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Luyanda-Fernández Family Papers

Identifier: MSS 142

Scope and Contents

The collection provides a glance into the world of competitive track and field in the 1930s through documentation of Juan Luyanda Fernandez’s sporting activities. A small number of photographs depict the life of his cousin Delilah Fernandez, who participated in local beauty pageants in Puerto Rico.


  • Creation: 1938-2005


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Centro.

Biographical / Historical

Juan Luyanda Fernandez, born in Cataño, Puerto Rico in 1918, was an outstanding athlete in track and field. He competed in the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador in 1935, Panama in 1938, and Guatemala in 1950, obtaining six medals. From 1937 to 1972 he held the national high jump record at 6 feet 7 inches.


2.0 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Includes materials pertinent to several members of the Luyanda-Fernández family, this collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings and books. Among the individuals covered are Juan Luyanda Fernández, a high jumper who competed internationally for Puerto Rico, and his cousin Dalilah Torres Fernández, who migrated to the U.S. in the 1960s. The collection spans the years 1938-2005 and focuses on family activities in New York and Puerto Rico.


This small collection is arranged by document type.

Luyanda-Fernández Family Papers
Archive staff members under the supervision of Pedro Juan Hernandez.
August 2020
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Revision Statements

  • May 2021 : Guide was revised in May 2021 by Wendy Jiménez.

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.