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 9



San Antonio, Ana Gloria
The  collection consists of newspaper articles and clippings, newsletters, memos, press releases of Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos de Nueva York (CEPI), Comité del Desfile de la Hispanidad, and Asociación Puertorriqueña de Escritores (APE).  There are copies of El Nacionalista de Puerto Rico and Boletín Oficial and writings concerning the East River North Renewal.  Also included are 4 videocassettes about Desfile de la Hispanidad and poet Susana Cabañas. [Topics: Literature; Organizations and Leaders]

1944-1944        0.5        7        Inventory


San Juan & San Germán Delegations to the Nations Parade
The collection consists of 6 photographs of the Puerto Rican Delegations in a Nation's Parade. [Topics: Community Life; Culture; Religion]

1940s        0.1        5        Inventory


Sánchez, Manuel Tomás
Reverend Sánchez was the founding member of his church in 1933 and became the pastor of the Antioquía Church from 1934 to 1989, which had more than 200 followers. Sánchez officially became a licensed advocate in 1935 and a licensed preacher of the Pentecostal Church in 1939. Sánchez was one of the founders and president of the Spanish Eastern District of the Assemblies of God for 13 years, and was ordained a minister by Reverend Demetrio Bazán, superintendent of the Latin American District Assemblies of God in 1943. The collection consists primarily of photographs documenting the life and career of Sánchez. Included are transcripts of an oral history interview. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Religion]

1933-1991        1.0        477        Inventory


Sánchez- Korrol, Virginia/Puerto Rican Studies Association
Professor emerita at Brooklyn College, founding member and president of the Puerto Rican Studies Association. This organization brings together scholars, educators, public policy, community activists and students in the field of Puero Ricans in the United States. The collection includes correspondence, flyers, and conference materials. [Topics: Puerto Rican Studies]

1990s        1.0        1        Inventory


The Sanromá Pasarell Sound Recording Collection
Sanromá (1902-1984) was one of American leading pianists who embarked on an enviable concert career. He was an accompanist, recording artist and teacher. He also stimulated and commissioned composers to write new music. The collection of mostly cassettes contains public and commercial recordings and interviews.  [Topics: Arts and Culture; Music]


1940-1984        3.5        1        Inventory


Santalíz, Pedro/Nuevo Teatro Pobre de América
El Nuevo Teatro Pobre de América is a popular theater troupe that performs on the street in marginalized communities in Puerto Rico and New York City. Its repertory includes domestic violence themes. Santaliz's El Castillo Interior de Medea Camuñas was staged in the Joseph Papp Latin American Festival in New York City, 1992. Founder Pedro Santaliz's interest was to express a radical position with respect to the subordinate and persecuted condition of women in society. [Topics: Arts; Culture]

1960s-1990s        0.50        5        Inventory


Santiago, Isaura
Educator and former President of Hostos Community College. Collection contains information on Vieques, Hispanic voting, reports, a historical calendar of Puerto Rico and an illustrated historical album of the island. [Topics: Education]



1976-1994        0.3        5        Inventory


Santiago, Nellie
Nellie Santiago is the first Puerto Rican from Brooklyn to be elected to the NY State Senate. She represented the 17th Senatorial District of Brooklyn that included the communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwich, Cypress Hills, East New York, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The copies of the bills introduced and co-sponsored by Santiago span from 1992 to 2002. [Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law]

1992-2002        0.4        1        Inventory


Santiago, Petra [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Activist and community organizer. This collection is an important resource for research in grassroots organizing, community activism, and the history of Puerto Ricans in the Lower East Side. The materials document organizations in which Santiago was active, such as the Community Corporation of the Lower East Side, United Organization of Suffolk Street, Council of Puerto Rican Organizations and the Independent Juvenile Baseball League, Inc. There is also information about the Community Area Policy Board. The photographic series is extremely valuable for the visual history of Puerto Ricans in Lower Manhattan. Types of documents include letters, memoranda, publications and programs.  [Topics: Family and Community Life; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform]

1945-1980s        4.06        16        Finding Aid


Santiago Febus Family
Genealogy collection consisting of 16 family photographs, the majority of which are aboard the S.S. Uruguay and Marine Tiger, abroad in Brazil with Merchant Marine Tomás Santiago (Falin), Elsa’s brother, as well as newspaper articles and clippings on Puerto Rican Bishop Roberto O. González. Also part of this collection is an audio interview with Elsa and her sister, Nélida, discussing their experiences on the Marine Tiger. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Migration and Settlement]

1929-1991        0.05        6        Inventory


Santiago Iglesias Educational Society, Inc.
The society was formed in 1958 by members of labor unions from various industries, among them 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 the Puerto Rican and other Hispanic workers and communities in the United States. The collection consists of documents, including correspondence, a constitution and by-laws, officer lists, programs and flyers on activities and events, conference/seminar materials, financial records, meeting agendas and minutes, newspaper articles, letterheads and symbols, President José López’s file, photographs, and a songbook. This collection complements other collections on the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society donated by Efraín Díaz and Edwin López. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Leaders and Organizations]

1958-1960s        0.5        10        Inventory


Según Lo Veo
Según Lo Veo was a Spanish public service radio program transmitted by the WHOM station and later broadcasted on the WADO radio station by the Migration Division of the Puerto Rican Department of Labor. The collection consists of resource materials, drafts and final scripts from interviews with José Monserrat, a government official and community leader, who served as director for the Migration Division from 1951 to 1969, as member and president of the Board of Education of the City of New York from 1969 to 1970, and returned to the Migration Division in 1989 to help transform it into the Department of Community Affairs in the United States. In the interviews, Monserrat discusses and advises on issues affecting the Puerto Rican community. [Topics: Communication; Community Life; Health and Community Welfare]

1955-1962        0.12        5        Inventory


Sociedad Cívica San Germeños Ausentes, Inc.
Sociedad Cívica San Germeños Ausentes (San Germán Hometown Club) was a social community organization from San Germán, Puerto Rico located in the Bronx. The collection consists of documents, including correspondence, an invitation and article, as well as photographs of the society’s members and its events and activities, including its participation in the Puerto Rican Day Parade.  [Topics: Community Life; Community Welfare]

1960s        0.20        5        Inventory


Soto, Jorge
Puerto Rican painter born in El Barrio. As a member and coordinator of Taller Boricua, a graphic artist collective organization, he was responsible for developing and fostering a new generation of Latino painters. The collection consists El Paquete, an artistic collection of various drawings, and sketches and writings on both personal and political topics that formed part of an exhibit on the painter. [Topics: Arts; Culture]


1984-1989        0.12        6        Inventory


Soto Vélez, Clemente and Amanda Vélez [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Groundbreaking poet, founding member of the literary movement Atalayismo and one of the most significant and revered contemporary Puerto Rican writers. This is a rich collection for examining the life and work of Clemente Soto Vélez, the cultural life and intellectual pursuits of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York and for the information it contains on literary circles and contemporary writers who were influenced by Soto Vélez such as Victor Fernández Fragoso and Martín Espada.  The documents are a valuable source for research on the avant-garde Atalayismo movement and the literary history of Puerto Rico, as well as on Hispanic American literature in the United States, and various New York organizations. There is also information on the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico and pro-independence politics. Although the materials largely reflect the life and writings of Clemente Soto Vélez, there are also documents pertaining to his wife, Amanda Vélez and his son, Clemente Soto, Jr.The types of documents included are personal letters, poetry, manuscripts, biographies, interviews, speeches and materials about cultural and political organizations. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform]

1924-1996        9.55        128        Finding Aid


Spanish-American War Glass Slides
Collection consists of 20 glass slides of scenes from the Spanish-American War, which resulted in Puerto Rico becoming U.S. territory. Included are military figures such as Admiral George Dewey, who commanded the military forces for the U.S., and General Joseph Wheeler, the wreck of the Battleship Maine in Havana, and the Battle of San Juan Hill, as well as President McKinley’s visit to hospitals and medical figures such as nurse Clara Barton, first President of the American Red Cross and U.S. Army physician Major Walter Reed, whose experiments led to the discovery of the cause of Yellow Fever. [Topics: History; Organizations and Leaders]

1900s        0.05        1        Inventory


Artificial collection grouped by provenance. Stereocards were two almost identical pictures, mounted on a stiff cardboard backing so that, when viewed through a stereoscope, a three-dimensional picture could be seen. These cards became popular in the mid 1880s and were made in quantity through the 1930s. The collection consists of 22 items, dating from 1898 to the 1920s. The cards are of various scenes in Puerto Rican towns, among them Yauco Adjuntas, Aguadilla and Mayaguez, and depict living conditions and economic activities, such as sugar cane and coffee. Typical of this time period, some of the stereocards have racist overtones. Also included are photographs of Major-General Nelson A. Miles, who led the American troops during the invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898, and Admiral William T. Sampson, who commanded the expedition that bombarded San Juan in the same year. [Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Politics]

1898-1920s        0.05        1        Inventory


StoryCorps Comunity Archives: Puerto Rican and Latino Stories
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. The collection includes 255 audio clips including nine recorded in collaboration with Centro. [Topics: Arts and Culture]

2009-2010        0.2        1        Inventory


Stutz, Rosalie
Activist in the movement for school decentralization and an active member of EQUAL, an organization devoted to improving and integrating the New York City public schools. Collection contains materials on EQUAL, school decentralization and the United Bronx Parents. Other documents of interest include statements from staff members of the education division of the Migration Division on school decentralization and files on the People’s Board of Education whose members also included Evelina Antonetty, founder of UBP. [Topics: Education; Social Reform]

1970s        2.0        8        Inventory


Los Sures (Southside United Housing Development Fund Corporation)
Los Sures undertook the daunting task of rebuilding its community, the southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The community residents who started the organization were responding to an epidemic of landlord abandonment, withdrawal of city services and illegal evictions by landlords. Illegal evictions were a result of property owners trying to vacate their buildings in order to change the ethnic composition of the neighborhood. In 1975, Los Sures became the first community-based organization to enter into agreements to manage city-owned properties a few years later. Los Sures is regarded as a pioneer in both the management and development of low-income housing. The collection consists of documents, including newsletters, journals, invitations, flyers and a graphic T-shirt from the community organization. [Topics: Community Life; Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders]

1992-1998        0.12        1        Inventory