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Julio Luis Hernández-Delgado Oral History Collection

Identifier: OHC 3

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 16 audiocassette tapes from the 1970s and '80s. The interviews were conducted by Hernández-Delgado with ten interviewees, including pioneering Puerto Rican New York Public Library librarians Pura Belpré and Lillian López.


  • Creation: 1972-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection content is currently restricted due to format.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by Centro.

Biographical / Historical

Julio Luis Hernández-Delgado was an Associate Professor and Head of the Archives and Special Collections at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) from 1987-2015. He has an undergraduate degree from Queens College, CUNY, a Master's in Library and Information Science graduate degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master's degree in United States History from Syracuse University. He is the author of "Pura Teresa Belpré Storyteller and Pioneer Puerto Rican Librarian" in The Library Quarterly.


1.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


The Julio Luis Hernández-Delgado Oral History Collection consists of 16 interviews with 10 people donated by the Hunter College Archivist in the field of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies. Among them are interviews and book readings, several with children’s books writer, Pura Belpré.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Julio L. Hernánandez-Delgado.

Related Materials

This collection complements the Pura Belpré Papers and Lillian López Papers at the Centro Archives.

Julio Luis Hernández-Delgado Oral History Collection
Lindsay Wittwer
November 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Repository

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.