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CENTRO: Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center

Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-COHP-LEMC

Scope and Contents

The Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center (COHP/LEMC) project ran from 2003-2008 and was focused on capturing oral history interviews from members of the Puerto Rican community who participated in institution building during the 1950s to 1970s in New York City. The collection highlights the formation of organizations such as the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), and Puerto Rican Association of Community Affairs (PRACA). It also contains several interviews with people who worked for the Puerto Rican government in the Migration Division offices in New York City, as well as people involved in numerous political and activist groups such as The Young Lords, El Comite, and Partido Socialista Puertorriqueños (PSP).

The project was led by Lillian Jiménez, a media arts center manager, independent producer, media activist, exhibitor, funder and educator. She was the head of the Latino Educational Media Center, a nonprofit that produces and distributes educational media on issues by and about the diverse and complex Latino communities in the US.


  • 2003-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Digital files open to researchers without restrictions; interviews on audiocassettes are restricted due to format.


30 Cassettes

38.5 Gigabytes

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.
Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center
Center for Puerto Rican Studies
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Lindsay Wittwer
August 2020
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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.