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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Collection Descriptions 5



Institute for Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly
Founded in 1979 in New York City, the Institute is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the quality of life of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic elderly, a rapidly growing and diverse population. The collection consists of documents on the institution, including fact sheets, information on services, conference materials, health care pamphlets, an issue of El Pregonero, the institute’s newspaper, and a pamphlet on scams that was printed by the local government. [Topics: Community Life]

1990s        0.15        5        Inventory


International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU/UNITE)
Culled primarily from the ILGWU library, the collection includes statistical reports, newsletters and clippings documenting the economic development of Puerto Rico and, in part, the diaspora of workers that came from the island to the United States. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders]

1930-1982        6.0        7        Description


A La Izquierda: The Puerto Rican Movement [PDF]
A La Izquierda: The Puerto Rican Movement Collection is an extensive microfilm collection documenting left-wing social movements for justice, independence and human rights in Puerto Rico and the United States during the 20th century. The collection consists of periodicals, newsletters, pamphlets, and other documents representing multiple organizations and individuals that advocated for Puerto Rican independence and around issues of labor, feminism and human rights issues on the island and in the United States. Represented in this collection are documents originating in Puerto Rico as well as from communities in New York, Chicago, Hartford and California. Also included are materials that document the participation of progressive religious organizations in the cause of independence and social justice as well as other groups that were in solidarity with these causes internationally. This collection provides rich material for researchers and can serve as an introduction into the complex history of the organizations and movements that composed the Puerto Rican left/independence struggle. In many cases, there is no other source of documentation for these groups. The collection contains 20 microfilm reels. [Topics: Politics; Social Reform]

1923-2002        10.0        61        Finding Aid


Joffre-Sureda Family Scrapbook
The Joffre-Sureda Family was a middle-class family from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico that migrated to New York and New Jersey. The scrapbook includes family photographs, mostly of herself and her son, Pedro Antonio, clippings, flyers, invitations and greeting cards, correspondence and other mementos. [Topics: Family; Migration and Settlement]

1930s        0.30        227        Inventory


Jorge, Julia
Julia Jorge (1935-) has devoted most of her life to the labor movement and union activities. Jorge remains an active member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and the Hispanic Labor Committee. Her papers contain photographs, clippings and newsletters, among other items. [Topics: Gender and Sexuality; Labor]

1960s-2000        10.0        43        Inventory


La Luz, José
La Luz is a longtime social activist in the Hispanic community and a specialist in labor education programs for the Hispanic trade unionists at the School of Labor and Industrial Relations of Michigan State University. He was also the Socialist Party Chairman in Connecticut. The collection consists of documents, including writings by La Luz and his involvement in the trial of José Torres Cruz and José A. Torres Vega,as well as correspondence, newspaper articles and miscellaneous bulletins, reports and conference materials. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Social Reform]

1971-1991        0.25        5        Inventory


Labor Collection
This collection is comprised of materials documenting Hispanic labor organizations and labor leaders. It contains the papers of Edwin López, former business agent for Local 3 of the IBEW; José López, member of IBEW and founder of the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society; Efraín Díaz, member IBEW; the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society, one of the first Hispanic labor organizations established; labor organizers Edgar de Jesús and José La Luz; and over thirty oral history interviews with labor leaders and organizers, as well as photographs, newsletters, anniversary books, audio and video tapes of activities. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform]


Lahn, Martha
Collection contains 32 buttons chronicling the Puerto Rican left, as well as a number of posters. Also included are a series of stamps dating from Puerto Rico’s Spanish colonial period, two cloth Puerto Rican flags, numerous posters that document the Puerto Rican left and El Museo del Barrio, as well as calendars and instruction materials that review Puerto Rican history. [Topics: Education; Culture; Politics]

1980s        0.75        5        Inventory


National Convention of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) promotes the equal participation of Puerto Rican/Hispanic women in all aspects of life in the U.S. Founded in 1972 in Washington, D.C, the organization now has 11 chapters throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Centro holds the New York City chapter records that contain reports, minutes, press releases and some photographs. [Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform; Women]

1980-2002        7        18        Inventory


Lapp, Michael [Audio Index]
The collection consists of 8 audiocassette interviews conducted by Michael Lapp with several migration division officers, including Luis Cardona, Joseph Monserrat, director of the division from 1951 to 1969, and Alan Perl, the lawyer who dealt with the seasonal farm workers’ contracts negotiated by the division. This collection complements the OGPRUS Migration Division records. [Topics: Migration and Settlement; Politics]

 c.1988               1        Inventory


Laster, Carlos
The collection consists of artifacts by the artist, including a piece on the Three Kings, as well as a piece called Vejigante, both made from papier mâché on a wooden base. There is a digital print entitled The New Millenium, featuring surreal imagery of a man on a cross with a Coca-Cola symbol on it, and the other is a poster entitled Haciendo Patria, which features Puerto Rican Nationalist Leader Pedro Albizu Campos. [Topics: Arts and Culture]



1998-2001        1.0        1        Inventory


Laviera, Tato
Tato Laviera (1951) is a Puerto Rican poet who migrated to New York in 1960. Laviera’s poetry is written in both Spanish and English, but more often in “Spanglish” and addresses issues such as race and cultural identity affecting Puerto Ricans in the U.S. The collection consists of documents, including biographical information, poems, plays and collaborative projects. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature]

1964-2013        5.0        5        Finding Aid


Lemos, Lou de
Playwrighter. The Great Mambo Dancer a two act play by Lou Lemos copyrighted in 1979.  [Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature]





1979        0.05        1        Inventory

Literary Collection
The Literary Collection is comprised of literary works from five Puerto Rican writers; Jack Agüeros, Sandra Maria Esteves, Victor Hernández Cruz, Lou de Lemos, and Santos Pi, including plays, poetry, and a book entitled Mainland by Victor Hernández Cruz. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Television]


Long Island Historical Society Puerto Rican Oral History Transcriptions [Audio Index]
The Long Island Historical Society initiated the Puerto Rican Oral History Project in 1973. Using funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, over 75 interviews were conducted documenting the experiences of Brooklyn residents who arrived from Puerto Rico between 1917 and 1940. The original audio interviews remain at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Centro staff transcribed all audiotapes as a result of its own Oral History Project. Transcriptions donated in kind to the Brooklyn Historical Society. [Topics: Community; Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders]

1973-1975        1.0        1        Inventory


López, Anthony [PDF] [ENGL]
Community leader and executive director of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. Anthony López demonstrated commitment to educational opportunity and leadership development for Latino youth. The papers include documentation of López’s early experiences in leadership positions, organizational records, as well as a collection of family photographs. The collection consists of letters, clippings, flyers, memoranda, minutes, reports, photographs, proposals, programs, newsletters and notes. [Topics: Community Welfare; Education; Organizations and Leaders]

1932-2001        1.5        3        Finding Aid


López, Edwin
Trade unionist and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.), where he served as business representative and national political coordinator, López was also chapter manager and executive secretary of the New York City chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The collection includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, journals, audiocassettes, videotapes and legal documents. [Topics: Business; Labor and Occupation]

1966-2000        2.5        9        Inventory


López, José
Former field representative for the AFL-CIO in New York and member of the 65th Infantry during the Korean War. Collection contains biographical information, documents related to the Hispanic Labor Committee, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Santiago Iglesias Education Society, identification cards, correspondence and photographs. Includes 6 videos documenting the activities of the Santiago Iglesias Education Society. [Topics: Community Welfare; Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders]

1950-1994        0.5        5        Inventory


López, Lillian [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Library administrator, among the first Puerto Rican librarians in the New York Public Library system (NYPL) and a pioneer in providing services and creating programs for underserved communities. Collection contains information on the programs developed by NYPL to address the needs of its Puerto Rican and Latino constituents, her activist sister, Evelina Antonetty, and librarian and folklorist, Pura Belpré. They are a valuable source of information on the programs developed by NYPL to address the needs of its Puerto Rican and Latino constituents. Notable among the materials are those related to the South Bronx Project and to the puppet theater directed by Pura Belpré. The collection relates to the Pura Belpré Papers and highlights how closely the two women worked together. Types of documents included are letters, news clippings, photographs, audio and videocassettes, scrapbooks and play scripts. [Topics: Education]

1928-2005        2.67        65        Finding Aid


LP Puerto Rican and Latin America
Artificial collection consisting of over 650 LP records by Puerto Rican 400 Latin American musicians donated by Ariel Ruiz, Amilcar Tirado, Anibal Felix, Diana Caballero, William Felix, Pedro Juan Hernandez and others. [Topics: Culture; Music]

1940-1990s        98        15        Inventory


Lurie, Ellen
An activist in the movement for school decentralization and member of EQUAL, an organization devoted to improving and integrating the New York City public schools, Ellen Lurie has also worked for seven years as director of the Parent Leadership Training Institute at the United Bronx Parents, Inc. (UBP). The collection contains materials that document efforts to integrate and aid the burgeoning Puerto Rican population of East Harlem in the early 1950s. Among these are papers on Americans for Democratic Action, an East side community affairs committee that sought to create programs for the local Puerto Rican community; and the East Harlem Project, which focused on schooling issues. Other documents of interest include a proposal from ASPIRA (of New York, Inc.) and files on the People’s Board of Education whose members also included Evelina Antonetty, founder of UBP. The papers also contain information on Lurie’s work in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan at a time when a significant population of Puerto Ricans still resided there. [Topics: Community; Education]

1950s        19.0        14        Inventory


Luyanda-Fernández Family
The collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings and books. Among the individuals covered are Juan Luyanda Fernández, a high jumper who competed internationally for Puerto Rico, and his cousin Dalilah Torres Fernández, who migrated to the U.S. in the 1960s. The collection focuses on family activities in New York and Puerto Rico. [Topics: Family and Community Life]


1938-2005        2.0        23        Inventory