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Collections are arranged alphabetically and include a brief description to assist in selecting material for research. Links to tools such as finding aids, inventories, and databases are also included to assist in locating materials within the collection.


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Malavé, George

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: c. 1980s
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.01

Photographer who donated a photocomposition of Tito Puente playing timbales.

Topics: Folklore; Music; Photography


Maldonado, Adál

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 2010
Volume (cu. ft.): 4.0

Artist part of the Nuyorican scene. The collection consists of a time capsule with artifacts selected by Adál.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Visual Arts


Maldonado, Arturo

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1954-1987
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

The collection consists of documents from the papers of Arturo Maldonado, Miguelángelo Rodríguez, Pacheco Padró and others, the majority of which are programs and flyers from various cultural, opera and theater events and activities, including the 1972-1983 Festival Casals in Puerto Rico. Of interest in the collection is the discrimination against English speakers in Puerto Rico.  Also included is a gay short story and literature correspondence.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature



Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1898-1930
Volume (cu. ft.):

Artificial collection grouped by provenance consisting of 80 maps depicting political boundaries, geography and demography. The collection includes maps of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean archipelago, New York and East Harlem. Highlights of this collection are a 1973 copperplate engraved map of Puerto Rico by S. Giovanni and a 1713 copy of a 1576 map of the island, both in mint condition.

Topics: Migration and Settlement


Marcano, Pedro “Piquito”

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1920-1972
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.12

Pedro Marcano was one of the foremost Puerto Rican bandleaders, composers and vocalists of the 1930s and ‘40s in New York City. He was founder and director of the Cuarteto Marcano, one of the most popular bands of this time in the bolero style, which consists of soulful ballads on the universal theme of love. Marcano worked closely with performers, such as Pedro Flores, Pedro Ortíz Dávila, Bobby Capó and Tito Rodríguez. The collection consists of documents such as flyers and newspaper clippings, as well as photographs of the musical figure and other artists. Available on Microfilm.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Music


Maristany, Hiram/ Los Pleneros de la 21

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 2003
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

Los Pleneros de la 21 is a non-profit organization based in El Barrio (East Harlem), New York City serving the Puerto Rican/ Latino community. Los Pleneros is also a performing ensemble, preserving the Afro-Puerto Rican traditions of the bomba and plena. The collection consists of 14 photographs and two videos of the group’s visit to Cuba in 2003, which was co-sponsored by Centro and documented by photographer Hiram Maristany.

Topics: Folklore; Music; Photography


Martell, Esperanza

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1961-2012
Volume (cu. ft.): 32.0

Human rights activist, educator and life-skills counselor.  Esperanza Martell has developed and facilitated workshops on diversity training, team building and conflict resolution.  She has served as coordinator for the ProLibertad Campaign to Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoners/ POW’s and board member at the Brecht Forum.  She also teaches Community Organizing at the Hunter College School of Social Work.  The collection consists of clippings, correspondence, flyers and newsletters.

Topics: Education; Family and Community Life; Health and Community Welfare; Social Reform


Martí, Justo A.

Finding Aid (draft)
Inclusive Dates: 1920s-1990
Volume (cu. ft.): 166.0

Photographer and former Merchant Marine. This collection is an important resource for its impressive visuals, which document the life and activities of individuals, families and organizations that compose the Puerto Rican experience in New York, as well as the experience of other Hispanic groups as seen through the lens of Cuban photographer Justo Martí. The photographs capture primarily the major social and political events, leaders and movements of time period between the 1940s and 1980s. The collection is a visual testament of the Latino/ Puerto Rican presence in New York City. The collection contains 98 cubic feet of prints and 78 cubic feet of negatives.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Migration and Settlement; Photography


Martínez, Julio 

Finding Aid
Inclusive Dates: 1967-2008
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.50

Pioneer in drug treatment and prevention programs in New York City and throughout the country. Julio Martínez was born on January 20, 1944 in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. Two years later, his family moved to New York City and settled in Spanish Harlem and the South Bronx. By his early teens, Martínez was already struggling with a drug addiction. In the late 1960s, Julio Martínez and Carlos Pagán started a drug rehabilitation program, Phoenix House, directed by Pedro Falcón. They established various substance abuse treatment centers including Project Return and El Regreso, Inc. and provided leadership for countless other programs.

See Rehabilitation Program Pioneers Julio Martínez, Carlos Pagán and Pedro Falcón

Topics: Gender and Sexuality; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform


Martínez, Susana

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1964-1996
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.20

Puerto Rican poet and an active member in the Puerto Rican community of El Barrio. The collection consists of 4 published poetry books and anthologies, two unpublished manuscripts, notebooks and writings, original paintings, award certificates from various organizations, newspaper clippings, event programs, newsletters, correspondence and copyright documents for her writings.

 Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Poetry


Martorell, Antonio 

Inclusive Dates:
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Painter, graphic artist, writer, radio and television personality. He regularly exhibits in Puerto Rico and the United States and participates in art events around the globe. The collection comprises 2 posters advertising Quijotextos, a book of writings by Martorell featuring Guillermo Real's photography. The posters are for events held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2005.

 Topics: Arts and Culture; Visual Arts


McGee, Doug

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: c. 1988
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.10

Photographer. Contains 3 photographs of artist Jorge Soto.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Photography


Medina-Echevarria Family Digital Collection 

The Medina-Echevarria family collection consists of 41 low resolution digital images documenting different generations of the family life long-time connections in California.  These images are courtesy of Nitza Medina-García.

 Topics: Family and Community Life


Meléndez, Mickey 

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 2003
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.25

Activist for Latino and Puerto Rican rights. He has held several senior positions in New York City's municipal government and taught in the Black and Hispanic Studies department at Baruch College. He is a recipient of the Charles Revson Fellowship (2004-05) at Columbia University. The collection is exclusively of edited galleys of Meléndez’s manuscript We Took the Streets (2003).

Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform


Méndez, José Rafael

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1906-1940
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.05

This microfilm collection contains a display of steamship artifacts, manifests and programs by the Porto Rico Line Steamship. Artifacts and documents in this display were recovered from steamships en-route to New York and/ or other Caribbean destinations. The images and mementos of tourists, crewmembers and migrants help recreate their journeys and their rich and multifaceted stories. Available on Microfilm.

Topics: Migration and Settlement


Méndez, Olga

Finding Aid: [PDF]
Inclusive Dates: 1962-2004
Volume (cu. ft.): 35.0

New York State Senator (1978-2004) and first Puerto Rican woman elected to a state legislature in the continental United States. Senate district included East Harlem, parts of the South Bronx, Roosevelt Island and Washington Heights. Méndez was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and married into a respected East Harlem political family. Her father-in-law, Tony Méndez, was the first Puerto Rican district leader in Manhattan. The collection spans her 13 consecutive terms in the Senate and includes correspondence, memoranda, legislative files, subject files, organizational files, public relations materials, press releases, newsletters and press clippings, publications, artifacts, photographs, and audio and video recordings.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Women


Mercado, Edward

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1924-2001
Volume (cu. ft.): 10.47

Public servant at the city, state and federal level, serving in organizations such as the Equal Economic Employment Opportunity Commission. He was director of the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the New York State Division of Human Rights. The collection documents the participation of Edward Mercado and other Latinos in Republican Party politics, information made all the more interesting because Latinos have traditionally favored the Democratic Party. It also deals with Puerto Rican politics and the status issue, particularly the links between the statehood movement and the Partido Nuevo Progresista on the island and with Puerto Ricans in the United States. The papers consist of reports, correspondence, writings, news clippings and photographs.

Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform


Migration Division

Finding Aid
Inclusive Dates: 
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The Migration Division was established in 1947 and began operations under the Puerto Rico Department of Labor. Unique and unprecedented, the Division's goal was to help ease the way for Puerto Ricans as they integrated into the host society, acting as the intermediary between the city and other agencies and the migrant community. The Division also explained Puerto Ricans to outsiders, helping them to adjust to the newcomers. In order to provide orientation regarding rights and responsibilities as citizens and to look out for the newcomers’ social well-being, the Division initially established the following programs: Identification Services, Employment, Education, Community Organization, Social Services, Political Participation and Voter Registration Campaigns (Avanzada and Atrévete), Cultural Affairs, Law and Legal Counseling Services, Farm Workers, Farm Workers Group Insurance and the Library. The Migration Division operated from a central office in New York City with numerous regional and local offices. In 1989, the functions of the Migration Division were transferred to the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States. The records in this collection provide ample documentation for the study of the work of the Division and its place in the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States.

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

Topics: Migration and Settlement; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform


Millán, William 

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1970-1997
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.25

Arranger, guitarist and musical director for the salsa band Saoco. Collection of videotapes, audiocassettes, CDs, flyers and other promotional materials for Saoco, and documents on Puerto Rican poets, writers, theater, playwrights and Taíno culture.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life; Music


Miller, Paul G.

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1915-1930
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.12

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, clippings and bulletins belonging to Miller, who served as the Commissioner of Education in Puerto Rico from 1915 to 1930. Miller also wrote Historia de Puerto Rico, which was considered the authoritative text on Puerto Rican history. The collection documents the transition of the educational medium from English only, which had been established in 1898 after the American occupation, to Spanish in the lower grades and English in the higher grades. This collection was deaccessioned from the Forrest R. Polk Archives.

Topics: Education


Miranda Archilla, Graciany 

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1991
Volume (cu. ft.): 6.30

Poet, journalist, essayist and co-founder of Atalayismo. The papers are an important contribution to the study of Puerto Rican poetry and particularly to the history and influence of Atalayismo. They also provide useful insights into the political and cultural milieu of Puerto Rico in the 1930s and 1940s and of the Puerto Rican community in New York of the 1950s and 1960s. The papers consist of correspondence, published and unpublished poetry, essays, critical reviews, clippings and photographs. Available on Microfilm.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Poetry


Momber, Marlis

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1970s-2009
Volume (cu. ft.): 3.50

German born photographer who has documented the Lower East Side for over 30 years. Collection consists of contact sheets, prints, a DVD version of the film Viva Loisaida, postcards for exhibitions, clippings, biographical information, press releases, flyers, books featuring Momber’s photographs, a painting with an image modeled from one of Momber’s images and copies of Loisaida: The Lower East Side Magazine.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life; Photography


Monserrat, Joseph

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1953-2005
Volume (cu. ft.): 12.56

Government official and community leader. The papers document his role and that of the Migration Division in the formation and implementation of the policies of the government of Puerto Rico regarding the migration of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. The materials are valuable for research in the areas of community development, bilingual education, school decentralization, civil rights, electoral politics, police brutality and corruption, community organizations, farm labor, inter-group relations and the internal workings of the Migration Division and the Board of Education of the City of New York. Among the personalities represented in the collection are Luis Muñoz Marín, Herman Badillo, Rafael Hernández Colón, Robert García, Leonard Covello and Nydia Velázquez. The records consist primarily of personal documents, correspondence, writings, appointment books, directories, reports, news clippings, programs and photographs. Available on Microfilm.

Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform


Morales, Jose F./ The Toxic Avengers

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1990-1991
Volume (cu. ft.): 2.0

The Toxic Avengers is a student group founded at El Puente Community Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1987. Concerned itself with issues of pollution and environmental safety in the immediate community. Collection consists of the organization’s records, including memoranda, agendas, correspondence, photographs, publications, clippings, reports, a banner and a 8-mm film reel.

Topics: Health and Community Welfare



Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1992-1999
Volume (cu. ft.): 5.0

A youth conference and organization founded by the National Latinas Caucus and affiliated with the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs. It addresses leadership issues and involvement in cultural and community affairs. The collection is comprised of conference proceedings, programs, numerous posters, announcements and other promotional materials.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform; Youth


Mújica Family

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1933-1952
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.05

Genealogical collection consisting of 4 family photographs taken in Brooklyn, New York, and personal documents including two war ration books and a postcard.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Migration and Settlement


National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights

Inclusive Dates: 1981-1991
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

Civil rights organization aiming to unite different groups and sectors of the Puerto Rican community such as professionals, laborers, students, artists and others in an effort to combat discrimination and inequality. There is information about the events, including publicity, memoranda, bulletins, photographs and programs of various events and chapters of the organization.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Organizations and Leaders


National Latinas Caucus

Inclusive Dates: 1985-1991
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

The principal goal of the organization is to empower women in local communities by organizing and developing networks around issues of common concern, to provide opportunities for personal and professional advancement and to foster a stronger sense of self-awareness. Special projects include El Barrio Renaissance, an effort to create low and moderate income residential units by renovating city-owned vacant buildings, and Economic/ Leadership Development courses for Latinas.

Topics: Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Women


National Puerto Rican Forum (NPRF)

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1970s
Volume (cu. ft.): 6.90

Founded in 1957 by Dr. Antonia Pantoja, the National Puerto Rican Forum (NPRF) provides education, training, advocacy and information to prepare individuals for meaningful employment. NPRF is the oldest national Puerto Rican organization in the United States.

Topics: Education; Health and Community Welfare; Labor and Occupation


Nieto, Sonia (BIO)

Inventory: [Preliminary Guide]
Inclusive Dates: 1950-2016
Volume (cu. ft.): 38.0

Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sonia Nieto has devoted her professional life to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice. She has written extensively on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of diverse backgrounds. A Visiting Scholar at several universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, and South Africa, she has also presented her work throughout the United States and Europe. She has written eleven books including most recently Why We Teach Now (2015), and Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Schools (2013), as well as a memoir, Brooklyn Dreams: My Life in Public Education (2015). Her books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. In 2015, she was elected to the National Academy of Education, the first Puerto Rican woman to receive this honor. She is the recipient of many other awards for her scholarship and advocacy, including six honorary doctorates. Her papers contain photographs, oral history interviews, writings and other materials.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Education; Social Reform


Noriega, José 

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1937-1994
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.25

José Noriega worked as special assistant for migrant labor for the State of New York Department of Labor (1977-1983) and was a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Hispanic Affairs (1984-1994). Noriega formed a production company, Noriega Productions. As part of a documentary project, he researched and interviewed influential Puerto Rican figures. The collection consists of documents such as biographical information clippings, correspondence, bulletins and reports, and photographs of political officials. Noriega also donated the Oscar García Rivera Papers, which he acquired as part of his documentary project.

Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders


Nuñez, Louis

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1963-2006
Volume (cu. ft.): 4.10

Civil rights activist, former executive director of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. and ASPIRA of America, former president of the National Puerto Rican Coalition and former staff director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, annual reports and newsletters from the National Puerto Rican Coalition and remarks from his period as staff director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In addition, there are photographs that document Nuñez’s many professional roles.

Topics: Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform


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