (Philosophy), Rebecca Scott *1979 (History), and George Riley '1979—focused its efforts on opposing the military junta in Chile led by Augusto Pinochet and formed part of a national network of affiliated actions group opposing the junta.

PAC's major actions, which took place mostly during the academic years of 1976-1977 and 1977-1978, included drafting a campus petition that called for both an investigation in Letelier's murder and an end to U.S. support of the junta, lobbying for the U.S. to cease aid to Chile, letter writing campaigns to support Chilean political prisons, convening panels and lectures to educate the campus community about Chile, and organizing a benefit concert on campus attended by Letelier's widow Isabel.

The group was succeeded by Princeton Action for Latin America in 1979.

The collection consists of flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and publications collected following the assassination of Orlando Letelier in Washington, DC, in 1976. Materials in this collection were assembled and maintained by two of the co-organizers of the group, Rebecca J. Scott and Peter Railton, Princeton graduate students at the time. Also found in the collection will be political pamphlets in Spanish and English that provide evidence of the extent to which activities at Princeton were aligned with efforts at other U.S. colleges and organizations across the Americas.

Records in this collection retain their original order.

Dr. Rebecca J. Scott donated this collection to the University Archives in September of 2016 (AR.2016.101).

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This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016.

No materials were separated from this collection.

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Collection Inventory

Foundational Documents, 1976-1978. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Political Literature, 1976-1978. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Press Clippings, 1976-1978. 1 box.
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1 box

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