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Spanish-American Societies in New York

Federal Writer's Project New York City Unit report in 1939 documenting several Spanish-American societies serving a variety of Hispanic and Latino communities in New York City. Organizations described in the report include the Department of Hispanic American Research of the American Geographical Society of New York, the Pan American Society, the Heye Foundation of the Museum of the American Indian, the Centro Mexicano and the Logia Hispana de Elks de Nueva York (Spanish Lodge of New York Elks). Spanish-American organizations served numerous purposes, from social and recreational diversions to educational opportunity and economic support. Reporters note that "The depression has caused many Spaniards to return to their native country, and the membership of a few Spanish clubs and societies in New York is greatly reduced today.";Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project, created in 1935, provided work for the unemployed in white collar professions such as writing, research, history, art, geology and cartography. Spanish Book: Life Histories is a collection of forty interviews documenting the lives of a diversity of lower to middle class Spanish and Portuguese-speaking immigrants in New York City between 1936 and 1939. These oral histories offer insights into the experiences, cultures, jobs and everyday lives of those interviewed. The Spanish Book was never published.
Identifier: NYCMA_WPA-FWP_B1_16
Date: January 1 1939
Contributor: Gerald Fitzgerald and Barney Conal (reporters), S. Naft (editor)
Repository: New York City Municipal Archives
Source: New York City Municipal Archives. Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, New York (N.Y.), Spanish Book Project, 1935-1939. Box 1.
Rights: This record is not part of the New York State Archives' collection and is presented on our project partner's behalf for educational use only. Please contact the home repository for information on copyright and reproductions.
Special Project: Ventana al Pasado/Window on the Past,
Electronic Schoolhouse/La Escuela Electronica

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