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American Memory Historical Collections

Examples of materials related to Puerto Rico are provided for most of the collections listed below. Search on the terms Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, or Porto Rico to locate additional resources within these American Memory collections.

Map of the island of Porto Rico.
Map of the island of Porto Rico.
Rand McNally and Company.
[S.l.], 1915.
1 map : col.
Geography & Map Division.
Call Number:
G4970 1915 .R3 TIL

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907  

This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. The collection contains more than 1300 black-and-white and more than 150 color photographs of Puerto Rico.

American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection

The collection contains speech samples from over 50 collectors. There are 405 recordings which average about 15 minutes in length. In addition to providing a wide variety of material for the study of American speech, the recordings capture a diverse range of topics and people. Browse the collection by place to locate eight recordings for Puerto Rico.

American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States

This Research Guide  provides practical search tips, detailed collection summaries of the Library's voluminous multiformat holdings, and links to fuller catalog record descriptions and digitized material.  Search using Puerto Rico to find pertinent resources.

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955

This collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures.  The collection contains more than 25 photographs of Puerto Rico.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, 1933-Present

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the collection by place to locate more than 150 items for Puerto Rico.

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943

This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell

This collection includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. Browse by ethnic groups to find nine recordings by Puerto Ricans.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

 This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage.

Map Collections 

The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate more than 40 maps of Puerto Rico.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals. They include literary and political magazines. Search by full text to locate items pertaining to Puerto Rico.

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933

This collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. The photographs illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper, although only about twenty percent of the images in the collection were published in the newspaper. 

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives

This collection presents the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections. The materials in the collection were published between 1831 and 1929 and consist of 39 political pamphlets, 18 monographs, and 1 journal.

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

This collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits.  These panoramas average between twenty-eight inches and six feet in length, with an average width of ten inches.  Browse by place to find 5 images from Puerto Rico.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. Browse the collection by place to find more than 40 images of Puerto Rico.

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party

The photographs in this collection document the National Woman's Party's push for ratification of the 19th Amendment as well as its later campaign for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting

The collection presents 470 interview excerpts and 3,882 photographs from the Working in Paterson Folklife Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Browse the collection by subject to locate more than 30 items pertainting to Puerto Ricans.




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