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Esperanza Martell Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2015-003

Content Description

Esperanza Martell is a social justice activist, educator, organizer, and artist. A graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work, where she teaches and serves as a field advisor, Martell has been involved in various social justice causes since the early 1970s with a focus on ending violence in the lives of women of color. She is the co-founder of Casa Atabex Aché (Womyn's House of Power), a social justice non-profit focused on women. Martell's papers contain biographical information and material related to her graduate education, teaching and advising. A bulk of the material dates from the early 1970s through 2000s, and is devoted to documenting her work as a social justice warrior, advocate and organizer, including event programs and planning documents, organizational and committee papers, articles, clippings, and other research materials. The collection is 36 cubic feet.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Esperanza Martell.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

This unprocessed collection is open to researchers at the discretion of the Archives.

Use Restrictions

Collection available for use and/or copying for scholarly research, educational instruction, or personal use only. Copyright is held by Esperanza Martell.


  • 1930-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1970s-2000s



36 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Metadata Rights Declarations


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.