Centro Library and Archives Historical Preservation and Research Partnership Program Fall 2016-Spring 2017

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives seeks Partners to collect, archival material, conduct research, and disseminate new knowledge about the history of Puerto Rican individuals in communities in the United States.

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de Jesús, Edgar 
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 the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights. Collection consists of newsletters, biographies, reports and focuses on activities in the New York metropolitan area. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Social Reform]

1970-2001        0.4        7        Inventory


Delgado Ramos, Ramón
Ramón Delgado Ramos was a judge and notary public, as well as a poet, writer and musician from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The collection includes original sheet music and lyrics by Delgado Ramos, photographs, autographed photographs, lyrics, certificates, a promotional movie booklet for the film Solomon and Sheba, and six small books, including an epistolary memoir, essays on religion, spiritualism and metaphysics and a publication named Puerto Rico Ilustrado dated May 1940. [Topics: Music; Religion]

1921-1952        0.12        10        Inventory


Department of the Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States
The Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States (DPRCA), 1989-1993 replaced the Migration Division in 1989 as a cabinet-level department of the government of Puerto Rico with the mission to address the multiple concerns of the Puerto Rican community in the United States. In justifying its creation, the law stated “certainly we are one community separated by the sea but integrally united by culture.” The department’s mission expanded as it was officially transformed into an overseas department. The DPRCA administered the following programs: Agricultural Migrant Workers Service; Business Development; Cultural Promotion; Human Resources; Legal Assistance; Library and Archives; Political Education and Orientation; and Social Welfare. It also managed the following regional offices: Boston, Massachusetts; Camden, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Hartford, Connecticut. In 1992, the department was declared unconstitutional on the grounds that as citizens of the U.S., Puerto Ricans did not need representation from the government of Puerto Rico. Along with other offices of the government of Puerto Rico in the United States, it closed its public service operations in 1993 and centralized administrative functions in the Office of Puerto Rican Federal Affairs in Washington, D.C. [Topics: Politics, Government and Law; Settlement; Social Reform]

See Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS)

1989-1993        -        47        Finding Aid


Díaz, Efraín/Santiago Iglesias Educational Society
The Santiago Iglesias Educational Society was formed by members of labor unions from various industries. These included the New York City Central Labor Council, the AFL-CIO, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #3, to address the needs and concerns of Puerto Rican and other Hispanic workers and communities in the United States. The collection consists of documents such as personal and biographical information, organization constitution, correspondence, flyers, programs, certificates, photos and clippings, meeting minutes and agendas, and course descriptions relating to the society, its members and its activities. This collection complements other Santiago Iglesias Hispanic Educational Society collections. [Topics: Labor]

1958-1996        0.25        6        Inventory


Díaz, Manuel “Manny”
Social worker, activist, and academic. A founding member of community based organizations such as the Puerto Rican Forum, ASPIRA, the Hispanic Youth Association, the Puerto Rican Family Institute and Boricua College, Manuel Díaz trained as a social worker and went on to lead numerous institutions and initiatives, among them the Puerto Rican Community Development Project, Mobilization for Youth and PROGRESS, Inc. He served on the faculties of Columbia University, Boricua College and Fordham University. The papers contain significant material on the life and work of the Puerto Rican social worker and community organizer. His oral autobiography is preserved on a series of audiocassettes, as well as recordings of his academic study, travels and community work. Writings by Díaz detail his life and outlook on the issues of his time. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, audiovisual files, and artifacts. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Gender and Sexuality; Organization and Leaders; Politics; Social Reform]

1940-2007        7.50        8        Finding Aid


Díaz, William
The first Latino Program Director for the Ford Foundation (1983) and a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, William Díaz was also vice chairman of the Minnesota State Latino Affairs Council and helped found the Puerto Rico Community Foundation. He also served on the boards of Hispanics in Philanthropy, Aspira of America and Aspira of New York, Inc. and the Council on Foundations, among other organizations. Collection contains correspondence, speeches, reports, brochures, resumes, newspaper clippings and event programs. The papers span various geographic regions, including New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maryland. [Topics: Labor]

1980-2001        5.0        9        Inventory


Doval Family
Genealogical collection consisting of 7 family portraits and personal documents, such as identification and a copy of a passenger list booklet for the New York and Porto Rico Steamship Company. [Topics: Family and Community Life]




1914-2000        0.05        6        Inventory


East Harlem Common Ground
A civic, non-partisan association committed to the political education and empowerment of the residents of East Harlem. 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, according to its mission statement, “make the people of East Harlem a positive force in shaping the political decisions that affect their lives.” Collection includes agendas, maps, a guidebook and member listings. [Topics: Community Life; Education; Health and Community Welfare]

2001-2003        1.25        5        Inventory


East Harlem Council for Community Improvement, Inc.
Founded in 1979 by residents and community leaders in East Harlem, East Harlem Council for Community Improvement, Inc. focused on the delivery of 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. [Topics: Health and Community Welfare]

1995-1997        0.25        5        Description


Echevarría, Diego/Visiones
Filmmaker and communications specialist. Collection contains videocassettes, film reels, mixed audio tracks and a number of publications. This collection concerns the PBS Latino-focused program, Visiones, and footage about Los Sures, his 1984 film documentary about five different people who live in this Brooklyn neighborhood. [Topics: Media; TV]


1980s        6.0        1        Description


Esteves, Sandra María
Award-winning poet, visual artist and founding member of the Nuyorican poetry movement. Of mixed Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, Sandra Esteves became the first Nuyorican woman to publish a volume of poetry in the United States. The collection includes one folder with poems and short stories. [Topics: Arts; Literature]

1973-1977        0.05        5        Inventory


Falcón, Pedro [PDF]
Pioneer in drug treatment and prevention programs in New York City and throughout the country. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, in 1932, Pedro Falcón was one of Inocencio Falcón’s and Josefina Figueras’ six children. After losing his mother at an early age, Falcón helped parent the other children, especially after his father left for New York City in search of job opportunities. In 1947, he moved to Brooklyn at the age of 15 and joined the rest of his immediate family. The Papers of Rehabilitation Program Pioneers Julio Martínez, Carlos Pagán and Pedro Falcón are an important resource that documents the contributions that these three Puerto Rican pioneers made to drug treatment and prevention programs in New York City and throughout the country. The collection consists of awards, correspondence, clippings, flyers, notes, programs, publications, photographs, writings and a CD and DVD. [Topics: Education; Labor and Occupation; Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform]

1967-2008        1.5        1        Finding Aid


FBI Files on Puerto Ricans
An educational project by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. It contains formerly secret files produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from the 1930s to the 1990s. The files document FBI surveillance activities and counterintelligence operations that targeted Puerto Rican organizations and individuals. [Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government, and Law]

1936-1990s        1.0        1        Inventory


Félix, Aníbal
Anibal Félix originally migrated to New York from Santurce, Puerto Rico in the late 1940s and was a lifelong resident of East Harlem. During the 1950s, he was a music promoter and spent the rest of his working life at Metropolitan Hospital, eventually becoming union representative and shop steward. He was an avid Latin music collector and baseball enthusiast. His papers consist mainly of LPs and audiocassettes documenting Cuban and Puerto Rican music, particularly rare recordings of trios. [Topics: Arts; Community Life; Music; Recreation]

1940-1980s        20.0        7        Description


Ferrer, Fernando “Freddy”
New York City Council member from 1982-1987, Bronx Borough President from 1987-2001, Fernando Ferrer made two bids for Mayoral office in 2001 and 2005. He was a member of ASPIRA in the late 1960s and served as vice-president of the citywide ASPIRA Clubs Federation. He received a B.A. from New York University and an M.P.A. from Baruch College. Collection includes DVDs, awards, newspapers, audiocassettes, photographs and reports. [Topics: Politics, Government, and Law]

1988-2005        8.0        25        Inventory


Fragoso, Victor
Author, playwriter, academic and poet on gay themes. He collaborated with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies in cultural projects geared toward the Puerto Rican community. Available on microfilm format only. [Topics: Literature; Poetry]



1968-1981        0.1        1        Inventory

Fragoza Family
The collection documents the family's participation with the American Legion, Borinquen Post 1216, baseball teams and views of their new residence in the Bronx in the early 1940s. [Topics: Family and Community Life: Migration and Settlement]

1940s        0.5        17        Inventory