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Octavio Paranagua Papers

Identifier: GTM-810102

Scope and Contents

Collection of papers and photographs owned by Octavio Paranagua, including typescripts, research notes on economics, photographs, postcards, and a letter related to the settling of Jewish refugees in Brazil.

The typescripts are related to international economics and the collection also includes an unopened copy of Politique Commerciale Internationale by Paranagua.

The photographs (prints and negatives) in the collection are personal in nature and they include images of Paranagua and others. The postcards relate to sites in Europe, primarily France, Italy, and Spain, and date from the 1920s. The collection also includes some ephemeral materials related to Paranagua's wife, Gloria Wood.


  • 1914-1930s


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Access to this collection is by permission. Contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for further information. Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Octavio Paranagua (1895-1960) was best known as the Director of the International Monetary Fund. Born in Brazil in 1895, he studied in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He earned various degrees from a number of educational institutions. Paranagua began his diplomatic career as a trade commissioner in Central Europe for the state of Sao Paul. He held postings in Czechoslovakia and Spain. He also was a professor of econimics and finance at the University College of Sao Paulo.

Octavio Paranagua died at the age of 65 in 1960.

[Source: "Paranagua Dead; World Fund Head," "Washington Post Historical" 8/23/1960].


2 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kearney, 1981.

Processing Information

The collection was rehoused in an acid-free container when it was acquired in 1981. In 2023 the collection was rehoused into acid-free boxes and folders. Photographic prints and negatives were sleeved at this time.

Octavio Paranagua Papers
John Zarrillo
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057