Centro Library and Archives Historical Preservation and Research Partnership Program Fall 2015-Spring 2016

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

Personal Papers



Acosta, Ernest

See NARA 65th Infantry.

Agüeros, Jack
Puerto Rican writer. Collection comprises one folder that contains the manuscript for a television drama titled “He Can’t Even Read Spanish,” as well as a letter to Lillian López, of New York Public Library’s South Bronx Project, and some promotional materials and New York Times article for an equivalent WNBC series title “They Can’t Even Speak Spanish.” Material dates from 1971.

Aguilar, Eddie
A professional photographer who was honored as the Godfather of the Atlantic City Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2005. The collection consists of 10 cubic feet with thousands of prints and negatives of Latino celebrities and musicians such as Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Yomo Toro and many more. His photographs were published in Latin Beat Magazine, puertoricans.com and in various other newspapers and magazines. He attended almost every major parade in the tri-state area and has pictures from many of them within the collection as well. [Art and Culture, Family and Community Life, General]

Albors (Photograph Collection)
The Albors Photograph Collection consists of 86 photos of the Puerto Rican Day Parade/Labor Groups photos, which were deaccessioned from the Tamiment Labor Archives (NYU). Labor groups included are: District 65-Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, Local 6-Hotel and Club Employees Union, 1199, Local 60-Luggage Workers Union, Labor Committee, International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Club 1380, Isabela Social Club, Migration Division, El Diario, Hispanic Auxiliary Police Association, Local 485 and Liga Puerta De Tierra. The photos are arranged in chronological order from 1963-1973.

Allende, Petra   [PDF][ENGL] [ESPN]
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.


Alvarez, Bartolo
The Bartolo Alvarez Collection consists of .12 cubic feet of correspondence, song title sheets, music notes, writings, newspaper articles, concert programs, photographs, and music CD’s of Alvarez’s, from the period between 1953 and 1971. The collection was donated by Ewin Martinez Torres.


Andrade, Kathy
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]. Collection measures 8.2 cubic feet and consists of correspondence, photographs, event programs, invitations, flyers and pamphlets. It dates from the 1960s-1980s and is concerned mainly with activities in the New York metropolitan area.

Anglada, Rafael   [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Lawyer and civil rights activist. Collection documents leftist movements and radical politics in Puerto Rico and the United States and the role of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the United Nations. Also contains information on the decolonization of Puerto Rico as an issue before the UN, the Wells Fargo robbery in Hartford, and Puerto Rican political prisoners. Includes letters, memoranda, reports, flyers, pamphlets and newspaper clippings.

Antonetty, Evelina López
See Also United Bronx Parents, Inc.





Arocho, Juanita   [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Community activist and journalist. Collection contains correspondence, articles, photographs, and printed matter pertaining to the participation of Juanita Arocho in the Masons and the movement for the independence of Puerto Rico.


   Arroyo, Carlos

Carlos Arroyo dedicated 20 years of his life to working exclusively as a successful profes­ sional dancer. His passion for dance took him all around the world. He collaborated with some of the best Latin and North American musicians of the 1950s and '60s. He is described as one of the greatest Latin rhythm dancers of the period, as evidenced by his collection of documents at the Centro Archives. Despite having "retired" as a dancer to pursue other interests, he reappeared as part of a homage to Tito Puente at Yale Univer­ sity in January 2000 with Mercedes Ellington, Duke Ellington's granddaughter. In 2005, he was recognized by the Pierre Dulaine Dance Club as one of the dance celebrities of the Palladium dance era. The collection consist of photographs, clippings, ephemera, and other documents


Arteaga, Genoveva de   [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Genoveva de Arteaga was a pianist, organist, teacher and choir director. Her Papers can support research in the musical and cultural history of Puerto Rico. The collection also documents the development of musical, literary, cultural, and civic organizations among Puerto Ricans in New York. The Papers include personal documents, correspondence, flyers, writings, invitations, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs.



Avilés, Juan
Juan Avilés was a Puerto Rican poet who arrived in New York in 1926. For thirty years, he was editor and director of publicity for Hispanoamerica, an important New York film company. Interested in the Hispanic population and culture, he also presided over organizations such as El Círculo de Escritores y Poetas Iberoamericanos (CEPI), which he co-founded, El Instituto de Puerto Rico, la Sociedad Puertorriqueña de Escritores (New York Chapter), and La Fiesta de San Juan Bautista. He was also named Commissioner of the Commission for Human Rights of New York from 1955-1966. The Juan Avilés collection is arranged by subject and includes newspaper articles, certificates, correspondence, poems, a copy of Avilés’ book, personal writings, flyers, publications, photographs, and pocket diaries. This collection complements the papers of Diana Ramírez de Arellano, Puerto Rican poet and founder of Ateneo Puertorriqueño of Nueva York, as well as the Felipe N. Torres Papers on Fiesta de San Juan Bautista.

Barela, Alfredo
Photographer. The Alfredo Barela collection consists of 35 photographs of the theatrical actor, including portraits, scenes from performances and cast shots. The photographs are arranged by subject. This collection was donated by El Diario/La Prensa.




Barradas, Efraín
Professor, Spanish/Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainseville. Papers measure 1.5 cubic feet and include clippings on literature and theater, correspondence, event programs, articles and a number of books and other publications. The materials date from the 1960s and 1970s.



Belpré, Pura   [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Author, storyteller who wrote and re-interpreted Puerto Rican folk tales and the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York Public Library. These 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. Additionally, the Papers docu­ ment the formation and organizational development of the Puerto Rican community in New York City. The materials include personal documents, financial statements from publishers, correspondence, manuscripts, flyers, clippings, photographs and  illustra­ tions


Bonilla, Frank [PDF]
The Frank Bonilla Papers are an important resource for the continued study of the career and contributions of this most seminal of individuals in the fields of Puerto Rican Studies, Latin American Studies and Political Science. The materials in this collection consist of personal documents, clippings, photographs, remarks, speeches, writings, awards, certificates and correspondence.

See Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños.


Burgos, José Federico
Poet and brother of Julia de Burgos. Collection is made up of articles and clippings on life and career of José Federico Burgos. It spans the years 1978-2004 and fills one legal size folder.

Burgos, Joseph A.
Joseph A. Burgos is the son of José Federico Burgos, who migrated to New York in 1949 and became member of many Puerto Rican cultural organizations in the city, receiving many certificates of merit for his literature as well as for his service to the community. The Joseph A. Burgos collection consists of one folder of magazine and newspaper articles belonging to his father, poet and author José Federico Burgos (1921-2001), brother to famous Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. The collection is arranged in chronological order from May 1978 to February 2004.

The José Buscaglia collection consists of two folders detailing a proposal for a sculptural plaza to be built in New York City, created by the famous Puerto Rican sculptor and artist, which he presented to Centro in May of 2000 to gain our support for the project. The plaza would contain three allegorical figures representing the three main cultural and ethnic groups that compose Puerto Ricans; Taíno-Arawak, Iberian-Phoenician (Hispanic-Mediterranean), and African. Included in these packets are brief bios, curriculum vitae, images of the artist’s work and written proposals.