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Luis Cardona Oral History Collection

Luis Cardona Oral History Collection

Luis Cardona was an officer of the Migration Division Puerto Rico's Labor Department Employment Program office and eventually its Director in the U.S. and was a specialist on the Puerto Rican Migration. The Luis Cardona Oral History collection consists of 37 audio cassette recordings of interviews done by Cardona with different Puerto Rican community leaders in the early 1980s. Each of the audio recordings varies in time length. The tapes contain personal interviews about each of the community leaders. Every one of the leaders discussed their personal life anecdotes, family history, and their own professional accomplishments as community leaders for organizations and institutions geared to the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York City, as well as the rest of the U.S.

To view Centro’s finding aid for this collection, please visit see Centro's Guide to the Luis A. Cardona Oral History Collection.

Items in this audio collection

Jack John Olivero Interview

Interview with Jack John Olivero, who was PRLDEF President and General Counsel and also served as a Board Member, conducted by Luis Cardona. The date and location of this interview are not known.

Jose Monserrat Interview (continued)

Interview with Jose Monserrat, National Director of the Migration Division. Monserrat was born in 1921. For close to two decades, Monserrat served with the Migration Division of New York, an agency of the Puerto Rican government intended to help migrants adjust to the United States. In his tenure as the National Director (1960-1969), he helped to create a program to contract migrant farm laborers…

Antonia Pantoja Interview

Interview with Antonia Pantoja, founding member of Aspira and other organizations, educator, and social worker.
Antonia Pantoja (1921-2002) was a community leader, organizer, founder and president of ASPIRA. She was also involved in other community organizations such as: the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA), the Puerto Rican Community Development Project (PCDP), and the…

Jack Agueros Interview

Interview with Jack Agueros, Former Director of Museo del Barrio, community activist, poet, writer and translator.
Jack Agueros was a community leader, play writer, poet, and former director of El Museo del Barrio and founder of The Cayman Gallery, which was one of the first galleries devoted to Puerto Rican and Latin American Art.

During the 1960’s, Agueros was an active community leader…

Paquita Vivo Interview

Interview with Viva Paquita, Founder and President of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women.

Paquita Vivo has been instrumental in many Puerto Rican public affairs and women’s issues organizations. Notably, she was a founder and president of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW), president of the Institute for Puerto Rican Affairs, and served on the boards of the…

Frank Bonilla Interview

Interview with Dr. Frank Bonilla, Centro Founding Director and Inter University Program for Latino Research, conducted by Luis Cardona. The date and location of this interview are not known.
Dr. Frank Bonilla was director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and founder of University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR). He was also advisor for other organizations such as: ASPIRA, Directors of…

Angelo Del Toro Interview

Interview with Angelo Del Toro, New York State Assemblyman.

Born in 1948, Angelo Del Toro was as an influential Democrat who represented the 68th Assembly District (East Harlem) in the New York State Legislature from 1975 until his death in 1995. He was the first Hispanic chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus and also served as chairman of the Assembly’s Social Services…

John Carro Interview

Interview with John Carro, Assistant to the Mayor Robert F. Wagner and Judge to the New York State Supreme Court. The date and location of this interview are not known.

Rita De Martino Interview

Interview with Rita De Martino, businesswoman, Republican official, and CUNY trustee, on Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1930's, conducted by Luis Cardona. The date of this interview is not known.

Rita De Martino currently serves on the CUNY Board of Trustees, having been appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2003. She previously worked as Vice President of Congressional Relations at AT&T, and with…

Louis Nuñez Interview

Interview with Louis Nuñez, former President of Aspira, President of the National Puerto Rican Coalition Director and former staff and Director of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Born in 1931. Nuñez was named Staff Director of the Commission on Civil Rights by Jimmy Carter in 1978. He was also National Executive Director of APSIRA of America, an organization devoted to education and…

Jose Monserrat Interview

Interview with Jose Monserrat, national director of the migration division of Puerto Rico's Labor Department from 1951 to 1969. He talks about early work and experiences helping Puerto Rican migrants and holding a 1953 migration conference between New York and Puerto Rican governmental officials from different department heads on issues of health, education, housing, etc. Monserrat also talked…

Awilda Orta Interview

Awilda Orta served as Director of of the New York City Board of Education's Office of Bilingual Education from 1979 to 1983. Previously, she worked in education in District 4 in East Harlem, and later on as the Dean for Planning, Research and Development at Hostos Community College. Orta passed away in 2007.

Anthony Alvarado Interview, Tape 1

Anthony John Alvarado is an educator and administrator who served from 1983 to 1984 as the New York City School Chancellor. He managed the operation of the largest public school district in the United States as the school system's first Hispanic Chancellor. He was forced to step down amid questions of financial misconduct but later earned national distinction as the leader of an innovative…

Tonio Burgos Interview, Tape 1

A well-known figure in New York politics, Tonio “Tony” Burgos has held several appointments over the years. Mr. Burgos served as a community school board member in East Harlem, worked as an aide for Mario Cuomo, sat on many New York boards and committees, and became the founder and CEO of Tonio Burgos & Associates. Today he is a valued counselor to some of the country’s most influential…

Francisco Lugoviña Interview, Tape 1

Francisco Lugoviña was a figure in New York City’s politics during the 1980s and the head of the Bronx Communication Corporation.

This audiotape contains an interview conducted in the 1980s with Francisco Lugoviña, who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A child of the diaspora, his family moved to New York City in 1948. Mr. Lugoviña attended school up to the second grade. Throughout the…

Tina Ramirez Interview, Tape 1

Tina Ramirez is a prominent professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. Ms. Ramirez is the founder of the renowned Ballet Hispanico. The company’s school trains students in both ballet and Hispanic dance traditions and sponsors aspiring dancers of economic need.

This audiotape contains an interview conducted in the 1980s with Tina Ramirez. Throughout the interview, Ms. Ramirez discusses…

Ramón Velez Interview, Tape 1

Ramón S. Velez was a Korean War veteran, part of the illustrious 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as “The Borinqueneers.” Mr. Velez arrived in New York at the age of 28 and went on to become a renowned Hispanic leader during the 1960s who worked tirelessly to promote the interest of underserved communities. His leadership and vision resulted in the implementation of bilingual…