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Edgar de Jesús Papers

Identifier: MSS 77

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of newsletters, biographies and reports. It spans the years 1970-2001 and is concerned mainly with activities in the New York metropolitan area. The collection includes general documents and information from organizations such as the National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights, New York’s Hispanic Leadership Training Project, and the Institute for Puerto Rican Policy, in addition to other labor unions. De Jesús maintained several reports and writings on the Puerto Rican migration and Puerto Rican employment by authors like Edward Gonzalez, Lois Gray, Geoffrey Fox, and Frank Bonilla. Two of de Jesús’ writings on Puerto Rican Workers in New York City and the North American Free Trade Agreement can also be found in the collection.


  • 1970-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Centro.

Biographical / Historical

Edgar de Jesús was the former assistant manager and director of organizing for the NY/NJ Regional Joint Board of the Union of Needle trades and Textile Employees (UNITE), de Jesús was also a member of the New York City Hispanic Labor Committee, the AFL-CIO Labor Council on Latin American Advancement, the Young Lords/Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization and was chair of the New York City Labor Task Force of the National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights.


0.40 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Edgar de Jesús was a union member and organizer and former member of the Young Lords. The collection measures 0.4 cubic feet and consists of newsletters, biographies and reports. It spans the years 1970-2001 and is concerned mainly with activities in the New York metropolitan area.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edgar de Jesús.

Edgar de Jesús Papers
Cynthia Sanchez and Ana Rosa Perez, Archive staff members under the supervision of Pedro Juan Hernandez.
August 2020
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Revision Statements

  • June 9, 2021: Additional folders added to resource record and series-level description removed by 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.