Rosario Ferré’s Papers at Columbia University’s Latino Arts and Activism Collection


Columbia University has been expanding its archives of materials by Latin American and Latino writers and recently added a large number of documents by/about Puerto Rican writer Rosario Ferré. The collection includes audiovisual materials, computer files, correspondence, journals, manuscripts, memorabilia, notebooks, proofs, typescripts, photographs, professional files, and publications. Here are translated excerpts from an article by Tatiana Pérez Rivera.

Personal and professional documents of the author of The House of the Lagoon, among other texts, were donated to the Latino Arts and Activism Collection at the University of Columbia in New York.

The new acquisitions of the Latino Arts and Activism Collection—part of the library system of the Columbia University in New York and founded by Puerto Rican scholar Frances Negrón Muntaner—were announced this week. This space, dedicated to exalt Latin American and Latino contributions, welcomes documents by Puerto Rican author Rosario Ferré; Cuban journalist, playwright, and poet Dolores Prida; and the institution United Bronx Parents (UBP), an organization dedicated to the struggle for bilingual education and hiring since the seventies, organized by Puerto Rican activist Evelina López Antonetty.

The personal and institutional documents of these figures join previously donated collections such as the papers of activist and writer Jack Agüeros; author and playwright, Manuel Ramos Otero; and the photographic archive of the newspaper La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States.

Researchers and the general public will be able to access Ferré’s documents at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

Exactly three years ago, Negrón Muntaner founded the [Latino Arts and Activism] Collection, which seeks to strengthen academic commitment to the trajectory of Latino activism in New York City.

“There is an urgent need to preserve and make available documents and other materials accessible artists and Latino organizations,” said Negrón Muntaner, who is director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at the university. [. . .]

See full article (in Spanish)

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