Pioneering advocate for Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture, affectionately known as "La Madrina de las Artes." Cabrera, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is the youngest sister of activist Evelina López Antonetty and library administrator Lillian López. Her papers document her early years, family life and chronicle her career with organizations including AHA (Association of Hispanic Arts), Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Center for the Media Arts, Hostos Community College, Bronx Council on the Arts, and Girl Scouts, USA. Her collection offers rich insight into New York City's dynamic Puerto Rican and Latino art scene from the 1970s-2000s, as well as her relationships with important Puerto Rican artists and writers, including Piri Thomas, Tato Laviera, George Aguirre, Pure Belpré, Pepón Osorio and Nicholasa Mohr. Collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, publications, event programs, prints, posters, photographs, audio and video recordings.
Finding Aid for the Elba Cabrera Papers