Pan-American Life in New Orleans

On November 11, 2019, The Latin American Library celebrated the opening of the Pan-American Life Insurance Group Collection of corporate archives and related documentation donated in 2016 by the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) with a physical exhibit currently on view at The Latin American Library at Tulane University. PALIG is a major international financial services company headquartered in New Orleans, and one of the leading insurance underwriters in Latin America for over 100 years. This companion online exhibit recreates in digital the spaces, images, and informational texts used to narrate the story of the 100-year long history of the Pan-American Life Insurance Group, its administrators and workforce, with that of the City of New Orleans as a backdrop. The physical exhibition will remain up and open to the public on the 4th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University through August 2020.

Duration: November 21, 2019 – August 15, 2020

Curated By:

Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Librarian and Director, Dr. Christine Hernández, Curator of Special Collections, and Dr. Rachel Stein, Research and Instruction Librarian


The Latin American Library, Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor, 7001 Freret Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70118


This exhibition and reception were made possible by a generous gift from the Pan-American Life Insurance Group. Thank you to the staff of the Latin American Library, Verónica Sánchez, Penélope Ojeda, and María Dolores Espinosa provided indispensable assistance in all phases of preparation of the exhibit and the event. Tulane University student Amy Urbina also assisted in the preparation of the exhibit. A special thank you to Tulane University Special Collections for their help and permission to display images and rare materials from their collections. We are grateful to the University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections for permission to display an image from their collections. A special acknowledgment to Professor Felipe Cruz for assistance with technology used in the exhibit. Obrigadas!

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