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Rudy Castilla Photographs Collection

Identifier: MSS 102

Scope and Contents

This collection contains portraits of entertainers, magicians, musicians, singers, dancers, bands, and athletes. The majority of the images bear the name of the Rudy Castilla Photo Studio; however, a handful of images were taken by others and are inscribed to Castilla.


  • 1930s-1960s


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright holder is unknown.

Biographical / Historical

Photographer Rudy Castilla worked out of his studio at 16 E. 116th Street in East Harlem.


0.42 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


These photographs depicting Puerto Rican and other Hispanic entertainers, performers, and celebrities were taken by the famed Rudy Castilla Photo studio in East Harlem (El Barrio), New York in the 1930s through the 1960s. Many prints from this period were destroyed when the studio underwent changes in ownership. There are also miscellaneous items, such as postcards of Puerto Rico and unidentified photos. The collection is arranged alphabetically by name, where available. The collection was donated by Gilberto Poch, a former employee of the studio.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gilberto Poch (a former Castilla studio employee) in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed in October 2005.

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Revision Statements

  • 2022: Finding aid 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.