PART Donates Club Archives
A Rich Legacy for All
Special Collections Librarian Jeanette Hatcher said the PART Archive gift is most significant to the Library’s Special Collection.
“Several years ago we became a repository for this chapter of PART. We presently have records going back to the founding of the chapter (1921) until 1997. This latest donation will add relatively recent historical records to this collection. The archive includes a wide variety of materials including photos, newspaper clippings, official correspondence and chapter records,” Hatcher explained.
She noted the PART archive has remarkable value.
“This collection is a wonderful intermingling of social activism, global awareness, and women’s history. The collection bears witness to local efforts to foster mutual understanding, knowledge, and friendship among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The activities of the Laredo chapter of PART are an important part of our region’s history because it is an embodiment of our bi-national culture and values. Preservation of our regional heritage is of primary importance to our Special Collections and Archives and we are committed to preserving this prized legacy,” she said.
The Laredo Table is the second oldest in the nation.
PART was founded October 16, 1916, by Mrs. Florence Terry Griswold of San Antonio. She assembled a group of women for the purpose of “providing “mutual knowledge and understanding and friendship among the peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and to foster all movements affecting the women and children of the Americas."
The non-profit woman's organization now has member Tables at local, state, and international levels. Pan American Round Tables of Texas (PARTT), the Texas state-level organization, has members in 21 Texas cities.
In 90 years of existence, the Laredo Table has been graced by the presence of celebrities and dignitaries from throughout the U.S., Central and South America. Programs have highlighted discussions and presentations about various Pan American countries, including exhibits portraying their industries, music, art, culture, and contributions to civilization. Table members native to these countries offer unique perspectives about their homelands during presentations. Local personalities, educators, community and government leaders, dance and music ensembles regularly share their firsthand information with members and their guests.
With 46 charter members at its inception, the Laredo Table now numbers 81 and continues to grow. The number of countries represented has grown from 21 to 35.
For more information on the PART Archive and the KIllam Library’s Special Collections and Archives, please contact Hatcher at 956.326.2404, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit offices in the Killam Library.
For more information on the April 16, 2011, 90th Anniversary PART Gala, contact Toni Ruiz at 956.763.9325.
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