El Archivo Project was established in 2014 to document, preserve, and share the history of Puerto Ricans in the Midwest. This project seeks to acknowledge the historical presence of the community, whose narratives have often gone unrecognized within mainstream cultural institutions. Our growing digital archive consists of photographs dating from the 1920s to the 1990s.
PRAA’s partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago Cultural Alliance, and others offer access to the technical expertise necessary in carrying out the project. While PRAA provides the institutional framework and capacity to execute this project, the desire to preserve Puerto Rican history comes from the communities in Chicago and beyond. We need YOUR help to make El Archivo a reality!
Please submit your photographs (or those of your family and friends) to become part of this important project documenting Puerto Ricans in the Midwest between 1920 and 1990. We are seeking original photographs and accompanying information, especially from the following categories: