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 8



The Quality of Life in/La Calidad de Vida en Loisaida, Inc. Magazine
The Quality of Life in/Calidad de vida en Loisaida, Inc. is a free community magazine relating topics and issues impacting Loisaida (Lower East Side) residents. This collection spans from the first issue published in March 1978 to April 1991. Most of the articles, photographs and artwork are by the community residents. [Topics: Culture; Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders]

1978-1991        1.0        1        Description


Ramírez, Tina
Dancer and choreogapher of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. Ramirez founded the Ballet Hispanico dance company in 1970 and served for 39 years as its artistic director.  She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2005. The contents of the collection were used by the school for advertisement purposes. The materials include news clippings, notebooks, photos, slides and documents.  The collection also contains videos and audio recordings in several formats. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Dance; Education]


1970-2010        3.50        1        Inventory


Ramírez de Arellano, Diana [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Author of numerous books of poetry and literary criticism and a Poet Laureate of Puerto Rico. Distinguished academic and founder of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York. Collection documents cultural expression among Puerto Ricans in New York City, artistic and literary activities, and the work and history of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York. Consists of letters, minutes, articles, books, programs, newspaper clippings, audiotapes and phonograph records. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Education; Gender and Sexuality; Literature; Organizations and Leaders]

1947-1997        3.81        13        Finding Aid


Ramos, Ray [PDF]
Ray Ramos is a renowned composer, sonero, performer and bandleader with over 40 years in the music business, recorded 20 CDs and approximately 60 tracks. In the beginning stages as a salsa musician, he performed background vocals and lead vocals for bands such as The Ralphi Pagan Sextet and lead vocals for Joey Aponte, Louie Rey and others. In 1976, he joined El Conjunto Saoco, recording his first album with Salsoul Records as lead singer. He recorded three albums with Saoco thereafter. He eventually went on to form his own band La Charanga Sensual and later formed the Ray Ramos y Su Sonora Orchestra in 1981. He has performed at venues such as The Copacabana, El Flamingo, La Maganet, La Bar Bat, among many others and has toured all over the world in countries such as Colombia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, England, Canada, Martinique. He continues to be active, performing in various locations throughout the United States and abroad. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Music]

1973-2011        1.5        135        Finding Aid


Rehabilitation Program Pioneers Julio Martínez, Carlos Pagán and Pedro Falcón [PDF]
The papers inform researchers about the contributions Puerto Ricans, particularly these three individuals, made to the establishment and expansion of drug abuse treatment and prevention services in New York City, as well as throughout the state and beyond. This collection traces their leadership in the drug treatment field from the early 1970s to the present. Although small, the collection documents the personal lives and professional accomplishments of the rehabilitation program pioneers. Other highlights of the collection include records from the New York State Division of Substance Abuse and the accompanying materials from the Committee on Government Integrity, which lend insight into the growth of substance abuse programs and services in New York, the role of Puerto Rican leaders in this process and the government investigations into allegations of funding improprieties. Also of note is a Storycorp recording by Pagán, which traces the development of drug rehabilitation programs and services in New York City and the numerous Puerto Ricans who were a part of these efforts. The collection 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


Restrepo, Clara and Archilla Family Papers
The collection consists of 5 portraits belonging to Restrepo and documents from the Archilla Family Reunion, which took place in 1979 in Dallas, Texas.  Included among the biographical sketches is a piece by Graciany Miranda Archilla, a poet, journalist, essayist and co-founder of the literary movement Atalayismo, whose papers we hold in our archives. [Topics: Family and Community Life]



1931-1979        0.05        5        Inventory


Reyes, Luis O. [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Educator, scholar, activist, and university professor. The papers are a valuable resource for the study and understanding of public education and the Puerto Rican/ Latino community in New York City from the 1980s-1990s. The documents in this collection fill a significant information gap on important organizations such as ASPIRA of New York, Inc., the Puerto Rican/Latino Educational Roundtable and the Latino Commission on AIDS. Among the most recurring and most comprehensive topics covered in the papers are: bilingual and multicultural education, minority students, the rights of non-English speakers in the U.S., minority language rights, HIV/AIDS, school dropouts, educational reform, Latino representation on the Board of Education, public school demographics and numerous local and national education associations. The bulk of the materials consist of administrative files. Also included are letters, memoranda, notes, notebooks, minutes, reports, announcements and newspaper clippings. [Topics: Education; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform]

1961-1998        30.12        52        Finding Aid


Reynolds, Ruth M. [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN] [Audio Index]
The papers support research in important areas of Puerto Rican history, as well as in North American participation in international human rights. While they are exceedingly rich in insight and information about the development of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico and its leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, they also contain materials on other independence movements in Puerto Rico, on repression and political prisoners, and on the colonial relationship of the United States to Puerto Rico. There is also information on the history of the University of Puerto Rico and student movements. The collection consists of awards, correspondence, writings, subject files, clippings, flyers, notes, programs, publications, photographs, secret files known as carpetas and audiocassettes. [Topics: Arts;  Culture; Gender and Sexuality; Literature; Organization and Leaders; Social Reform]

1915-1989        21.25        46        Finding Aid


Rivera, Dennis
Labor leader and former president of New York's largest health care union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, currently chairman of the million member health care division of the Service Employees International Union. The collection includes Rivera’s writings, photographs and negatives documenting his personal and professional life, artifacts and bound volumes of 1199 News. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Social Reform]

1987-1996        5.25        1        Inventory


Rivera, Peter
New York State Assemblyman (1992-2012) who represented District 76, which is comprised of Bronx's West Farms, Van Nest, Castle Hill and Parkchester neighborhoods. The materials consist of photographs, press releases, clippings, reports, awards and posters. [Topics: Politics, Government, and Law]

1992-2012        17.0        10        Inventory


Rivera, Raquel Z. [PDF]
Raquel Z. Rivera is an author and singer-songwriter. She has a Ph.D. in sociology and her areas of scholarly interest include popular music and culture, race and ethnicity, nation and diaspora, and the intersections between Latino and Africana studies. From 2006-2009, she was a researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY. The collection helps document Puerto Rican contributions to the creation and development of hip hop and reggaeton both in the United States and Puerto Rico. An extensive collection of audiocassette and CD holdings that feature rare and early recordings by underground and Puerto Rico-based reggae artists whose work was a precursor to present day reggaeton. The recordings are inclusive of Puerto Rican/Latino rap recordings from the island and the U.S., as well as several insightful interviews with many of these artists. In addition, the collection also contains essays written by Rivera on hip hop and reggaeton, documentation on artists featured on the recordings, videocassettes and DVDs of musical performances and magazines and other publications that capture the cultural and musical impact of hip hop and reggaeton on contemporary Puerto Rican and American societies. The papers consist of correspondence, photographs, flyers, clippings, writings, publications, videocassettes, DVDs, audiocassettes and compact discs. [Topics: Culture; Education; Music]

1977-2008        10.0        2        Finding Aid


Rivera Barreto, Rita
Rita Rivera Barreto, also known as Rita Morales, was an active member of the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. She became the first Puerto Rican to serve as president of the board of directors of the Pamela C. Torres Day Care Center, an organization founded by Frank Torres and his wife Yolanda Lola Márquez in 1958 and named after their daughter, who died of leukemia in her infancy.  The collection consists of a biography, clippings and photographs. [Topics: Family and Community; Organizations and Leaders]

1950s        .12        1        Inventory


Rodríguez, Augusto
Rodríguez (1904-1993) was a musician, composer and chorus director. He founded the Choir of the University of Puerto Rico. In 1961, Rodríguez was the recipient of both the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture's and the Puerto Rican Athenaeum's Medal of Honor. Collection consists of personal and biographical information, information on Coro de UPR, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueños and music programs.  There are also newspaper articles, audiotapes, 43 phonographic records, artifacts and 132 photographs, which include photos of Willie Rodríguez. [Topics: Culture; Leaders and Organizations; Music]

1910-1987        0.5        5        Inventory


Rodríguez, Camille
Camille Rodríguez is an educator who participated in the early Centro Directiva (1973-1974) and served as Staff Associate (1976-1994), and Research Director (1994 -1997) for the Higher Education Task Force. Rodríguez worked closely with Founding Director Frank Bonilla in navigating the development of an innovative research and advocacy institute within the largest urban university in the United States – the City University of New York (CUNY). As Staff Associate, she was a permanent member of the Centro’s Steering Committee and played a supportive role in all Centro research areas including the building of the Centro library, and the Centro’s ongoing connections to community and university-based groups. Throughout her tenure, Rodríguez co-authored articles and publications on education and was a strong advocate for improving the educational outcomes for Puerto Ricans and other historically-excluded groups. In addition, Rodríguez was one of the lead plaintiffs in a 1992 lawsuit filed by the CUNY Coalition of Concerned Faculty and Staff to highlight inequities in state funding to CUNY. She briefly served as the Centro’s Interim Director when Frank Bonilla retired. The collection includes papers, posters, programs related to the Centro and other events within and outside of CUNY. [Topics: Visual Arts]

1975-2000        8.0        1        Inventory


Rodríguez, Rafael
A distinguished literary critic and gay rights activist, his papers contain writings, pamphlets, flyers, and some correspondence with authors. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Gender and Sexuality]





-        4.0        1        Description


Rodríguez, Robert
Collection contains information on the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, photographs, a photo album, New York based Latino magazines and concert programs. [Topics: Culture; Music]





1950s-1980s        0.5        5        Inventory


Rodríguez, Sandra
Actress, singer and one of the original members of Pregones Theater. Collection contains flyers, programs, postcards, videos, CD’s, audiocassettes and numerous books and publications that document not only Rodríguez’s career, but also the Puerto Rican/Latino theater scene in New York City. A highlight of the materials is an original letter from Julia de Burgos. [Topics: Artist; Arts; Culture; Music]

1953-2005        1.0        5        Description


Rodríguez Calero, Gloria
Visual artist. Rodriguez Calero was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York, worked and resided in New Jersey for 20 years. Collection includes correspondence from Lorenzo Homar, a fellow artist, and a number of books, exhibition catalogues and other ephemera. Included as well are sample artworks, posters documenting performances conducted by Augusto Rodríguez and a map of Puerto Rico. [Topics: Visual Arts]


1949-2006        4.5        5        Inventory


Rodríguez-Trías, Helen [PDF] [ENGL]
A pediatrician, public health leader and women’s rights activist. The papers offer information and insight on the personal and professional life of a dynamic, charismatic and multifaceted Puerto Rican pediatrician, activist and community health advocate. The collection is a source for study on the development of a Latina perspective in the broad areas of public health, women’s rights and reproductive health. Among the highlights of the collection are numerous biographical articles and profiles on Rodríguez-Trías, obituaries and tributes in print and video formats published or released after her death in 2001, many of her writings and public presentations of the 1980s and 1990s, materials related to her candidacy and presidency of the American Public Health Association in the early 1990s and a photographic grouping that depicts different stages in her life from the 1960s through 2001. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, letters, memoranda, programs, awards, flyers, writings, speeches, notes, publications, photographs, videotapes, audiocassettes and slides. [Topics: Gender and Sexuality; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform]

1929-2004        3.5        144        Finding Aid


Roldán, Sandra
Guitarist and musician whose music 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. [Topics: Culture; Music]

1970s-1990s        0.65        1        Inventory


Romero, Mario César
Romero is an art historian, consultant and collector. He was a founder of and participant in various cultural and political organizations. His papers reflect his involvement in these areas and contain rare pamphlets, posters, flyers, correspondence with artists, and an impressive collection of photographs. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Organizations and Leaders; Visual Arts and Culture]

1970s-2000s        19.0        6        Inventory


Rovira Family Collection
Genealogy collection consisting of personal documents, including certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, identification, social security benefits and death, as well as various certificates from a masonic fraternity and a document on the masonic moral code. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Migration and Settlement]

1935-1952        0.12        6        Inventory