A La Izquierda: The Puerto Rican Movements Collection
Scope and Contents
A La Izquierda: The Puerto Rican Movement, 1923-2002 is an artifical microfilm collection documenting left-wing social movements for justice, independence and human rights in Puerto Rico and the United States during the twentieth century. The collection consists of twenty microfilm reels that include periodicals, newsletters, pamphlets and other documents representing multiple organizations and individuals that advocated for Puerto Rican independence and around issues of labor, feminism and human rights on the island and in the United States. Represented in this collection are documents originating in Puerto Rico as well as from communities in New York, Chicago, Hartford and California.
This collection provides rich material for researchers and can serve as an introduction into the complex history of the organizations and movements that composed the Puerto Rican left-independence struggle. In many cases, there is no other source of documentation for these groups.
The microfilm reels are arranged by title in alphabetical order from reels 1-16. Reels 1719 include pamphlets that are arranged chronologically by decade and reel 20 is devoted solely to the writings of prominent political activist and poet Juan Antonio Corretjer (1908-1985) and the organization he helped found, the Liga Socialista Puertorriqueña (LSP). This is a unique collection and a valuable source of information on a topic that continues to be relevant for researchers, scholars and activists alike.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is available to researchers as a microfilm collection only. Original material is not accessible.
Conditions Governing Use
Marc Zeitschik of Praxess Associates donated all rights from the A La Izquierda microfilm collection to CENTRO.
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Metadata Rights Declarations
- License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Most of these resources documenting the Puerto Rican left movements were journals and periodicals from other collections in Centro Archives or Hunter College Archives.
Existence and Location of Originals
Most of the original material is currently held in the CENTRO Archives, some material was loaned for microfilming by the owners.
- A La Izquierda Collection
- The Puerto Rican Movements
- Librarian Jorge Matos Valldejuli, Archivist Nélida Pérez and Assistant Andy García. Special thanks to Luis Garden Acosta for lending us the periodical Palante for microfilming. Sol Salazar, Hunter College Spanish Major Concentration in Translation, translated this Finding aid into the Spanish language.
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- The project is a collaborative effort between Marc Zeitschik of Praxess Associates and Centro. Project participants from Centro were Jorge Matos Valldejuli, Nélida Pérez and Andy García. Special thanks to Luis Garden Acosta for lending us the periodical Palante for microfilming.
- January 2021: Notes revised by Pedro Juan Hernández.
- October 2022: Notes revised and additional processing of physical collection by Herbert Duran
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Part of the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Repository
Silberman Building, Hunter College
2180 Third Ave. Rm. 122
New York New York 10065