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Collection Descriptions G-H

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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Garcia, Robert

Finding Aid: [PDF]
Inclusive Dates: 1976-1994
Volume (cu. ft.): 60.0

Member of the New York State Assembly (1965-1967), the New York State Senate (1967-1978) and represented the South Bronx in the U.S. House of Representatives (1978-1990). He was the first New York-born Puerto Rican to serve in the U.S. Congress. This collection documents Roberts Garcia’s work in Congress as a New York Representative of the South Bronx. The papers chronicle his work on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, the Banking, Finance, and Urban Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and his legislative work on issues of interest, such as immigration reform, bilingual education and teen pregnancy. The collection also contains administrative files from Garcia’s Bronx and Washington offices, some personal and biographical information, records pertaining to his reelection campaigns, public relations materials and subject files. Materials are largely textual, comprised of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, statements, financial and legal documents, congressional bills, minutes, agendas, clippings, publications and ephemera. The collection also includes photographs, artifacts, audio and video recordings.

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


García, Samuel

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1990s
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

Painter. Collection includes 8 posters and several flyers that feature García’s realist paintings of scenes from both Puerto Rico and New York City. Included as well are exhibition catalogs.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Painting; Visual Arts


García Rivera, Oscar 

Finding Aids: [PDF] - [EAD: English] - [EAD: Español]
Inclusive Dates: 1912-1988
Volume (cu. ft.): 3.0

Politician, lawyer and community activist. First Puerto Rican elected to public office in the U.S. An important source for the study of early Puerto Rican political life and of the existent conditions of the East (Spanish) Harlem community in the first half of the 20th century. In addition, it provides a viewfinder into labor politics and the political and social alliances created among the emerging ethnic communities in New York City. The materials consist of personal documents, correspondence, photographs, political handbills, flyers and other ephemera, clippings and artifacts related to García Rivera's political campaigns. Available on Microfilm.

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


García Rivera, Sandra

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1990s-2000
Volume (cu. ft.): 2.0

Performance poet, writer and musician. Distant relative of Assemblyman Oscar García Rivera. Sandra García Rivera's collection consists of poetry, writings, programs, clippings, flyers, photographs, postcards and other ephemera.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature; Poetry


Gerena Valentin, Gilberto

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1918-2014
Volume (cu. ft.): 9.0

Pioneer and community leader. Gilberto Gerena Valentín was a Puerto Rican pioneer in New York City who also was a key figure in developing major Puerto Rican organizations in New York City between the 1940s to the 1970s. He played a key role in the mobilization of Puerto Ricans in the 1963 and 1968 marches in Washington, D.C., as well as the 1964 school boycott in New York City, the largest in the history of the United States. He also served as director of the City Commission of Human Rights and as city councilman representing Council District 11 in the Bronx. Gerena Valentin was an active player in the founding and development the Council of Hometown Clubs, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the National Association of Puerto Rican Civil Rights, the Puerto Rican Folkloric Festival and the Puerto Rican Community Development Program.

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


Glasser, Ruth (oral histories)

See Oral History Collections page for access information
Inclusive Dates: 1988-1993

This collection consists of 40 audiocassette interviews conducted by Glasser while writing her book/ dissertation, My Music is My Flag. The collection is significant because among those interviewed are prominent musicians, such as Bobby Capó and Johnny Rodríguez, and their relatives, such as Victoria Hernández, sister to composer Rafael Hernández and owner of Almacenes Hernández in East Harlem, now known as Casa Amadeo, possibly the first Puerto Rican-owned music store in New York City.

Topics: Music


Gómez, Enrique

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1971-2000
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.15

Enrique Gómez is an actor who worked with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. The collection consists of slides of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parades, personal slides, and information and programs on the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. The collection complements the Justo A. Marti Collection and others which document the evolution of the parades.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Puerto Rican Day Parade; Theatre


González, Carmen “Dice”

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1996
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

Social columnist. She published some of her writings in local newspapers such as El Diario/ La Prensa in New York City and Tampa, Florida. The collection contains photographs and newspaper clippings.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Recreation and Leisure


González, Edward “Eddie”

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1960-2006
Volume (cu. ft.): 15.0

Labor organizer and leader. His papers document his lifelong commitment and contributions to Puerto Rican/ Latino labor organizing and his role as community organizer for the Migration Division of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. His papers complement the papers of his wife, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías.

Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders; Social Reform


González, Juan

Finding Aid (draft): [PDF]
Inclusive Dates: 1945-2012
Volume (cu. ft.): 20.0 

Social activist and journalist, as well as a community organizer and labor leader.  This collection contains valuable material on the birth and development of several critical Puerto Rican and Latin American organizations, including the National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights, the Alianza Puertorriqueña, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Young Lords Party. There is also considerable material on three different labor actions and protests that Juan González was involved in, as well as information on his personal life. The collection also contains extensive journalistic material from the author’s entire career, as well as source material and correspondence. The collection consists of administrative and organizational material, clippings, correspondence, notes, manuscripts and pamphlets, flyers, photographs, audiovisual files and a small oversize collection.

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


Haslip-Peña, Jaime

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1951
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.12

Jaime Haslip-Peña was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and migrated to New York. He worked on the steamship Borinquen from 1933 to 1941 and for the U.S. Customs Service from 1943 to 1985, during which time he wrote several reports and policy statements. The collection consists of biographical information and photographs and serves as documentation of the lives of steamship merchant marines.

Topics: Business; Commerce; Labor and Occupation


Hernández, Miriam/ Vistas Latinas

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1990-1994
Volume (cu. ft.): 2.0

Founded in 1989 by Miriam Hernández and Regina Araujo, Vistas Latinas sought to counter the disproportionately small representation of Latina artists in museums, collections and galleries by organizing exhibitions and related events, as well as publishing exhibition catalogues and maintaining a slide registry. Collection includes correspondence, artist slides, mailing lists, grant applications and newspaper clippings focusing on artistic activity in the New York metropolitan area.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Gender and Sexuality; Women


Hernández, Pedro Juan

Inclusive Dates: 1995-2010s
Volume (cu. ft.): 2.0

Collection consists of ephemera such as flyers, postcards, playbills, programs, photographs of Puerto Rican neighborhoods in New York City, Chicago and Boston and events such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Family and Community Life; Puerto Rican Day Parade


Hernández Álvarez, José

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1952-2006
Volume (cu. ft.): 10.0

José Hernández Álvarez was a consultant for the Ford Foundation in Brazil and Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson; the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and Hunter College, New York. He had a role in the 1980 Census Advisory Committee and worked at the International Population and Urban Research Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, reports, clippings and postcards and explores the many facets of his personal and professional life. It concerns his activities in New York, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, Berkeley, California and Brazil.

Topics: Education; Gender and Sexuality


Hernández Cruz, Juan

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1958-1982
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.25

Juan Hernández Cruz was an activist and organizer of El Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño (the Puerto Rican Independence Party) chapter in New York City. He was one of the main spokespersons for the organization in the United Nations Decolonization Committee. This collection documents the independence group’s efforts to keep Puerto Rico on the UN Committee agenda after the United States succeeded in removing it from its list of colonial territories in 1952. The collection consists of documents, such as agendas, memorandum, correspondence, bulletins, press releases, reports, speeches, clippings, notes and poems, as well as a political book.

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


Hernández Cruz, Víctor

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1966-1973
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.05

Victor Hernández Cruz was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States in 1954 with his family. He attended high school in New York. Hernández Cruz is a co-founder of both the East Harlem Gut Theatre in New York and the Before Columbus Foundation and a former editor of Umbra Magazine. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego, San Francisco State College and the University of Michigan. The collection consists of literary works.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Literature


Hernández-Delgado, Julio (oral histories)

See Oral History Collections page for access information
Inclusive Dates: 1972-1989

The Julio Hernandez-Delgado collection consists of 16 interviews with 10 people donated by the Hunter College Archivist in the field of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies. Among them are interviews and book readings, several with children’s books writer, Pura Belpré.

Topics: Arts and Culture; Librarianship; Literature


Hispanic Labor Project

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1920-2005
Volume (cu. ft.): 1.0

The Labor Project (Hispanic Labor Collection) includes a wide variety of labor leaders and organization collections which document the organizational efforts of the Hispanic community to address the needs and concerns of its workers and communities in the U.S. The collection documents and photographs, including union manuals, constitutions, newsletters, event flyers, meeting agendas, correspondence and memos, journal articles, research papers and reports, conference programs, voter registration campaigns, biographical/ historical information, and interview transcripts from organizations such as the Hispanic Labor Committee, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, New York State Department of Labor, United Federation of Teachers (Local 2), New York Health and Human Services Union (Local 1199) and the International Ladies Garment Union (Local 62-32).

Topics: Labor and Occupation; Organizations and Leaders


Hispanic Ministry

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1951-1991
Volume (cu. ft.): 0.12

The collection consists of writings from various church organizations of denominations such as Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist and Pentecostal, including contact information for the churches and its members, as well as writings on language, ethnicity, cultural and socio-economic differences within the church, and various writings on Hispanic congregations.

Topics: Family and Community Life; Religion


Historical Journals and Periodicals

Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1898-1920s
Volume (cu. ft.): 

Artificial collection grouped by provenance consisting of over 100 items from several American publications documenting the Spanish-American War in 1898, the U.S. occupation of Puerto Rico and the transition of Puerto Rico from a Spanish colony to a U.S. territory. It includes newspapers, magazines, booklets, illustrations, lithographs, postcards and prints, from issues of Harper's WeeklyLeslie's WeeklyScientific AmericanPuckJudge and others. The publications are political in theme, containing articles on key battles of the war and brief biographies on military figures, others were intended to attract tourists to the Puerto Rico, the “newest possession” of the U.S., displaying stunning landscapes and attractions. The publications document the changing attitudes of America towards the Caribbean throughout this time period, therefore an imperialistic, sometimes racist, ideology is reflected in many of the articles and political cartoons. Highlights of this collection include its impressive artwork, including photographs, cartoons, drawings and sketches by well-know artists of the time period.

Topics: Politics, Government and Law



Inventory Available
Inclusive Dates: 1980-2002
Volume (cu. ft.): 21.0

Cable television program dedicated to gay Latino issues. The collection consists of correspondence, subject files, organizational files, administrative files, clippings, flyers, posters, proposals, scripts, reports and multi-format videos offering rich documentation on gay, lesbian and Latino social and political movements, as well as their cultural counterparts. It is concerned mainly with activities in the New York metropolitan area.

Topics: Family and Community; Gender and Sexuality; Social Reform


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