The Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, also known as the Centro Archives, collect, preserve and make available for research unique primary materials that document the history and culture of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. The holdings include personal papers, records of organizations and institutions, photograph, broadsides, programs and ephemera. Among the collections are the records of civil rights organizations, the papers of activists, writers, artists, scholars, educators and elected officials. A highlight of the holdings is the extensive Records of the Office of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS). Made up of documents from several stateside based institutions, such as the Migration Division, the Bureau of Identification and Documentation, the Office of Information for Puerto Rico and the Department of Community Affairs, these records offer a wealth of information on the migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States.
Special features of the Archives also include its photographic holdings documenting Puerto Rican life in the U.S. throughout the twentieth century; art prints/posters by artists from New York and Puerto Rico; and sound recordings of Puerto Rican popular music. Finding aids and databases for these collections are available at the Centro Library and Archives and on this website.