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CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project

Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-100PR

Scope and Contents

This collection contains over 250 video oral history interviews conducted between 2013-2021. Interviews conducted 2013-2018 were filmed in clips, in which each question is a distinct digital record. Interviews 2018-2021 were conducted as full interviews, with a single interview record per session.


  • Creation: 2012-2021


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Running 2013-2021, the 100 Puerto Rican Oral History project's goal was to interview Puerto Ricans who had made a significant impact in their professional fields and to the Puerto Rican community within the United States. Those interviewed came from Puerto Rican communities throughout the country and were leaders or pioneers in a wide variety of fields, including arts and culture, business, education, economic development, community activism, health and community welfare, military, politics and government, and religion. The interviews capture the life stories of the interviewees from childhood to the present, with a focus on their areas of greatest impact. The project originally aimed to capture oral histories from one hundred significant Puerto Ricans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Centro in 2013, but the nominees for the project quickly exceeded the original mandate. Not all those nominated to participate in the project were able to be interviewed.


6.33 Terabytes

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.
100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
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Lindsay Wittwer
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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.