Diana Ramírez de Arellano Papers
Scope and Contents
The Diana Ramírez de Arellano collection is a resource for research on the history of cultural expression among Puerto Ricans in New York City, particularly in the period of the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to documenting numerous artistic and literary activities, the papers provide a detailed look at the work and history of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York and an important contemporary writer.
The documents consist of letters, articles, books, programs, newspaper clippings, audiotapes and phonograph records. The folders are organized alphabetically with chronological contents.
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1960s-1980s
- Creation: 1947-1997
- Ramírez de Arellano, Diana (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open to researchers without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the Ramirez de Arellano family.
Biographical / Historical
Diana Ramírez de Arellano was an author of numerous books of poetry and literary criticism and became a Poet Laureate of Puerto Rico. She had a long and distinguished academic career and was a professor of Spanish at City College of the City University of New York and at Rutgers University. She was the President and founder of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York and a leading force in the literary and intellectual circles of Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans in New York.
Born in New York in 1919, Ramírez de Arellano was raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Her parents Enrique Ramírez de Arellano Brau and her mother María Teresa Rechani were prominent members of Puerto Rico’s social and intellectual elite. Her grandfather, Salvador Brau, was one of the first and most important Puerto Rican historians.
Ramírez de Arellano completed her elementary and secondary schooling in Ponce and in 1941 graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Pedagogy. She worked as a high school teacher in the town of Manatí and in 1944 traveled to New York for graduate studies. In 1946 she received a Master’s degree in Pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia University. In the years from 1946 through 1951, Ramírez de Arellano taught at Women’s College at the University of North Carolina and at Douglass College at Rutgers University. In 1951 she enrolled in the University of Madrid, Spain to complete her doctoral studies. She graduated in 1952. Her doctoral thesis titled Genealogical Comedy in the Works of Lope de Vega and a Critical Edition of Los Ramírez de Arellano was later published as Los Ramírez de Arellano de Lope de Vega and explored her own family roots. After defending her thesis, she returned to the faculty at Douglass College, but moved on from there to City College, CUNY where she remained until her retirement.
Most of Ramírez de Arellano’s published works were books of poetry and include Yo soy Ariel (1947), Albatros sobre el alma (1955), Angeles de ceniza (1958), Un vuelo casi humano (1960), Privilegio (1965), Del señalado oficio de la muerte (1974), Arbol en vísperas (1987) and Adelfazar (1995). In the area of literary criticism she published several books among them Caminos de la creación poética de Pedro Salinas (1956), Poesía contemporánea en lengua española (1961) and El himno deseado (1979). Ramírez de Arellano was also a frequent contributor to literary publications throughout Latin America and Spain and to Puerto Rico’s El Mundo and Alma Latina.
One of her most important contributions apart from her books, was the creation of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York which she founded in 1963 “to bridge the gap of silence and loneliness of the Puerto Rican artist and scholar in New York.” She served as the Ateneo’s first President and turned it into a space for nourishing the intellectual and cultural life of Puerto Ricans in New York. Ramírez de Arellano was a member of diverse organizations such as the Modern Language Association and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese which gave her emeritus status in 1983.
Among the many awards she received are the Medalla de Oro del Ateneo de Puerto Rico (The Gold Medal of the Ateneo of Puerto Rico) (1958), Medalla de Plata del Ministerios de Educación por Poesía de Bolivia (Silver Medal for Poetry of the Ministry of Education of Bolivia), and Medal of Honor of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York. La Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños de San Juan, Puerto Rico (The Society of Puerto Rican Authors) gave her a special tribute in 1966.
Diana Ramírez de Arellano died on April 30, 1997 in New York City. She made significant contributions to the cultural and literary life of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York and left an important body of published works. Her papers reveal her work as a poet and literary critic and safeguard the history of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York. They also complement the papers of poets Clemente Soto Vélez and Graciany Miranda Archilla, as well as those of the musician, Genoveva de Arteaga which are in the Centro Archives.
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Language of Materials
Author of numerous books of poetry and literary criticism and a Poet Laureate of Puerto Rico. Distinguished academic and founder of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York. Collection documents cultural expression among Puerto Ricans in New York City, artistic and literary activities, and the work and history of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York. Consists of letters, minutes, articles, books, programs, newspaper clippings, audiotapes and phonograph records.
The collection is divided into the following series:
I. Biographical and Personal Information
IV. Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York
V. Subject Files
VIII. Audiovisual Materials
Other Finding Aids
English / Spanish finding aid available (see External Documents).
Other version of this finding aid was created as part of Ventana Al Pasado: Building a Latino/Hispanic Online Research Collection. The New York State Archives and Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños received funding for this project from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Gift of Daphne Ramírez de Arellano.
Processed with a grant from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding was also provided by a congressional directed initiative sponsored by Congressman José Serrano and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
- Ramírez de Arellano, Daphne (Donor, Person)
- Alegría, Ricardo E. (Person)
- de Arteaga, Genoveva (Person)
- Ferré, Luis Alberto (Person)
- Fonfrías, Ernesto Juan (Person)
- Romo Arregui, Josefina (Person)
- Santos, Nelly E. (Person)
- Sobejano, Gonzalo (Person)
- Soto Vélez, Clemente, 1905-1993 (Person)
- Olivo Jiménez, José (Person)
- Marañón, Gregorio, 1887-1960 (Person)
- American literature -- Puerto Rican authors
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Hispanic Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
- Nonprofit organizations
- Puerto Rican literature
- Puerto Rican literature -- 20th century
- Puerto Rican poetry -- 20th century
- Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York
- Puerto Ricans in literature
- Diana Ramírez de Arellano Papers
- Ismael García with the assistance of Izzy De Moya, Damary González, Walter Pérez, Myrna Tinoco and Noelia Urbano
- March 2003
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Processed with a grant from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding was also provided by a congressional directed initiative sponsored by Congressman José Serrano and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
- 2005: Guide was revised by Pedro Juan Hernández and Nélida Pérez.