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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Office of Information for Puerto Rico (OIPR)
The Office of Information for Puerto Rico (OIPR) was established in 1943 and administered by the Governor’s Office in San Juan. Its purpose was to create visual documentation relating to the social and economic conditions of Puerto Rico. The OIPR, under the direction of Max E. Gloff, contracted photographers Edwin and Louise Rosskam, Charles E. Rotkin and Jack Delano to document conditions in Puerto Rico. They documented family life, sugar cane and dock workers, fishermen, factory workers, industries, and public squares, among other things. Their work led to the creation of one of the most extensive and important collections of photographs relating to the social and economic conditions of Puerto Rico during the middle of the 20th century. [Topics: Migration and Settlement; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform]

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

1945-1949        26.5        0        Finding Aid


Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS)[PDF]
The Records of the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) consist of records generated by a central office and various regional and local offices operated by the government of Puerto Rico in the continental United States from 1930 to 1993. They are an unequaled resource on the history of the Puerto Rican migration containing an extraordinary amount of information about individual migrants and the institutions set up by the government to assist them. These records document the functions of the Bureau of Identification and Documentation (1930-1948), the Office of Information for Puerto Rico (1945-1949), the Migration Division (1948 to 1989), and the Department of Community Affairs in the United States (1989- 1993). [Topics: Community and Family Life; Migration and Settlement; Labor and Occupation]

1930s-1993       2,900       47       Finding Aid


Oral History (Audiocassettes) Collections
Artificial collection grouped by provenance. The collection contains audiocassettes and oral history transcripts that are an invaluable resource of alternative documentation for many of the personal papers and collections within the Archives. Far reaching in their scope, the audiocassettes document lectures, seminars, colloquia, and research conducted by journalists, political figures and artists, as well as Centro staff. The collection includes recordings from Ruth M. Reynolds, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, and West Coast Puerto Rican Elders Oral History. Also included are recordings on political education sessions, original interviews with participants in the Language Policy Task Force’s project on “Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in the Puerto Rican Community,” as well as numerous oral histories included in the seminal project “Puerto Ricans in New York: Voices of the Migration,” along with those of other noted political and cultural figures. [Topics: Community and Family Life; Labor and Occupation; Migration and Settlement]

1960s-1990        12.0        5        Inventory


Organization of Puerto Rican Artists (O.P. Art)
O.P. Art is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 by a group of New York-based Puerto Rican artists to preserve and promote their artwork and cultural identity. The collection highlights the vibrancy and cultural relevance of Puerto Rican artists of the diaspora and helps to expose their largely underrecognized talent and contributions. Members are part of a grassroots artist collective, which consists of emerging, established and well-known Puerto Rican artists. Many established institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and The New York Times have recognized the work of these artists. Members have taken their artwork outside of traditional venues such as museums and galleries and into the community. They have provided an outlet for the public to encounter, interact and explore creative works and Puerto Rican culture while examining larger social issues. The records include correspondence, bylaws, press releases, news clippings, promotional materials, photographs and artist biographies. The collection illustrates the tireless work and administrative maneuvering required for creating and managing this type of endeavor. [Topics: Artists; Arts and Culture; Organizations and Leaders]

1993-2012        2.0        36        Inventory


Orta, Awilda
Bilingual education director from 1980 to 1983 under Chancellor Anthony Alvarad. She worked previously in District 4 in East Harlem. She was an active member and officer of the Puerto Rican Educators Association, the National Association for Bilingual Education and the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. [Topics: Community Life; Education]



1964-1997        5.0        9        Description



Ortiz, Carlos [PDF]
Photographer, documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the Nubia Music Society. The collection documents the creator’s two main interests: Latin music and the South Bronx. It is a resource for research on the history of the South Bronx, and in particular, the Puerto Rican community in the Longwood neighborhood, from the dire 1970s to its rebirth in the 1990s. The collection also serves to understand the New York Latin jazz and salsa scene and its legendary stars in a musical and historical context: Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, Frank “Machito” Grillo, Charlie Palmieri and Tito Puente. It contains materials on the political movements, demonstrations and protests in the city over the course of 30 years. Community institutions such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and the United Bronx Parents are also represented. It includes the Nubia Music Society’s papers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, pamphlets, photographs (negatives, prints and slides), and audiovisual materials. [Topics: Artists; Arts and Culture; Music]

1940s-2006        42.0        13        Finding Aid


Pacheco, Benjamin
Artist, donated two of his collages. [Topics: Arts; Culture]


Pacheco Padró, Antonio
Antonio Pacheco Padró was a political journalist who founded a Puerto Rican Revolutionary Party in New York in 1934 and served as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War in 1937. The collection consists of Padro’s certificate of incorporation into Editorial La Prensa. The collection dates to 1963. [Topics: Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform; Journalism]



1963        2.0        5        Inventory


Pagán, Carlos [PDF]
Pioneer in drug treatment and prevention programs in New York City and throughout the country. Carlos Pagán was born May 28, 1939 in Puerto Rico and he moved to New York City with his family in the mid-1950s, joining other Puerto Ricans in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The papers consists of awards, correspondence, clippings, flyers, notes, programs, publications, photographs, writings and a CD and DVD. [Topics: Gender and Sexuality; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform]

1967-2008        1.5        1        Finding Aid


Pagán, Muriel
Former director of Bilingual Education for the Division of Special Education within the New York City Board of Education, Assistant Principal from 1968 to 1979 at PS 25 in the Southeast Bronx, the first totally bilingual school in the Northeast region of New York State. Collection includes correspondence, information on P.S. 25 – The Bilingual School; the Office of Bilingual Services; education programs to conferences on bilingual education; the proceedings of a conference held by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Puerto on the education of Puerto Rican children on the mainland; clippings; flyers; and some publications. [Topics: Education]

1960-1980        0.5        6        Inventory


PanaRican Manuscript
Vicente "Panama" Alba Pérez, activist and community organizer. Collection consists of the manuscript for PanaRican. Vicente Panama together with Richie Perez, Mickey Melendez and others, acting under the auspices of the Committee for the Freedom of the Puerto Rican Nationalist, organized a takeover of the Statue of Liberty on October 1977. [Topics: Education; Family and Community Life; Organizations and Leaders; Politics; Social Reform]

2008        0.2        1        Description


Pantoja, Antonia [PDF] [ENGL]
Leader in community development and a key figure in the founding of several seminal Puerto Rican institutions. The papers document the vibrant and multifaceted life of one of the great institutional pioneers of the Puerto Rican community. They lend insight into the nature and origins of the organizations founded by Pantoja and chronicle her personal and intellectual growth. A small but rich collection, highlights of the papers include personal affects from Pantoja’s early years in Puerto Rico, historical materials on the inception and initial growth of ASPIRA of New York, Inc., as well as a vast array of photographs documenting all phases of Pantoja’s life. The collection alsodocuments the evolution of Pantoja’s consciousness as a black Puerto Rican woman and a Nuyorican, and the subsequent contributions of these identities to her professional development. The materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, reports, speeches, writings, awards, posters and videotapes. [Topics: Education; Family and Community Life; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform]

1923-2002        24.0        47        Finding Aid


A South Bronx-based organization dedicated to creating, presenting and supporting contemporary multidisciplinary work from Latino and Bronx-based artists who speak to and from the Afro-Caribbean-Latino identity of the South Bronx. Originally founded by Pepón Osorio (visual artist, MacArthur Fellow), Merián Soto (Bessie award-winning choreographer) and Patricia Bradshaw (choreographer/dancer) as an artists' collective in 1983. The collection includes a binder with information on Merián Soto’s choreographic career and 10 videocassettes featuring her choreographic work. [Topics: Arts; Culture]

1980s        0.5        105        Description


Pérez, Federico
Collection contains one folder of photographs that document the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Puerto Rican Community Development Project, local clubs and associations, as well as several community events. [Topics: Community Life]





1950-1980        0.1        5        Description


Pérez, Nélida
Centro's former librarian and archivist, the collection contains several art works by artist Jorge Soto, sound recordings and some family photographs. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Migration and Settlement]


1950s-1980s        0.25        1        Description


Pérez, Richie [PDF]
The papers chronicle the political trajectory and organizing efforts of one of the Puerto Rican communities’ most dedicated advocates and activists. Moreover, they help document grassroots efforts at combating police brutality and racially motivated violence and aiding community struggles for the betterment of social and economic conditions for Puerto Ricans, Latinos and other people of color in New York City. The papers include extensive materials on the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights and the Justice Committee, numerous files on local community organizations and initiatives, as well as a solid collection of leftist and Latino-focused newspapers. A large selection of audiocassettes, videocassettes and photographs help capture the vibrancy of the political and social movements Pérez was dedicated to. The collection consists of personal documents, clippings, articles, photographs, speeches, certificates, flyers, correspondence, audiocassettes, videocassettes, slides, CDs, DVDs and artifacts. [Topics: Education; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform]

1918-2006        22.0        1        Finding Aid


Pérez, Sofia
Community activist and organizer in Brooklyn. She was active in the Association of Puerto Rican Women, Fiesta Folklórica and the Puerto Rico Community Development Project (PRCDP). In August 1957, she incorporated and started McKibb Star Social and Athletic Club Inc. Mckibb Star would become the venue for her community activism, political organizing and cultural events. The collection documents her political activism, and the social and cultural events she organized with her community. [Topics: Family Life; Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders]

1950-196s0        0.1        1        Description


Pérez-Mesa, Guillermo
Collection of Puerto Rican stamps, most are included in the Album de Sellos de Puerto Rico. Among the highlights of collection are early stamps from 1870s to 1898, the first stamps in circulation during the early years of United States domination, the 400th anniversary of Puerto Rico's discovery, the First Gubernatorial Election 1949 and the 450th founding anniversary (1521-1971) of San Juan City. [Topics: History]




1873-1971        0.10        47        Description


Phantomvox (Hip Hop Vox)
Corporation dedicated to the multimedia industry created by Robi Draco Rosa. Collection contains CDs and videos in VHS and Beta format. [Topics: Culture; Music]

1998-2004        0.50        1        Description


Pi, Santos
Writer. The collection includes several short stories. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature]






 -      0.05        10        Inventory


Pietri, Pedro [PDF]
Writer and one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement. The papers chronicle the extraordinarily creative, productive and, at times, anarchic life of one of the most original and innovative contemporary writers of the Puerto Rican community. They lend insight into the vast scope of Pietri’s literary interests and endeavors, his collaborative relationships with other writers and his editorial process. The papers include extensive original writings, annotated drafts of published works and original artwork. The collection boasts a large array of handmade artifacts and an impressive assortment of posters and publications documenting artistic activity in New York over the last three decades. The materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, photographs, flyers, clippings, poetry, plays, essays, scripts, awards, posters, programs, videotapes, audiocassettes, artwork and artifacts. [Topics: Arts; Literature; Social Reform]

1939-2004        55.0        546        Finding Aid


Politics con Sabor
The collection contains materials gathered from donors through a two part documentary produced by Terramax, Inc. and Centro. The film features the Puerto Rican community’s involvement and impact on New York state political history. The materials consist of all audio and video interviews, as well as photographs and other original documents donated by interviewees. Among the donors are the Honorable Judge Irma Vidal Santaella, the Reverend Bernardo López, Luis Rodriguez and the family of Adriano Rivera. [Topics: Politics, Government and Law; Organizations and Leaders]

2006        2.5        1        Inventory


Artifical collection grouped by provenance. The collection consists of over 900 items, almost half of the items are souvenir postcards from Puerto Rico. The postcards are arranged by town and economic activities, such as sugarcane, coffee and tobacco. About two-fifths of the collection are of more recent (1990 to 2006) sociocultural activities in New York, including theatre, music, dance, film and gay and lesbian events. The remaining items are of the Antilles, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. [Topics: Culture; Music; Organizations and Leaders]

1898-2010s        2.0        1        Inventory


Prayer Books
Artificial collection grouped by provenance. Collection consists of 40 small, pocket-sized prayer books in the Catholic tradition of Puerto Rico. The prayers are made to saints, such as San Gabriel, Santa Isabel and San José. Also included is a blank Catholic identification card, which expresses the holder’s wishes to have the sacraments administered in the case of an accident. [Topics: Culture; Religion]

1940-1950s        0.30        1        Inventory


Pre-1960s Publications
Artificial collection grouped by provenance. Collection composed of 9 microfilm reels of Hispanic journals and periodicals gathered from various collections. Included are Alba de Nueva York, Boletin de la Liga Puertorriqueña, Cascabeles, Mundo Latino, Puerto Rico y Nueva York, Vida Hispana, La Voz de Puerto Rico, El Boricua, En Marcha, among many others. [Topics: Culture; Music; Organizations and Leaders]

1923-1969        6.0        1        Inventory


Pregones Red Rose
The Pregones Theater is a Bronx-based ensemble performing original plays and musical theater rooted in Puerto Rican/Latin culture. Since 1979, the theater has produced more than 50 new plays and presented twice as many visiting performing artists. In 2005, the theater produced a play based on the life of Jesus Colón called The Red Rose starring Danny Rivera. Colón was a writer dedicated to chronicling the Puerto Rican migrant experience and is today considered an iconic figure in Puerto Rican diaspora history. The collection consists of playbills from the November-December 2005 season, an invitation to the opening night gala event for the Red Rose, and other mailings announcing the play. [Topics: Culture; Music; Organizations and Leaders]

2005        0.12        1        Inventory


Puerto Rican Communities
Collection consists of reports, conference materials and photographs of Puerto Rican communities in the U.S., including California, Chicago, Florida and Hawaii. [Topics: Community Life; Migration and Settlement]

1990-2002        0.12        1        Inventory


Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc.
The institute is a multiprogram, family-oriented health and human service agency whose primary mission is to prevent family disintegration and enhance the self-sufficiency of the Latino community. Programs operate in the continental United States and in Puerto Rico. Collection contains a report detailing the official proceedings of the First Forum on the Human Rights of the Puerto Rican Migrant Family from 1983. [Topics: Community Life; Social Reform]

1960s        0.12        5        Description


Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) [PDF]
PRLDEF is the major civil rights advocacy organization for the Puerto Rican community of the US. Headquartered in New York and taking its place among institutions such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund (NAACP-LDF) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). The organization records are a significant contribution to the study of the history of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. While they are obviously a rich resource for legal scholars, the research potential of the records encompasses numerous areas. They are of value to historical and humanistic scholarship in the field of ethnic studies, education and political rights, among others. This collection makes a major contribution in an area of American social and political history that has been sparsely documented. The holdings consist of administrative records, minutes, correspondence, executive directors files, and presidential and general counsel, subject files and all closed litigation files from 1972 to 1988. [Topics: Education; Labor and Occupation; Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform]

1973-1993        232.0        8        Finding Aid


Puerto Rican Migration Consortium
Contains conference materials from the 5th Conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, held October 3-5, 2002, as well as several flyers on community organizations and events. [Topics: Education; Organizations and Leaders]

2002        0.1        5        Description


Puerto Rican Studies Association Chicago Conference Collection
Collection consists of correspondence, membership forms and financial information about the consortium. [Topics: Migration and Settlement]

1977-1983        0.5        1        Description


Puerto Ricans in California
Contains 71 photographs and digital images from the Medina Echevarria Family Western Region Puerto Rican Council and El Día de San Juan Festival in San José in June 1999. [Topics: Community Life; Migration and Settlement]

1990s        0.1        5        Inventory


Puerto Ricans in Central Florida 1940's-1980's: A History
Puerto Rican oral history project in central Florida of 95 interviews. The collection includes interviews, summary transcriptions, digital images and a traveling exhibition. [Topics: Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders]

2008-2009        0.3        1        Inventory


Puerto Ricans in Florida
Contains informational brochures for Centro de Cultura Puertorriqueña de la Florida and Asociación Borinqueña de Florida Central. [Topics: Community Life; Migration and Settlement]


Puerto Ricans in Hawaii
Collection of poems entitled A Puerto Rican Poet on the Sugar Plantations of Hawai’i by Blase Camacho Souza and Austin Dias, a course catalog for the summer 2000 session at University of Hawai’i at Manoa Outreach College and a year 2000 calendar celebrating 100 years of Puerto Ricans on Maui. Also in the collection is a program for the Puerto Rican Community Conference held April 19-20, 1969 at Baruch College, CUNY. [Topics: Community Life; Migration and Settlement]


Puerto Ricans in Virgin Islands
Collection contains event programs, postcards, newspapers, newsletters, a t-shirt and a small poster. In particular, the materials document the Puerto Rican presence in the United States Virgin Islands and chronicle the activities of the Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Committee. [Topics: Migration and Settlement; Community Life]

2004-2006        0.25        5        Description