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Augustine Celaya Jr. Papers

 Collection — Container: BLIBR-0048
Identifier: BLIBR-0048

Scope and Contents

The papers contained in one legal size archival box mainly document the executive career of Augustine Celaya Jr. with the Union Carbide Corporation. These consist of photos, correspondence, two oral history interview tapes and assorted corporate documents.


  • 1960 - 1994

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Biographical / Historical

His most notable activities were as CEO of Union Carbide Puerto Rico and his involvement with and warning letters about the company’s disaster in Bhopal, India. Mr. Celaya was actively involved with the economic development of Puerto Rico and made great efforts to attract new businesses and jobs especially from Japan. Mr. Celaya eventually left Union Carbide and worked for Parfums Houbigant a French perfume company. He supervised much expansion for the company including the reuse of an historic plant in Vervins, France an event well-chronicled in the collection. A key achievement of Celaya’s career was his involvement with the International Coffee pact of 1971 which set prices for South American coffee leading to greater economic stability in that region and greater price stability in the United States. Celaya was President of Union Carbide Columbia at the time and used both his influence in corporate America and his family’s contacts in the Democratic party to help ratify this pact. Two other interesting items are letters related to key historic events. One is from the daughter of the Cuban Ambassador describing the 1959 Castro revolution in idealistic terms. The second is from Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver inviting Celaya to become the assistant director.


2 Document cases (Hollinger Document case)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Brownsville Campus Repository

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