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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.

Items in this audio collection

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…