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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Centro Library

History of the Archives

The “Centro Archives” Archivists: A brief history








Nelida Perez: Librarian, Chief of the Library and Archives from 1975 to 2005

Relevant Work:

Two Readings Rooms and the Librarian’s Office: The Evolution of the Library and Archives.  Courtesy: Centro Journal.  Vol . XXI, Num. 2, Fall 2009.  pp. 199-218 [Link to PDF copy]



Nelly Cruz: Centro's first project archivist from 1989 to 1993.  She became the Director and General Archivist of the Archivo General de Puerto Rico from June 1995 to June 1999.

Relevant Work:

La Creación y desarrollo del Archivo Puertorriqueño.  Courtesy: Op.Cit. Boletin del Centro de Investigaciones Historicas. Num. 6, 1991. pp190-208  Eng and Spa versions 



Mario Hugo Ramirez was Centro Project Archivist from 2003 to 2011.  He authored many finding aids, specially the Records of Centro  that offers a glimpse of the organization history and of the Library and Archives Unit.

Relevant Work:

Guide to the Records of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños. 




Pedro Juan Hernandez has served in different capacities as: Project Archivist, Archivist and Senior Archivist from 1993 to the present.

Relevant Work:

Archivo Historico de la Migración Puertorriqueña: Breve Historia y Estado del Proyecto Courtesy: Op.Cit. Boletin del Centro de Investigaciones Historicas. Num. 6, 1991. Pp 209-232 Spa versions [Link to PDF copy]

The Evolution of Centro’s Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, 1973-2012. Courtesy:  The Latino(a) Research. Vol. 8, Numbers 1-2, 2011-2012.  Pp. 85-98. [Link to PDF copy]