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Antonio Bones Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-004

Content Description

Journalist, writer, theater commentator, activist for the gay community, cultural affairs promoter and actor. These papers are an important resource for research and study of the major sociological aspects of the Puerto Rican and Latinx groups in New York City and Puerto Rico. The documents offer the opportunity to explore cultural activities of the moment and relevant news pertaining to the Puerto Rican and Hispanic populations. Information is provided on the events that different theater groups have organized and carried out on stage. Antonio Bones was born in Manhattan on July 23, 1965 and was raised on the island of Puerto Rico from six months of age up until 18 years. Bones moved to New York in 1984 and attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community and Human Services with a concentration in counseling from Empire State College. He also received his Master of Arts degree in Spanish and Literature from The City College of New York. Bones continued his education by taking courses in psychology at Mercy College, Social Work at Wurzweiller Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and theater at LaGuardia Community College. Bones also obtained a theological doctorate in Comparative Religions from the International Metaphysical Ministry. This collection contains Bones’ writings across several disciplines, such as journalism, poetry, and theater. Throughout his extensive writing career, Bones contributed to the following publications: Primera Hora, Noticias del Mundo, El Diario la Prensa, Hora Hispana / Daily News, National Foundation for Popular Culture, Latino Pride, Newsline , Vibe, Peruanísimo News, Tiempo New York, IBLNews, El Especial, Latin Week New York, La Voz Hispana and Espectáculos. Bones published a poetry book, “Germinaciones del alma”, and a historical drama, “Schomburg: Tracing Footprints”. Bones poems were featured in the following anthologies: Anales de la Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños (Puerto Rico), Horizons from the Passaic Community College (New Jersey), and Images from Oceans (Chile). As an actor, he worked with the theater groups and companies IATI, El Portón del Barrio, LATEA, Repertorio Español (reading), Tocando Puertas, Typical Theater, Teatro Perfil Cultural (founded by the former president of la Casa de la Cultura Puertorriqueña Elí S. Alvarado.), Teatro Ruiz Soler, Yagrumal y Haciendo Pininos. As an LGBTQ activist he has worked with the following organizations: People With AIDS Coalition, Gay Men Health Crisis, and Momentum Project. His civic activity has led him to work in campaigns for seats in the New York Senate Assembly, City Council and the Public Defender's office. This collection includes personal and professional correspondence, clippings, photographs of Bones with notable subjects, flyers for cultural events, theatrical production information, and his published writing.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Antonio Bones.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1965 - 2021



3 Cubic Feet (1 doc box, 4 hollingers, 1 flat box (La Voz Hispana)) : Condensed 4 hollingers to 3.

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

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.