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Collection Overview
Title:Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service records
Dates: 1969-1999 (bulk 1971-1975)
Location:70/4
Call Number:M81
Volume: 0.45 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the activities of the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service in Boston. The collection includes bylaws, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and an interview of founder Conchita Rodriguez on audio cassette.
Historical Abstract:The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service was founded in 1961 to assist recent Puerto Rican immigrants to the Boston area with English and cultural adjustment. The program ended in 1975 and was taken over by Traveler's Aid.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Rodriguez, Conchita

  • Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service

  • Puerto Ricans -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Social service -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Latin Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social conditions

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Finding Aids: Travelers Aid Family Services (M187)
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Rachel Sandoval, November 2002; updated by Abigail Cramer, January 2013.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes the articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, and correspondence of the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service. Of special interest is an interview with Conchita Rodriguez in 1999 on two audio cassettes with accompanying transcriptions. The photographs are of members, the first family greeted by the Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service in 1971, and other activities.

Historical Note

During the early 1970s, a majority of Puerto Rico's population immigrated to the United States and settled in major metropolitan areas. The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service was founded in 1969 to assist Puerto Rican families that had recently immigrated to Boston. The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service was founded on the ideas of Conchita Rodriguez, whose previous activities included providing community-based bilingual education to Boston's Spanish speaking community and teaching Puerto Rican culture and history to the Boston Police Department. The mission was to help overcome cultural and language barriers, and ethnic prejudice faced by Puerto Rican and other Spanish-speaking immigrants. The Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Service members met new immigrants at Logan Airport to offer assistance, offered assistance to immigrants in emergency situations, passed out literature on available services, gathered names and addresses of families for additional help, made referrals to appropriate health and welfare agencies, and collected data on new Puerto Rican arrivals. On March 1, 1971, the program was officially launched with the cooperation of the Mayor's Office of Public Service, Traveler's Aid, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Pan American World Airlines, and Eastern Airlines. The program ended in 1975 and was taken over by Traveler's Aid.

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BoxTitleDate
1Articles of Incorporation1971
1Board Members and Volunteer List1971
1Board Minutes1971
1Bylaws1971
1Charitable Trust Filing1971
1Correspondence1971-1972
1Newsletters1986
1Photographs1971-1974
Rodriguez, Conchita
1Audio Cassettes1999
1Clippings, Correspondence, and Transcriptions1971-1999
1Photographs1969-1975
1Service Statistics1971
1 Travelers Aid Family Services: History of Merger 1959-1975