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Photographs

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 72 Collections and/or Records:

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

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

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

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: [Barcode: BCSo_024]
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

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

CHARAS/El Bohío Cultural and Community Center Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 233
Abstract

The CHARAS/El Bohío Cultural and Community Center Records are an important resource for studying Puerto Ricans and other Latino communities in the Lower East Side (known as Loisaida), New York from 1970 to 2010. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, posters, proposals, reports, financial statements, and artifacts.

Dates: 1965-2010; Majority of material found within 1970s-1990s

Claridad Bilingüe Negatives Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 133
Abstract Claridad is a weekly newspaper of the Puerto Rican workers independence movement founded in San Juan on June 1, 1959. The paper was the official publication for the independence political movement (Pro Independencia, MPI) and later the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Puertorriqueno, PSP) in Puerto Rico. The Claridad USA (known as Claridad Bilingüe, the bilingual) edition became a source of information and a tool to disseminate news from the diaspora perspective in both...
Dates: 1967-1985

Jesús Colón Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 1
Abstract The Jesús Colón Papers are a significant contribution to the study of Puerto Rican history and especially to the reconstruction of Puerto Rican community history in New York. They support research on such topics as organizational development, political participation among Puerto Ricans in New York, employment, discrimination, and the labor movement. There are letters, notes, drafts of published and unpublished works, reports, clippings, and photographs with a majority of the papers...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1920-1970; 1901-1974

Joaquín Colón-López Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 48
Abstract Joaquín Colón-López was a Puerto Rican activist and writer, brother to writer Jesús Colón. He also co-founded Club Democrático de Brooklyn with J.V. Alonso. The Joaquín Colón-Lopez Papers consists of documents and 262 photographs dating from 1917 to 1947. Included among the documents are biographical information, articles, and a typewritten manuscript of Colón-Lopez’s book, Pioneros Puertorriqueños en Nueva York 1917-1947. This manuscript was submitted by Centro and published by Arte Público...
Dates: 1917-1947

Miriam Colón Valle Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 22
Abstract Actress Miriam Colón Valle founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and was instrumental in bringing Puerto Rican drama and bilingual theatre to new audiences, especially Latino New York City residents. The Miriam Colón papers primarily document Colón's artistic vision, the productions staged by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and her own career as a stage and screen actress. The collection spans 1948-2017 and demonstrates the impact and importance of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre...
Dates: 1948-2017; Majority of material found within 1960s-1970s

Joe Conzo Jr. Photographs Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 219
Abstract

Joe Conzo, Jr. is a photographer from the South Bronx, whose photographic work is influenced by the legacy of Puerto Rican activism and musical culture in New York City. The collection consists of photographs of the Committee Against Fort Apache in the 1980s and five photographs from the exhibit The Bronx: Mi Barrio, Mi Orgullo, Photography by Joe Conzo, the Centro Library in 2010.

Dates: 1979-2009

Félix Luis Cordero Meléndez Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 24
Abstract

Félix Luis Meléndez Cordero is a photographer and painter. This collection consists of 0.25 cubic feet of biographical information, slides of photographs, descriptive information, exhibit programs, and photographs.

Dates: 1980s-1994

María Cortijo Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 105
Abstract

A resident of Brooklyn since the 1950s, Cortijo is a Puerto Rican artist who created an art form, weaving dolls and other artifacts, such as handbags, baskets and even vests from disposable plastic bags. The María Cortijo collection consists of 0.12 cubic feet of biographical information, a photograph, and woven artifacts. The collection dates to 2003, when Centro exhibited Cortijo’s work in its gallery.

Dates: 2002-2003

Genoveva de Arteaga Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7
Abstract

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

Doval Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 66
Abstract

The Doval Family Collection is a geneaology collection, which contains some family personal documents, family portraits and one copy of an iconic passenger list booklet for the New York and Porto Rico Steamship Company. This family initially moved to New York from Puerto Rico and eventually settled in New Jersey.

Dates: 1914-2000

East Harlem Council for Community Improvement Inc. Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 119
Abstract This small collection offers insight into the work of community leaders in East Harlem. Founded in 1979 by residents and community leaders in El Barrio, the East Harlem Council for Community Improvement focused on delivering a broad range of human services to the residents of Manhattan’s Community Planning Board #11. It later expanded its reach and provided services in communities in the South Bronx, Lower East Side, and Central and West Harlem. It consists primarily of news articles,...
Dates: 1965-1997

Edwin López Papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2001-013
Dates: 1966-2000

Oscar García Rivera Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 53
Abstract Politician, lawyer, community activist. First Puerto Rican elected to public office in the U.S. An important source for the study of early Puerto Rican political life and of the existent conditions of the East (Spanish) Harlem community in the first part of the twentieth century. In addition, it provides a viewfinder into labor politics and the political and social alliances created amongst emerging ethnic communities in New York City. Collection consists of correspondence, speeches,...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1937-1950s; 1912-1988

Robert García Congressional Papers

 Collection — Box 62: [Barcode: RoGa_062]
Identifier: MSS 110
Abstract This collection documents Roberts Garcia’s career as U.S. Representative of the South Bronx (1978-1990), at the time, the poorest congressional district in the country. The papers chronicle his work on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, the Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and his legislative work on issues of interest, such as immigration reform, bilingual education, and teen pregnancy. The collection also contains administrative and...
Dates: 1976-1994; Majority of material found within 1978-1989

Jaime Haslip-Peña Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 55
Abstract

Jaime Haslip-Peña worked on the steamship Borinquen for the U.S. Customs Service. This collection serves as a documentation of the lives of the steamship merchant marines. It includes an audiotape and 150 photographs.

Dates: 1918-1951



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.