About the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center
Preserving New Jersey's Latino History
In 2002, The Newark Public Library partnered with a Latino community group, the Friends the Hispanic Research Information Center (HRIC), to create the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC).
The NJHRIC addresses the informational needs of the state’s diverse Hispanic communities, from the newly arrived monolingual immigrant to the English dominant scholarly researcher. It consists of three components: the Sala Hispanoamericana, the Hispanic Reference Collection, and the Puerto Rican Community Archives.
The Newark Public Library’s New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center has received generous support from numerous funders. Major supporters include:
- the Carnegie Corporation of New York
- the Friends of the Hispanic Research Information Center (HRIC)
- the New Jersey Council for the Humanities
- the New Jersey Historical Commission (a division of the Department of State)
Hispanic Reference Collection:
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Puerto Rican Community Archives
Bienvenidos a la Sala Hispanoamericana
La Sala Hispanoamericana mantiene la colección más extensa de materiales en español de todas las bibliotecas públicas del estado. Es reconocida como fuente de información y recursos en español para bibliotecas a través de Nueva Jersey. La colección incluye libros para adultos y niños, revistas, audiolibros, acceso al internet y otros recursos electrónicos en español.
En la Sala brindamos los siguientes servicios: referencia, asesoría al usuario, visitas de grupo, orientaciones sobre los recursos de la biblioteca; programas culturales, y talleres de computadora ofrecidos en colaboración con el Centro de Tecnología Victoria.
Colección en Español
En la Sala Hispanoamericana encontrará una amplia colección de libros, revistas y audiolibros en español. La colección abarca infinidad de temas e intereses, entre ellos: salud, crianza de los niños, computadoras, autoayuda, ocultismo, best sellers, arte, filosofía, literatura, religión, historia, biografías y mucho más.
- La sección de Referencia incluye una variedad de obras de consulta: enciclopedias temáticas y generales, guías, bibliografías, átlases, diccionarios y otros materiales especializados.
- En La Sala encontrará bibliotecarios de habla hispana dispuestos a contestar sus preguntas y ayudarle a encontrar la información o material que necesita. Puede llamar al (973) 733-7772 para obtener servicio telefónico de información en español.
- La Colección Juvenil contiene materiales para niños y adolescentes. Esta colección incluye una variada selección de títulos bilingües (inglés –español).
- La Sección de Revistas ofrece publicaciones de actualidad en temas especializados tales como: ciencia y tecnología, farándula, salud, familia, moda, adolescentes y de interés general.
- En la Sección de Novedades presentamos una muestra de lo último que se ha publicado. Estos libros se reemplazan periódicamente según van llegando nuevos materiales.
- Audiovisuales: La Biblioteca ofrece una colección de películas en español y de CDs de música latina en el Departamento de Audiovisuales, en el primer piso de La Biblioteca Principal.
Visitas de Grupo
Nuestro personal bilingüe ofrece orientaciones en español sobre los recursos de la Sala Hispanoamericana y dirige visitas de grupo a la Biblioteca. Este servicio es de interés particular para grupos de estudiantes que deseen conocer a fondo los recursos de la biblioteca. Se requiere hacer cita previa, por lo menos con una semana de anticipación. Para solicitar una orientación o visita de grupo, llame al (973) 733–7772.
La Biblioteca en su Hogar: Acceso al Catálogo
La Sala ofrece la oportunidad de utilizar otros recursos electrónicos de la página cibernética de la Biblioteca. Desde la comodidad de su casa puede conectarse al catálogo general de la Biblioteca y reservar libros, examinar toda la información de su tarjeta de usuario, hacer búsquedas en el Archivo de Servicios a la Comunidad, mantenerse al día en el Boletín de Actividades de la Biblioteca y mucho más.
Internet y Recursos Electrónicos en Español
El Internet continúa creciendo y expandiéndose, creando infinidad de páginas cibernéticas de interés para la comunidad hispana, tanto para adultos como para niños. A continuación la Sala Hispanoamericana le ofrece:
- Referencia Latina
Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluyendo 49,000 entradas de enciclopedia, 50,000 imágenes, 2,500 informes sobre salud; un diccionario español-inglés / inglés-español y más de 100 libros de referencia y decenas de revistas de interés general en un amplia gama de áreas temáticas.
- La Mano Amiga
Información útil y práctica para la comunidad Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Esta revista electrónica presenta interesantes artículos sobre temas de actualidad: cómo cuidar o arreglar su crédito; cómo conseguir trabajos bien pagados; conocimientos básicos sobre la Ley en los EEUU; lo último sobre la salud; ayuda al consumidor, educación, finanzas, y mucho más.
- Nuestros Países
Motores de Búsquedas de los países Hispanos.
La Biblioteca ofrece programas y actividades de interés a la comunidad hispana completamente gratis: charlas literarias, presentaciones de baile, programas musicales, cine, teatro, exposiciones de arte y mucho más.
Durante los meses de otoño la biblioteca presenta su Celebración de la Hispanidad, una serie de actividades, exhibiciones y programas culturales que destacan la diversidad y el acervo cultural de los países hispanos.
Si desea recibir un calendario de actividades para la Celebración de la Hispanidad, visite o llame a La Sala Hispanoamericana (973-733-7772) y anótese en la lista de correos.
Talleres de Computadoras
El Centro de Tecnología Victoria – ubicado en el tercer piso de la Biblioteca Principal, ofrece talleres de computadoras para adultos completamente gratis, en áreas como: Explorando en Internet, Correo Electrónico, Cómo preparar su Resumé, entre otros. Para mas información favor de llamar al (973-733-3637).
Para ver un listado de los talleres y las fechas en que se ofrecen, vea el siguiente enlace: Computers & Classes
Información Sobre La Biblioteca
Guía de orientación de servicios:
La Tribuna Newspaper Collection has been digitized and is available online. This collection consists of newspapers ranging from 1975-2011 (some gaps).
Luz Cardona created the Camden newsletter, La Hispanidad, in 1989. About half of the collection has been digitized and available online.
Local Newspaper Collection
This artificial collection is the result of entire newspapers being found within archival donations. The collection contains some gaps in the date ranges. An inventory of the collection is available upon request.
- Alianza News: 1993
- El Conquistador: 1996
- El Diario/ La Prensa: 1970
- El Especialito: 2011
- El Hispano: 2002, 2003, 2005
- El Nuevo Coqui: 1982, 1983, 1993-2003, 2009
- El Nuevo Union: 2005
- El Veterano: 1994-1997
- Impacto 2000: 2000
- La Perla del Sur: 2007
- La Tribuna Hispana: 1997-2000, 2003
- La Voz: 2000, 2011
- Latino News: 2007–2010
- Observador: 2002, 2003
- Panorama: 2003, 2005
Newspaper clippings on various topics regarding Hispanics/ Latinos in New Jersey. An inventory of all topics and dates is available upon request. Clippings date from 1968 – present and are sorted by the following subjects:
- Puerto Rican
- Driver’s License
- Immigrants/ Immigration
- Puerto Rican Riots of Newark (1974)
- Puerto Rican Riots of Paterson (1968)
Latino Oral Histories
This collection of oral histories offers direct, first-person accounts of the lives and experiences of men and women from diverse Latino backgrounds who call New Jersey home. Their stories are a living testimony of the Latino experience in the state, documenting the vibrant role this community has played in New Jersey’s social, political, and cultural history.
This project contains fifteen oral histories of pioneering leaders from New Jersey’s Latino community. Interview abstracts are available online, full transcripts are available upon request.
This project contains ten oral histories focused on the theme of justice, as expressed through the life experiences from prominent Latinos who have focused their efforts in the state of New Jersey. Interview abstracts are available online, full transcripts are available upon request.
These materials consist of the oral histories, and their supplementary materials, conducted by Olga J. Wagenheim and her students from the years 1987 – 2002.
LIST OF ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS
(by appointment only)
PUERTO RICAN COMMUNITY ARCHIVES
The Puerto Rican Community Archives is open to all researchers. Access to primary source materials is provided by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (973) 733-4791 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be prepared to discuss your research interests. We recommend browsing the collection descriptions and provide the archivist with the collection title(s) you are interested in researching. The archivist will provide inventories to collections if available. The archivist can also recommend collections based on your research interests.
Creator: Acosta, Luis
Title: Luis Acosta Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1974 – 2005, undated
Size: 1 Document Box
Abstract: Luis A. Acosta was President of the Hispanic American Chambers of Commerce of Passaic County and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Passaic Public Library. This collection documents Luis Acosta’s personal and professional life, as well as community events he participated in. Of note is an event ticket for President George W. Bush’s visit to Westfield, NJ, correspondence from Jim McGreevey, and two sashes from the Paterson, New Jersey Puerto Rican Parade.
Creator: Arocho, Esq., Antonio
Title: Antonio Arocho, Esq. Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1972 – 2013 (bulk: 1990 – 2010)
Size: 4 Transfer Boxes
Abstract: Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq. is a business and non-profit lawyer with substantial litigation experience and an active community member. He served as Assistant Attorney General in the Virgin Islands Department of Justice and as a special assistant to the Delegate to the US House of Representatives from the Virgin Islands. He also served as Executive Director for the Hispanic National Bar Association, Vice-President for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Community Development Manager for the National Council of La Raza. Mr. Arocho is permitted to practice law in the U.S Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the founder and principle attorney of his own law practice Arocho Law Office. The papers consist of adjournals, awards, certificates, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, newsletters, photographs, and programs. The collection consists of the following subjects: community activism, government and law, organizations and leaders.
Creator: ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey
Title: ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey Records
Inclusive Dates: 1967 – 2003 (bulk: 1996 – 2000)
Size: 17 Transfer Boxes
Abstract: “The ASPIRA Association, a 501(C)(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth… ASPIRA has been working at the grass-roots level to provide programs that encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, prepare them to succeed in the educational arena, develop their leadership skills, and to serve their community… The ASPIRA Association is a confederation of ASPIRA statewide organizations, which provide various educational, enrichment and support services to Latino youth and their families in schools, community centers and ASPIRA Clubs” (Retrieved from What is ASPIRA?.) The New Jersey chapter of ASPIRA, founded in 1968, is located in Newark, and its records document its business and financial transactions, as well as its various programs such as APEX, Leadership Development, and after school programs. Also found in this collection are student files and ASPIRA produced videos. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Atlantic County Puerto Rican Parade
Title: Atlantic County Puerto Rican Parade Records
Inclusive Dates: 1996 – 2009
Size: 1 Document Box
Abstract: In 1995, a group of individuals convened with the stated purpose of preserving the heritage, culture, and history of Puerto Ricans in New Jersey, and established the Atlantic County Puerto Rican Parade as an annual one-day event with a parade and Latin Music Festival.
Creator: Blasini, Efrain E.
Title: Efrain E. Blasini Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1957 – 2004, undated (bulk: 1979 – 1990)
Size: 14 Document Boxes
Abstract: The collection consists of materials Mr. Blasini created and gathered as part of his community activism. The following are some of the organizations Mr. Blasini participated in and are reflected throughout the collection: ASPIRA, Inc. of NJ, Puertorriquenos Asociados For Community Organization (PACO), Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP), Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA), and the Delaware Valley Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce. The following subject matter covers some of the collections’ topics: business, community organization, economics, and politics.
Creator: Camacho-Pagan, Grissele
Title: Grissele Camacho-Pagan Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1974 – 2006, undated
Size: 1 Document Box
Abstract: Grissele Camacho-Pagan was a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, a founding member of Latinas United for Political Empowerment (L.U.P.E.), the President of Hispanic Bar Association from 1985 to 1986, and the Vice-President of the Hispanic Association in 1984. Her papers include the constitution and by-laws of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. Membership lists, correspondence, minutes, brief history, newsletters of the HBA comprise the bulk of this collection. Programs for Latinas United for Political Empowerment and ASPIRA memorabilia are in this collection.
Creator: Canino, Ed.D., Maria J. and Marcos Leiderman
Title: Maria J. Canino, Ed.D Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1959 – 2009 (bulk: 1970 – 1995)
Size: 15 Boxes (3 Transfer Boxes, 11 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: The Maria J. Canino, Ed.D. – Papers document Marcos Leiderman’s career at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and Dr. Canino’s involvement with the Experimental M.S.W. for Bilingual / Bicultural Hispanics. The documents consist of by-laws, correspondence, interdepartmental communication, minutes to meetings, and scholarly articles regarding social welfare and social work. The collection contains organizational records of the New Jersey Association of Hispanic Human Service Professionals to which Dr. Leiderman was a chairperson to. In the papers, one can also find documents pertaining to the Oversight Committee to the Experimental M.S.W. Program. Dr. Canino received a joint appointment at the associate professor level for the program’s duration. For additional documentation on the Experimental M.S.W. Program for Bilingual/ Bicultural Hispanics, see also the Hilda Hidalgo, Ph.D. – Papers.
Creator: Carrion, Sigfredo
Title: Sigfredo Carrion Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1971
Size: 1 Oversized Box
Abstract: Sigfredo Carrion attended Rutgers – Newark, where he co-founded the student organization, Puerto Rican Organization (P.R.O.). He was actively involved as a community activist in Newark, where he served on the People’s Committee, one of the negotiation committees that met with Mayor Gibson at the on-set of the 1974 Newark Puerto Rican riots. The collection consists of 14 photographs of ASPIRA’s lead poisoning screening campaign and clothing drive in 1971.
Creator: Cartagena, Juan
Title: The Juan Cartagena Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1953 – 2010, undated (bulk: 1970 – 1999)
Size: 9 Transfer Boxes
Abstract: Juan Cartagena is President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund). He is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, who has worked extensively on language rights laws. As increasing numbers of immigrants who speak an array of different languages enter the work force, some employers have attempted to force their employees to speak only English while working. This collection is comprised of a significant number of lawsuits on behalf of employees who felt their rights were being violated. Most employees challenged their employers under the federal discrimination laws. Clippings, newsletter, publications, and briefs are available as evidence of the lawsuits. The briefs challenge the English-only language policy. Publications highlighting the importance of culture and language are included in this collection as reference to making English the official language of the United States. Also available are student writings highlighting their position in reference to the English only policies. Organization such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Puerto Rican Legal and Education Fund are cited in this collection. Interviews of Juan Cartagena are available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories and Justice Project.
Creator: Coca, Adela (1930 – 1997)
Title: Adela Coca Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1946 – 1996 (bulk: 1970 – 1995)
Size: 6 Boxes (5 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: An expert on domestic violence and advocate for battered women. Founding member of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Paterson, New Jersey. Resource for studying the life of an avid community activist and educator in Northern New Jersey. Collection consists of applications, awards, by-laws, correspondence, directories, financial records, minutes, newspaper clippings, photos, press releases, programs, reports, and writings.
Creator: Coll, Gabriel
Title: Gabriel Coll Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1945 – 2013, undated (bulk: 1965 – 1990, undated)
Size: 3 Boxes (2 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: Community activist and educator in Camden County. Field Representative for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. President of the Washington D.C. Council of Hispanic Employment Program. Resource for studying the life of a Puerto Rican community leader. Collection consists of newspaper clippings, resumes, essays, drafts of essay and speeches, newsletters, song booklets, postcards, licenses, awards, transcripts and writings.
Creator: Delgado, Jose
Title: Jose Delgado Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1885 – 2008, undated (bulk: 1982 – 2005)
Size: 10 Boxes (9 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: Jose Delgado is a member of the Camden Board of Education and an advocate for Bilingual Education. Mr. Delgado’s collection consists of reports and research on bilingual education, Limited English Proficiency students and exit criteria/programs. Represented in this collection are organizations which Mr. Delgado supported and participated in. Most of the organizations are located in the city of Camden. Represented are educational, recreational, and social organizations such as Affirmative Action Committee, Cramer Hill Little League, Inc, Hispanic Student Association, San Juan Bautista, and NJTESOL. Also included are briefs pertaining to the New Jersey Board of Education and court documents from the following cases: Slocum v. Cooperman; Fuentes v. Cooperman. An interview of Jose Delgado is available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories.
Creator: Dover New Jersey Spanish American Federal Credit Union
Title: Dover New Jersey Spanish American Federal Credit Union Records
Inclusive Dates: 1970 – 2007, undated
Size: 6 Boxes (1 Document Box and 5 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: The Dover New Jersey Spanish American Federal Credit Union was founded in 1970 with seven members and $55. The Credit Union was created as part of a social services center for employees to begin offering financial services. The Spanish American FCU continued to serve the community until its merger with the Morristown Federal Credit Union, 37 years later. At the time of the merger, the Spanish American FCU had assets of over $14 million. The records primarily consist of documents relating to the business and financial procedures of the Credit Union and realia, such as raised seals and deposit bags.
Creator: Feliciano, Efrain
Title: Efrain Feliciano Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1975 – 2006 (bulk: 1994 – 2005)
Size: 7 Boxes (5 Document Boxes and 2 Oversized Boxes)
Finding Aid: PDF
Abstract: Political and civic activist. Founder of South Jersey Latino and Friends, and the New Jersey State Hispanic Task Force. Resource for studying the life of a Puerto Rican/ Latino activist in Southern New Jersey. Collection consists of by-laws, calendars, correspondence, directories, financial records, legislations, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, press releases, programs, publications, and reports.
Creator: Fernandez, Michael
Title: Michael Fernandez Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1949 – 1989
Size: 9 Boxes (8 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: Michael Fernandez, a Rutgers graduate and Ph.D. candidate in comparative labor history, studied the immigration patterns of Puerto Ricans, specifically those who moved to Perth Amboy, New Jersey, for his doctoral dissertation. Michael Fernandez’s work includes the migration and labor of Puerto Ricans in Perth Amboy, NJ and the many challenges faced in order to incorporate to their new surroundings. His research covers the various issues any new migrant community faces upon entrance to an unfamiliar society: such as economic development, employment, poverty, health and welfare, housing and acculturation to name a few. The struggle for acceptance, adjustment, justice and progress are depicted in his drafts. An interview of Michael Fernandez is available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories.
Creator: Figueroa Soulet, Noemi
Title: Noemi Figueroa Soulet Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1996
Size: 1 Oversized Box
Abstract: A Puerto Rican wedding doll given to Noemi Figueroa Soulet from her aunt Alberta Figueroa. The doll’s wedding dress is hand-made with a white lace veil and pink bows. The doll measures 16 inches tall. Also included is a note to Noemi from her aunt in Puerto Rico, “Titi Berta”.
Creator: Fuentes, Julio M.
Title: Julio M. Fuentes Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1963 – 2006, undated
Size: 5 Boxes (2 Document Boxes and 3 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: In 2000, Julio M. Fuentes was the first Puerto Rican/ Latino appointed to the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. He was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico in 1946. His family immigrated to the United States in 1950, and settled in Tom’s River, New Jersey, in 1955. Fuentes worked as lawyer in private practice from 1975 until 1981, and worked as a judge in the Newark Municipal Court from 1979 until 1987. He then served as a judge in the New Jersey Superior Court in Essex County from 1987 until being confirmed to the Third Circuit in 2000, after having been nominated for the position by President Bill Clinton in 1999. The Julio M. Fuentes Papers contain biographical and personal information, newspaper clippings about both his high school and college activities, as well as his judicial career. Information on organizations he belonged to and awards presented to him are also documented. Also present in this collection are photographs documenting major events in Julio Fuentes’s life. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Hernandez Gutierrez, Jose and Blanca Alvarez Blanco
Title: Jose Hernandez Gutierrez and Blanca Alvarez Blanco Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1896 – 2011
Size: 10 Boxes (1 Document Box and 9 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Blanca Álvarez Blanco (1899-1952) was born in Utuado, P.R. She studied at the University of Puerto Rico from 1914 – 1916 and worked as a teacher and editor until she moved to Jersey City, NJ in 1933 when she married Dr. José Hernández Gutiérrez. She gave birth to their only child, José, in 1935, and with a scholarship, earned an M.A. at Columbia University Teachers College in 1936. Despite trying to resume her work in Puerto Rico, she lived in Jersey City with her husband and son until her sudden death in 1952. Dr. José Hernández Gutiérrez (1899-1992) was born in San Juan, P.R. Traveling to the US in 1918 to study at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, he was drafted upon arrival and served in the US Army in the First World War. Returning to the School, he graduated in 1922. Moving back to Puerto Rico, he worked as a Public Health Dentist in Utuado until 1928. He then moved to Jersey City, living with his brothers Manuel and Angel, until establishing his dental practice at 2560 Hudson Blvd. For his work in the Selective Service in World War II, he received Presidential and US Congressional honors. When many Puerto Ricans moved to Jersey City, he served as a community volunteer and politician from 1952 – 1966, assisting new arrivals, directing government programs in mental health and housing, and a credit union at the Centro Católico de Información. With official recognition from Jersey City, Hudson County, and the State of New Jersey, Dr. Hernández retired in 1966 and moved to Puerto Rico, where he lived until 1992. This collection contains their personal papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Creator: Hidalgo Flores, Ph.D., Hilda Antonia (1928 – 2009)
Title: Hilda A. Hidalgo, Ph.D. Papers
Inclusive Dates: circa 1920s – 2010, undated (bulk: 1968 – 1999)
Size: 23 Boxes, Flat Files (14 Document Boxes and 9 Oversized Boxes; Oversized materials also found in PRCA flat files)
Finding Aid: PDF
Abstract: Community activist, LGBT advocate, educator, social worker, and Rutgers professor. Cofounder of both the Experimental Master of Social Work for Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanics and of the Master in Public Administration for Hispanic Administrators at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The bulk of the collection is comprised of academic writings, including numerous articles for publication, monograph manuscripts, a doctoral dissertation, speeches, keynote addresses and case studies. Also comprising a significant portion of the collection are the planning documents, program proposals and complimentary materials, such as funding requests and accreditation evaluations, for the two Masters programs. Additional resources on community activism, Latino and LGBT advocacy, and Newark politics may be found in this collection. Also of high interest are the photograph, letter, and signed certificate from President Nixon regarding an appointment to the Advisory Council on Spanish Speaking Americans. For additional documentation on the Experimental M.S.W. Program for Bilingual/ Bicultural Hispanics, see also the Maria J. Canino, Ed.D – Papers. Hilda Hidalgo’s button collection has been digitized.
Title: HISPA Records
Inclusive Dates: 1985 – 2009 (bulk: 1993 – 1999)
Size: 16 Transfer Boxes
Abstract: HISPA was established in 1984 as the Hispanic Association of AT&T Employees, providing community outreach programs for Hispanic/ Latino communities throughout the United States. In 2004 and 2005, the organization’s bylaws were modified to better reflect its diverse membership by making “HISPA” the official name and allowing non-AT&T members’ full participation in the organization. By spring 2007, the HISPA Governing Council unanimously voted to recast HISPA as a new organization with an updated mission and name: Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement. HISPA’s main educational initiatives consist of a role model program focused on middle school students and a youth conference program. The HISPA Records consists of the materials documenting the AT&T Latino employee affinity group. The collection consists of financial records, letters, minutes, reports, flyers/ brochures, programs and oversized items such as floppy disks, photographs, VHS and Betacam cassette tapes, small video cassettes, and souvenirs, such as a hat bag and pin. The subjects documented are organizations and leaders, health and community welfare, occupation & labor, employment/ unemployment.
Creator: Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Title: Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Records
Inclusive Dates: 1980 – 2005
Size: 4 Document Boxes
Abstract: The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey was founded in 1980 (formerly The Puerto Rican Bar Association) to unite Hispanic Lawyers and to resolve issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community. Margarita Echevarria helped to found the organization and served as the association’s first president. The Hispanic Bar Association engaged in outreach that involved grants for students to attend law school, holding fundraising events, and raising awareness of Hispanics in the legal profession. Collection consists of newspaper clippings from the early organization of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (H.B.A.N.J.), correspondence related to the organization of Hispanic National Bar Association, the American Bar Association plan for developing a successful minority counsel program, Hispanic National Bar Association Newsletter, founding documents of the H.B.A.N.J., scholarship dinner dance, board member lists, issue of Abogado newsletter of H.B.A.N.J., outreach activities, correspondence related to Hispanic Issues Task Force, and the Puerto Rican/Latino Empowerment Symposium. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey
Title: Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey Records
Inclusive Dates: 1976 – 2001, undated (bulk: 1996 – 2000)
Size: 30 Document Boxes
Abstract: The Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey came into existence in 1990 as a means of providing support to the various executive directors of Hispanic nonprofit community organizations. The mission of the HDANJ is to further the progress of New Jersey’s Hispanic Community through cooperation among its members and collaboration with other organizations. The HDANJ is comprised of 32 Latino non-profit groups from the State of New Jersey. Their services are focused in four main areas: education, health, economic welfare and family support. The collection is divided into six series: Administration (6 boxes), Be Proud (5 boxes), Citizenship Campaign (4 boxes), Cuqui Files (8 boxes), Education (4 boxes) and Health (3 boxes).
Creator: Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey
Title: Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey Records
Inclusive Dates: 1975 – 2005, undated
Size: 2 Boxes (1 Document Box and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: The Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey was founded in 1976 as the Hispanic Health and Mental Health Association. It started out as an advocacy organization in North Camden providing support services, coordination of services, assessments and referrals. Throughout the 1970s, the agency began offering substance abuse counseling and outpatient mental health services. In the 1980s, additional programs such as the Women’s Center and Senior Citizen programs were added. As the agency continued to expand its services, the need to change the name became necessary. In 1990, the Hispanic Health and Mental Health Association changed its name to the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey. Since then, it has continued to expand its programs and began to organize itself into distinct units offering services with Program Directors leading the units. The agency has grown into one of the largest Hispanic agencies in southern New Jersey assisting approximately 8,000 clients per year through its nearly 30 programs. The collection consists of histories of the Center, brochures, photographs and newspaper clippings about the agency’s various programs, providing information on education, family and community life, health and community welfare, and organizations and leaders.
Creator: Humphreys, Sister Deborah
Title: Sister Deborah Humphreys Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1971 – 2003, undated
Size: 3 Boxes (1 Document Box and 2 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Sister Humphreys is a founding member of El Club del Barrio (St. Columba Neighborhood Club) in Newark. It was established in 1975 by local neighborhood leaders concerned with providing a stable living environment to one of Newark’s poorest and most neglected communities. El Club del Barrio has been a provider of services, information, and referrals to neighborhood residents. It sponsors programs that respond to the needs of the community, primarily Latinos from youth to senior citizens. The collection includes photos, documents, and newspaper clippings pertaining to El Club del Barrio, a 1978 Annual Report of the Schumann Foundation, a Winter 1979 edition of “SHELTERFORCE” – a national housing publication, and a copy of her book of poems, “Conventional Wisdom.” Additionally, this collection contains souvenir items of clothing from El Club del Barrio and contacts and documents pertaining to the 1970s agricultural community of Southern New Jersey. Portions of this collection have been digitized. An interview of Sister Deborah Humphreys is available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories.
Creator: Jimenez Wagenheim, Ph.D., Olga
Title: Olga Jimenez Wagenheim, Ph.D. Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1868 – 2005
Size: 83 Boxes (48 Transfer Boxes and 35 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Professor Emeritus, Dr. Jimenez-Wagenheim, a specialist in Caribbean and Latin American history and author of several books and articles, directed the Puerto Rican Studies Program at Rutgers-Newark for more than 20 years. In 1999, she began volunteering at the Newark Public Library, where she and Ingrid Betancourt founded The New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC) at The Newark Public Library. In 2001, she founded the Friends of HRIC, a support group to help facilitate the development of the NJHRIC. The Olga Jimenez Wagenheim – Papers contains an abundance of information on Puerto Rico, Latin America and Caribbean studies as well as information on the New Jersey Puerto Rican experiences. Some materials consist of publications, personal notes, class material, oral histories, videotapes, dissertations, student work on events such as the Lares Revolt, Puerto Rican and Latino migration and the Newark Riots.
Creator: La Tribuna
Title: La Tribuna Photograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1970 – 2012
Size: 6 Boxes (3 Transfer Boxes and 3 Document Boxes)
Abstract: A collection of over 2,000 photographs from the Spanish language newspaper La Tribuna de New Jersey. This collection has been digitized.
Creator: Laguna-Diaz, Elpidio and Asela Rodriguez-Laguna
Title: Elpidio Laguna-Diaz and Asela Rodriguez-Laguna Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1957 – 2016
Size: 32 Boxes (31 Transfer Boxes and 1 Document Box)
Abstract: Dr. Elpidio Laguna Diaz was an Associate Professor at Rutgers-Newark, where he founded and directed the Hispanic Civilization and Language Studies program. He also advised numerous Rutgers student organizations such as the Spanish Club, the Portuguese American Club, and the Peruvian Americans Student Organization. Dr. Asela Rodriguez de Laguna was a Professor of Spanish at Rutgers-Newark and served as Director of Hispanic Civilization & Language Studies Program from 1992-1999. She also served as Department Chair of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures from 2005 to 2011. Her research interests include history of the Spanish language and Christopher Columbus in Spanish literature. The collection consists of the following subjects: clubs and organizations, education, Portuguese and Spanish literature.
Creator: Lisboa, Maxine and ASPIRA, Inc.
Title: Maxine Lisboa Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1956 – 2007 (bulk: 1970 – 2004)
Size: 13 Document Boxes
Abstract: Maxine Lisboa was researching the history of ASPIRA, Inc. for her doctoral dissertation. She has donated her research materials, which contain information regarding the ASPIRA Association and its involvement with Puerto Rican and Latino youth. Items include annual reports, financial statements, publications and correspondence from 1956 to 2007 that encompass all affiliate chapters with a particular focus on New Jersey and New York. In addition, there are also newspaper articles and studies documenting the work of ASPIRA and the various programs that it has implemented. The collection also contains the collected notes, interview transcriptions, and bibliographies for her dissertation proposals. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Milan, Esq., Myrna
Title: Myrna Milan, Esq. Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1968 – 2010
Size: 2 Boxes (1 Document Box and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: Myrna Milan, Esq. worked with ASPIRA Inc. of New Jersey for 3 years, then went on to study law. She became an attorney and then a municipal judge. After her judgeship, she became the City Administrator of Elizabeth, NJ. She is now retired. In this collection are two chapbooks published for the Hoboken Oral History Project, a 1978 annual report of the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey, and an analysis of public school education for Puerto Rican Children in New Jersey, prepared by the Puerto Rican Consortium for a Thorough and Efficient Education, outlining essential priorities for Puerto Rican children to receive quality education. The collection also contains two CDs, one of the first and second Puerto Rican Day Parade in Hoboken and one of the “Asociación de comerciantes Hispano: Coronacion para el desfile puertorriqueno,” as well as a film reel of the first Hoboken Puerto Rican Parade.
Creator: Navarro, Diamond
Title: Diamond Navarro Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1974 – 1992, undated
Size: 3 Document Boxes
Abstract: The materials consist of bilingual education on a large scale, primarily in New Jersey. There is a plethora of information about the court cases (Slocum v. NJBOE; Fuentes v. Cooperman) that deal with legislation on bilingual education for the New Jersey districts that have high numbers of bilingual students.
Creator: New Jersey Department of Labor, Farm Labor Program
Title: New Jersey Department of Labor, Farm Labor Program Records
Inclusive Dates: 1966 – 2004, undated
Size: 1 Document Box
Abstract: The New Jersey Department of Labor Farm Labor Program contains information on New Jersey labor laws, agricultural policy and a directory of New Jersey Agricultural Employers. Materials present in this collection are bilingual, targeting the population of migrant workers in New Jersey who had need of these materials.
Creator: New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – New Jersey Bilingual Education (NJTESOL – NJBE)
Title: New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – New Jersey Bilingual Education Records
Inclusive Dates: 1967 – 2007
Size: 24 Boxes (18 Document Boxes and 6 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – New Jersey Bilingual Education is a professional organization for those concerned with the teaching of English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education, Standard English as a second dialect and instruction for students of limited English proficiency at all levels of public and private education. Interests include classroom practices, research, curriculum development, funding, employment and social political concerns. The NJTESOL-NJBE Records document the organization and its advocacy and educational activities. This collection also contains photographs of various events hosted by NJTESOL-NJBE and VHS recordings of award presentations. This collection receives accruals about every two years.
Creator: Oyola, Perfecto
Title: Perfecto Oyola Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1966 – 2012 (bulk: 1970 – 1975)
Size: 4 Boxes (2 Document Boxes and 2 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Community and political activist in Jersey City. Perfecto Oyola founded the Puertorriqueños Asociados for Community Organization (PACO) in 1970, serving as its first Executive Director until 1987. Oyola was active in securing tenant’s rights, decreasing unemployment and increasing the visibility of Hispanics in local politics. The collection contains copies of newspaper clippings acknowledging his accomplishments, following his councilman campaign, and projects he supported. A poster for voter registration is included, in addition to photographs of a community training event and of landscapes in Puerto Rico.
Creator: Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc.
Title: Puerto Rican Community Action Board, Inc. Records
Inclusive Dates: 1977 – 1995, undated
Size: 2 Transfer Boxes
Abstract: The Puerto Rican Action Board was established in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. Its focus is to provide early childhood education, youth development, job assistance, and community advocacy to economically disadvantages families. The organization maintains strong collaborations with agencies and businesses to help meet their goals. The Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc. Records include correspondence, grants, agreements, applications, drafts, proposals related to the weatherization assistance program, safe housing and transportation and division of aging. Also included are amended by laws/ constitution and community housing development organization certification. Additionally, this collection holds records documenting the Puerto Rican Coalition for Childhood Development, including its original certificate of incorporation dated July 13, 1978, the registration information and program of the 9th annual bilingual/ bicultural pre-school education conference held in New Brunswick in 1987, the conference programs from the 3rd annual bilingual/ bicultural preschool education conference in 1979. Also found are the PRCCD membership lists, advisory committee lists, agendas, minutes, correspondence, bank statements, and certificates.
Creator: Puerto Rican Community Archives
Title: Local Newspapers Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1970 – 2011
Size: 7 Oversized Boxes
Abstract: This collection contains issues of various local, bilingual and Spanish-language, New Jersey newspapers. For more information, please see the Hispanic Reference Collection: Newspapers section.
Creator: Puerto Rican Educators Association
Title: Puerto Rican Educators Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1971 – 1996, undated
Size: 6 Document Boxes
Abstract: Concerned Puerto Rican educators interested in assuring that Puerto Rican and Latino students were afforded the best education possible founded the Puerto Rican Educators Association in New Jersey in 1971. The Puerto Rican Educators Association includes Puerto Rican, Latino and non-Latino educators, administrators, psychologists, social workers and parents. The Puerto Rican Educator Association Records contain original documents of the organization’s incorporation and its by-laws. Information on programs such as scholarships and the Teacher of the Year Award is also included in this collection. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP)
Title: Puerto Rican Unity for Progress Records
Inclusive Dates: 1971 – 2003
Size: 65 Transfer Boxes
Abstract: Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP) was incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit agency to promote improved access to economic, social, and cultural opportunities and resources for low income individuals and their families with special emphasis on the Hispanic population. The materials cover the following subject matters: art/ culture, business, education, family & community life, health & community welfare, occupation & labor, and organizations & leaders.
Creator: Quiñones, Angel M. (ca. 1923 – ca. 2006)
Title: Angel M. Quiñones Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1949 – 1993 (bulk: 1984 – 1988)
Size: 2 Boxes (1 Document Box and 1 Oversized Box)
Finding Aid: PDF
Abstract: Community and political activist. Founding member of the Borinquén Democratic Club and Puerto Rican Fatima Club in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Resource for studying the life of an avid community activist in Central New Jersey. Collection consists of awards, by-laws, correspondence, financial records, memorandums, newspaper clippings, photos and press releases.
Creator: Ripton, John
Title: John Ripton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1972 – 2008
Size: 9 Boxes (8 Transfer Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: John Ripton was a community organizer whose primary concern was the Hispanic farm workers of New Jersey. The collection includes correspondence, John Ripton’s writings, notes, and requests for grants to raise awareness of the issues surrounding pesticide use on farms and its negative effects on farm workers. The collection also includes senate bills, newspaper articles, press releases (including press releases from the ACLU), reports from the Department of Agriculture and other entities. Several organizations like Sa-Lantic, Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas, and the NJ Council of Churches are represented in these papers. Briefs, public hearings in regards to legislative measures, and minutes to meetings document the work the above organizations performed on behalf of farm workers.
Creator: Rivera, Eliu
Title: Eliu Rivera Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1975 – 2007, undated
Size: 3 Boxes (1 Document Box and 2 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Eliu Rivera was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, and moved to New Jersey when he was 14 years old. Mr. Rivera joined the Puertorriqueños Asociados for Community Organization (P.A.C.O.) Agency in 1970. He served as the executive director since 1976. He is a former deputy mayor of the City of Jersey City and currently serves as a member of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, representing the fourth district. He’s also founder and president of the Liberty Academy Community Charter School, president of the Puerto Rican Lutheran Housing Corporation, and vice president of the Paulus Hook Community Housing Corporation. In addition to these organizations, he’s been instrumental in organizing community groups such as the Hispanic Merchants, Tenant Organizations, Roberto Clemente Little League, Adult Leagues, Boys and Girls Scout Troops, and Voter Registration Drives. The bulk of this collection is photographs and newspaper clippings. A large portion of the photographic collection pertains to P.A.C.O. and their activities. Some of the photographs and other materials document Mr. Rivera’s personal life and involvement in the community groups he helped organize. The entire collection covers subject areas such as family and community life, organizations and leaders, politics, health and community welfare, and major historical events. An interview of Eliu Rivera is available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories.
Creator: Rivera-Soto, Roberto
Title: Roberto Rivera-Soto Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1954 – 2006, undated
Size: 5 Boxes (4 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: The collection documents Roberto Rivera-Soto’s career as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey. The collection spans the years from 1953-2006, with the bulk of the papers dating from 2004-2005. The papers include his personal and biographical life, correspondence, programs, publications, invitations, greeting cards, flyers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The papers are in English and Spanish. The materials written in Spanish are from his early life in Puerto Rico and several newspaper clippings announcing his nomination to the Supreme Court. The collection contains information about his parents, his family, his wife and three children. Included are personal documents such as his and his sons’s birth certificates and his fathers’ death certificate.
Creator: Rodriguez, Miguel E. “Don Mike”
Title: Miguel E. “Don Mike” Rodriguez Papers
Size: 1 Transfer Box, Flat Files
Abstract: Miguel E. “Don Mike” Rodriguez was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1934. He moved to New York City in 1957. Three years later, he married and moved to Newark. In 1968, Rodríguez worked for the New Jersey Department of Labor. A year later, he started at the Model Cities Program and became the North Newark Regional Director. Through the efforts of the Black and Puerto Rican Coalition and as a result of the Newark Rebellion (1967), Mr. Rodríguez became the Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs for 16 years. Starting in 1987, he worked in the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program of the Newark Housing Authority. Throughout his civic career, Mr. Rodríguez became a founding member of the Puerto Rican Lion’s Club (the first Puerto Rican chapter in New Jersey), the Communication International Marketing Award (CIMA), and the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce of Essex County, where he currently serves as chairman. He retired to Florida in 2004. The collection includes photocopies of newspapers, photographs of Rodriguez with prominent figures, birthday and retirement programs, awards and a proclamation, and sashes. There are items in both English and Spanish. An interview of Mike Rodriguez is available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories.
Creator: Velez-Lopez, Amilkar
Title: Amilkar Velez-Lopez Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1958 – 2011 (bulk: 1970 – 1990)
Size: 11 Boxes (7 Document Boxes and 4 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Judge, attorney, social worker, and community activist. The collection documents Amilkar Velez-Lopez‘s personal life and career as a Municipal Court Judge of Newark, New Jersey. Velez-Lopez became a founding member for La Casa de Don Pedro, the New York Association of Puerto Rican Social Service Workers, and the Newark Borinquen Lions Club. He was also an active member of the Puerto Rican Educators Association (PREA). Velez-Lopez was appointed as Municipal Court Judge by Mayor Sharpe James in 2000 and was reappointed in 2006. Judge Velez-Lopez retired in 2011 after 11 years as a judge, 21 years as attorney in practice, 31 years as a social worker, and a life-long community organizer. The papers consist of his biographical and personal life, community service and organizations, flyers, law and politics, newspaper clippings and research, photographs, programs, Puerto Rico, and school and social work. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Villalongo, Jose
Title: Jose Villalongo Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1972 – 2006, undated
Size: 5 Boxes (4 Document Boxes and 1 Oversized Box)
Abstract: Jose Villalongo, Sr. was a founding member of Comité Noviembre of New Jersey and of Sociedad Cultural Borincana, Inc. of Paterson, NJ. The Comite Noviembre is a non-profit independent organization whose mission is to promote awareness of the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of the Puerto Rican community to the nation. The Sociedad Cultural Borincana is also non-profit organization focused on raising awareness of Puerto Rican contributions; additionally, it annually funds and awards the Adela M. Coca Scholarship and conducts non-partisan voter registration drives. This collection documents the founding and administration of these organizations, as well as containing newspaper clippings and other periodicals relating to the Puerto Rican community. The collection sheds light on the arts and culture, family and community life, and organizations and leaders of New Jersey, particularly those of Paterson.
Creator: Vizcarrondo, Maria
Title: Maria Vizcarrondo Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1979 – 1993, undated (bulk: 1986 – 1993)
Size: 8 Boxes (6 Document Boxes and 2 Oversize Boxes)
Abstract: Maria Vizcarrondo is the first woman and Latina to become the President and CEO of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. She became the Executive Director of ASPIRA, a community organization whose goal is to develop a younger generation of Latinos leaders. As the Essex County Coordinator for the Latinos for Clinton/Gore Organization, she was responsible for registering new voters and targeting the Latino vote in support of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Maria Vizcarrondo Papers consist of information regarding Mrs. Vizcarrondo’s community and political activism. The remarkable achievements of Mrs. Vizcarrondo were acknowledged by various awards that recognized her continuous community advocacy. The collection includes academic reports, brochures, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, political flyers, personal awards and correspondence. Portions of this collection have been digitized.
Creator: Wagenheim, Kal
Title: Kal Wagenheim Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1960 – 2000, undated
Size: 28 Boxes (25 Document Boxes and 3 Oversized Boxes)
Abstract: Kal Wagenheim, a journalist and author, is the current editor of the Caribbean UPDATE monthly newsletter, whose other published works include histories of Puerto Rico and a biography of Roberto Clemente. This collection includes papers documenting Mr. Wagenheim’s publishing company, the Waterfront Press, and his writings for various reviews, journals and newspapers. Mr. Wagenheim’s collection is both in Spanish and English, as he worked closely with documenting and surveying Puerto Rico and its peoples’ history. Also included within the collection are various pieces of correspondence, both personal and business oriented, such as letters from close friend and writer Pedro Juan Soto. The Kal Wagenheim Papers include various clippings regarding Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the United States, as well as other Latin American countries. There are various photos that were used for books that the Waterfront Press published as well as correspondence between Mr. Wagenheim and the writers of those works. Also included within the collection are the first volume of The San Juan Review and various copies of The Caribbean Review.
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