Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) Records, 1973-present

Collection, CENTRO

The only research center devoted to the study of the Puerto Rican diaspora. The records document the founding, administration, programs and intellectual production of this pioneering and innovative institution. The collection attests to Centro's role within the Puerto Rican/ Latino community, its influence in academic circles and its ongoing commitment to chronicling and interpreting the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. An extraordinarily rich collection, highlights of the records include materials on the origins of Centro, its alternative modes of internal governance, the numerous projects and initiatives undertaken by its research task forces and units and the multiple organizations its staff helped establish and/ or actively participated in. The collection chronicles institutional efforts to document through archival initiatives, oral history interviews, publications and film, the history, culture, social, civic and political contributions of the Puerto Rican community to contemporary American life. Records include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, reports, speeches, videos, slides, financial statements and artifacts. Additions to the collection include Felix Matos Rodriguez (Centro Director), Camille Rodriguez (Administrator and Researcher for the Higher Education Task Force), Blanca Vazquez (Centro Bulletin editor), Pedro Pedraza (Language Task Force), Susan Zeig (Film and Media), the Library Vertical Files, Slide Collection, CENTRO/ LEMC audio, video and transcripts files. This collection complements the papers of Frank Bonilla.

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