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Ana Celia Zentella Lolita Lebrón Letters Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 2006-011-AnZe
Identifier: 2006-011

Content Description

On March 1, 1954, Puerto Rican Nationalists Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irvin Flores and Andres Figueroa Cordero attached the United States House of Representatives to call international attention to Puerto Rico's colonial political status and pro-independence cause. As a result of her actions, Lebrón was imprisoned for 25 years. Puerto Rican/Mexican anthro-political linguist Ana Celia Zentella served as the head of the Free Lolita Committee for the Third World Women’s Alliance and visited Lebrón in prison and after her release. This collection consists of clippings, newspapers, flyers, correspondence and programs about Puerto Rican political prisoners, in particular Lolita Lebrón and the Comité Lolita Lebrón collected by Zentella from the 1974 to 1979. These documents shed light on Lebrón’s life and the Nationalist and sympathizers' struggles to keep the public attention, and campaign efforts to get Lebrón released from prison.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Ana Celia Zentella

Language of Description


Script of Description


Restrictions Apply



  • 1974-1979



0.25 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.


1. Correspondence between Lebrón and Zentella; 2. Petitions, flyers and documentation for Lebrón's release; 3-4. Newspaper clippings (copies); 5. Photographs.

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.