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Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service records

 Collection
Identifier: M081

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, and correspondence of the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service. Of special interest is an interview with Conchita Rodriguez in 1999 on two audio cassettes with accompanying transcriptions. The photographs are of members, the first family greeted by the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service in 1971, and other activities.

Dates

  • 1969-1999 (bulk 1971-1975)

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Historical Note

During the early 1970s, a majority of Puerto Rico's population immigrated to the United States and settled in major metropolitan areas. The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service was founded in 1969 to assist Puerto Rican families that had recently immigrated to Boston. The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service was founded on the ideas of Conchita Rodriguez, whose previous activities included providing community-based bilingual education to Boston's Spanish speaking community and teaching Puerto Rican culture and history to the Boston Police Department. The mission was to help overcome cultural and language barriers, and ethnic prejudice faced by Puerto Rican and other Spanish-speaking immigrants. The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service members met new immigrants at Logan Airport to offer assistance, offered assistance to immigrants in emergency situations, passed out literature on available services, gathered names and addresses of families for additional help, made referrals to appropriate health and welfare agencies, and collected data on new Puerto Rican arrivals. On March 1, 1971, the program was officially launched with the cooperation of the Mayor's Office of Public Service, Traveler's Aid, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Pan American World Airlines, and Eastern Airlines. The program ended in 1975 and was taken over by Traveler's Aid.

Extent

0.45 cubic feet (1 container)

Overview

The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service was founded in 1961 to assist recent Puerto Rican immigrants to the Boston area with English and cultural adjustment. The program ended in 1975 and was taken over by Traveler's Aid.

Overview

The collection documents the activities of the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service in Boston. The collection includes bylaws, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and an interview of founder Conchita Rodriguez on audio cassette.

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

70/4
Title
Finding aid for the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Rachel Sandoval; updated by Abigail Cramer
Date
November 2002, January 2013
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US