A Preliminary Guide to Historical Records Sources On Latinos In New York State
Appendix B: Potential Historical Records Sources on Latinos in New York State
Repositories Outside New York State
The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies
18 South 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 925-8090
- Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.
The collection contains printed materials and ephemera concerning the Congreso and its activities. In English. Inventory available. Gift of the organization.
- Pan American Association
The Pan American Association was formed ca. 1940 as a non-profit organization "to promote cultural and educational activities designed to solidify the peoples of the Americas." The collection includes correspondence, minutes, printed materials, clippings, and uncatalogued photographs. In English. Inventory available. Gift of Sister Mary Consuelo via Temple University Urban Archives.
- United Methodist Church
Records (microfilm), 1800-1947.
Records of state and regional governing conferences of predominantly German-American predecessor bodies of the United Methodist Church. Churches represented are the Evangelical Association, Evangelical Church, United Brethren in Christ, and Methodist Episcopal Church. The collection also contains material for Swedish and Mexican-American church conferences. Original records are held by the General Commission on Archives and History, the United Methodist Church. In German, English, Swedish, and Spanish. Inventory available.
- Elliot Barkan
Immigrants engaged in initial processing after arrival; Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Pedro, New Orleans, Miami and New York. (Gift of Elliot Barkan).
- Lieberman, Tanya
The collection contains conference materials, poems, clippings, and organization ephemera concerning multiracial and multiethnic Americans. In English. Inventory available. (Gift of Tanya Lieberman.)
- New York City Police Department
The collection consists of two volumes containing daily records for the Twelfth Precinct, including arrest records which note the ethnic background of the accused. In English. Register available. (Gift of George M. Rinsland.)
University of Minnesota, Immigration History Research Center
826 Berry St.
St. Paul, MN
- American Council for Nationalities Service (New York, New York).
Records, 1918- .
180 linear ft.
The Council had its origins during World War I in the United States Committee on Public Information, Division of Work with the Foreign Born. After several brief nongovernmental affiliations, the Division became independent in 1921 as the Foreign Language Information Service (FLIS). The main purpose of the FLIS was education; it also provided service to immigrant organizations. The FLIS was disbanded in 1939, succeeded by the Common Council for American Unity (CCAU), which continued the educational mission of the FLIS. The CCAU was responsible for release of information to the foreign language press, operated a radio service, published Common Ground, and worked with the government to help with activities such as alien registration and foreign language publicity. In 1959, the CCAU merged with the American Federation of International Institutes (AFII) under the new name American Council for Nationalities Service (ACNS). The ACNS carried on most of the projects and activities of its predecessor organizations, including work with the foreign language press and radio, nationality groups, and the United States government. It has played an important role in resettlement of Cuban and Southeast Asian refugees.
Records of the ACNS contain records and publications of its predecessors, FLIS, CCAU, and AFII. The collection records the activities of the Council, which has been interested in all aspects of immigration and resettlement, including educational services, ethnic presses and radio, social services, and immigration legislation.
In multiple languages. Preliminary inventory available. Related collection: Josephine Roche.
- Rachel Davis DuBois
16.5 linear ft.
Papers (ca. 1917-1973) of Rachel Davis DuBois (1892- ) comprise both personal papers and organizational records and include correspondence; minutes; reports; publications; curricular materials; speeches; draft autobiography; newspaper clippings; loose photographs; scrapbooks of photographs; and various published and unpublished writings produced and received by DuBois. Also included are research files and phonograph records from "Americans All, Immigrants All" radio series for which DuBois served as consultant.
Rachel Davis DuBois (1892- ) was born in Clarkesboro, New Jersey, the daughter of Quaker farmers. She attended Bucknell University and taught school in New Jersey until 1920. From 1920 to 1924, she was active in the peace movement. Subsequently, the improvement of racial and ethnic group relations and development of greater appreciation for American society's diverse cultural strains became her life's work. While teaching at Woodbury High School, Woodbury, N.J., she helped develop the assembly-program technique for improving group relations. The technique combined assembly programs on contributions of various ethnic or racial groups to American life with follow-up curricular materials.
After moving to New York City in 1929, DuBois initiated and participated in a series of intercultural curriculum experiments in schools in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pa., and Englewood, N.J. She received her Ph.D. in educational sociology from New York University. In 1934, DuBois founded the Service Bureau for Education in Human Relations, later identified as the Service Bureau for Intercultural Education. In 1941, DuBois founded the Intercultural Education Workshop, later called the Workshop for Cultural Democracy. It remained in existence until about 1958. In 1951, DuBois was sent to Germany to aid in post-war reconstruction. When she returned, the Workshop focused its efforts on programs to train "trainers of leaders" on a nation-wide basis. After its dissolution ca. 1958, DuBois was invited by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to lead a program to lessen race tensions in the South. Her lifetime activities as educator, author, lecturer and organizational leader earned her many commendations and distinctions.
In English. Box 6 restricted. Inventory available.
- Commission on Intercultural Education.
- Americans All-Immigrants All radio program.
- Race relations.
- Multicultural education.
- Children of immigrants.
- Peace -- Societies, Etc.
- Race relations -- Research. Education -- Societies, etc. -- New York (N.Y.).
- Intercultural Education Workshop.
- Service Bureau for Intercultural Education (U.S.)
- Workshop for Cultural Democracy.
- Bureau for Intercultural Education (U.S.)
- Bureau for Intercultural Education (U.S.)
1.5 linear ft.
An educational association, the Bureau for Intercultural Education was founded ca. 1940 after reorganization of its predecessors, the Service Bureau for Education in Human Relations and the Service Bureau for Intercultural Education. Dr. Rachel DuBois had founded the former to help teachers and school administrators in the New York area set up intercultural programs. In 1937, the Service Bureau was invited to become the "Commission on Intercultural Education" of the Progressive Education Association, an arrangement which lasted until 1938, when it was renamed as the Service Bureau for Intercultural Education. DuBois resigned in 1940, and the organization became the Bureau for Intercultural Education. Its first director was Stewart Cole, who was succeeded by H.H. Giles. The group established field centers in cities such as Detroit, Michigan, led workshops for educators, and conducted scientific research. It ceased to operate in 1954.
Records (ca. 1940-1960) of the Bureau for International Education (New York) include correspondence, minutes, interviews, articles, publications, and reports. Also included are tapes and transcriptions of tapes of Stewart Cole.
In English. Inventory available. Related collections at IHRC are Papers of Stewart G. Cole and Papers of Rachel Davis Dubois.
- Institute of International Labor Research, 1960-1968
[Includes New York and Latin American Countries; however, it is not clear whether the collection documents Latin Americans in New York.] Correspondence, reports, memoranda, monographs, copies of magazine articles, and other records, of the institute and its branch organizations, Center of Social Studies and Social Documentation, and Inter-American Institute of Political Education, pertaining to Latin America. Many of the records are in Spanish. Places represented include New York, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Subjects: Labor movement -- Research. Pan-Americanism. Social sciences -- Research. Costa Rica. Dominican Republic. Latin America -- Politics and government. Latin America -- Research. New York (N.Y.) Puerto Rico.
Other: Center of Social Studies and Social Documentation (Institute of International Labor Research) Inter-American Institute of Political Education.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
8th and F Sts. N.W., NMAA-PG Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20560
- Federal Art Project, Photographic Division
Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, 1935-1942
12.4 linear feet (on 20 microfilm reels)
Patrons must use microfilm copy.
The Federal Art Project, as well as the Federal Music Project, Federal Theater Project and Federal Writers' Project were all projects of the Work Progress Administration's (WPA) Federal Project No. 1. The WPA was established in May 1935 specifically as a work relief program for the millions of individuals left unemployed during the Depression. Its name changed to the Work Projects Administration in 1939 when it fell under the administrative hand of the newly created Federal Works Agency. (At that same time, the Federal Art Project officially became the Federal Art Program.) Under the Federal Art Project, separate photographic divisions were set up in several states, most notably in New York City. In addition to documenting the work and activities of artists employed on the program, photographers documented the activities of other projects under "Federal One," including the Federal Theater and Music Projects. Photographers also worked on creative assignments for exhibitions, photo murals, etc.
Photographs taken by the Federal Art Project Photographic Division, primarily in New York City, to document activities of artists working on the Federal Art Project under the Work Projects Administration's Federal Project No. 1.
Subjects: Federal Art Project -- Photographs; Hispanic American artists.
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
- Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- .
Work and family : low income and minority women talk about their lives.
3.0 c.f. (8 archives boxes)
Also at: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Transcripts of oral history interviews conducted by Fran Leeper Buss with low-income and minority women of all ages and from various geographic areas. The interviews focus on the experiences of being poor and female. Especially strong on issues of employment and family life, they include information on sexual harassment, welfare programs, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and issues of race and class. The production and indexing of the transcripts was a collaborative project of the Southwest Institute for Research and Women at the University of Arizona and the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe College, with funding from the Ford Foundation. The interviews are indexed by ethnic/racial group, geographic area, and subject.
Original tape recordings, transcripts, field notes, photographs, and other supplemental materials are held by the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass. Register. Master index in Box 1. Presented by the Southwest Institute for Research on Women via Pat Seavey, 1992.
Other titles: Oral histories of low income and minority women.
- Charlotte Stevenson
Social worker; d. 1983. Chiefly letters written by Stevenson to her mother, Mary Leoma Lewis Stevenson, and her sisters, Lalla, Peurifoy, and Sarah, relating to her European trip on the S.S. President Roosevelt (1925) and her activities as principal welfare officer for the Displaced Persons Operations of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration at Landau and Dingolfing, Germany (1945-1946); leader of welfare section with the American allied forces in Nagasaki and Kure, Japan (1949-1954); social worker for Alaska Native Service of U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (1953-1954); and community worker for Woman's Division of Christian Service, Methodist Church Board of Missions, in Havelock, N.C. (1954-1957), and Puerto Rican community in New York City (1958-1959).
Finding aid in the repository. Some letters published in: Charlotte Stevenson, Pioneer Social Worker, by Lalla and Foy Stevenson (1954).
Subjects: Puerto Ricans -- New York (N.Y.)
- LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc., Philadelphia Center
LULAC was founded in Texas ca. 1922 as an advocacy group for Latinos and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Philadelphia Center was founded in 1973 as an educational arm of the organization. It focuses on supporting students in high schools and middle schools with primarily Latino populations, encouraging students to stay in school. The collection includes administrative correspondence and reports, minutes, project and scholarship materials, and membership and mailing lists. In English and Spanish. Inventory available. Gift of the organization.