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Juan Avilés Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 14

Scope and Contents

The Juan Avilés collection is arranged by subject and includes newspaper articles, certificates, correspondence, poems, a copy of Avilés’ book, personal writings, flyers, publications, photographs and pocket diaries.

Dates

  • 1955-1989

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by Centro.

Biographical / Historical

Juan Avilés was a Puerto Rican poet who arrived in New York in 1926. For thirty years, he was editor and director of publicity for Hispanoamerica, an important New York film company. Interested in the Hispanic population and culture, he also presided over organizations such as El Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos (CEPI), which he co-founded, El Instituto de Puerto Rico, la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Escritores (New York Chapter), and was president of La Fiesta de San Juan Bautista. He was also named Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights of New York from 1955-1966.

Extent

1.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Abstract

Juan Avilés was a poet from Puerto Rico who was the editor and director of publicity for the Hispanoamerica film company and Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights of New York He also held leadership positions in several Hispanic writers organizations. This collection includes newspaper articles, certificates, correspondence, poems, a copy of Aviles’ book, personal writings, flyers, publications, photographs and pocket diaries.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in folders topically.

Other Finding Aids

English / Spanish bilingual finding aid is available upon request.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Juan Avilés.

Related Materials

This collection complements the papers of Diana Ramírez de Arellano, Puerto Rican poet and founder of Ateneo Puertorriqueño of Nueva York, as well as the Felipe N. Torres Papers on Fiesta de San Juan Bautista.

Title
Juan Avilés Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Archive staff members under the supervision of Pedro Juan Hernandez.
Date
February 2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • January 31, 2021: Guide revised by Pedro Juan Hernandez.
  • June 4, 2021: Folder titles revised with more detailed description by Victoria Fernandez. Collection consolidated into two boxes (documents/photographs and pocket diaries). Series arrangement removed.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Repository

Contact:
Silberman Building, Hunter College
2180 Third Ave. Rm. 122
New York New York 10065




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.