About The Center for Puerto Rican Studies

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY is a research institute that is dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States and that produces and disseminates relevant interdisciplinary research. Centro also collects, preserves, and provides access to library resources documenting Puerto Rican history and culture. We seek to link scholarship to social action and policy debates and to contribute to the betterment of our community and enrichment of Puerto Rican studies.

Founded in 1973 by a coalition of faculty, students, and community leaders, Centro is the only university-based research institute solely devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

What we do

Centro documents, collects, preserves, and shares our community’s experiences through:

• Library & Archives
• Research
• Education
• Publications
• Events

Library and Archives

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library and Archives is the largest repository of primary and secondary source materials and collections about Puerto Ricans in the United States.

Centro Library provides access to over 14,000 books, 2,550 dissertations and masters theses, over 500 titles of historical newspapers and periodicals on 3,700 reels of microfilm, 600 audio recordings, 514 videos and DVD’s containing information by and about Puerto Ricans, and 21.3 linear feet of Vertical Files encompassing a variety of subjects.

A major strength of the Library collection is the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States, particularly in New York and the Northeast region, and also in all the areas of the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. The library, although dedicated to the Puerto Rican experience, also acquires selected materials related to other Latino communities in the United States.


The Research Unit is Centro’s team charged with the production of knowledge based on the investigation of subjects that bear on the general well being of Puerto Ricans. To this end, the Research Unit strives to obtain sponsored research grants to leverage our resources in order to promote among our staff and other partners the publication of articles in refereed journals to heighten the impact of our research on relevant fields.


The Centro Education division develops and implements programs, curricula, and pedagogies that motivate Hunter, CUNY, and other students,as well as teachers, to become involved in Puerto Rican Studies, to provide the necessary supports for success, and to encourage a sense of service toward others.

Centro Publications

Centro Publications/Centro Press enables us to engage in robust participation in the fields of Puerto Rican, Latino, New York City, and American Studies. By taking advantage of our vast archival resources and connections in the Puerto Rican community, we disseminate crucial information about the Puerto Rican experience and contribution to the political, economic, and social cultures of the United States.

CENTRO Journal - the premier journal of Puerto Rican studies and the place to go for contemporary analyses of the Puerto Rican experience.

Centro Voices – our e-magazine profiles the multiple manifestations of Puerto Rican identity and culture.

Puerto Rican Voices – videos highlighting the contributions of Puerto Ricans in the U.S.

Centro Events

Centro events look into our past, portray our present and explore our future, with lectures, panel discussions, performances, art exhibits and more.


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  • Mariely LopezSantana
    commented 2021-04-29 15:12:47 -0400
    What is the meeting ID to access COVID 19 and PR event?
  • Michael Llorenz
    commented 2021-04-29 15:06:44 -0400
    I signed up for the webinar on Puerto Ricans and Covid to take place at 3:00 p.m. and the message was that it had finished. I was present and attempted to sign in at 2:56 p.m. What happened?
  • Linda Jackson
    commented 2020-06-08 13:09:09 -0400 · Flag
    I just signed up ,and after further research of the site I realize there are NO recent posts. Is PUERTO RICAN STUDIES still a program?
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  • madeline ruggiero
    commented 2019-09-06 09:29:06 -0400
    I am a faculty/librarian at Queensborough Community college and I am researching embroidery and needlework among Puerto Rican immigrants from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. Needlework figures prominently in the cultural production and memory of many migrants who came to the United States from Puerto Rico. I am looking for sources books/ oral histories that better inform me on this topic. I would like to compare the diaspora of the Puerto Rican needleworker to that of the Italian.
  • Carlos Santos-Rivera
    commented 2019-01-15 20:46:15 -0500
    How can I get in touch with some of the Research staff? Felices fiestas
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  • Nora Cruz
    commented 2018-08-30 14:15:13 -0400
    As a puertorrican writer and founder of Liga de Poetas del Sur , I would like to help and provide books and other writings about our culture (poetry and prose)
  • Gerald Lopez
    commented 2018-03-10 11:33:01 -0500
    Need to give info on joining in intro and links fb mess etc
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