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Title: Dept. of History. Latin America and the Caribbean in Boston student projects.
Dates:1998
Location:31/3
Call Number:A78
Volume:0.5 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection consists of five student reports, including essays and photographs, that were completed for History 1537 in Spring 1998. The reports describe Brazilian, Dominican, Haitian, and Puerto Rican communities in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University offers an undergraduate minor in Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, an interdisciplinary course of study in history, music, political science, language, and sociology/anthropology. History 1537, "Latin American and the Caribbean in Boston," is one of five undergraduate history courses offered in the program. In 1998, the class was taught by Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, assistant professor of history, 1994-1999, and interim director of the Northeastern University Latino/a Student Cultural Center, 1977-1999.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Matos Rodriguez, Felix V.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Dept. of History
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Latino/a Student Cultural Center
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). -- Students

  • Brazilian Americans -- Massachusetts
  • Dominican Americans -- Massachusetts
  • Haitian Americans -- Massachusetts
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts
  • Neighborhoods -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Linda Carroll, April 2004

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes reports submitted by five groups of students enrolled in the undergraduate course History 1537 during Spring semester 1998. The reports contain essays, photographs, and negatives documenting Brazilian, Dominican, Haitian, and Puerto Rican communities in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The reports describe a Brazilian-Portuguese neighborhood in Cambridge, the Cathedral Housing Development in Boston, the Dominican community of Center Street in Jamaica Plain, the Haitian Multi-Service Center in Roxbury/Dorchester, and the Puerto Rican community in Boston's South End.

Historical Note

Northeastern University offers an undergraduate minor in Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, an interdisciplinary program in history, music, political science, language, and sociology/anthropology. In addition to taking classes, students participate in co-operative education opportunities, community-based internships, and study-abroad programs. History 1537, "Latin American and the Caribbean in Boston," one of five undergraduate history courses offered in the program, is described in the 1998 Undergraduate Catalog: "Explores the experiences of Latin American and Caribbean origin groups - particularly Brazilians, Central Americans, Dominicans, Haitians, Puerto Ricans and West Indians - in twentieth century Boston. Studies the historical, economic, political and cultural forces affecting immigration from each country. " In 1998, the class was taught by Assistant Professor Felix V. Matos Rodriguez.

Felix V. Matos Rodriguez (1962- ) grew up in San Juan and has lived in the northeastern United States since 1980. He graduated cum laude from Yale University in Latin American Studies, and earned two master's degrees and a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University. Rodriguez was assistant professor of history at NU from 1994 to 1999 and interim director of Northeastern University's Latino/a Student Cultural Center, founded in 1997. He left Northeastern in 1999 for Hunter College, City University of New York, where he became director of The Center for Puerto Ricans Studies, as well as tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. He has authored several publications on the role of women in Puerto Rican social history and on the history of Puerto Rican communities in the United States.

In 2003 the course History 1537 was changed to HST U 432 during the semester conversion process.

Bibliography

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/advancement/publicrelations/news/2000/matos/matos.html, accessed March 12, 2004.

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/blpr/matos.html, accessed March 12, 2004.

http://www.dac.neu.edu/lscc/main.htm, accessed March 12, 2004.
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BoxTitleDate
1"Brazil Update: Living in Cambridge"1998
1"Cathedral Housing Development: A Puerto Rican enclave in Boston"1998
1"The Dominican Community of Center Street, Jamaica Plain: A photographic essay"1998
1"Haitian Community"1998
1"The Puerto Rican community through its own eyes"1998