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The Allan Hancock Foundation was established at the University of Southern California by George Allan Hancock was the founder of the California Bank. The foundation's primary purpose was to contribute to oceanographic research. During 1925 to 1960, it funded and organized a series of expeditions in vessels Velero III and IV, that studied the Pacific Ocean along the coast of South America, including the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Panama, and Baja California, as well as a portion of the Caribbean during its 1939 voyage. The organization continued until the 1980's.


  • University of Southern California, Manuscripts and Archives.(2012, May). Finding aid for the Allan Hancock Foundation Archive 0257. Retrieved from
  • Allan Hancock Foundation. (1943). Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions. Retrieved from



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