Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration
Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration
In March 2022 Professor Aldo Lauria-Santiago and the Center for Latin American Studies began a major collaboration with sister institutions in Puerto Rico to help them preserve and make accessible important archival collections and periodical publications, in coordination with the research needs of a working group of faculty and graduate students who study Puerto Rico History.
The Collaborations involve the Coleccion Puertorriquena of the University of Puerto Rico Library, its Digital Collections held at the Coleccion Digital Puertorriqueña and the General Archive and National Library of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.
The collaboration is actively recruiting partners among foundations and professors who do research on Puerto Rico and the institutions that support their work who can leverage research assistance resources for this project and their own archival goals. We also run a summer internship for graduate students.
If you would like to receive updates by email on the progress of these multiple projects including the Archival work, please join our email list.
February 2024 Update!
We have extensive news this month! New collaborators, small grants, collections and more.
PRAC Announces 2024 Summer Graduate Student Intern Program
SELF-FUNDING GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY JOIN THE ARCHIVAL INTERNSHIP AT THE ARCHIVO GENERAL DE PUERTO RICO SPONSORED BY THE PRAC
The Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration Summer Graduate Intern Program will be held again in 2024. This year's dates are from June 10 to July 19. This year graduate students may chose between the Coleccion Puertorriquena of the Lazaro Library at the UPR and the Archivo General de Puerto Rico.
The PRAC has organized summer internships for self-funding participants in 2023 and 2022.
January 2024 Update
In the last few months we have been busy with many pieces of our collaboration. To join our email list.
ENDI Special on the AGPR
Visit our recent updates page or select a component of the PRAC below.
- Directors Aldo Lauria Santiago, Director Antonio Hernandez Matos, Project Manager Ismael Garcia Colon, Project Manager Colleagues in Puerto Rico Hilda Ayala, Director, Archivo General de Puerto Rico Javier Almeyda, Director, Collection Puertorriquena, Biblioteca Lazaro, Universidad de Puerto Rico Pedro Roig, Senior Archivist, Archivo General de Puerto Rico Juan Roman, Librarian, Archivo General de Puerto Rico Sonya Canetti Mirabal , Directora, Fundacion Puertorriquena de las Humanidades Juan... Read More
- The Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration of the Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring an effort to organize the donation of all books on Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans authored by diaspora scholars. So far the effort has yielded a dozens of donations. The effort will continue through 2025 In a recent forum the Director of the Library and Archive, Hilda Ayala, acknowledged the need for these contributions and the importance of furthering connections between Puerto Rico and state-side... Read More
- As part of the Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration, more than forty historians of Puerto Rico have joined the History of Puerto Rico Working Group. The group includes graduate students, faculty and retired faculty based both in Puerto Rico and the US. We meet every 5-6 weeks to discuss published works as well as manuscripts from within the group. If interested please
- The Libros Perdidos (Lost Books) series is a Collaboration between the Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration, the Centro de Estudios Iberoamericanos of the University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo and the Puerto Rican Studies Institute. We will publish a new series of books on the history of Puerto Rico. The book series will promote access to valuable but never published texts. Books will be published as formatted books in PDF with the option of user-purchased on-demand printing. Read More
- In an effort to bring together varied and constantly changing research resources for the study of Puerto Rico history and society, the Workshop on the History of Puerto Rico has created this list of highly specialized resources for researchers. The list includes guides as well as digitized archival collections. Join our Email List The list will be updated frequently so please visit it regularly. Send us suggestions for resources.
- As part of the work of the Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration and the Puerto Rico History Working Groupwe are compiling specialized bibliographies of historical materials for Puerto Rico. In conjunction with the Archival Research Guide, these bibliographies will help researchers find materials and sources for their work. This work is managed by Prof. Lauria Santiago and is done in collaboration with the Biblioteca Virtual de Puerto Rico, managed by Javier Almeydawith the support of the... Read More
- As part of the PRAC Prof. Lauria Santiago is carrying out a "rough" inventory of uncatalogued and other collections at the AGPR. In support of the AGPR's ability to serve the public and historical researchers, the survey will include a full description of sections that are in need of organizing. AGPR Director Hilda Ayala and Archivist Pedro Roig have provided access and support for this year-long effort. The inventory should finished in the Summer of 2024. it involves an initial survey of... Read More
- During the summers of 2022 and 2023 students from various US Universities worked interns organizing and cataloguing collections at the Archivo General de Puerto Rico. These are the blogs some of them have produced relating to the work they carried out and their experiences in the program Abby’s Archival Adventure in the Archipelago: From Fortaleza to Bomba Abigail Vázquez Rosario, Communication, Caribbean/Latinx Studies & Digital Humanities– University of Maryland Bridging Boricuas in the... Read More
- This section provides links to the existing guides to the AGPR's collections, drawn (and renamed) from materials also posted on their own website. It also includes the new guides developed as part of the work of the PRAC assistants since May 2022. These new guides will also be available on the AGPR website. The ongoing work of the assistants, funded and coordinated by Prof. Lauria Santiago, yields draft and new guides on a regular basis, so please check back, sign up for our email list, or... Read More
- These documents drawn from the AGPR Gobernadores Españoles collection were transcribed by the staff of the Coleccion Puertorriquena at the UPR library in the 1990s. As soon we have more information on their origins and selection criteria we will post an update. Military There are 10 volumes with hundreds of transcribed documents. All of the documents related to the military and the Estado Mayor del Ejercito. Spanish Governors There are an additional four volumes described as a detailed content index... Read More
- This section provides an inventory of the publication work of the most senior and productive historians of Puerto Rico. We will be updating constantly as we add authors and find and scan publications, or receive them directly from the authors. Our goal is to locate and digitize the least available of their publications (edited collections, less accessible journals) in collaboration with the historians themselves. The project also has a special collections of works in PDF format. Join our Email... Read More
- As part of our collaboration with the Coleccion Puertorriquena of the University of Puerto Rico Library our interns digitized sections of the Selles Sola Collection. See below for the links to 23 folders of digitized documents. This is a partial publication. There are many other sections awaiting digitization. From the University of Puerto Rico Guide to the Coleccion Selles Sola: La Colección Gerardo Sellés Solá contiene documentos originales y transcripciones relacionados a la educación en Puerto... Read More
- As part of the work of the Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration and the Puerto Rico History Working Group this page provides access to scanned (usually text-searchable) books and other publications or documents. In conjunction with the Research Guide and the Bibliographies, this material will help researchers find sources for their work. Join our Email List Read More
- Cayetano Coll y Toste--Boletin Historico y Obras Ongoing development of Coll y Toste's Boletin Historico de Puerto Rico and Other Works. Files Link Luis Munoz Rivera--Obras Completas Ongoing development of Luis Munoz Rivera's Collected Works, Instituo de Cultura Edition. Files Link Catalogo en Fichas de los Documentos Historicos del Fondo Diputacion Provincial/Gobernadores Españoles/Obras Publicas--AGPR (Arecibo, Anasco, Ceiba, Ciales, Rincon, Gurabo, Corozal) Files Link Manuscript files from the... Read More
- El objetivo de este directorio es proveer a las editoriales y universidades un acervo de profesionales expertos para hacer lecturas críticas de manuscritos de libros y artículos, así como para evaluar propuestas y promociones de rango. The objective of this directory is to provide publishers and universities with a pool of expert professionals to make critical readings of book and article manuscripts, as well as to evaluate proposals and rank promotions. Read More
- Summer Graduate Program for 2024 SELF-FUNDING GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY JOIN THE ARCHIVAL INTERNSHIP AT THE ARCHIVO GENERAL DE PUERTO RICO SPONSORED BY THE PRAC The Puerto Rico Archival Collaboration Summer Graduate Intern Program will be held again in 2024. This year's dates are from June 10 to July 19. This year graduate students may chose between the Coleccion Puertorriquena of the Lazaro Library at the UPR and the Archivo General de Puerto Rico. The PRAC has organized summer internships for... Read More
- These documents are held at the University of Connecticut Library and presented in digitized form on their website and also through the Internet Archive. From the cataloging data: Included are approx. 5000 documents dated between 1840s to the 1890s, many of which are from the Arecibo civil (corte de primera instancia) court districts, covering the full range of cases that might have been brought to civil courts in those times mainly disputes over economic holdings such as land disputes, sale... Read More
- Documenting the Narratives of Puerto Rican Migration, 1945-1980 PRAC Director Aldo Lauria Santiago and Professor Ismael Garcia Colon (College of Staten Island & Graduate Center, CUNY) have been awarded a small grant for the organizing and digitizing documents related to migration at the Archivo General de Puerto Rico. The funding received from the US Latino Digital Humanities Center of Arte Publico Press will support 18-20 weeks of work recovering the stories and documentation of Puerto Rican... Read More