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.
Finding Aid for the Olga A. Méndez Senatorial Papers