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Taller Puertorriqueño collection


Held at: Eugenio M. de Hostos Archives at Taller Puertorriqueño [Contact Us]2721 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19133

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Eugenio M. de Hostos Archives at Taller Puertorriqueño. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

"Founded in 1974 by Puerto Rican and Latino artists and activists in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia [Pennsylvania], Taller Puertorriqueño (Taller) stands as testament to the wealth of possibilities they created. Motivated by the absence of creative outlets, Taller's founders developed a community-based graphic arts workshop to provide cultural training alternatives to local youth.

"For almost four decades, Taller has continued to be a vital resource for progress in the [Philadelphia] Barrio and the region. It is now recognized as a model organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for social change. In its evolution, Taller has gone from a grassroots, Puerto Rican graphic arts community center to a respected institution that celebrates the arts of Puerto Rico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Providing an outlet for neighborhood children and youth by providing after-school activities and programming rich in artistic and cultural discipline remains central to the organization's mission and ongoing work.

"Known as El Corazón Cultural del Barrio, The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño promotes local and international artists while doing the daily work of transforming children and youth's artistic visions into realities. Taller Puertorriqueño now encompasses the Julia de Burgos Gift Shop, the Lorenzo Homar Gallery, the Robert E. Hernández Theater, and educational classrooms along Philadelphia's historically Latino North 5th Street commercial corridor." (Our Story, 2016.)

"The [fall] 2016 opening of El Corazón Cultural Center, a 25,000-square-foot cultural facility, solidifies Taller's position as Pennsylvania's largest Latino arts organization." (What We Do & Who We Are, 2016.)


Quoted text from:

Taller Puertorriqueño. "Our Story." 2016. Accessed March 15, 2016.

Taller Puertorriqueño. "What We Do & Who We Are." 2016. Accessed March 15, 2016.

The Taller Puertorriqueño collection, circa 1940s-2000s (bulk 1960s-2000s), consists largely of publications, periodicals, printed matter, and research materials pertaining to Puerto Rico and Latin America, circa 1960s-2000s; photographs and slides depicting events and activities at Taller Puertorriqueño, as well as the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia, and Puerto Rico; VHS cassettes with recordings of Taller Puertorriqueño events, commercial (published) recordings of topics relevant to Taller Puertorriqueño's community, and published recordings of major motion pictures; and audio recordings, many of which are from two oral history projects sponsored by Taller Puertorriqueño in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection also contains administrative and programmatic records of Taller Puertorriqueño, records from the oral history projects, transcriptions for some of the oral history recordings, and some photographs from Jack Delano, a photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s. Delano moved to Puerto Rico in 1946, where he made films and composed film scores. He is known for incorporating Puerto Rican folk music into his film compositions.

A more detailed finding aid that includes an item level inventory is available on-site. There are several books and artifacts associated with this collection that were not included as part of this survey.

The collection is organized into two record groups: RG 1. Puerto Rico and RG 2. Latin America.

RG 1. Puerto Rico contains nine series:

Series A. Puerto Rico general information

Series B. Immigration

Series C. Oral history projects

Series D. Taller Puertorriqueño records

Series E. Photographs

Series F. Videos

Series G. Recordings

Series H. Slides

Series I. Art collections

Series J. Original prints-art works

Series K. Art created at Taller

RG 2. Latin America contains three series:

Series A. Countries and general information

Series B. Latin America general information

Series C. Latin America art

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Eugenio M. de Hostos Archives at Taller Puertorriqueño directly for more information.

Eugenio M. de Hostos Archives at Taller Puertorriqueño
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by Taller Puertorriqueño
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Access Restrictions

Contact Eugenio M. de Hostos Archives at Taller Puertorriqueño for information about accessing this collection.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents Note

Taller has a number of objects, prints, posters, other artworks (including art projects sponsored by Taller), and books associated with this series that were not included as part of this survey. Additional information about these items can be found on-site.

Scope and Contents Note

This series is designed to provide general information about Puerto Rico and has been divided into nine subseries. The subseries have been designed to offer a panoramic view of the island: art, culture, history, literature, music, biographies, natural resources, and municipalities of Puerto Rico. Documents within each subseries are arranged in alphabetical order.

There is a large amount of Puerto Rican publications and periodicals, circa 1960s-2000s, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers. Titles in this series include: Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueno, Revista Domingo, El Dia, Claridad, Dialogo, and other titles.

Culture materials include: booklets, photocopies of research and reference materials, newsletters, pamphlets, publications, an art catalog, educational materials, and other documents relating to Puerto Rican culture.

Materials on natural resources include: maps, pamphlets/printed matter, and research/reference materials pertaining to various wildlife, beaches, and other natural resources in Puerto Rico.

Materials from municipalities, circa 1980s-1990s, are organized by municipality and include: magazines, photographs, typed letters, newsletters, photocopies of materials relating to the municipality, newspapers and newspaper clippings.

Miscellaneous materials, circa 1970s-2000s, include: publications relating to a variety of subjects, calendars, newspaper clippings, booklets, travel planners and guides for Puerto Rico, materials relating to the history of Puerto Rico, and other items.

Subseries i.. Art.
Subseries ii.. Culture.
Subseries iii.. History.
Subseries iv.. Literature.
Subseries v.. Music.
Subseries vi.. Biographies.
Subseries vii.. Natural resources.
Subseries viii.. Municipalities, circa 1980s-1990s.
Subseries ix.. Miscellaneous, circa 1970s-2000s.
Scope and Contents Note

The immigration series covers various aspects not only of the Puerto Rican community in the Delaware Valley region, but other Latino groups and minorites in the United States. The immigration subseries include: Puerto Ricans in the United States, Latinos general, Latino art, Latino activities, directory of resources, paper clips 1989-1990, paper clips 1991-1992, and ethnic minorities. The Latino activities and the paper clips subseries of this are organized chronologically. The rest of the series are sorted in alphabetical order.

There is a large amount of magazines and other publications, circa 1970s-1990s, in this series. Titles represented in this series include: Revista Chica-riqueña, Tonantzin, Nuestro Hispanic, AHA!, Hispanic Link Weekly Report, and other publications.

Puerto Ricans in the United States includes: newspaper clippings, photocopies of newspaper and research articles, reports, newsletters, and other materials.

Latino general information includes: publications, newspapers, newsletters, materials from the Governor's Council in the hispanic community in Harrisburg, flyers and newsletters from the Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and other materials.

Latino art materials include: book press releases, newspaper articles and photocopies of them, publications, printed matter from events (e.g. postcards, publicity packets, catalogs from exhibits), and other materials.

Latino activities materials include: materials relating to Latino art and poetry exhibits; lectures and other planned activities relating to theater, music, and dance; materials from the Latin American Cultures program at the University of Pennsylvania, and other materials.

Directory of Resources contains reference materials relating to various Puerto Rican related resources for health management, immigration, cultural events, and other issues, as well as reference materials realted to archives and preservation.

The Paper Clips subseries contains packets of photocopied newspaper clippings from the Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission titled "Press Clips" and packets of photocopied newspaper clippings from the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs titled "Noticias Clips."

The Ethnic minorities subseries contains materials on African Americans, Balch Institute publications, newspaper clippings and photocopies of newspaper clippings, city schools statistics as they relate to minority groups, materials on housing, and other documents.

Subseries i.. Puerto Ricans in the United States.
Subseries ii.. Latino general.
Subseries iii.. Latino Art I.
Subseries iv.. Latino Art II.
Subseries v.. Latino Activities I.
Subseries vi.. Latino Activities II.
Subseries vii.. Directory of Resources.
Subseries viii.. Paper Clips, 1989-1990.
Subseries ix.. Paper Clips, 1991-1992.
Subseries x.. Ethnic minorities.
Scope and Contents Note

This series contains two important oral history projects conducted in the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia during the mid-1970s and early 1980s. The project "Batiendo La Olla" contains an impressive collection of oral interviews available in transcriptions and audiocassettes. Once arranged, this study will be an important resource for researchers focusing on the immigration and formation of the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia. These materials are organized into the following subseries based on project name: Los Barrios and Batiendo la Olla. The subseries are organized into administrative papers and transcriptions (if transcriptions are available).

Los Barrios materials, circa 1980s, include: grant applications and related materials, letters from NEH, budget materials, research for the oral history project on cultural identity and other topics (locations, Puerto Ricans in the US), correspondence, interview questions asked (in English and Spanish), authorization forms, field reports, evaluations, release forms, interview techniques, job descriptions and resumes of people working on the project, manuals for equipment used for recording interviews, letters to persons being interviewed (in English and Spanish), monthly reports, memos, names and addresses of participants, final report, youth projects, orientation forms, parental authorization forms, personnel manuals, photography projects, media and publicity materials relating to the oral history project (mostly newspaper clippings), advisory board materials, schedules, staff meeting minutes, task sheets, materials relating to Temple and the Urban Archives, materials relating to workshops held, and other papers.

Batiendo la Olla materials include: agendas, addresses of participants, biographies of interviewers, abstracts of project, budget materials, correspondence, manuals, final report, quarterly reports, evaluations, field notes, questions, audiocassette inventories, literature about film and photography conference materials, NEA materials and reports, a notebook, publicity materials relating to the project (mostly articles), proposals to NEH, interview letters, tape logs, transcriptions (mostly handwritten, some typed), publications produced from the project such as excerpts from the oral histories, and photographs.

Negatives from the Los Barrios project can be found in the Photographs record group.

Subseries i.. Los Barrios administrative records, circa 1980s.
Subseries ii.. Batiendo la Olla administrative records and transcripts.
Scope and Contents Note

This series documents the activities and administration of Taller Puertorriqueño from 1974 to 2002. The subseries are divided into administrative papers, activities, miscellaneous, and Christmas cards. These subseries are arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

Subseries i. Administrative papers, circa 1970s-1990s, is organized chronologically and includes: financial materials, newspaper articles, handwritten notes, correspondence, publicity materials, mailing lists, membership manuals, grant funding materials, meeting agendas and notes, fundraising materials, newsletters, citations from city, and other materials.

Subseries ii: Activities, circa 1980s-2002, is organized chronologically and includes: flyers for events, newspaper clippings and press releases about events, printed matter and marketing materials for events, anniversary publications, exhibit catalogs, correspondence, and other materials.

Subseries iii. Miscellaneous is organized alphabetically and includes: articles of incorportion, newsletters, board member lists, printed matter from TP, printed materials and packets from funders in the Philadelphia area, and other materials.

Subseries iv. Christmas cards includes miscellaneous Christmas cards, circa 1990s.

Subseries i.. Administrative papers, circa 1974-1990s.
Subseries ii.. Activities, circa 1980s-2002.
Subseries iii.. Miscellaneous.
Subseries iv.. Christmas cards, circa 1990s.
Scope and Contents note

This series is organized into seven subseries. The Taller subseries contains the photographs of Taller activities form the 1970s to the present. The gallery exhibits subseries contains images for some of the photograph exhibitions presented at the Taller gallery. The other subseries are: proofs, negatives, Los Barrios oral history project negatives, Jack Delano collection, and unidentified photographs. There are some images of Puerto Rico in the collection.

The Jack Delano subseries contains 37 photographs from Jack Delano. Jack Delano (1914-1997) was a photographer and composer active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington D.C.; and Puerto Rico. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied illustration and composition and became interested in photography, he worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from the early 1930s until 1943, when the FSA was eliminated. In 1941, he visited Puerto Rico for his work with the FSA and was profoundly affected by his time there. He moved to Puerto Rico permanently in 1946, after serving three years in the US Army Air Forces. While in Puerto Rico he continued to take photographs, but also worked in the Community Division of the Department of Public Education, where he produced films, and often composed the films' scores. Delano also directed Los Peloteros, a Puerto Rican film about poor rural kids and their love for baseball, considered a classic in Puerto Rican cinema. He is known for incorporating Puerto Rican folk music into his film compositions.

Subseries i.. Taller.
Subseries ii.. Gallery exhibits.
Subseries iii.. Los Barrios oral history project negatives.
Subseries iv.. Proofs.
Subseries v.. Negatives.
Subseries vi.. Jack Delano.
Subseries vii.. Unidentified.
Scope and Contents Note

This series contains VHS recordings of local community and Taller's activities in the Philadelphia region. The series also includes cultural, literary, and educational films, and roll films. The materials in this series are organized into numerical order and roll films. There are over 250 videos and 2 roll films that are available to the public for a rental period, similar to a public library's movie collection. Several VHS cassettes are of major motion pictures.

Subseries i.. Taller.
Subseries ii.. Culture.
Subseries iii.. Immigration.
Subseries iv.. AIDS.
Subseries v.. Films.
Subseries vi.. Music.
Subseries vii.. Miscellaneous.
Subseries viii.. Roll films.
Scope and Contents Note

A large portion of this series is 153 audiocassette recordings from the oral history project Batiendo La Olla and 53 audiocassette recordings from the Los Barrios oral history project. The rest of the series includes recordings from a variety of music programs and conferences that took place at Taller. This series also includes a collection of long play records from the 1970s and 1980s. This series is organized into five subseries: Batiendo la Olla, Los Barrios, miscellaneous tapes, promotional reels, and long play records.

Subseries i.. Batiendo la Olla.
Subseries ii.. Los Barrios.
Subseries iii.. Miscellaneous tapes.
Subseries iv.. Promotional reels.
Subseries v.. Long play records.
Scope and Contents Note

This series includes Taller's slide collection since the early years of its presence in the Philadelphia Latino community. This collection is organized in the following subseries: art, immigration, Taller (includes activities), Puerto Rico, Los Barrios oral project, and unidentified and mixed. Some of the Puerto Rico slides are from the 1940s.

Subseries i.. Art.
Subseries ii.. Immigration.
Subseries iii.. Taller.
Subseries iv.. Puerto Rico.
Subseries v.. Los Barrios oral project.
Subseries vi.. Unidentified and mixed.
Scope and Contents Note

This series contains different art projects or materials related to art projects sponsored by Taller. It is divided into four subseries: Taller's 20th anniversary/community photos, mobile collections, documentation of art created at Taller, and Jack Delano's mobile collection.

Taller's 20th anniversary/community photos contains 82 photographs from the anniversary event and the community.

The mobile collections contain objects and materials from Taller that are available to travel. Objects include 18 AIDS quilts. These quilts were not included in the linear foot measurement for this finding aid. Other materials include a comic collection and photos of the community and Taller's history.

It is unknown what materials are in the Jack Delano mobile collection.

The documentation of art created at Taller contains materials relating artists and exhibits at Taller, publications relating to art at Taller, and examples of work created there.

Subseries i.. Taller's 20th anniversary and community photos.
Subseries ii.. Mobile collections.
Subseries iii.. Documentation of art created at Taller.
Subseries iv.. Jack Delano's mobile collection.

Scope and Contents Note

There is a large amount of publications and periodicals, circa 1970s-1990s, such as journals, magazines, and newspapers in this record group. Titles in this series include: Geomundo, Americas, Revista de la Universidad de Mexico, NACLA: Report on the Americas, Imagen, The Center for Inter-American Relations, and other publications and titles.

Series A.. Countries and general information.
Scope and Contents Note

This series contains various research materials and other general information relating to almost every country in Latin America.

Series B.. Latin America general information.
Scope and Contents Note

The Latin America general information series provides information relating to Latin America as a whole.

Materials in this series include: magazines and magazine articles, newsletters, photocopies of published materials, maps, and other materials.

Series C.. Latin America art.
Scope and Contents Note

This series contains information about different aspects of art in Latin America. This information is organized by country in alphabetical order. Materials include: publications, newspaper articles, and booklets about art from each country, as well as exhibit materials and other documents.

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