Jack Agüeros He Can't Even Read Spanish Script Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection comprises one folder that contains the manuscript for a television drama titled “He Can’t Even Read Spanish,” as well as a letter to Lillian López, of New York Public Library’s South Bronx Project, and some promotional materials and New York Times article for an equivalent WNBC series title “They Can’t Even Speak Spanish.” Materials date from 1971.
- Agüeros, Jack (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Jack Agüeros was born in 1934 in East Harlem, New York City, the son of Joaquin Agüeros and Carmen Diaz Agüeros. Joaquin Agüeros moved to New York City in the mid-1920s from Puerto Rico, where he was a policeman; Carmen Diaz arrived in New York from Puerto Rico in 1931. Life for Puerto Ricans in New York during the Great Depression was hard; work was not easy to find, and Agüeros grew up in relative poverty in an immigrant area. After serving in the U.S. Air Force he attended Brooklyn College on the G.I. bill. Agüeros received grants and awards in three different disciplines--for poetry, fiction, and playwriting. He was the author of three books of poems: Lord, Is This a Psalm? (2002), Sonnets from the Puerto Rican (1996), and Correspondence Between the Stone Haulers (1991). Additionally, he was a dedicated community activist working in several East Harlem organizations and becoming a leader in cultural organizations. From 1977-1986, Agüeros served as the director of El Museo el Barrio, the only Puerto Rican museum on the mainland and instituted the long-running tradition of staging a Tres Reyes / Three Kings Parade through East Harlem. Jack Agüeros died in Manhattan on May 4, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
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The Jack Agüeros Collection contains the script for the television drama He Can’t Even Read Spanish, as well as promotional materials, a letter to Lillian López of the New York Public Library’s South Bronx Project and a New York Times article for a similar series on WNBC titled They Can’t Even Speak Spanish. Material dates from 1971.
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- López, Lillian
- Manuscripts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- New York Public Library. South Bronx Project
- Promotional materials Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Script Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jack Agüeros "He Can't Even Read Spanish" Script Collection
- Pedro Juan Hernandez.
- September 2020
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- January 31, 2021: Notes updated by Pedro Juan Hernandez.
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