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A La Izquierda: The Puerto Rican Movements Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: artificial-LEFT
Scope and Contents A La Izquierda: The Puerto Rican Movement, 1923-2002 is an artifical microfilm collection documenting left-wing social movements for justice, independence and human rights in Puerto Rico and the United States during the twentieth century. The collection consists of twenty microfilm reels that include periodicals, newsletters, pamphlets and other documents representing multiple organizations and individuals that advocated for Puerto Rican independence and around issues of labor, feminism and...
Dates: 1923-2002

Jack Agüeros He Can't Even Read Spanish Script Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 20
Abstract

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.

Dates: 1971

Vicente "Panamá" Alba Pérez PanaRican Manuscript Collection

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 211
Abstract

Vicente "Panamá" Alba Pérez was a activist and community organizer. This collection consists of the manuscript for his book titled PanaRican.

Dates: 2009

Albors Photographic Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 90
Abstract

The collection consists of 86 photos depicting different labor groups participating in the Puerto Rican Day Parade from 1963-1973.

Dates: 1964-1973

Petra Allende Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 95
Abstract

Community activist and senior citizen advocate. This collection documents the history of various East Harlem/ El Barrio organizations specially those dealing with the concerns of senior citizens. Includes correspondence, articles, minutes, local newspapers, clippings, publications, programs, photographs and memorabilia.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1970-2001; 1926-2004

Bartolo Alvarez Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 88
Abstract

Bartolo Alvarez was a well-known orchestra director. His collection includes: correspondence, song title sheets, music notes, writings, newspaper articles, concert programs, photographs, and music CDs of Alvarez’s, from the period between 1953 to 1971.

Dates: 1953-1971

Kathy Andrade Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 76
Abstract Andrade has been an active participant in Hispanic labor organizations and held various positions in the Hispanic Labor Committee and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. A life-long activist and leader in the labor movement, Andrade first worked as an organizer in Miami and New York after arriving from El Salvador. She was the director of the Department of Education for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), where she was responsible for worker education...
Dates: 1959-1997

Rafael Anglada López Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 11
Abstract

Lawyer and civil rights activist. Collection documents leftist movements and radical politics in Puerto Rico and the United States and the role of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the United Nations. Also contains information on the decolonization of Puerto Rico as an issue before the UN, the Wells Fargo robbery in Hartford, and Puerto Rican political prisoners. Includes letters, memoranda, reports, flyers, pamphlets and newspaper clippings.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1970s-1989; 1936-2002

Juanita Arocho Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 46
Abstract

Community activist and journalist. Collection contains correspondence, articles, photographs, and printed matter pertaining to the participation of Juanita Arocho in the Masons and the movement for the independence of Puerto Rico.

Dates: 1940 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1994

Carlos "Mister Cha-Cha Taps" Arroyo Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 231
Abstract

Carlos "Mister Cha-Cha Taps" Arroyo grew up in El Barrio in New York City and went on grace the legendary stage of the Palladium and travel around the world as a professional dancer for over twenty years in the 1950s and '60s. His collection documents his time on the stage with promotional material, photographs and news clippings of his storied career.

Dates: 1947-2005

ASPIRA of New York Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 84
Abstract

The Records of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. are an integral resource for the study of early and innovative efforts to aid and increase the educational attainment of Puerto Rican and Latino youth in New York City. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, reports, speeches, videotapes, slides and financial statements.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1970-1995; 1959-1998

Juan Avilés Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 14
Abstract

Juan Avilés was a poet from Puerto Rico who was the editor and director of publicity for the Hispanoamerica film company and Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights of New York He also held leadership positions in several Hispanic writers organizations. This collection includes newspaper articles, certificates, correspondence, poems, a copy of Aviles’ book, personal writings, flyers, publications, photographs and pocket diaries.

Dates: 1955-1989

Herman Badillo Public Relations Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 281
Abstract

The Herman Badillo Public Relations Records were collected by Jim Vlasto, who served as press secretary and spokesman for Badillo during various stages of his political career. These records include press releases, clippings, correspondence, election campaign materials and other historical documents highlighting his political career in Congress, accomplishments, and setbacks as a candidate for New York City mayor.

Dates: 1960s-1990s; Majority of material found within 1969-1977

Alfredo Barela Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 139
Abstract

The Alfredo Barela Collection consists of 35 photographs of the theatrical actor, including portraits, scenes from performances and cast shots.

Dates: circa 1940-1950s

Efraín Barradas Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 67
Abstract

Efraín Barradas is a literature scholar. This collection documents his early years as a Professor of Spanish/Latin American Studies in the University of Florida, Gainseville, It includes clippings on literature and theater, correspondence, event programs, articles and a number of books and other publications. The materials predominately date from the 1960s and 1970s.

Dates: 1959-1998; Majority of material found within 1960s-1970s

Pura Belpré Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9
Abstract

The Pura Belpré Papers are an important source for the study of Puerto Rican children's literature and Puerto Rican folk tales and legends. They are valuable for examining relationships between the Puerto Rican community and a major institution such as the New York Public Library. The materials include personal documents, financial statements from publishers, correspondence, manuscripts, flyers, clippings, photographs, and illustrations. There are both Spanish and English documents.

Dates: Majority of material found within circa 1930s - 1985; 1897-1985

Frank Bonilla Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 49
Abstract

The Frank Bonilla Papers are an important resource for the continued study of the career and contributions of this most seminal of individuals in the fields of Puerto Rican Studies, Latin American Studies and Political Science. The materials in this collection consist of personal documents, clippings, photographs, remarks, speeches, writings, awards, certificates and correspondence.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1995-2004; 1946-2011

José Federico Burgos Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 108
Abstract

José Federico Burgos was a poet and member of many Puerto Rican cultural organizations in New York City. Burgos received many certificates of merit for his literature and community service. The collection consists of magazine and newspaper article clippings about José Federico Burgos and his sister, famous Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. The collection is a single folder containing items dated from May 1978 to February 2004.

Dates: 1978-2004

Diana Caballero Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 33
Abstract Educator, community organizer and activist. Developed civil rights and educational reform organizations. Collection documents the right to equal educational opportunities in the Puerto Rican and Latino community of New York City, advocacy for bilingual education, community efforts to get Latino representation on the Board of Education of the City of New York, and the reform of district boards. Also provides history of the Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable and the National Congress for...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1980-1999; 1967-1999

Gonzalo Cabassa Ramírez Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 59
Abstract

The Gonzalo Cabassa Ramírez collection consists of personal documents and correspondence belonging or relating to the Puerto Rican independence supporter and member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, including government documents, such as Cabassa Ramirez’s resignation of U.S. citizenship, police and judicial records, intelligence reports, clippings and two military photographs. The collection is arranged by subject, rather than chronologically.

Dates: 1953-1999

Elba Cabrera Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 109
Abstract Pioneering advocate for Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture, affectionately known as “La Madrina de las Artes.” Sister of activist Evelina Antonetty and library administrator Lillian López. Collection chronicles career with organizations including the Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Center for the Media Arts, Hostos Community College, Bronx Council on the Arts and Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as her relationships with Puerto Rican and Latino...
Dates: 1924-2015; Majority of material found within 1970-2014

Blase Camacho Souza Papers

 Collection — Box: 24
Identifier: MSS 86
Abstract

Boricua-Hawaiana activist and educator. Her papers are an important source of information on the experience of Puerto Ricans who emigrated to Hawaii. Included in the papers are letters, manuscripts, notes, programs, flyers, photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1970-2000; 1899-2003

Aidalina Campillo-Hochhauser Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 300
Abstract Aidalina Campillo Hochhauser was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, in 1918. She was among over 350,000 American women who joined the military during World War II in different capacities. She served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy (WAVES) during World War II, where she served as a censor in California. She was also in the Red Cross where she served as a Recreational Leader in Germany. Starting in 1955, and for many years thereafter, she worked as a New York City Board of Education social...
Dates: 1918-2010; Majority of material found within 1940s

Alice Cardona Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 73
Abstract Alice Cardona was a Puerto Rican whose advocacy for women’s rights and bilingual education as well as her efforts as founder of various organizations for Latinas distinguished her in New York City activist communities. The Alice Cardona Papers document the bilingual education movement in New York City, the development of organizations that serve the needs of women, and those oriented toward community development. The materials date from 1923-2001 (bulk 1973-2001), consisting of biographical...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1973-2001; 1923-2001

Luis A. Cardona Oral History Collection

 Collection
Identifier: OHC 2
Abstract

The Luis A. Cardona Oral History Collection contains 32 interviews on audiocassette tapes from 1976-1989. Cardona interviewed leaders of the Puerto Rican community, many of who were founders of Puerto Rican organizations in New York and throughout the diaspora. These interviews contributed to Cardona's research.

Dates: 1976-1989

Rudy Castilla Photographs Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 102
Abstract These photographs depicting Puerto Rican and other Hispanic entertainers, performers, and celebrities were taken by the famed Rudy Castilla Photo studio in East Harlem (El Barrio), New York in the 1930s through the 1960s. Many prints from this period were destroyed when the studio underwent changes in ownership. There are also miscellaneous items, such as postcards of Puerto Rico and unidentified photos. The collection is arranged alphabetically by name, where available. The collection was...
Dates: 1930s-1960s

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project

 Sub-Group
Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-100PR
Scope and Contents

This collection contains over 250 video oral history interviews conducted between 2013-2021. Interviews conducted 2013-2018 were filmed in clips, in which each question is a distinct digital record. Interviews 2018-2021 were conducted as full interviews, with a single interview record per session.

Dates: 2012-2021

CENTRO: Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center

 Sub-Group
Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-COHP-LEMC
Scope and Contents The Centro Oral History Project/Latino Educational Media Center (COHP/LEMC) project ran from 2003-2008 and was focused on capturing oral history interviews from members of the Puerto Rican community who participated in institution building during the 1950s to 1970s in New York City. The collection highlights the formation of organizations such as the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), and Puerto Rican Association of Community Affairs...
Dates: 2003-2008

CENTRO: New York City Hispanic Labor Documentation Oral History Project

 Sub-Group
Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-LABOR
Scope and Contents Between 2000-2001, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, in collaboration with the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University, and with the cooperation of the New York City Central Labor Council’s Hispanic Labor Committee, the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society of Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), New York City Central Chapter, conducted a one-year records survey project to locate and...
Dates: 2000-2001

CENTRO: Puerto Ricans in New York: Voices of the Migration

 Sub-Group
Identifier: CENTRO-12-05-PRNYVM
Scope and Contents

This project consists of audiocassettes and corresponding digital files for 27 oral history interviewees, including community leaders, garment workers and early community settlers who migrated to New York City from Puerto Rico during the Great Migration (late 1940s-50s). Interviewees for the project discussed their lives, including their experiences migrating and getting settled in New York City, their families and relationships, and their work.

Dates: 1983-1985



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.