Family Court Judge in the Bronx, the second Puerto Rican elected to the New York State Assembly and the first to hold the office from the Bronx. Serving from 1953-1962, Torres initially represented the 5th Assembly District of Bronx County and would go on to represent the 4th Assembly District for the rest of his years in office; both districts were located in the South Bronx. From 1963-1967, shortly after the end of his terms in office, he also served as a judge. The papers help chronicle the long and dynamic career one of New York’s original Puerto Rican pioneros in the legal and political fields. Moreover, they help trace the origins of the Puerto Rican community in New York in the early decades of the 20th century and its subsequent growing presence and influence in numerous aspects of political and civic life. A historically rich collection, highlights of the papers include extensive correspondence with noted figuresas well as memoranda, photographs, flyers, clippings, programs, videotapes, audiocassettes and artifacts.
Finding Aid for the Felipe N. Torres Papers