Brooklyn Historical Society Puerto Rican Oral History Project

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2010

Media Contact: Allison Auldridge

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Brooklyn Historical Society’s Puerto Rican Oral History Project

Brooklyn, NY – Event Listing


Brown Bag Lecture: Stories from the Puerto Rican Oral History Project, 1973-1975

From 1973-1975, the Brooklyn Historical Society interviewed over 70 people who migrated to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico in the years between 1917-1940. These narrators, born between 1890-1940, tell wonderful stories in English and Spanish about their steamship journey, family life, work life and establishing Puerto Rican civic and cultural organizations in Brooklyn. This amazing collection of stories is now available to be listened to in BHS’s Othmer Library as well as at the archives of Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College.

Join BHS for a brown bag lecture as we introduce this important historical collection and play clips from the interviews with oral historian Sady Sullivan, archivist Chela Scott Weber, and Columbia University student Amna Ahmad, who worked with BHS for over a year to carefully digitize this collection.

Read more about this BHS collection here. And here. And as part of City Lore’s City of Memory.

This is event is part of the Mayor’s Immigrant Heritage Week celebrations, April 15 – 21, 2010.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:00 – 2:00 pm


Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St.

Brooklyn, NY 11201


The mission of the Brooklyn Historical Society is to connect the past to the present and make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come. Founded in 1863, BHS functions as a library, museum and urban education center dedicated to the people of Brooklyn, providing opportunities for civic dialogue and thoughtful engagement.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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