Creating Online Access to the Puerto Rican Community Archives [PRCA]


The PRCA is a collection of primary resources on the history and culture of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in New Jersey. Since the establishment of the archive ten years ago, 45 collections of personal papers and organizational records have been accessioned, but remain virtually hidden from scholars. This project will create multiple points of access to 15 collections through processing, describing, and cataloging them. There are 53 million Latinos in the US, Puerto Ricans are the second largest group, yet there is a dearth of accessible primary resources on the community. This project will catalog 15 collections to make more resources about the Diaspora accessible and create a template for future cataloging of this community's records.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



Newark Public Library


  • Ms. Ingrid Betancourt (Newark Public Library)
  • Ms. Yesenia Lopez

Date Range

1937 - 2011

Geographic Scope

national scope with a focus on New Jersey metro area


  • 141 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Artwork (Including Original Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Etc.), Audiovisual, Book (Including Serials), Ephemera, Image, Manuscript, Maps, Text (Including Electronic Texts)