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Pedro "Piquito" Marcano Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 61

Scope and Contents

An inventory of items appears at the beginning of each album. Frame numbers repeat for each album and in some cases may be off by a frame or two.

Reel 1 contains Albums 1-3. Reel 2 contains Album 4.


  • 1920-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Grego Marcano. Collection can be used for personal research or educational instruction.

Biographical / Historical

Pedro “Piquito” Marcano (1902-1966) was one of the foremost Puerto Rican bandleaders, composers, and vocalists of the 1930s and '40s in New York City. He is most remembered as the founder and director of the Cuarteto Marcano, one of the most popular bands of this time in the bolero style: soulful ballads dealing with the universal theme of love. Marcano also worked closely with other major musical performers, such as Pedro Ortíz Dávila, Bobby Capó and Tito Rodríguez. Although Marcano returned to Puerto Rico in the late 1940s, he returned to New York frequently during the 1950s and took part in the jibaro revival of those years.


0.12 Cubic Feet (1 box, 2 microfilm reels)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Metadata Rights Declarations

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Pedro “Piquito” Marcano was one of the foremost Puerto Rican bandleaders, composers, and vocalists of the 1930s and 1940s in New York City. He is most remembered as the founder and director of the Cuarteto Marcano. The collection consists of 0.12 cubic feet of documents such as flyers and newspaper clippings, as well as photographs of the musical figure, but also including other artists, and spans the dates from 1920-1972. The collection includes some original photographs and other ephemeral materials. Additionally, four family albums were microfilmed by Centro with Grego Marcano’s permission.


The collection is arranged into three series:

I: Photographs and Other Ephemeral Materials

II: Albums (microfilm)

III: Documents of Pedro “Piquito” Marcano from Jaime Jaramillo

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Majority of the collection is available on microfilm. Selected documents from the collection were microfilmed with permission from Grego Marcano. Some duplicates of original documents were donated to Centro as well.

Existence and Location of Originals

Besides fifteen original photographs and ephemeral material within the collection, the remainder of the collection is comprised of duplicates with the original material retained by donor Grego Marcano.


Pedro "Piquito" Marcano Collection
Susan M. Kline
June 2022
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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.