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Nelson Merced papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z17-023

Content Description

Nelson Merced, a Latino politician and activist, was born in New York City in 1948. Merced first became politically active in Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, working with squatters in San Juan. He moved back to the United States to attend the University of Connecticut, graduating with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. He did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, held positions at La Alianza Hispana and the Boston Public Facilities Department, and returned to politics in 1988 as a candidate from the 5th Suffolk district in Boston. This collection focuses on his political career as the first Latino candidate elected to the Massachusetts State House of Representatives. Merced held his seat from his election in 1988 until 1992. After leaving the State House, Merced worked for Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion, YouthBuild America, and, most recently, NeighborWorks America. The collection documents Nelson Merced’s public service from 1989-2003. The material consists of awards, photographs, VHS cassettes, and U-matic cassettes dating from 1989-2003. Accessioned 2016 Oct 27. 47/3

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  • 1989-2003


0.70 cubic feet (0.70 cubic feet in 2 manuscript boxes.)