A Preliminary Guide to Historical Records Sources On Latinos In New York State
New York State Repositories
NYC Dept. of Records and Information Services
31 Chambers Street, Room 101
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 788-8580, Fax: (212) 385-0984
- Federal Writers' Project. New York (N.Y.).
SPANISH BOOK records, 1935-1939, (bulk 1938-1939).
0.5 cubic ft.
Series is comprised of manuscripts, notes, interview transcripts, reports, correspondence, lists, and clippings. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by subject, thereunder the articles, research notes, and printed materials which are unnumbered and unlisted, unlike other series. Small quantities of related printed material and research notes are attached and interfiled with the articles. The series arrangement continues with bibliographies. The administrative records are placed at the end of the series. The articles were not indexed during the original project.
The records contain information on immigration of Spanish (and Portuguese) speaking people to the United States from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and the Philippines. The reasons for immigration, assimilation into American society and Spanish-American biographies, institutions, economic and social conditions and immigrant culture in the United States are also documented. In two folders titled "Life Histories" are oral history field interviews of 40 Spanish-Americans, primarily from the middle and lower-middle classes, recounting their experience of immigration. Particular attention was given to two of the largest national groups, Puerto Ricans and Cubans. Research was also compiled on trade with Latin America, particularly coffee.
This was an effort to document and describe ethnic groups in New York City and the United States that began in the "New York" project. The writers on the present project had one of the most diverse range of nationalities as part of their work. The attention given to "life histories" was an approach to documenting an immigration experience unique to this particular project.
The records document the efforts to assemble information for a book on Spanish (and Portuguese) speaking nationalities in New York City, focusing on their history and contributions to social and cultural life in the arts, business, labor and other areas. There is no evidence that a draft manuscript was produced or published.
Control No.: NYNV94-A24
- New York (N.Y.). Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Commission on Hispanic
Correspondence and subject files, 1984-1987.
11 cubic feet.
Series consists of files containing memos, magazines, news and press releases, public hearings (with accompanying Audio Tapes), reports, and some general and departmental correspondences. Subject files include: education, housing issues, criminal justice and employment Issues. These files belonged to Dennis Deleon, Commissioner of Hispanic Affairs.
- New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Employment Cultural Council Foundation's
Cultural Council Foundation's Artist Project 1977-1980
54 cubic ft.
Accession consists of various series documenting the activities of the Cultural Council Foundation's Artists Project. The various series contain material relating to the complex set of relationships between participants of the project and sponsoring organizations. Materials also document the activities of the Artists Project from its beginnings in 1977 through its end (ca. 1980) when the Comprehensive Employment Training Act funding was cut back. In addition to subject files and correspondence there are also photos, scrapbooks of newsclippings, CETA contract and other binders.
Under the Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) responsibility for implementing manpower projects was placed at the local level. In NYC this meant that proposals had to be submitted to the Dept. of Employment and approved by the Board of Estimate. The City determined that artist' jobs would be administered by the Cultural Council Foundation, a non-profit organization. The Foundation, in turn, would have several organizations as subcontractors, such as the Black Theatre Alliance and the Association of Hispanic Artists. Artists worked for sponsoring organizations, which were non-profit arts or social services organizations within the City where a residency, artistic service (such as a class or lecture/demonstration) or performance took place, or which had a work of public art placed on its site. As part of the Project, artists were allowed a weekly "studio day" in which they could develop their own work.
- New York (N.Y.). Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Deputy Mayor for Policy.
Herman Badillo's files, 1979.
10 cubic feet.
Series is comprised of correspondence and reports.
- New York (N.Y.). Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Office of Hispanic Affairs.
Correspondence and subject files, 1981-1985.
8 cubic feet.
Series consists of clippings, complaints, correspondence, legal items, printed material, and reports generated during the tenures of John Cinque-Sacarello and Rafael Espara.
- New York (N.Y.). Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Special Advisor for Hispanic
Subject files, 1978-1982 (bulk 1980-1981).
4 cubic feet.
This series consists of subject files kept by Dr. Ralph Esparra, Special Advisor for Hispanic Affairs. Included are correspondence, memos, reports, press releases, photos and other items relating to the Mayor's relationship with the Hispanic Community.
- New York (N.Y.). Office of the Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Special Advisor
Subject files, 1984-1989.
8 cubic feet.
Series is comprised of reports, correspondence, memos, press releases, newsletters and newsclippings. Subjects include homelessness, Hispanic issues, immigration issues, human rights, community relations and police management.
New York (N.Y.). Office of the Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Special Advisor (Travis). Subject Files, 1984-1989. NYC Municipal Archives.
NYNV90-a668 is the agency history record of the Mayor's Office.
Control No.: NYNV91-A630
- New York (N.Y.). Office of the Mayor (1978-1989 : Koch). Deputy Counsel.
Correspondence and subject files, 1979-1989.
58 cubic feet.
In March 1986, Susan Rosenberg replaced Dean Silverberg as Deputy Counsel to the Mayor. Material predating Rosenberg's appoinment were transferred from the files of her predecessors in this office, including Dean L. Silverberg.
Series consists of correspondence files, subject files and chronological files of Deputy Counsel Rosenberg. Records include annual reports, speeches by the Mayor, testimonies by the Mayor and other government officials at legislative hearing, executive orders, press releases, legal correspondence, newsclippings, and correspondence tracking sheets. Subjects includes statistics of the Hispanic community, housing preservation and development, and the Committee of the Judiciary.
2 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400
- Comic books from De Witt Clinton High School and related material,
1973-1990, bulk 1973-1976.
The comic books were produced between 1973 and 1975 by students and for the students of De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York, N.Y. The work was done under the direction of the faculty of high school, especially Olga Kitt, member of the art department. Most comic books in English; one in Spanish; one in English and Spanish.
Six comic books: Clinton Comics (v. I, no. 1, June 1973 and no. 2, Spring 1974); Cosmic Comics (v. I, no. 3, Feb. 1975); Bronx Bicentennial (c1975), written and drawn by Ubaldo Cazzoli; Latin Bicentennial (1975), written, drawn and inked by Alfonso Serrano; Salsa (c1975), written, drawn and executed by Alfonso Serrano. All comic books were published by De Witt Clinton High School, except Bronx Bicentennial and Latin Bicentennial which were jointly published with the Bronx County Historical Society.
Also includes 6 sheets of photocopies of newspaper clippings (1973-1976) regarding the comic books. With an explanatory article (3 typescript leaves; photocopies) by Olga Kitt titled "The Clinton comic books," dated 1990.
Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
- New York Puerto Rican Scholarship Fund.
New York Puerto Rican Scholarship Fund records, 1952-1965
0.8 linear foot (2 boxes)
Collection consists of correspondence of the executive secretary, Manuel Cabranes, with Puerto Ricans applying for scholarship aid; letters of recommendation from high school teachers and others; completed applications; and transcripts of applicants' grades. Includes a few case records of Cabranes as consultant to the Commissioner of Welfare of New York City with letters in Spanish from Puerto Ricans requesting welfare assistance.
Letters in English and Spanish. For access, apply in Special Collections Office.
Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
- Club Cubano Inter-Americano.
Club Cubano Inter-Americano, Records, 1946-1996
0.8 lin. ft. (2 boxes).
Club Cubano Inter-Americano is a Cuban cultural and social club established in 1945 by Cuban residents who saw the need to develop a cultural space for Cubans and Latin Americans living in New York, regardless of race, sex, creed, political affiliation or religious preference. Club Cubano's objective was to celebrate Cuba's rich cultural heritage through programs and events, serving as a conduit of information about Cuban culture, here and abroad.
The collection includes minutes ("Libro de Actas") of the executive committee meetings, letters, financial records, souvenir journals, the club's constitution, programs of events, and miscellaneous information.
Copyright interests have been reserved. Preliminary finding aid available in repository. Minutes are in photocopies. Originals held by: Melva Alvarado, Club Cubano, New York, New York. Photographs transferred to the Photographs and Prints Division.