Michael Lapp Migration Division Oral History Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection contains interviews with five key staff members from the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States' Migration Division and recorded 13 audiocassettes including: Joseph Monserrat, National and New York Office Director of the Division from 1951 to 1969, Anna Class Assistant to Monserrat, Luis Cardona the Employment Office director; Tony Vega, seasonal Farm worker’s Programs director and Alan Perl, the lawyer who dealt with the seasonal farm workers’ contracts negotiated by the Division. This collection complements the OGPRUS Migration Division Records.
- Creation: 1984-1985
- Lapp, Michael (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is available digitally as audio recordings through Centro's Digital Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright is held by Centro.
Biographical / Historical
Michael Lapp wrote his PhD dissertation in History at John Hopkins University titled, Managing Migration Division of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1948-1968. His extensive research documented the role played by Puerto Rico’s government agencies both in the island and those operating stateside after the World War II until the late 1960s. These migratory patterns framed Puerto Ricans largest migration and created a strong presence of Puerto Ricans settling in New York City, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia among others.
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Language of Materials
The Lapp Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted by Michael Lapp in 1984-85 with several Migration Division officers, including Luis Cardona, Joseph Monserrat, Director from 1951 to 1969, and Alan Perl, the lawyer responsible for the seasonal farm workers’ contracts negotiated by the Division. This collection complements the OGPRUS Migration Division Records.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Michael Lapp.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digitized copies of the original audiocassette tapes are available through Centro's Digital Collections portal.
- Cardona, Luis A. (Interviewee, Person)
- Class, Anna (Interviewee, Person)
- Monserrat, Joseph (Interviewee, Person)
- Perl, Alan (Interviewee, Person)
- Puerto Rico. Department of Labor. Migration Division (Organization)
- Michael Lapp Migration Division Oral History Collection
- Pedro Juan Hernández and Lindsay Wittwer
- August 2020
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