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Clara Restrepo and Archilla Family Papers

Identifier: MSS 72

Scope and Contents

Includes 5 portraits belonging to Restrepo and biographical and historical documents from the Archilla Family Reunion, which took place in June of 1979 in Dallas, Texas. Included among the biographical sketches is a piece by poet and writer Graciany Miranda Archilla.


  • Creation: 1931-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Centro.

Biographical / Historical

The Clara Restrepo and Archilla Family Papers document the genealogical research of the Archilla Family. The patriarch Gustavo Edmundo Archilla was born to Modesto Archilla and Ángela López in Comercío, Puerto Rico (date undetermined). Gustavo Edmundo was one of seven children, including a brother and five sisters: Alfredo, Matilde, Gloria, América, Lidia, and Luz. The family lived for some time in other areas of Puerto Rico, such as Morovis, Naranjito, Corozal, and Toa Alta. They owned a large amount of land and property, gaining a majority of their wealth from their farmed tobacco crops.

Since the early twentieth century, the Archilla Family has grown to include many relatives who were descendants of the Archilla children. The family descendants collectively uncovered a wealth of information about the family's roots. The surname “Archilla” is of Basque origin from the seventeenth century, later settling in other regions of Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Cuba. Both Modesto Archilla Ramos and Ángela López were born in Puerto Rico after their families left Spain in the mid-1850s. As of 1979, the Archilla Family has descendants from nine other branches of families who married the children of Modesto and Ángela. These additional surnames include Chimelis, Travers, Hackett, Baranowski, Smith, Claudio, and Miranda. An extensive history documenting the various branches of the Archilla Family can be found in the “Archilla Family Reunion” (June 18-24, 1979) booklet within the collection.

Gustavo Abimael Archilla is the son of Gustavo Edmundo Archilla and Miranda Estrada. He, along with his cousins, organized several family reunions and contributed their own written documentation to memorialize the roots of the Archilla Family. Although the Archilla Family is considerably large, the most notable family member is Graciany Miranda Archilla, a poet, journalist, essayist, and co-founder of the Atalayismo literary movement. His own papers can also be found at Centro, since they provide a unique insight to the political and cultural milieu of Puerto Rico during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as of the Puerto Rican community in New York during the 1950s and 1960s.


0.05 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


The collection includes five portraits belonging to Clara Restrepo and biographical and historical documents from the Archilla Family Reunion, which took place in June of 1979 in Dallas, Texas. Included among the biographical sketches is a piece by Graciany Miranda Archilla, a poet, journalist, essayist and co-founder of an important literary movement, whose papers we hold in our archives. The collection dates from 1931 to 1979.


Arranged in a single series by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by Clara Restrepo.

Related Materials

Graciany Miranda Archilla Papers and the Archilla Family Papers at Centro.

Clara Restrepo and Archilla Family Papers
Christopher R. Medina. Archive staff members under the supervision from Pedro Juan Hernandez.
February 2005
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Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Revised by Project Archivist, Victoria Fernandez.

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.