Joseph Monserrat Papers

Held by the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY

Overview

Arrangement

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

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Overview of the Records

Repository:

Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY

695 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021

Summary:
A government official and community leader. Collection contains correspondence, speeches, manuscripts, subject files, information about community organizations, and materials related to his positions on the Board of Education of the City of New York, the Migration Division of the Government of Puerto Rico and the Department of Community Affairs in the United States.
Creator:
Monserrat, Joseph, 1921-2005
Title:
Joseph Monserrat Papers
Quantity:
12.56 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1953-2005
Bulk Dates:
circa 1960-1980s
Series Number:
1996-02
Sponsor:
Processed with a grant from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Funding was also provided by a congressional directed initiative sponsored by Congressman José Serrano and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. A recent addition of records and others still held by donor will be processed at a later date. This collection description was enhanced as a part of Ventana Al Pasado: Building a Latino/Hispanic Online Research Collection. The New York State Archives and Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños received funding for this project from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

The collection has been organized into the following ten series:

I. Biographical and Personal Information

II. Correspondence

III. Writings

IV. Board of Education of the City of New York

V. Organizations

VI. Subject Files

VII. Photographs

VIII. Appointment Books

IX. Directories

X. Plaques.

The folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically, with some exceptions.

Biographical Sketch

Joseph Monserrat has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He was mostly recognized for his leadership as director of the Migration Division (1951-1969), an agency of the Government of Puerto Rico, which played a significant role in the migration and settlement of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. From 1969-1970 he served as member and president of the Board of Education of the City of New York. Monserrat’s papers are important for understanding the relationship of the Puerto Rican community to these two agencies from the 1950s through the 1970s and the impact of the Puerto Rican migration on New York City.

José Francisco Monserrat Figueroa was born on September 17, 1921 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In 1924, when he was three years old, his parents, Rafael Monserrat, a tobacco worker, and his wife Cruz Figueroa migrated to New York City. Following the death of his mother the young Monserrat and his sister spent seven years in foster care in Long Island. In 1931, his father remarried and the family was reunited and went to live on 108th St. in East Harlem, also known as “El Barrio.”

Between the ages of ten and twelve, Monserrat attended school at La Liga Puertorriqueña in East Harlem where he relearned Spanish and completed grade school. He went on to Benjamin Franklin High School where he was mentored and greatly influenced by its principal, Leonard Covello, who encouraged him to continue his studies and work on behalf of the Puerto Rican community. They forged an important friendship and later Covello was to work and collaborate with him at the Migration Division. During his high school years, Monserrat nurtured his artistic talents and organized a musical group called the Rumba Band aspiring to become a singer and dancer. However, by 1938 he had chosen a different path and began his career in the social services working for the Goddard Neighborhood Center.

During World War II, Monserrat joined the Air Force and served four years as an aviation engineer. Once the war ended, he returned to New York and used his savings to open a factory, which manufactured wooden household implements. Some time later, he gave up his business and decided to return to school, choosing to pursue studies at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research (now known as The New School University).

Monserrat gained experience in community work primarily through his jobs in settlement houses. His first job as a community organizer was with Madison House on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Subsequently he served as Director of the Melrose House Community Center in the Bronx and the Good Neighbor Federation Settlement. He also served as the first coordinator of the Street Gang Project of the Board of Education of the City of New York.

In 1951, Monserrat was named Director of the New York office of the Migration Division of the Department of Labor of Puerto Rico. In 1960, he was appointed by Governor Luís Muñoz Marín as National Director of the Division. He became its third director succeeding Clarence Senior and served in that position for almost a decade. As National Director he was responsible for administering sixteen offices throughout the Northeastern and the Midwestern United States. These offices were charged with helping migrants adjust to their new surroundings and, to this end, operated programs in numerous social service areas such as employment, identification, education and community organization. Through the Migration Division, the government of Puerto Rico operated a major program to contract migrant farm laborers. The regional offices also became involved in community activities, formed coalitions with other ethnic groups, and advocated on behalf of civil rights. Although Monserrat left his post at the Division in 1969, he returned in 1989 as a consultant and participated in transforming it into the Department of Community Affairs in the United States.

On May 20, 1969, Herman Badillo, then Bronx Borough President, appointed him to the Board of Education. Shortly thereafter he became the first Puerto Rican to be elected president of the Board, serving in that position from June 11, 1969 until July 1, 1970. In that time period, he helped to successfully negotiate a contract with the United Federation of Teachers, which averted a strike and made New York City teachers among the highest paid in the nation. Also during his tenure, he was confronted with issues surrounding school decentralization, segregation and desegregation measures and budgetary crises.

From 1976 until 1980 Monserrat was active on many fronts and worked for various organizations. He was executive director of the National Puerto Rican Business and Marketing Association Inc., an economic development organization. He also founded and was president of his own company, Monserrat Associates, a consulting and public relations firm. He participated in numerous activities and organizations. Among them were: The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Council of Organizations, the Leonard Covello Senior Center for East Harlem Inc., the New York Advisory Committee on Civil Rights to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and the New York Civil Liberties Union. In 1970, Mayor John Lindsay appointed him to the Knapp Commission, which was investigating police corruption in the New York Police Department. In that same year, he was Grand Marshall of the Columbus Day Parade in New York. These and other services won him awards such as the Pan American Award and the Martin Buber Award.

Monserrat wrote numerous pamphlets published through the Migration Division, contributed to journals and collaborated in book projects on subjects such as the education of children and the history of the migration. During the 1970s, for example, he produced a column in English for the newspaper el diario/La Prensa devoted to issues concerning the living conditions of Latinos as well as providing information about reforms and programs benefiting the community. Among his publications are The Puerto Rican Market: Its Growth and Value and The Education of Puerto Rican Children in New York City (1954). He participated in the production of Puerto Ricans: Immigrants and Migrants, a Historical Perspective (1990), which was part of a curriculum series titled Americans All. Monserrat also taught courses at Hunter College, New York University, the New School for Social Research and the University of Puerto Rico.

Monserrat offered his consulting services to various organizations and worked but failed to complete his book on U.S. Hispanics. After a long illness, he died in New York City on November 13, 2005.

Scope and Content Note

The Joseph Monserrat Papers document his role and that of the Migration Division in the formation and implementation of the policies of the government of Puerto Rico regarding the migration of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. They also shed light on Monserrat’s contributions as a member and President of the Board of Education of the City of New York and on the issues confronting public education at the time. The materials are valuable for research in the areas of community development, bilingual education, school decentralization, civil rights, electoral politics, police brutality and corruption, community organizations, farm labor, inter-group relations and the internal workings of the Migration Division and the Board of Education of the City of New York. Among the personalities represented in the collection are Luis Muñoz Marín, Herman Badillo, Rafael Hernández Colón, Robert García, Leonard Covello and Nydia Velázquez.

The documents described here represent only a portion of Joseph Monserrat’s papers and consequently of his life activities. The bulk of the materials pertain to the 1970s and particularly the years from 1969 to 1973. The records consist primarily of personal documents, correspondence, writings, appointment books, directories, reports, news clippings, programs and photographs.

Related Information

Other finding aids

A Spanish version of this finding aid is available.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Available Alternate Formats

This collection has been microfilmed and is available on 17 reels. Additions to Series I and IV are available on microfilm format only. Researchers interested in purchasing microfilm copies should contact Centro.

Use Restrictions

Copyright: Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY. Please contact repository for more information.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Joseph Monserrat Papers, Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY.

Processing Information

Pamphlets and newspapers were transferred to the Centro Library.

Processed by Ismael García with the assistance of Izzy de Moya, Damary González, Myrna Tinoco and Noelia Urbano, March 2003. Guide reviewed and actualized in 2005 by Pedro Juan Hernández and Nélida Pérez.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph Monserrat.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s):

Velázquez, Nydia

Covello, Leonard, 1887-1982

Monserrat, Joseph, 1921-2005

Hernández Colón, Rafael

García, Robert, 1933-

Muñoz Marín, Luis, 1898-1980

Badillo, Herman, 1929-

Corporate Name(s):

National Puerto Rican Business and Marketing Association Inc.

Melrose House Community Center in the Bronx

New York City Public Schools

New York (N.Y.). Board of Education

Puerto Rico. Dept. of Labor. Migration Division

New York Civil Liberties Union

Leonard Covello Senior Center for East Harlem, Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

Good Neighbor Federation Settlement

United States Commission on Civil Rights. New York State Advisory Committee

Madison House on the Lower East Side of Manhattan

Council of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Organizations of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Inc.

New York (N.Y.). Knapp Commission

Geographic Name(s):

Puerto Rico--Emigration and immigration

New York (N.Y.)--Emigration and immigration

New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government

East Harlem (New York, N.Y.)

Puerto Rico--Politics and government

New York (N.Y.)--Social conditions

Subject(s):

Segregation in education--New York (State)--New York

Puerto Ricans--Education--New York (State)--New York

Hispanic Americans--New York (State)--New York

Minorities--United States

School integration--New York (State)--New York

Education, Bilingual--New York (State)--New York

Police brutality--New York (State)--New York

Schools--Decentralization--New York (State)--New York

Community and school--New York (State)--New York

Civil rights

Migrant labor

Puerto Ricans--New York (State)--Social conditions

Agricultural laborers, Puerto Rican

Public schools--New York (State)--New York

Migration and Settlement

Education

Genre(s):

Correspondence

Directories

Appointment books

Programs

Photographs

Clippings

Detailed Description

Note: These records are held by the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY

Series I: Biographical and Personal Information
Dates: 1955-2005
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains official documents such as a birth certificate, obituary, and property titles, financial information, curriculum vitae, radio and television interviews, airline tickets, awards and materials about the activities of his consulting firm.

This series includes an addition which consists of an obituary, a resume and some invitations to ceremonies and conventions related to Joseph Monserrat's personal and professional life. This addition is only available on microfilm.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1960 Agenda 1 1
1969-1976 Airline Tickets 1 2
1960-1969, undated Articles Related to Joseph Monserrat 1 3
1959-2005, undated Biographical Information 1 4
1957 Birth Certificate 1 5
undated Business Cards 1 6
1976 Certificate 1 7
1973-1974, undated Financial Records 1 8
1970-1972 Interviews 1 9
1969-1974, undated Job Related Information-Board of Education 1 10
undated Mailing Lists 1 11
1955-1973, undated Monserrat Associates Inc. 1 12
1955-1973, undated Monserrat Associates Inc. 1 13
1955-1973, undated Monserrat Associates Inc. 1 14
1969-1974, undated Notes 2 1
1980-1982 Property Title 2 2
undated Stationery 2 3
undated Telephone Numbers 2 4
1972-1973 Television and Radio Appearances 2 5


Series II: Correspondence
Dates: 1960-1991
Scope and Content Note:

The series is organized into incoming and outgoing correspondence, personal letters, congratulatory messages, invitations and memoranda. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1968-1973 primarily from his tenure on the Board of Education. There are numerous congratulatory letters upon his appointment as President of the Board of Education from politicians, school principals, Mayor John V. Lindsay and from various organizations. Evidence of issues he confronted as Board President appears in letters to such individuals as Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller where Monserrat advocates for legislation to decentralize the schools. The documents also encompass his work in the Migration Division and detail, among other matters, the coordination of visits from Governor Luis Muñoz Marín and invitations to community events.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1972-1973, undated Congratulatory Messages 2 6
undated Correspondence Log 2 7
1969-1977, undated Greeting Cards 2 8
1960-1972 July Incoming 2 9
1960-1972 July Incoming 2 10
1960-1972 July Incoming 2 11
1960-1972 July Incoming 2 12
1972 August-1991 Incoming 3 1
1972 August-1991 Incoming 3 2
1972 August-1991 Incoming 3 3
1972 August-1991 Incoming 3 4
1969 May-1977 May Invitations 3
1969 May-1977 May Invitations 4
1969 May-1977 May Invitations 5
1968-1977 Memoranda-Incoming 6 1
1968-1977 Memoranda-Incoming 6 2
1969-1973, undated Memoranda-Outgoing 6 3
1969-1973, undated Memoranda-Outgoing 6 4
1969 June-1983 Outgoing 6
1969 June-1983 Outgoing 7 1
1969 June-1983 Outgoing 7 2
1969 June-1983 Outgoing 7 3
1969 June-1983 Outgoing 7 4


Series III: Writings
Dates: 1953-1979
Scope and Content Note:

Among the writings are articles from the column “A Hispanic Viewpoint” from el diario/La Prensa, speeches, and the manuscript for his as yet unpublished book Hispanics-USA. Of particular note is one speech in which he protests against District 25’s banning of the book Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1959-1979, undated General 7 5
1978-1979, undated Hispanics-USA-Manuscript 7 6
1953-1958, undated The So Called Puerto Rican Problem 8 1
1960-1978, undated Statements, Speeches, and Presentations 8 2
1960-1978, undated Statements, Speeches, and Presentations 8 3
1960-1978, undated Statements, Speeches, and Presentations 8 4


Series IV: Board of Education of the City of New York
Dates: 1963-1991
Scope and Content Note:

The documents in this series consist of administrative records. They include agendas, reports of audits and investigations, receipts, press releases, budgets, demographic data and plans and programs of the Board. Main subject areas are the decentralization of schools, school security and projects such as the City Wide Umbrella Program, the Office of Career Education, Open Doors, and Plan for Integration.

This series includes an addition which contains a scrapbook with newspaper clippings about Joseph Monserrat as a member and President of the Board of Education dating from May 1969 to May 1970. It also includes four issues of The New York Teacher (September 9- December 7, 1973). This addition is only available on microfilm.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1976 Agenda 8 5
1969, undated Audit Reports 8 6
1969 Bethlehem Area School District-Staff Meeting on Human Relations 8 7
1970 Big Six Cities 8 8
1973, undated Board of Ethics Statement 8 9
1969-1974 Board of Retirement 8 10
undated Budget 8 11
1975, undated City Wide Umbrella Program 9 1
1975 Committee Hearing on the Impact of Fiscal Crisis on the Quality of Education in New York City School System 9 2
1973-1974, undated Consultative Council 9 3
1974 Demographics 9 4
1976 Disposition of the Charges Against Howard Hurtwitz, Principal of Long Island City High School 9 5
1990-1991 General 9 6
1973, undated Learning Cooperative Conference 9 7
1980 Lora Decree Staff Development Program 9 8
1965-1978, undated Minorities 9 9
1965-1978, undated Minorities 9 10
1965-1978, undated Minorities 9 11
1973, undated Office of Career Education and Open Doors 9 12
1963 Plan for Integration 9 13
1969-1973 Press Releases 9 14
1971 Professional Development Institute 9 15
undated School Decentralization 9 16
1973-1976 School Districts 10 1
1976 School Safety 10 2
1970-1973, undated Scribner, Harvey B. –Chancellor 10 3
undated Student Unrest 10 4
1972-1975 Vouchers and Meal Allowance 10 5
1969-1974 Vouchers-Expenses of Informal Meetings and Office Supplies 10 6
1970-1973 Vouchers-Salary 10 7
1969-1975 Vouchers-Travel 10 8


Series V: Organizations
Dates: 1963-1990
Scope and Content Note:

This series documents national as well as New York based organizations of different types. Represented are educational organizations such as Amanece and ASPIRA, political organizations such as La Cruzada Anti-Comunista Internacional and Hispanic-American Democrats, cultural institutions like the Ballet Folklórico Puertorriqueño and the Puerto Rican Parade and religious institutions such as the Northeast Regional Pastoral Center for Hispanics. Monserrat’s interest in bilingual education is also reflected in a number of these records.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1969, undated Amanece-Committee on Local School Boards 10 9
1963-1970 American Management Association 10 10
1972-1973 Asociación Cardiovascular del Sur 10 11
1969-1974 ASPIRA 10 12
1975 Ballet Folklórico Puertorriqueño 10 13
undated Center for Spanish Speaking People in Philadelphia 10 14
1971 Central Labor Council 10 15
1972 Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños 10 16
1969-1970, undated Citizens Committee to Support the GE Strickers 10 17
1972 Citizens Council for the Community 11 1
1970-1971 Citizens Union of New York 11 2
1969, undated Committee for a Comprehensive Education Center, Inc. 11 3
1970-1971 Committee for Prison Justice 11 4
undated Creaciones Inca Corp. 11 5
1969, undated Cruzada Anti-Comunista Internacional 11 6
1969 Desfile Puertorriqueño 11 7
1967-1971 East Harlem Committee on Aging, Inc. 11 8
1990, undated Fondo Ecuménico para el Desarrollo Puertorriqueño 11 9
1973, undated High School Parents and Principals Committee 11 10
1979, undated Hispanic American Democrats 11 11
1981 Hispanic/Panorama/Hispano, Incorporated 11 12
1970 Hispanic Society of the Department of Social Services 11 13
1971-1972 Institute for Religion and Social Studies 11 14
1970, undated Institute of Man and Science 11 15
1973, undated Inter American University-Puerto Rico 11 16
1970-1973 International Arts Relations, Inc. 11 17
1969-1973 Interracial Colloquy-Task Force on Schools 11 18
1972-1973 Junior High School Principals Association 11 19
1970-1973, undated Junior League of the City of New York 11 20
1970-1971, undated Leonard Covello Senior Center 11 21
1971-1972 Liceo Hispano Incorporated 11 22
1971, undated Luis Muñoz Rivera Memorial Association 11 23
1971-1973, undated Metropolitan Association for Voter Education 11 24
1974, undated National Association of Human Rights Workers/Belmont Hotel Conference 11 25
1970, undated National Association of Inter-Group Relations Officials 12 1
1962-1973, undated National Federation of Settlements of Neighborhood Centers 12 2
1976-1980, undated National Puerto Rican Business and Marketing Association 12 3
1973-1975 National Puerto Rican Forum 12 4
1967-1969, undated Nationalities Service Center of Philadelphia 12 5
1972-1974 New York City Bicentennial Corporation 12 6
1969-1970 New York State School Board Association, Inc. 12 7
undated Northeast Regional Pastoral Center for Hispanics 12 8
1969-1977 Parents Associations 12 9
1988-1990, undated Puerto Rican Educators Association 12 10
1969, undated Puerto Rican Free Shoe Fund 12 11
1971-1972 Puerto Rican Newspaper, Radio and Television Society, Inc. 12 12
1974 Puerto Rican Society of New Britain, Connecticut 12 13
undated Puerto Rican Traveling Theater 12 14
1970-1971 Rotary Club of New York 12 15
1973 School Fund for Roberto Clemente Elementary School 12 16
1968-1969, undated School Volunteer Program 12 17
1971-1972, undated Service for Education and Rehabilitation in Addiction 12 18
1971-1972 Spanish-American Community Club 12 19
1971, undated United Bronx Parents, Inc. 12 20
1989 Unidad Comunal 12 21
1969-1975, undated United Federation of Teachers 13 1
1969-1975, undated United Federation of Teachers 13 2
1970 United Services Organizations of New York City 13 3
1969-1975 United Parents Association 13 4
1970 University of Hartford, Connecticut-Seminar on the Puerto Rican in American Culture 13 5
1969 Urban Fellows Program-New Haven, Connecticut 13 6
1969 Urban Planning Studio 13 7
undated Ballet Folkórico Puertorriqueño OS 1


Series VI: Subject Files
Dates: 1955-1992
Scope and Content Note:

These files contain information about bilingual education, agricultural laborers, migrant education, and various subjects related to Puerto Ricans in the U.S. The files contain different types of documents such as reports, clippings, announcements and correspondence. There are, for example, materials about educational television programs such as Sesame Street and Qué Tal Amigos. Monserrat’s participation in the Knapp Commission’s investigation into police corruption is also documented. In addition there is information about his role in the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the U.S. (the agency which replaced the Migration Division) directed by Nydia Velázquez and particularly Atrévete, its voter registration program.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1958-1974 Agricultural Workers-Documentary 13 8
1990-1992 AIDS 13 9
1968 Albizu Campos, Pedro 13 10
1973-1974 Annual International Conference on Bilingual-Bicultural Education 13 11
1990-1992 Arts and Culture 13 12
1988 Atrévete 13 13
undated Badillo, Herman 13 14
1971 Banning of “Down These Mean Streets” by Piri Thomas 13 15
1972-1973, undated Bilingual and Children’s Television 14 1
1972-1973, undated Bilingual and Children’s Television 14 2
1967-1974, undated Bilingual Education 14 3
1967-1974, undated Bilingual Education 14 4
1967-1974, undated Bilingual Education 14 5
1975-1992 Bilingual Education 15 1
1975-1992 Bilingual Education 15 2
1974-1975 Bilingual Education-Manual for the Development of Instructional Materials Relevant to the Needs of U.S. Spanish –Speaking Students 15 3
1969 City University of New York-Afro American Studies 15 4
1970-1972, undated Commission on Population Growth and the American Future 15 5
1970, undated Committee on Equal Education Opportunity 15 6
1975-1976, undated Community News Service Inc.- Servicio Noticiero de la Comunidad 15 7
1970, undated Conference at Mercy College-Problems in Urban Education: Bilingualism and Minority Groups 15 8
1964-1972 Conference on Health Manpower 15 9
1991, undated Conferences on Puerto Rican Communities 15 10
1992 Crime Related 15 11
1988-1993, undated Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos-Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico 16 1
1988-1993, undated Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos-Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico 16 2
1988-1993, undated Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos-Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico 16 3
1991-1992 Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos-Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico-Año Fiscal 1991-1992, Parte I-II 16 4
1991-1992 Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos-Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico-Año Fiscal 1991-1992, Parte I-II 16 5
1991 Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos-Estado Libre Asociado-Informes Mensuales 16 6
1973 Desfile de la Hispanidad 17 1
undated Development Growth and Decline of the Puerto Rican Migrant Farm Workers Control Program 17 2
1970-1971, undated Development of Spanish Components in the “Sesame Street” Program-Workshop 17 3
1969 Eastern Connecticut State College 17 4
1969 Education Law-Amendment 17 5
1969-1971 Educational Television 17 6
1991-1992, undated Education and Youth 17 7
1970 Elections 17 8
1981 English as the Official Language of the United States 17 9
1969-1977, undated Ethnic Heritage Studies Program 17 10
1971 Eugenio María de Hostos One American Award 17 11
1970-1976 Event Programs 17 12
1973-1975 Fashion Institute of Technology 17 13
1991-1992 Fifth Century Anniversary of Columbus’ Arrival in the Americas 17 14
1968-1969 Fordham University 17 15
1975 Fourth Annual City-Wide Dissemination Conference 18 1
1969 Galaxy Conference- Council of National Organizations 18 2
1978 García, Robert- Congressman 18 3
1991-1992 Health 18 4
1991 Hernández Colón, Rafael-Governor of Puerto Rico 18 5
1975 Hispanic Population of New York City 18 6
1991 Housing 18 7
1971 Hunter College Health Conference 18 8
1977-1992, undated Immigration 18 9
1960-1963 Integration 18 10
1973, undated Junior ROTC 18 11
1970-1972, undated Knapp Commission-Newspaper Clippings 18 12
1970-1972, undated Knapp Commission-Police Investigation 18 13
1970-1972, undated Knapp Commission-Police Investigation 18 14
1970-1972, undated Knapp Commission-Police Investigation 18 15
1991 Latin America 19 1
1980 Latino Businesses 19 2
1991-1992, undated Latinos in the United States 19 3
1958-1961, undated Maldonado, Virginia 19 4
1978-1981, undated Mathew, Alfredo, Jr.-Director of Community School District Affairs 19 5
1971-1974, undated Migrant Education Study Proposal 19 6
1982-1983, undated Minority Business Development and Marketing Associates 19 7
1970 Model Cities of Spanish Conference 19 8
1956-1970, undated Muñoz Marín, Luis-Governor of Puerto Rico 19 9
1956-1970, undated Muñoz Marín, Luis-Governor of Puerto Rico 19 10
1956-1970, undated Muñoz Marín, Luis-Governor of Puerto Rico 19 11
1956-1962, undated Muñoz Marín, Luis-Speeches 20 1
1971 National Project on Ethnic America 20 2
1971 New Jersey State College-English as a Second Language 20 3
1990-1992 New York Politics 20 4
1970 New York State Assembly 20 5
undated New York State Board of Regents 20 6
1971 New York State Legislative Correspondents Association 20 7
1969-1992, undated Newspaper Clippings-General 20 8
1970-1972, undated Newspaper Clippings-Puerto Rico 20 9
1972-1977, undated NOAH Production Company 20 10
undated “Open Sesame” 20 11
1972 Phi Delta Kappa Biennial Conference 20 12
1991-1992, undated Police Brutality 20 13
1970 Police Brutality-Raymond Lavon, Death in the Manhattan House of Detention 20 14
1988 Police Students Guide-Ethnic Groups 20 15
undated Preliminary Investigation into the Cross-Dialectal Comprehension of Puerto Rican and Chicano Four Year Olds 20 16
1977 Problems of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Communities in New York-Conference 20 17
1971 Proposal for a Student Community Action Seminar 20 18
1980-1992, undated Puerto Rican Agricultural Workers 21 1
1972 Puerto Rican Communities in the City University of New York 21 2
1955-1972, undated Puerto Rican Communities in the United States 21 3
undated Puerto Rican Experience: An Educational Research Study 21 4
1969 Puerto Ricans in Urban Connecticut 21 5
1989 Puerto Rican/Latino Education Round Table 21 6
1989 Puerto Rican/Latino Education Round Table 21 7
1969 Puerto Rican Operation Dialogue 21 8
1990-1991, undated Puerto Rican Plebiscite 21 9
1970-1971, undated Puerto Ricans and Education 21 10
undated “The Puerto Ricans” Film for Television and Common Distribution 21 11
1971-1992, undated Puerto Ricans in the United States 22 1
1977-1992, undated Puerto Rico 22 2
1970, undated Puerto Rico: A Story of Success 22 3
1959-1962, undated Puerto Rico Department of Labor-Migration Division 22 4
1983, undated Puerto Rico Port Authority 22 5
1973, undated Puerto Rico Workshops 22 6
1970 Que Tal Amigos Television- Educational Television Production 22 7
1990-1992 Race Issues 22 8
1972 Race Resources and Achievement-by Paul Ritterhand 22 9
1973-1974 Racial Distribution in Public Schools 22 10
1971, undated Rafael Cordero School 22 11
1975-1976 Religious Instruction 22 12
undated Resumes 22 13
undated Rodríguez Muñoz, Juan 22 14
1969, undated School Decentralization 22 15
1973 School Prevention of Addiction Through Rehabilitation and Knowledge 22 16
1973 School Segregation-New York City Public Schools 22 17
undated Schomburg, Arthur A. 22 18
1972-1973 School Zoning 22 19
1970-1971 Sesame Street 22 20
undated Spanish-Speaking-Community Relations Program 22 21
1974, undated Spanish-Speaking Programs Conference 22 22
1976-1977 Special Education 22 23
1969-1970, undated Students Rights and Responsibilities 22 24
1973-1974, undated Testing and Racial Bias 23 1
1973-1974, undated Testing and Racial Bias 23 2
1990-1992, undated Voting and Elections 23 3
1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth 23 4
1969 WPIX Television Station 23 5
1982 Hispanic Panorama OS 1
undated Instituto de Cultura celebra aniversario OS 2
1976-1977 Serie literatura hoy OS 3
1988 State of Education OS 4
1969 The Center Forum OS 5
1970 March-April Some Representative Financial and Business and Views of Puerto Rico OS 6
1973 Intar’s Workshop Production of La Visita OS 7


Series VII: Photographs
Dates: 1967-1993
Scope and Content Note:

The images in this series document Monserrat’s private and public life showing his participation in a range of social, cultural and political activities. Contained are photos related to Board of Education events, public hearings from the Department of Puerto Rican Community Affairs in the United States, and public events during his tenure as Director of the Migration Division. There are also photos of activities of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico in New York.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1969-1974, undated Board of Education 23 6
1969-1974, undated Board of Education 23 7
1993 Departamento de Asuntos de la Comunidad Puertorriqueña en los Estados Unidos 23 8
1968-1971 Migration Division 23 9
1967, undated Personal 23 10


Series VIII: Appointment Books
Dates: 1969, 1975
Scope and Content Note:

Included are appointment books from the years 1969 and 1975. They record Monserrat’s daily activities. Among the notable people that appear are Albert Shanker, Marta Valle, Robert García, Franklin Delano López, Gilberto Gerena Valentín, Bobby Capó and Ruth Fernández.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1969 Standard Diary 24 1
1975 Standard Daily Journal 24 2


Series IX: Directories
Dates: undated
Scope and Content Note:

Contained here are two rolodexes with names and addresses of various individuals, organizations, businesses, and government officials from Puerto Rico and the U.S. They are significant because they demonstrate Monserrat’s extensive contacts and his public prominence.



Dates Contents Box Folder
undated Directories 25 1
undated Directories 25 2


Series X: Plaques
Dates: 1969-1983
Scope and Content Note:

This series consists of four plaques awarded to Monserrat in 1969, 1973 and 1983.



Dates Contents Box Folder
1983 Parada San Juan Bautista Presenta a Joe Monserrat-Orador Principal del Banquete y Parada 26 1
1969 Presented to José Monserrat for Devoted Service to the Puerto Rican Community of New York City-Nathan Hale I.S. 293 26 2
1973 Presented to Joseph Monserrat by P.S. 16 26 3
1969 Presented to Joseph Monserrat by the Puerto Rican Committee for Better Human Relations 26 4