Collection CHC0350 - Pedro Pan Collection

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Pedro Pan Collection


  • 1961-2010 (Creation)
  • 1960s (Creation)


2 Boxes

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Administrative history

Operation Pedro Pan was the largest migration of unaccompanied minors in history, totaling more than 14,000 children who immigrated to the United States from Cuba under the auspices of the Catholic Welfare Bureau from 1960-1962. Masterminded by Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh, James Baker with Cuban notables Ramon and Polita Grau among many others, they worked to secure visa waivers for the children to leave Cuba. Once in the United States, Monsignor Walsh organized the housing of those children with no relatives or friends to stay with, resulting in various notable Camps around the Miami Area, most notably Camp Matecumbe, while many other children were relocated to various other homes and schools throughout the United States.

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The Pedro Pan Collection gathers materials donated by Pedro Pans in reference to their experiences during Operation Pedro Pan in the 1960s.

The collection consists of mementos kept by several families during Operation Pedro Pan, including photographs, travel documents, correspondence, documentaries and an airport log.

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This collection is arranged in one series. It is organized in alphabetical order by family.

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This collection is open for research.

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Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please contact for more information.

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  • Spanish
  • English

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In October 2013, this collection was broken up into 5 different collections based on original provenance: CHC5340 Sara Yaballí Papers; CHC5341 Alberto Cuartas Papers; CHC5348 García Carbonell, Antolin Papers and CHC5349 Operation Pedro Pan Alumni Collection.

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This collection contains materials from various gifts and materials are added on an ongoing basis.

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Operation Pedro Pan Alumni Collection, 1971-2013

Alberto Cuartas Papers, 1960s-1970s

Antolin García Carbonell Papers, 1962-2003

Sara Yaballí Papers, 1961-1963

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