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Musicians -- Puerto Rico

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Bartolo Alvarez Papers

Identifier: MSS 88

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

Boricua Roots / Raices Boricuas: A Puerto Rican From Brooklyn "Los Sures" Sings Puerto Rican Songs

 Item — Box 3: [Barcode: SaRo_003], Object: 1-8
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Sandra Roldán is guitarist and musician whose music expressed the political struggle of Puerto Ricans and the Latinx Community in general. Her collection consists primarily of photographs and negatives documenting Roldán’s performance career and her personal life. The materials date from the mid-1970s through the late 1990s.Included in the collection are photographs of fellow musicians and performance spaces where Roldán performed over the years which may be of interest to...
Dates: 1953-2005; Majority of material found within 1974-1999

Genoveva de Arteaga Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7

Genoveva de Arteaga was a pianist, organist, teacher and choir director. Her Papers can support research in the musical and cultural history of Puerto Rico. The collection also documents the development of musical, literary, cultural, and civic organizations among Puerto Ricans in New York. The Papers include personal documents, correspondence, flyers, writings, invitations, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1930-1989; 1910s-1991

Ruth Glasser Puerto Rican Music Oral History Collection

Identifier: OHC 6

This collection consists of 40 audiocassettes containing interviews with 28 interviewees conducted by Glasser while writing her book/ dissertation, My Music is My Flag. The collection contains interviews of prominent Puerto Rican musicians, composers, music store owners, and their relatives. The interviews date from 1988 to 1993.

Dates: 1988-1993

Pedro "Piquito" Marcano Collection

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: PeMa_001]
Identifier: MSS 61
Abstract Pedro “Piquito” Marcano was one of the foremost Puerto Rican bandleaders, composers, and vocalists of the 1930s and 1940s in New York City. He is most remembered as the founder and director of the Cuarteto Marcano. The collection consists of 0.12 cubic feet of documents such as flyers and newspaper clippings, as well as photographs of the musical figure, but also including other artists, and spans the dates from 1920-1972. The collection includes some original photographs and other ephemeral...
Dates: 1920-1972

Augusto Rodríguez Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 144
Scope and Contents This collection consists of materials created by Augusto Rodríguez including correspondence, essays, and photographs capturing his musical contributions, scholarship, and personal life as well as newspaper articles, pamphlets, and records created by media outlets, journalists, and cultural foundations that document his life, musical career, achievements, and reflect upon his death. Personal and professional photographs of Augusto Rodríguez dating from the 1900s up to the 1980s comprise a...
Dates: 1900-1987

Sandra Roldán Photographic Collection

Identifier: MSS 30

Guitarist and musician that expressed the political struggle of Puerto Ricans and the Latino Community in general. Collection consists primarily of photographs that document Roldán’s performance career. Included as well are a number of photographic negatives. The materials date from the mid-1970s through the late 1990s.

Dates: 1953-2005; Majority of material found within 1974-1999

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.