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Center for Puerto Rican Studies


Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

Andres Torres Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2006-008
Dates: 1987-2004

Frank Bonilla Papers

Identifier: MSS 49

The Frank Bonilla Papers are an important resource for the continued study of the career and contributions of this most seminal of individuals in the fields of Puerto Rican Studies, Latin American Studies and Political Science. The materials in this collection consist of personal documents, clippings, photographs, remarks, speeches, writings, awards, certificates and correspondence.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1995-2004; 1946-2011

Luis A. Cardona Oral History Collection

Identifier: OHC 2

The Luis A. Cardona Oral History Collection contains 32 interviews on audiocassette tapes from 1976-1989. Cardona interviewed leaders of the Puerto Rican community, many of who were founders of Puerto Rican organizations in New York and throughout the diaspora. These interviews contributed to Cardona's research.

Dates: 1976-1989

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project

Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-100PR
Scope and Contents

This collection contains over 250 video oral history interviews conducted between 2013-2021. Interviews conducted 2013-2018 were filmed in clips, in which each question is a distinct digital record. Interviews 2018-2021 were conducted as full interviews, with a single interview record per session.

Dates: 2012-2021

CENTRO: Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center

Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-COHP-LEMC
Scope and Contents The Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center (COHP/LEMC) project ran from 2003-2008 and was focused on capturing oral history interviews from members of the Puerto Rican community who participated in institution building during the 1950s to 1970s in New York City. The collection highlights the formation of organizations such as the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), and Puerto Rican Association of Community Affairs...
Dates: 2003-2008

CENTRO: New York City Hispanic Labor Documentation Oral History Project

Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-LABOR
Scope and Contents Between 2000-2001, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, in collaboration with the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University, and with the cooperation of the New York City Central Labor Council’s Hispanic Labor Committee, the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society of Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), New York City Central Chapter, conducted a one-year records survey project to locate and...
Dates: 2000-2001

CENTRO: Puerto Ricans in New York: Voices of the Migration

Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-PRNYVM
Scope and Contents

This project consists of audiocassettes and corresponding digital files for 27 oral history interviewees, including community leaders, garment workers and early community settlers who migrated to New York City from Puerto Rico during the Great Migration (late 1940s-50s). Interviewees for the project discussed their lives, including their experiences migrating and getting settled in New York City, their families and relationships, and their work.

Dates: 1983-1985

Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños / Center for Puerto Rican Studies Records

Identifier: CENTRO

The Records of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños are an important resource for the study of the founding, administration, programs and intellectual production of the only research center, library, and archive dedicated to the study and preservation of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, reports, speeches, videos, slides, financial statements and artifacts.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1973-1999; 1935-2003

CENTRO: Research Task Force General Collection

Identifier: CENTRO-12-GC
Scope and Contents

Interviews conducted by members of Centro’s research task forces independent of a specific oral history project.

Dates: 1980-1995

Cultural Foundations of Puerto Rican Orlando/ Cimientos Culturales del Orlando Puertorriqueño Oral History Collection

Identifier: OHC 4
Scope and Contents

An oral history project conducted by a group of Puerto Rican community volunteers in Orlando, FL, with support from staff at Centro, made possible by the Centro Library and Archives Historical Preservation and Research Partnership Program. Taking place in 2012 at two cultural organizations in Orlando, Asociación Borinqueña and Casa de Puerto Rico, the interviews were conducted predominantly in Spanish and are centered around a photograph that accompanies each recording.

Dates: 2013

Juan Flores Papers

Identifier: MSS 277
Dates: 1960-2014

Juan Flores Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2015-008
Dates: 1960-2014

Juan Flores Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2022-005

Justo A. Martí Photographic Collection

Identifier: MSS 3
Abstract Justo Marti was a Cuban photographer and former Merchant Marine. This collection is an important visual record and documentation of the life and activities of individuals, families and organizations that were emblematic of the Puerto Rican experience in New York City, as well as capturing the experience of other Latino groups through his camera lens. These photographs are a visual representation of the major social and political events, leaders, and moments during the 1940s through 1980s....
Dates: 1920s-1990; Majority of material found within 1950-1968

Pedro Pedraza Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-017

Richie Pérez Papers

Identifier: MSS 172
Abstract The Richie Pérez Papers are an important resource for the study of political activism and grassroots organizing on the part of Puerto Ricans and their allies in New York City over the past forty years. In addition, they provide insightful documentation on anti-police brutality movements and on a number of community organizations. The materials in this collection consist of personal documents, clippings, articles, photographs, speeches, certificates, flyers, correspondence, audiocassettes,...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1970-2004; 1918-2006

Politics Con Sabor Documentary Interviews Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 186
Abstract This collection consists of original masters and viewing copies of interviews conducted for the documentary film Politics con Sabor, A History of Puerto Ricans and Other Hispanics in New York State Politics, a joint production of Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Terramax Entertainment, with funding provided by the New York State Assembly. The film focuses on the political involvement of Puerto Rican and other Hispanic/Latino figures in New York state politics from the 1920s up to the date...
Dates: 1920s-2007

About the Collections

Our collections consist of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists, writers, as well as the records of community-based organizations. Our largest collection, the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) Records, measures approximately 2,900 cubic feet and contains an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to assist them. The collections date from the 1890s to the present, and document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California and Hawaii.