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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.


Finding aids, which are guides to the collections, are available for processed collections. The finding aids are in PDF and/ or EAD format. For collections that have not been fully processed, inventories and/ or databases are available upon request. The archives holdings can be accessed through the CUNY+, OCLC and RLIN online catalogs.


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Torres, Andrés

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1987-2004
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

Professor, economist and activist. Collection contains materials on the Puerto Rican Studies Association, the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños and the National Puerto Rican Association.

Topics: Business; Education; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law


Torres, Austin/ Fiesta de San Juan and Hispanic Day Parade

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1958-1959
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.12

Consisting of approximately 80 slides, this collection documents the Spanish Day Parade (1958) and the Fiesta de San Juan (1959).

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life


Torres, Felipe N. 

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English]
Inclusive Dates: 1881-2004
Volume (cu. ft.): 18.0

Family Court Judge in the Bronx, the second Puerto Rican elected to the New York State Assembly and the first to hold office from the Bronx. Serving from 1953-1962, Felipe Torres initially represented the 5th Assembly District of Bronx County and went on to represent the 4th Assembly District; both districts were located in the South Bronx. He also served as a judge from 1963-1967. 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 figures, as well as memoranda, photographs, flyers, clippings, programs, videotapes, audiocassettes and artifacts.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform


Torres, Frank

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1917-2000
Volume (cu. ft.): 15.65

Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York, civic leader and legislator. The papers document his contributions, as well as those of other members of his distinguished New York “pioneer” family in the legal, political and religious spheres, and their overall service to the community. They are especially significant for understanding the groundbreaking role played by Frank Torres and his father, Felipe N. Torres in the judiciary. Among the prominent names appearing in the collection are his father, Felipe N. Torres, Congressmen Herman Badillo and Robert García, and former Archbishop of Puerto Rico, Roberto O. González. The collection consists primarily of personal, judicial and administrative documents. Also contained are letters, programs, legal briefs, minutes, essays and proposals for community projects, and newspaper clippings.

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


Torres, Johnny

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

Businessman who donated documents relating to his work as president of La Metro Bodega Owner’s Association.

Topics: Business; Family and Community Life


Torres, Lourdes

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1967-2000
Volume (cu. ft.): 7.13

Community activist, educator and organizer. The collection is a source for understanding the role of Puerto Rican activists in New York during the 1980-1990s, the Puerto Rican community's struggle for civil rights, the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights and the Committee Against Fort Apache. There is also information about bilingual education and other organizations committed to civil rights. The materials included are reports, flyers, letters and memoranda, press releases and news clippings, as well as photographs.

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


Torres, Tanya

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 2002-2011
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

Poet and artist. Collection of several art books donated by Tanya Torres including some of her works, Cuerpo de batalla, and others done in collaboration with poet Yarisa Colon, such as Imagenes femeninas.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Visual Arts


Torres-Ortiz Family

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1911-1975
Volume (cu. ft.): 3.50

A family of entrepreneurs from Puerto Rico who migrated to New York City and San Francisco. The papers include correspondence, newspaper articles, books, notebooks, magazines, religious keepsakes and other items, the family’s steamship voyage between New York and Puerto Rico, along with Victor M.’s scrapbook of his military service during World War II.

Topics: Family and Community Life


Torruellas-Leval, Susana

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1977-2005
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

Author and former director of El Museo del Barrio. The collection consists of exhibition catalogs, publications and journals which document the presence of Puerto Rican and Latinos in the fine art world. Some of the artists and art spaces highlighted include Nitza Tufiño, Jorge Soto, Marcos Dimas, Rafael Tufiño, Eloy Blanco and Edgar Francheschi, the Cayman Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (M.O.C.H.A.) and El Museo del Barrio. Also included are materials on non-Latino artists, such as Carrie Mae Weems, and journals, such as Nueva Luz: A Photographic Journal and Primera Luz (both from En Foco), and Afterimage, a publication of the Visual Arts Workshop.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life; History; Women


T-Shirt Collection

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1984-2005
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.20

Artificial collection grouped by provenance of printed T-shirts that promote an array of topics and issues concerning Puerto Rican communities, such as voting and registration campaigns, labor groups, Puerto Rican Hawaii Centenenial Anniversary, March for Justice in Washington, boycott of Fort Apache film and many others. Among the donors are Diana Caballero and Blase Camacho Souza.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Health and Community Welfare


Tufiño, Nitza

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1950s-2010
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

Artist and first female artist of the Taller Boricua since 1970. She is also a member of El Consejo Grafico, a national coalition of latino printmaking workshops and individual printmakers. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, miscellaneous materials and a video recording of an event at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 1983. Poets include Miguel Piñero, María Mar and Miguel Algarín. The New York Rican Poets Café has served as a venue for emerging Nuyorican (Puerto Rican) artists and writers in New York.

Topics: Literature; Organizations and Leaders; Poetry


United Bronx Parents, Inc. (UBP)

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1966-1989
Volume (cu. ft.): 9.0

The records are an important resource for anyone studying the development of Puerto Rican community-based organizations in New York City. They provide information on education and the public school system, community empowerment, local politics, the South Bronx, and Puerto Rican leadership of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s. Also documented is the career of the organization's founder, Evelina López Antonetty. The types of documents included are correspondence, memoranda, minutes, by-laws, papers, photographs, flyers and clippings.

Topics: Education; Organizations and Leaders


U.S. Army Center of Military History 65th Infantry

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1950-1953
Volume (cu. ft.): 6.0

The U.S. Army Center of Military History contains files pertaining to the 65th Infantry Regiment in the Korean War. It provides "important insights not only into the regiment's unique problems, but also into the status of the United States Army at one of the most critical junctures in its history."

Topics: Military


Usera Family

Inclusive Dates: 1956-2003
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.12

Contains a series of photographs, as well as university diplomas of several Usera family members and a narrative written for Juan González.

Topics: Family and Community Life


Valentín, John M.

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1957-2003
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

Social worker and former director of ASPIRA of New York, Bronx and Manhattan centers and the Puerto Rican Arts Guild. Collection is comprised of certificates, photographs, correspondence, clippings and resumes/ biographical information. Included as well are documents on ASPIRA of New York and the Puerto Rican Arts Guild, maps and promotional materials pertaining to Puerto Rico.

Topics: Organizations and Leaders


Vando, Erasmo

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español] 
Inclusive Dates: 1917-1996
Volume (cu. ft.): 3.0

Activist, writer, actor, producer and journalist. These papers are an important resource for studying the evolution of the Puerto Rican community in New York from 1919 to 1945 and also support research on organizational development, cultural and sociopolitical activities. The papers also shed light on the life and contributions of individuals such as political leader Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, chronicler and activist Bernardo Vega and poet/ dramatist Gonzalo O'Neill. Included are correspondence, writings, flyers, programs, photographs and news clippings. Available on Microfilm.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life; Health and Community Welfare; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law; Social Reform


Vázquez, Lourdes

Inclusive Dates: 1965-2005
Volume (cu. ft.): 5.50

Writer and poet whose work has been published in many literary magazines in Latin America and Europe. The collection includes correspondence, writings, publications, flyers, press releases, event programs, information and writings by other Puerto Rican writers, clippings, artifacts, photographs and audiocassettes. Included as well are a number of chapterbooks and other literary publications.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Poetry


Vega Yunqué, Edgardo

Finding Aid (draft): [PDF]
Inclusive Dates: 1908-2008
Volume (cu. ft.): 21.0

Novelist and short story writer. This collection documents the life and literary development of Edgardo Vega Yunqué through several drafts of works, from handwritten notes to published materials. It contains drafts of published novels such as No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew it Cauze Bill Bailey Ain’t Never Coming Home Again and Blood Fugues, as well as unpublished essays, novels and poems. There is also considerable information on the birth and development of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, the artistic organization that Vega Yunqué founded and served as its first director. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, audio and visual files, artifacts and a small oversize collection.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Organizations and Leaders; Poetry


Velázquez, José

Finding Aid: [PDF]
Inclusive Dates: 1950s-1999
Volume (cu. ft.): 5.50

Member of several organizations that advocated for Puerto Rican independence and other revolutionary struggles. The papers are a rich source of information for researchers examining the Puerto Rican leftist movement that flourished in the late 1960s through the early 1980s. The collection’s particular strength is the documents and images relating to the Partido Socialista Puertorriqueño and its U.S. branch in New York City, the Comité Seccional which Velázquez was an active member and leader. Also among the materials are court records stemming from Velázquez’s challenge to a charge of violating the Selective Service Act on political grounds, which offer various arguments against the conscription of Puerto Ricans in the United States Armed Forces. The collection includes a copy of the file the FBI kept on him once they identified him as member of a revolutionary organization, which provides insight into the FBI’s tactics and degree to which they deemed Velázquez and the PSP a threat to national security. The materials include correspondence, clippings, flyers, letters, memoranda, minutes, negatives, newsletters, notes, programs, publications, photographs, speeches and writings.

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


Velázquez, Rosa

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1950s
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.25

Collection of 12 prints from the Bomba and Plena series by artists Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufiño.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Visual Arts


Vélez de Vando, Emelí

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1919-1999
Volume (cu. ft.): 5.44

Political activist and community leader. This collection is valuable for examining the Puerto Rican independence movement, especially the history of the Nationalist Party, the Partido Independentista de Puerto Rico and Movimiento Pro Independencia. It is of particular importance for the insight it offers on women activists and their role in the independence movement. The collection also contains significant information about political repression and persecution of political activists in Puerto Rico. Like many pro-independence sympathizers, Emelí Vélez de Vando was subjected to years of police surveillance. Among her papers is a voluminous carpeta, secret files compiled by the police of Puerto Rico providing an account of all her activities, including speeches at different forums and demonstrations. The collection consists primarily of letters, articles, photographs, police reports, audiotapes, programs and flyers.

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


Vélez Mitchell, Anita

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1950s-2013
Volume (cu. ft.): 3.40

Actress, dancer, poet and former President of the Puerto Rican Writers Association. Collection contains correspondence, poetry, clippings, press releases, event programs, photographs and videos.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Organizations and Leaders; Poetry; Women


Vidal, Jose

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 2003-2006
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

Architect and art collector. Jose Vidal began volunteering at the Centro Library and Archives in 2003 and was the Centro Gallery curator for twenty exhibitions from 2003 to 2006. Throughout these years, he donated Puerto Rican artist catalogs, brochures and other documents.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Visual Arts


Vila-Andino, William

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1940-1990s
Volume (cu. ft.): 17.0

A native of New York City, Vila Andino was an avid painter, veteran of World War II and grandson of the Puerto Rican composer Julian Andino. The collection includes pamphlets, writings, notebooks, clippings and flyers that attest to his interest in leftist/ Marxist politics, the plight of African-Americans in the 20thcentury, the social and economic conditions of Puerto Ricans both in the U.S. and on the island, as well as his ongoing concern with issues of race and class. Moreover, Vila Andino’s papers also highlight the intersections between Puerto Rican and African-American communities in New York and the forging of mutually beneficial alliances across racial and ethnic lines.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Organizations and Leaders; Politics, Government and Law


Visiones NBC

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1983-1991
Volume (cu. ft.): 2.0

Visiones: Latino Arts & Culture is the first PBS series to focus exclusively on Latino artistic expression in the U.S. It examines the nation's diverse Latino communities and how they have been able to keep their artistic expressions alive, while creating new and unique visions that contribute to art in America.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Education; Television


Wagner, Harriet

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1927
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

High school teacher who caused much public controversy on the island when a student who read from her book manuscript was offended and outraged by Wagner’s writings on Puerto Ricans. Collection consists of documents, including official identification, drawings, correspondence, clippings, notebooks, travel writings, personal diaries and poetry, as well as 58 photographs and 21 postcards, which include images of Wagner, her friends and family, and of Puerto Rico and its citizens.

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


Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago on the Puerto Rican Community

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1951-1976
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.50

This selection of documents from the Records of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago at the Chicago History Museum includes clippings, articles, correspondence and minutes from the 1950s-1970s, and public statements by key Puerto Rican government officials like the Governor Luis Muñoz Marin, the Migration Division National Directors Joseph Monserrat and Clarence Senior. The collection also documents the creation of a committee "to promote better integration of Puerto Rican citizenry into the community."

Topics: Health and Community Welfare; Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders


West Coast Puerto Rican Oral History Project (oral histories)

See Oral History Collections page for access information
Inclusive Dates: 2008

Oral history project documenting 24 interviewees from California and Hawaii conducted by the California Puerto Rican Historical Society with funds from the Western Region Puerto Rican Council and Hayward Area Historical Society. Centro provided assistance reformatting audiocassettes into digital format.

Topics: Health and Community Welfare; Migration and Settlement; Organizations and Leaders


Western Region Puerto Rican Council Dia de San Juan Collection

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1999
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.10

Puerto Ricans in California contains 73 photographs and digital images from the Western Region Puerto Rican Council El Dia de San Juan Festival in San José in June of 1999. These photographes were taken by Minerva Santiago and donated by Nitza Medina-García.

Topics: Family and Community Life


Zentella, Ana Celia 

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1974-1979
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.25

Zentella is a central figure in the study of U.S. Latina varieties of Spanish and English, Spanglish, and language socialization in Latino families, a respected critic of the linguistic profiling facilitated by English-only laws and anti-bilingual education legislation. Collection consists of clippings, newspapers, flyers, correspondence and programs about Puerto Rican political prisoners, in particular Lolita Lebrón and the Comité Lolita Lebrón.

Topics: Language; Politics, Government and Law


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