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Collection Descriptions A-B

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. The following listings provide a summary description of each collection. When available, finding aids provide a detailed listing of each collection’s content, as well as historical and/or biographical information. The holdings are arranged in alphabetical order. The symbols under each entry indicate:

Years that the collection spans.

 

Cubic footage that the contents of the collection occupy.

 

Number of images.

 

Whether or not there is a complete inventory, general description, or finding aid available to help researchers.


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Agrupación Hispano Femenina
Collection contains one panoramic photograph from 1961.


Agüeros, Jack 
Puerto Rican writer. Collection 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, some promotional materials and a New York Times article for an equivalent WNBC series titled They Can’t Even Speak Spanish. [Topics: Literature; Television]

 

 

 1971        0.05        1        Description


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 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 other publications. He attended almost every major parade in the tri-state area and has pictures from many of them. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life]

 1980s-1990s        10.0        15        Inventory


Albors Photographic Collection
The collection consists of 86 photos of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and labor groups. 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. [Topics: Arts; Culture; Labor; Music; Puerto Rican Day Parade]

 

 1963-1973        0.25        5        Inventory


Allende, Petra [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Community activist and senior citizen advocate. This a resource for research in grassroots organizing, community activism, senior citizen life in New York City, particularly in East Harlem and the development of East Harlem. The materials document organizations in which Allende was active, such as the Community Board 11, Iris House, the Bonifacio Cora Texidor Housing Development Fund Corporation, the Institute for the Puerto Rican/ Hispanic Elderly, Inc., East Harlem Community Health Committee and the Gran Orden Fraternal de Odfelos Latinos. The materials document cultural and political organizations and contain correspondence, clippings, community newspapers, memorabilia, photographs and presentations. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Gender and Sexuality; Health and Community Welfare; Social Reform]

 1926-2004        17        17        Finding Aid


Álvarez, Bartolo 
The collection consists of correspondence, song title sheets, music notes, writings, newspaper articles, concert programs, photographs, and music CDs of Álvarez. [Topics: Music]

 

 

 1953-1971        0.12        8        Inventory


American Federation of Labor
Selection of documents from the Samuel Gompers Papers, former President of the American Federation of Labor, that pertain to Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. Original holdings are at the Khell Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives at the Cornell University Library. [Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders]

 1890s-1940s        1.0        1        Inventory


Andrade, Kathy
Andrade 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. A life-long 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. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, event programs, invitations, flyers and pamphlets, mainly about activities in the New York metropolitan area. Her collection is especially rich in photographs of women in union activities. [Topics: Education; Gender and Sexuality; Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders; Women]

 1960s-1980s        8.2        15        Inventory


Anglada López, Rafael [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Lawyer and civil rights activist. These papers captures the militancy and turbulence of the Puerto Rican independence movement particularly during the 1970s. The papers document the history of leftist movements in Puerto Rico, as well as in the Puerto Rican communities of the United States. Of great significance is the information on the history of the PSP in the United States, where it had a branch and also published a bilingual edition of its newspaper, Claridad. Other major themes are the decolonization of Puerto Rico as an issue before the UN, the Wells Fargo robbery in Hartford and Puerto Rican political prisoners. The types of materials include letters, memorandums, reports, pamphlets and newspaper clippings. [Topics: Politics, Government, and Law; Social Reform]

 1936-2002        15.69        1        Finding Aid


Antonetty, Evelina López
Founder and executive director of United Bronx Parents. She was a forceful, articulate and persuasive woman, often referred to as the "hell lady of the Bronx." She was widely respected for her ability to work with different groups throughout the city and for her organizing skills. Her political savvy and energetic efforts kept United Bronx Parents strong and effective even in the most difficult times. Her influence was felt throughout the Puerto Rican community, and she has been an inspiration and a model for the younger Puerto Rican leadership in New York City. To some extent, the United Bronx Parents Records also document the career of Evelina López Antonetty. [Topics: Education; Organizations and Leaders]

See United Bronx Parents, Inc.

 1966-1989        12.0        50        Finding Aid


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. The papers provide insight into community organizing efforts in the Puerto Rican community of East (Spanish) Harlem, Puerto Rican independence movements and the participation of Puerto Ricans in the Masonic Order. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform]

 1940-1994        1.25        17        Finding Aid


Arroyo, Carlos
Carlos Arroyo dedicated 20 years of his life to working exclusively as a successful profes­sional 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. Despite having "retired" as a dancer to pursue other interests, he reappeared as part of a homage to Tito Puente at Yale Univer­sity 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 consists of photographs, clippings, ephemera, and other documents. [Topics: Arts; Community Life; Music]

 c. 1950-1970      0.25        149        Inventory


Arteaga, Genoveva de [PDF] [ENGL] [ESPN]
Pianist, organist, teacher and choir director. These papers can support research in the musical and cultural history of Puerto Rico. The collection documents the growth of musical, literary, cultural and civic organizations among Puerto Ricans in New York City. The papers include personal documents, correspondence, flyers, writings, invitations, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and photographs. The papers, which are primarily in Spanish, contain information about her and her husband, Andrés S. Dalmau, as well as her father Julio C. de Arteaga. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Music; Gender and Sexuality]

 

 1913-1991        12.60        14        Finding Aid


Arts Prints and Drawings
Artificial Collection grouped by provenance. The collection comprises more than 1500 items dating from 1940s to the present. The collection includes art works by Puerto Rican artists from the island and diaspora. Highlighted in the collection are art works by Jorge Soto, Manny Vega, Gilberto Hernandez, Papo Colo, Marcos Diams and Fernando Salicrup. Also represented are works by artists such as Lorenzo Homar, Antonio Martorell, Rafael Tufiño and Jose Rosa. The collection also contains art prints from art collectives like Taller Boricua and Taller Loiza. Included are the portfolios of Los Casos de Ignacio, El Cafe, Dos Mundos (photographs), Plena and New York-based Proletario and Taller Boricua. The art prints and photographs in the collection promote socio-cultural and political events. Some of these include theatre, music dance, film and events such as Comite de Noviembre, Fiesta de San Juan, Fiestas de Loiza and Centro events. Political figures and issues include registration and voting campaigns, Herman Badillo, Nydia Velzquez, Fernando Ferrer and the Young Lords. Overall, the collection contains art prints, photographs and calendars, many of which are limited editions. [Topics: Arts and Culture]

 1940s-2010s        0.5        1        Inventory


Asociación de Residentes y Descendientes Puertorriqueños en Cuba
This collection consists of photographs, forms, a questionnaire, and by-laws of the Asociación de Residentes y Descendientes Puertorriqueños en Cuba, an organization formed to group all of the Puerto Ricans and their descendants who reside permanently in the Republic of Cuba, as well as temporary residents who reside there for employment or academic purposes. Also included in the collection are videocassettes, mini digital videocassettes, and DVRs of interviews with members of this group. [Topics: Family and Community Life; Migration and Settlement]

 2003        0.25        5        Inventory


Aspira of New York, Inc. [PDF] [ENGL]
The records document the administration, programs and civic contributions of this groundbreaking social service agency. Furthermore, they help chronicle the organizational evolution of the institution and the numerous initiatives it undertook to support Puerto Rican and Latino youth in New York City. A small but insightful collection, highlights of the records include materials on key programs such as the Youth Leadership Development Program, as well as organizational offshoots like the Office of Research and Advocacy and the ASPIRA Clubs Federation. The collection documents the organization’s engagement with current issues in education and politics and its extensive involvement in and influence on decision-making. The materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, contracts, reports, speeches, videos, slides and financial statements. [Topics: Education; Family and Community Life; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform]

See Antonia PantojaAnthony López and Luis O. Reyes

 1959-1998        26.0        39        Finding Aid


Association of Hispanics Art (AHA)
The materials consists of a small array of personal documents, correspondence, publications, clippings, Masons related materials and organizational ephemera. In addition, the papers contain a strong collection of photographs, particularly of Masonic activities. The bulk of the documents are in Spanish. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Organizations and Leaders]

 1975-2000        3.0        1        Inventory


Avilés, Juan
Poet who arrived in New York in 1926. For 30 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 to 1966. The collection is arranged by subject and includes newspaper articles, certificates, correspondence, poems, a copy of Aviles’ 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 the Fiesta de San Juan Bautista. [Topics: Education; Organizations]

 c. 1950-1970        0.85        17        Inventory


Ateneo Puertorriqueño de Nueva York
Literary organization founded in 1963 by Diana Ramirez de Arellano and other intellectuals “to bridge the gap odf silence and loneliness of the Puerto Rican artist and scholar in New York.” The series contains five scrapbooks with all of the records created by the Ateneo such as bylaws, minutes, invitations, press releases, reviews, programs and photographs. The records document how Ramírez de Arellano and her sister, Daphne, led the organization and presided over its literary programs and conferences. The Ateneo frequently bestowed tributes and medals of honor upon Puerto Rican artists, writers and intellectuals. The documents consist of letters, minutes, articles, books, programs, newspaper clippings, audiotapes and phonograph records. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Education; Gender and Sexuality; Literature; Organizations and Leaders]

See Diana Ramírez de Arellano

 1947-1997        3.81        1        Finding Aid


Barela, Alfredo
Photographer. The collection consists of 35 photographs of the theatrical actor, including portraits, scenes from performances and cast shots. [Topics: Arts]

 

 

 c. 1940s        0.25        5        Inventory


Barradas, Efraín
Professor, Spanish/Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainseville. Papers include clippings on literature and theater, correspondence, event programs, articles and a number of books and other publications. [Topics:Arts; Literature]

 

 

 1960s-1970s        1.5        6        Inventory


Barrio Popular Education Program [Audio Index]
El Barrio Popular Education Program began in 1985 as a research project of the Language Policy Task Force of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies of The City University of New York. The program’s goal was for adult students to develop their reading, writing and computing skills in Spanish while learning English as a Second Language through a participatory methodology. The program was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1987. The collection consists of administrative files, minutes, correspondence, photographs, clippings, newsletters and videotapes. [Topics: Education; Family and Community Life; Organizations; Social Reform]

 1985-1990s        25.0        2        Inventory


Belpré, Pura

Finding aid: [PDF] [EN] [ES]
 

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 docu­ment 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 illustra­tions. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Education; Family and Community; Gender and Sexuality; Literature; Social Reform]

 1897-1985        18.75        2        Finding Aid


Bohio Community and Cultural Center
El Bohio operated by CHARAS, Inc. as a community and cultural center located in a former public school in the Lower East Side. El Bohio provided space to a number of community organizations involved in services to youth, fine arts, performing arts, housing assistance and other cultural projects. These organizations in turn provided low-income residents of Loisaida with a variety of activities and programs. [Topics: Arts and Culture; Organizations and Leaders]

 1975-1998        1        1        Description


Bonilla, Frank
Finding Aid:
[PDF]
The papers help document the dynamic career of a key figure in the fields of Puerto Rican Studies, Latin American Studies and Political Science, and first director of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños. Moreover, they chronicle the activities of organizations and governmental initiatives that sought to engage with a number of issues, among them welfare, joblessness, race, minority educational achievement, housing and other social justice issues. A multifaceted collection, highlights of the papers include writings by Bonilla on themes ranging in scope from Venezuelan elites to the state of Latino research after the events of 9/11, files on organizations as diverse as the National Jobs For All Coalition, American Friends Service Committee, the Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo, Universidad Central de Venezuela (CENDES) and the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization, as well as other materials that document Bonilla’s academic career, political activities and life after his retirement from the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños in 1993. The materials consist of correspondence, memoranda, photographs, flyers, clippings, writings, remarks, speeches, publications, videotapes and artifacts. The folders are arranged alphabetically and the documents are arranged chronologically. [Topics: Education; Organizations and Leaders]

See Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños

 1946-2011        12             Finding Aid

 


Bureau of Identification and Documentation
The Bureau of Employment and Identification, 1930-1948 was established in 1930 to administer the Identification and Documentation Program. One of the main functions of this program was to produce English language identification cards for Puerto Ricans to show as proof of U.S. citizenship for employment and other purposes. Puerto Rican birth certificates, which were written in Spanish, were often unacceptable as proof of U.S. citizenship. The program allowed individuals to obtain vital records such as birth, marriage, divorce, and baptism certificates needed to confirm citizenship. As the numbers of Puerto Ricans leaving the island for New York and other cities increased, the Government of Puerto Rico, which encouraged the mass migration as part of its economic development strategy, was eager to ease the way for migrants and to help them adjust to the new society. In 1948, the functions of the Bureau of Employment and Identification were transferred to the newly-created Migration Division. [Topics: Politics, Government and Law; Settlement; Social Reform]

See Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS)

 1930-1948        175        449        Finding Aid


Burgos, Joseph A.
Joseph A. Burgos is the son of José Federico Burgos, who migrated to New York in 1949. He became a member of many Puerto Rican cultural organizations in the city, receiving many certificates of merit for his literature and community service. The collection consists of a 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. [Topics: Arts and Culture]

 1978-2004        0.10        5        Inventory


Buscaglia, José
The 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. [Topics: Arts; Architecture]

 

 2000        0.05        6        Inventory


Buttons
Artificial Collection grouped by provenance. The Buttons Collection consists of over 300 items originally forming part of personal papers or organizational records. Among these are Justo A. Marti, Pura Belpré, José López, Ruth M. Reynolds, Petra Allende, Centro and the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights. Though the majority of the items are Puerto Rican, the collection also includes other Latinos, particularly Mexican-Chicanos. The buttons are predominantly political in theme, representing elected officials, such as Herman Badillo, or the struggle in Vieques to remove the U.S. Navy from the island. Many also represent organizations, such as the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, ASPIRA and Fiesta Folklorica. A highlight of this collection are items from the José López Papers, which include buttons for the United Farm Workers, the UFW boycott and César Chávez. López was a labor organizer in New York City who was a supporter and participant in the UFW boycott. [Topics: Culture; Politics]

 1930s-1990s        3        1        Inventory


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