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Juan Flores Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2015-008

Content Description

Juan Flores (September 29, 1943 - December 2, 2014) was a pioneering scholar of Nuyorican culture, art and language. Flores grew up in Bayside, Queens. He received his BA in German language studies from Queens College, CUNY and his master's and doctorate degrees in German Literature from Yale University. While teaching German at Stanford, Flores became involved in the Chicano studies movement in California. He returned to New York City to serve as the Research Director for the Arts and Culture Task Force at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies from 1976-1981, and subsequently returned to serve as Centro's Director from 1993-1997. Flores was a professor of Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY until 2006, when he moved to the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He brought exposure to many Nuyorican writers, and his prolific scholarship analyzed and documented the intersection of culture and identity in the Puerto Ricans in New York City. Flores's collection includes biographical information, material documenting his academic work and scholarly research, publications, presentations and photographs. Related collections in the Centro Archives include, Center for Puerto Rican Studies Records (documenting Flores' tenure as Centro Director and the work of the Arts and Culture Task Force) and the Tato Laviera Papers.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Miriam Jiménez Román.

Restrictions Apply



  • 1960-2014



42 Cubic Feet (42 cubic feet includes books and oversized material donated. Actual archival collection appears to be approximately 25 cubic feet.)


Folder level inventory available upon request.

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.