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Diego Echeverria Audiovisual Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 131

Scope and Contents

The items in the Diego Echeverria Audiovisual Collection reflect Echeverria’s career as a producer, director, and documentary filmmaker. The collection contains four issues of various publications focusing upon Latin-American film and cinema with articles covering Echeverria and his works. The bulk of the collection, however, consists of audio and video recordings in various formats of television programs, films, and other segments that he created for various channels and production companies from the 1970s up until the 1990s. The collection is divided upon into series that correspond either to the format/type of materials or the production company that broadcast, ran, or funded the work created by Echeverria. The collection offers researchers the opportunity to access various prints of the programs and documentaries created by Echeverria, some of which have multiple versions or cuts of varying quality.

An additional donation by Echeverria in 2016 includes all the b-roll to his documentary Los Sures in 16mm film reels.


  • 1980s


Conditions Governing Access

Direct access to the audiovisual material in this collection is restricted due to format.

Conditions Governing Use

CENTRO holds the rights to the Los Sures b-roll, the rest of the material copyright is held by Echeverria or the creating entity.

Biographical / Historical

Diego Echeverria is a producer, director, and documentary filmmaker.

Born in Chile, he was raised in Puerto Rico and moved to New York City to study film at Columbia University. He worked as a producer and director of News and Current Affairs for WNET and WNBC in New York, NBC News, and CBS News.

In the early 1980s he directed two short feature documentaries, "El Legado: A Puerto Rican Legacy" (1980) and "Puerto Rico: A Colony the American Way" (1981), as well as the documentary about people in the Puerto Rican neighborhood of South Williamsburg, "Los Sures" (1984).

Through his company, Terra Associates, he produced multimedia, television programs, and audiovisual projects targeted for classroom use, health organizations, and corporate sponsors. Echeverria received two Emmys for his work in television.


6.0 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Filmmaker and communications specialist. Collection contains videocassettes, film reels, mixed audio tracks and a number of publications. This collection concerns the PBS Latino-focused program, Visiones, and footage about Los Sures, his 1984 film documentary about five different people who live in this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Diego Echeverria.

Related Materials

The master film reels for the documentary Los Sures are held by Union Docs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CENTRO owns the b-reel from the film.

Echeverria participated in the 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History project found in CENTRO's digital collections.

Diego Echeverria Audiovisual Collection
Under Revision
Pedro Juan Hernández
August 2020
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Revision Statements

  • 9/14/2022: Brendan Enright added a container list to the resource record as well as associated locations in the stacks with the containers. A few of the document boxes were over-stuffed with items which could cause damage to their housing and the containers. Brendan removed a few of the items from "Box 2" ("Untitled" work associated with the NBC: Hispanic Special and Other series) and "Box 3" ("Going Places, Gilberto Shark Boy" and "Program Samples" belonging to the Terra Productions, Inc series) and created a new container "Box 8". After this physical rearrangement, the items were described and grouped under the relevant Series to maintain intellectual control of the collection. After entering the container list and examining the materials, Brendan updated and edited the Scope and Content note.

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.