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About the Collection

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives is the only archival repository nationwide that is exclusively devoted to documenting the history and experiences of Puerto Rican communities living in the United States.

Shortly after the creation of Centro, the archives originated with the collection of oral histories and other research pertaining to Puerto Ricans. The Jesús Colón and Justo A. Martí Papers were the first collections donated to Centro in 1983 and 1984.The Library and Archives was formally established in 1989 to build upon these initial collections, and received funding from the New York State Archives to locate primary historical documents and potential donors.

Our archives contain over 300 collections, and among our holdings we have over a thousand audio and video oral histories, approximately 100,000 photographs, 4,000 audio and video recordings and 2,000 art posters.

The collections date from the 1890s to the present and document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California and Hawaii. Our collections consist of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists and writers, as well as the records of community-based organizations. Highlights of the collection include Antonia Pantoja’s Presidential Medal of Freedom (1996) and Helen Rodríguez Trias’ Presidential Citizens Medal (2001).

Our largest collection, the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) Records, measures approximately 2,900 cubic feet and contains an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to assist them.

Our collections consist of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists, writers, as well as the records of community-based organizations. Our largest collection, the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) Records, measures approximately 2,900 cubic feet and contains an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to assist them. The collections date from the 1890s to the present and document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California and Hawaii. Highlights of the collection include Antonia Pantoja’s Presidential Medal of Freedom (1996) and Helen Rodriguez Trias’ Presidential Citizens Medal (2001).


Visit the Library and Archives

The Centro Library and Archives welcomes visitors from around the world to explore our vast collection of material pertaining to the Puerto Rican Diaspora. The Archive is free and open to the public, regardless of academic or professional affiliation by appointment.

The Archives are open by appointment only, please contact Senior Archivist, Pedro Juan Hernandez at 212-396-7877 or dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu.

Location and Hours

The Centro Library and Archives is located within the Silberman School of Social Work. Please inform the security staff that you would like to visit Cento and be prepared to present an ID.

The Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Avenue and 119th Street, Room 121
New York, New York 10035 | Map
Phone: 212-396-7874
Fax: 212-396-7707

Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exceptions:

July 4, 2016, Independence Day: Closed

September 5, 2016, Labor Day: Closed

October 10, 2016, Columbus Day: Closed

November 24-25, 2016, Thanksgiving Day and Friday: Closed

 

Mailing Address:

Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue, Rm. E1429
New York, NY 10065