National Olympic Committees

There are 23 boxes with extensive material regarding National Olympic Committees history in Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominical Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The material includes official documentation, as well as newspaper clippings.


Just to mention some examples, the folders containing letters, documents, and artifacts about the Bermuda Olympic Association (Box 125, folders #8 and #9) expose the racism in sports in Bermuda in the 1940s, the 1950s, and the 1960s, as a black athlete wrote on a letter addressed to Brundage as the president of the IOC, asking him as the president of the OIC to take action about it. The archives also hold an extensive correspondence between Brundage and the Bolivian Olympic Committee in the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the early 1970s (Box 125, folders #10, #11, and #12) and between Brundage and the Brazilian Olympic Committee covering matters throughout the decades of the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, and the 1970s (Box 125, folders #14 to #18) and they include Brazilian newspapers clippings. Among the material covered, there is a special newsletter about the 41st "Corrida de Sao Silvestre", published in 1965. 


Indeed, there is an extensive correspondence between Brundage and the National Olympic Committes from Argentina (boxes 123 & 124), Bahamas, Barbados, and Bermuda (box 125), Chile (box 127), Colombia (boxes 130 and 131), Costa Rica and Cuba (boxes 131, 132, and 133), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and El Salvador (boxes 133 and 134), Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras (boxes 140 and 141), Jamaica (box 145), Mexico (boxes 149 and 150), Netherlands Antilles and Nicaragua (box 151), Panama, Paraguay, and Peru (box 152), Puerto Rico (boxes 153 and 154), Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay (box 159), and Venezuela (boxes 162 and 163).


In addition to the material that addresses the exchange between Brundage and the National Olympic Committees in Latin American & Caribbean countries, the Avery Brundage collection contains several boxes that include correspondence and other documents between the President of the IOC and IOC members since the 1930s and until the 1970s. These individuals include Enrique Alberti, Agustín Arroyo and General José de J. Clark Flores (from Argentina, boxes 53, 55 & 56), Alfredo Benavides and Eduardo Dibos (from Peru, boxes 54 & 57), Julio Bustamante (from Venezuela, box 55), Julio Gerlien Comelin (from Colombia, box 56), Santos Jose Ferreira and Joao Havelange (from Brazil, boxes 58 & 60), Marte Gómez (from Mexico, boxes 59 & 60), Alexander Hogarty, from Ecuador, and Alfredo Inciarte, from Uruguay (box 60), Miguel Moenck (from Cuba, box 63), Alejandro Bascur (from Chile, box 65), among others.