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Guide to the Antonia Denis collection 1992.021

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 22, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Denis, Antonia
Title: Antonia Denis collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1948-1983
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet in one oversize box.
Language of Materials: Materials in Spanish and English.
Text [Oversize]: 1992.021 1 of 1
Call Phrase: 1992.021
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical Note

Antonia Denis, a social and political activist, arrived in Brooklyn, N.Y. from Baja Vega, Puerto Rico during World War I. She soon became a major figure in several Brooklyn-based organizations, including La Casa de Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican Pioneers Parade, and the Betances Democratic Club. These organizations advocated for political and social equality, celebrated Puerto Rican history and culture, and administered anti-poverty, cultural, and educational programs for Brooklyn's Puerto Rican community.

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Scope and Contents note

The Antonia Denis collection spans the period 1948 to 1983 and consists of correspondence, administrative documents, financial records, photocopied newspaper articles, calling cards, certificates, newsletters, pamphlets, and other ephemera relating to Denis's work with the cultural organizations La Casa de Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Pioneers Parade, as well as her political activism and work with the Betances Democratic Club and other organizations. A small amount of papers pertaining to Denis's personal life are also included. Several newspaper articles, while not relating directly to Denis, contain information on the general political, social, and cultural affairs of Brooklyn and New York City's Latino community. Over half the materials in the collection are written in Spanish, while the remaining items are in English.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Denis, Antonia

Document Type

  • Administrative records
  • Articles
  • Certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Printed ephemera
  • Visiting cards

Subject Topics

  • Community activists |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Puerto Rican women |x Political activity |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Puerto Ricans |x Education |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Puerto Ricans |x Housing |z New York (State) |z Kings County
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Economic conditions
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Ethnic identity
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Intellectual life
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Politics and government
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Social conditions
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Social life and customs
  • Puerto Ricans |z New York (State) |z Kings County |x Societies, etc.

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Economic conditions
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Intellectual life
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Politics and government
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Antonia Denis collection, 1992.021, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related archival collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society:

  1. 1976.001, Puerto Rican Oral History Project records, 1960-1984
  2. ARC.032, Hispanic Communities Documentation Project records and oral histories, 1924-1992

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Sara Ramirez, date unknown. Formally accessioned in 1992.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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