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Gilberto Gerena Valentín Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-003

Content Description

Gilberto Gerena Valentín is a Puerto Rican community leader in New York City who was instrumental in the development of major Puerto Rican organizations in New York City between the 1940s and 1970s. He played a key role in the mobilization of Puerto Ricans in the famous 1963 and 1968 marches in Washington, D.C. as well as the 1964 school boycott in New York City, the largest in the history of the United States. He also served as director of the City Commission of Human Rights and as a City Councilman representing Council District 11 in the Bronx. Gerena was an active player in the founding and development the Council of Hometown Clubs, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the National Association of Puerto Rican Civil Rights, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Festival, and the Puerto Rican Community Development Program. This collection measures 9 cubic feet and contains Gerena's personal writings and calendars, as well as documentation and promotional material from a wide variety of organizations Gerena was associated with over the years. In addition, there are numerous artifacts including awards, medals, ephemera from the Puerto Rican Day Parade, banners and hats. Box 8 contains several reel to reel tapes, CDs and records.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Gilberto Gerena Valentín

Restrictions Apply



  • 1918-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1940s-1970s



9.0 Cubic Feet

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.