A Preliminary Guide to Historical Records Sources On Latinos In New York State
New York State Repositories
Buffalo State College
The Niagara Frontier Folklore Archives consists of nearly 400000 folklore fieldwork projects including video and audio tapes, slides, still photographs, and film as well as papers analyzing the findings. This material was collected by students at the State University of New York College at Buffalo in folklore/folklife courses under the direction of Lydia Fish, professor of Anthropology.
The NFFA covers a period of life primarily (but not exclusively) in Buffalo NY from 1968 to the present. The topics covered in the projects include the folklore of ethnic groups, families, the workplace, the military, neighborhoods, religious practices and belief systems, calendar customs (ex: Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah), local history, ghost stories, and special interest groups.
Additional fieldwork material from Lydia Fish on ethnic churches and their calendar celebrations in Western New York is a part of this archive...
The archive contains papers on many different topics. We have broken them down by category into a subject list with search terms based on the MLA Thesaurus The actual subject list is too extensive to post. A series of key word/search terms has also been compiled. A specific topic search can be done for a reasonable fee by contacting the above address. The archives are restricted and can be used only through prior appointment with the coordinator and the college archivist at Butler Library.
Subject list includes:
Ethnic groups: Over 30 ethnic groups are represented in the archives. Because of the composition of the student body of Buffalo State, there are many from the Polish-American and Italian-American communities. Many of these focus on calendar customs and marriage. However there are papers on African-American, German-American, Manx, Swedish, and Hispanic/Latino family traditions as well as many others.
196 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
- Ossining Historical Society (Ossining, N.Y.)
Ossining oral history project, 1977-1987
Taped interviews with 105 Ossining residents. Subjects discussed include schools, the Depression, Sing Sing Prison, farming, experiences of women doctors, the Jewish community, political figures, artists, the black community, business, Cuban immigration in the 1960s, boats and the Hudson River, churches, urban renewal, and woman suffrage.
Name and main topic index.
Port Chester, NY
- Circulo Cubano (Port Chester, N.Y.)
0.2 cubic ft.
Club in Port Chester, N.Y. Letters, financial statements, memoranda, programs, lists, booklets, flyers, clippings, and newsletters concerning the club's activities and the controversy over the erection of a memorial in Port Chester to José Martí (1853-1895), Cuban patriot who died fighting the Spanish.
Spanish and English.
Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Libraries &
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.
Troy, NY 12180-3590
- Student Life Collection, 1866-1996.
Latin Students Association 1980 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers n.d.
Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives (New York University)
465 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
- Diocesan Administration, Social Services.
Diocesan Administration, Social Services records, 1849-1983
6.0 cubic ft. (ca.)
Correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, programs, and other materials concerning orphanages, daycare centers, and hospitals, including St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, and the Brady Maternity Hospital and Infant Home in Albany; materials concerning immigration of Irish, Polish, Italian, Latin American, and Vietnamese people, 1887-1976; and correspondence, reports, and newsletters from Catholic camps, 1913-65. Also minutes of the boards of health and social services offices of the diocese, 1903-present.
- Skidmore College Vertical Files
The vertical files contain a great number of photographs, flyers, brochures, and a variety of other materials arranged by subject or department. Please note that materials in the vertical files are generally not records produced by campus groups and offices, but instead consist of information aboutthose offices.
- HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program)
- Latin-American Week (Nov./Dec. 1941) and Latin American Institute(Jan. 1951)
- Minority Student Affairs, Office of (Also Inter-racial Activities; Black History; Latino Cultural Society; Black Latin organization;SOAR)
- Multicultural Unity Advisory Council and Multicultural Activities. Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
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