Photo, Print, Drawing Aurora Goicoechea at work above Elsa's.

About this Item

Aurora Goicoechea at work above Elsa's.
Contributor Names
Goicoechea, Aurora (Depicted)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Photographer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Work processes
-  Dressmaking
-  Ethnographic photographs
-  Dominican Americans
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Elsa's Wholesale & Retail (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  Photographs
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Forms part of a group of images documenting Elsa's, a clothing store and gift shop on the avenue.
-  Aurora is a seamstress from the Dominican Republic. Her co-worker told me that Aurora is also a fine cook. Aurora had plans when I spoke with her to return to the Dominican Republic to care for her pregnant daughter and the child her daughter is expecting. Aurora, who speaks almost no English, told me through an interpreter (her co-worker Milagros "Millie" Cueto), that she is caught between two countries, the Dominican Republic and the United States. This was a theme that was sounded by many of the people I spoke with, especially the Spanish-speakers, but some Italians also raised the issue. Bi-national consciousness and experience is a powerful theme in contemporary Paterson.
35 mm color slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-C014-11
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
Manifest (JSON/LD)

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Goicoechea, Aurora, and Thomas D Carroll. Aurora Goicoechea at work above Elsa's. New Jersey Paterson United States, 1994. -08-31. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Goicoechea, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) Aurora Goicoechea at work above Elsa's. New Jersey Paterson United States, 1994. -08-31. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Goicoechea, Aurora, and Thomas D Carroll. Aurora Goicoechea at work above Elsa's. -08-31. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.