Voces Digital Audio Archive Voces Digital Audio Archive

About Voces

Mission Statement

Centro is a research institute that is dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States and that produces and disseminates relevant interdisciplinary research. Centro also collects preserves and provides access to library and archival resources documenting Puerto Rican history and culture. We seek to link scholarship to social action and policy debates and to contribute to the betterment of our community and the enrichment of Puerto Rican studies.

The Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, known as Centro Archives, collect, preserve and make available for research unique primary materials that document the history and culture of the Puerto Rican Diaspora with a concentration on New York City. Among the collections are the records of community based, legal, educational, cultural, civil rights organizations, the papers of activists, writers, artists, scholars, educators and elected officials.

For more information about Centro’s collections, contact Senior Archivist, Pedro Juan Hernandez at dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu.

The Voces Collection

Centro’s online digital collection, Voces, includes a selection of interviews from six oral history collections among our holdings.   These interviews with Puerto Rican pioneers, community leaders, artists and garment workers stand as an invaluable resources of alternative documentation for many of the personal papers and collections within the Archives.  Centro continues to digitize and make publicly available their audio resources that they have amassed, since they began their audio collection efforts in 1982.

Specific collections with digitized items featured here include:

Camacho Souza, Blase Papers
Cardona, Luis Oral History
Centro Records

  1. Comunidades Conference
  2. General
  3. NYC Hispanic Labor Project
  4. Oral History-LEMC
  5. Puerto Rican New York Voices of Migration (PRNYVM)

Glasser, Ruth Oral History
Lapp, Michael Oral History
West Coast Puerto Rican Elders/California Oral History Project (CD)

Centro History

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies is a City University of New York institute located at Hunter College dedicated to the research of studying, sharing, and preserving the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

Centro’s Library and Archive collection is composed of papers, periodicals, audiovisual materials, artwork, photographs and other ephemera. The contents contain matters legal, political and educational about the Puerto Rican Diaspora in New York City.

Visit the Centro Library and Archive, located at:

Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

2180 Third Ave. (at 119th St.), New York, NY.

Pratt Institute’s School of Information

This website was produced by graduate students enrolled in the Projects in Digital Archives course. The class is taught by Professor Anthony Cocciolo at Pratt Institute’s School for Information, located in Manhattan, New York. This project bagan in 2014 and was expanded in 2015.

Feel free to contact us at info@voces.prattsi.org.

Terms of Use

The content and materials posted on this website comes from the Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos Library and Archive collection.

Information on the website is intended for educational purposes only and subject to the laws of the United States of America.

No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted without prior written consent from Centro.

Image Credits

Most photographs are from Centro’s Archives and main website.

Language Translation Disclaimer

Translation of the Voces Digital Audio Archive is performed by Google Translate, a free automated machine translation service. The information provided by Google Translate may be inaccurate or incorrect.