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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The Petra Allende Papers
Community activist and senior citizen advocate. This collection documents the history of various East Harlem/ El Barrio organizations specially those dealing with the concerns of senior citizens. Includes correspondence, articles, minutes, local newspapers, clippings, publications, programs, photographs and memorabilia. Finding Aid [PDF] [ENGL]  [ESPN]


 The Kathy Andrade Papers
A lifelong activist and leader in the labor movement, Andrade first worked as an organizer in Miami and New York after arriving from El Salvador. She was the Director of the Department of Education for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) where she was responsible for worker education programs. She has been an active participant in Hispanic labor organizations and held various positions in the Hispanic Labor Committee and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.[Women, Labor and Occupation].Finding Aid [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]

The Pura Belpre Papers

The Pura Belpre Papers
The Pura Belpré Papers are an important source for the study of Puerto Rican children's literature and    Puerto Rican folk tales and legends. They are valuable for examining relationships between the Puerto Rican community and a major institution such as the New York Public Library. The materials include personal documents, financial statements from publishers, correspondence, manuscripts, flyers, clippings, photographs, and illustrations. There are both Spanish and English documents. Finding Aid [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]


The Gilberto Concepcion de Gracia Papers
Founder and President of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP), Concepción de Gracia is an outstanding figure in Puerto Rican political history. He passionately argued for Puerto Rico's independence and for social justice for all Puerto Ricans. He was also a distinguished lawyer, journalist and professor.In 1936 he moved to the United States where he fought, first in New York City and later in Washington D.C., for the rights of Puerto Ricans and their communities. As a Senator (1952-60) in the Puerto Rican Legislature, he introduced key progressive legislation on social, political ald cultural issues. He presided over the Puerto Rican Bar Associations' Civil Liberties Commission and appeared before the United Nations on the question of Puerto Rico.      

The Jesus Colon Papers
The Jesús Colón Papers are a significant contribution to the study of Puerto Rican history andespecially to the reconstruction of Puerto Rican community history in New York. They support researchon such topics as organizational development, political participation among Puerto Ricans in New York, employment, discrimination, and the labor movement.There are letters, notes, drafts of published and unpublished works, reports, clippings, and photographs with a majority of the papers consisting of organizational records such as by-laws, minutes, membership lists, programs, and policy statements. Finding Aid [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]


Centro Papers
The Records of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños are an important resource for the study of the founding, administration, programs and intellectual production of the only research center, library and archive dedicated to the study and preservation of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, reports, speeches, videos, slides, financial statements and artifacts. Finding Aid [PDF] [ENGL]


The Oscar Garcia Rivera PapersThe Oscar Garcia Rivera Papers
Politician, lawyer, community activist. First Puerto Rican elected to public office in the U.S. An important source for study of early Puerto Rican political life in New York. Collection consists of correspondence, speeches, articles, photographs, subject file, and printed matter pertaining to the political career of Oscar García Rivera. Finding Aid [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]



The General Collection

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Stereocards Collection
Stereocards became popular in the mid 1880’s. They 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 Centro Stereocards 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, coffee, etc. 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.