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East Harlem Council for Community Improvement Inc. Records

Identifier: MSS 119


This small collection offers insight into the work of community leaders in East Harlem. Founded in 1979 by residents and community leaders in El Barrio, the East Harlem Council for Community Improvement focused on delivering a broad range of human services to the residents of Manhattan’s Community Planning Board #11. It later expanded its reach and provided services in communities in the South Bronx, Lower East Side, and Central and West Harlem. It consists primarily of news articles, brochures, and newsletters. The collection also contains the by-laws of the Massive Economic Neighborhood Development (MEND) Anti-Poverty program in the 1960s and photographs of its programs.


  • Creation: 1965-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by CENTRO.


0.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

East Harlem Council for Community Improvement Inc. Records
Madonna Hernandez, Archive staff members under the supervision of Pedro Juan Hernandez
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Revised by Susan M. Kline.

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.