Voces Digital Audio Archive Voces Digital Audio Archive

Centro Records (General)

Over the years, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies has received donations from various individual and organizations whose collections are rich resources. Included are the papers of Blase Camacho Souza, Luis Cardona, Ruth Glasser, Michael Lapp and the records of Centro and the West Coast Puerto Rican Elders/California Oral History Project

Centro’s finding aid for the Centro Records (General) collection can be found in Guide to the Records of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños.

Items in this audio collection

Josephine Nieves Interview, Tape 1

Ms. Nieves discusses her upbringing in East Harlem and the Bronx (she includes her hardworking mother in the discussion). She talks about how she did not have much exposure to Puerto Rican culture while growing up. She begins interacting with Puerto Rican social activists as an adult when she was invited to a meeting of Puerto Rican organizers in the 1950s. The idea behind the group was to get…

Josephine Nieves Interview, Tape 2

Continuation of Josephine Nieves interview. Ms. Nieves talks about how the Puerto Rican Youth Conference forum dissolves due to differences with city governance. Moreover, the different priorities within the organization’s members give way to the fracturing and formation of new groups. There are divides between first and second generation members. The city governance also prefers to give money…