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East Harlem Common Ground Records

Identifier: MSS 117

Scope and Contents

Collection includes agendas, maps, a guidebook and member listings.This small collection is arranged topically.


  • Creation: 2001-2003


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Centro.

Biographical / Historical

A civic, non-partisan association committed to the political education and empowerment of the residents of East Harlem (known as El Barrio), EHCG sought to increase awareness of issues that affected the community and to cultivate leadership amongst its members. Through educational forums, town hall meetings and workshops, the group’s intention was to “make the people of East Harlem (El Barrio) a positive force in shaping the political decisions that affect their lives.” (Mission Statement)


1.25 Cubic Feet

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.


A civic, non-partisan association committed to the political education and empowerment of the residents of East Harlem (known as El Barrio). The collection measures 1.25 cubic feet and includes agendas, maps, a guide book and member listings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Daniel Perez and Carlos Vargas.

East Harlem Common Ground Records
Pedro Juan Hernández
May 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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.