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Francisco Rosario in his wood-turning shop in Manati
Francisco Rosario in his wood-turning shop in Manati. Photo by Giovanni Rufino. Part of the cultural documentation found in Puerto Rico's Local Legacies projects.

Puerto Rico

The American Folklife Center was created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress through Public Law 94-201 and charged to "preserve and present American folklife." The Center incorporates the Archive of Folk Culture, which was established at the Library of Congress in 1928, and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world.


The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied material from Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican Americans that documents its diverse folk traditions. Among its unique recordings are: many Puerto Rican songs including two versions of "Contéstame si me amas" (Answer Me If You Love Me) and "El terruņo" the national song of Puerto Rico; religious ceremonies recorded in Puerto Rico in 1948; a television broadcast and two interviews recorded as part of the American Folklife Center's Chicago Ethnic Arts project as well as the performances of boleros, merengues, polkas, rancheras, and waltzes; a performance by cuatro player Yomo Toro and his Conjunto Típico Puertorriqueño, including décimas, plenas, and aguinaldos; a Puerto Rican church service at the Church of the Nazarene; and interviews with and songs about Puerto Rican workers.

  • Puerto Rico Recordings in the Archive of Folk Culture [full text]

Puerto Rico participated in the Library's Bicentennial Local Legacies project, which includes documentation of local traditions and celebrations for the American Folklife Center's Archive of Folk Culture.

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