PRLDEF is the major civil rights advocacy organization for the Puerto Rican community of the US. Headquartered in New York and taking its place among institutions such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund (NAACP-LDF) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). The organization records are a significant contribution to the study of the history of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. While they are obviously a rich resource for legal scholars, the research potential of the records encompasses numerous areas. They are of value to historical and humanistic scholarship in the field of ethnic studies, education and political rights, among others. This collection makes a major contribution in an area of American social and political history that has been sparsely documented. The holdings consist of administrative records, minutes, correspondence, executive directors files, and presidential and general counsel, subject files and all closed litigation files from 1972 to 1988.
Finding Aid for the Records of PRLDEF