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Rafael Fragoza Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 210


The Rafael Fragoza papers spanning from 1917 to 1955 document his military service during World War I and his life in New York City. This small collection consists of a few personal documents and photographs from his military service and family.


  • Creation: 1916-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by CENTRO.

Biographical / Historical

Rafael Fragoza was born in the municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico on August 20, 1898 and migrated to New York City in July 1917. He travelled back and forth between the Island and New York City several times in the early years of his migration. During World War I, Fragoza was drafted into the Army and reached the rank of Corporal. Following the war he joined the American Legion “Borinquen” Post No. 1216 in New York City.

Rafael Fragoza and his family resided in the Bronx, New York through the 1940s.The family moved from the Bronx to Bay Shore, Long Island, looking for some better socio-economic conditions in 1955. Rafael died in March 1962 and buried in the Long Island National Cemetery.


0.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Carole Fragoza Fernández in 2009.

Related Materials

Torres Ortiz Family Collection and the 65th Infantry Records (copy from U.S. Army Center of Military History).

Processing Information

Processed as part of Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Advanced Archival Practicum at Centro, 2019. Project Supervisors: Pedro Juan Hernández and Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez.

Rafael Fragoza Papers
Richard Moncrief supervised by Pedro Juan Hernández and Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez.
August 2019
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Revision Statements

  • September 2022: Notes edited and revised, series designations removed by Lindsay Wittwer.

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.