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Name of Creator:La Alianza Hispana
Title:La Alianza Hispana records
Date:1960-1999 (bulk 1975-1995)
Reference Code:M55
Location Code:67/1-4, 68/4, FF4/D7
Extent:86.50 cubic ft. (87 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of La Alianza Hispana document the founding, administration, and programs of this pioneering Latino social service agency; its personnel and financial operation; its fund-raising activities; and its role within the Latino community from 1969 and in the Boston community at large.
Historical Abstract:La Alianza Hispana was begun in 1968 by Ana Maria Rodríguez, teacher of English as a second language at the Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Noticing the impoverished conditions of her Latino students, Rodríguez, along with fellow teacher Betsy Tregar, started meeting at Denison House in Roxbury with Latino parents to begin addressing their needs. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Latino community of Boston became very active in the city's civic, social, and political life. Primarily residing in the South End, Roxbury, and Dorchester, Latinos began organizing to advocate for their civil rights and access to social services. La Alianza Hispana was the first Latino organization of the Roxbury/North Dorchester area of Boston.
Arrangement:Organized into 8 series: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Director; 2. Administrative Support Team; 3. Education; 4. Latino Family Counseling Center; 5. Public Health Center; 6. Elder Services; 7. Youth Development Unit; and 8. Audio/Visual Materials.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Badillo, Richard
  • Carrera, Tamara
  • Garcia, Frieda
  • Garcia, Neftali
  • Martinez, Carlos
  • Merced, Nelson
  • Perez Felix, Liana
  • Prado, Luis
  • Rios, Nestor
  • Rodriguez, Angeles
  • Rodriguez, William

  • Council of Administrators of Hispanic Agencies (Boston, Mass.)
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
  • Hispanic Office for Planning and Evaluation (Boston, Mass.)
  • La Alianza Hispana (Boston, Mass.) -- Records and correspondence
  • La Alianza Hispana (Boston, Mass.)
  • Puerto Rican Entering and Settling Services (Boston, Mass.)
  • Spanish Alliance (Boston, Mass.)

  • Adult education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Community organization -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Education, Bilingual -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Hispanic Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social conditions
  • Hispanic Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Hispanic Americans -- Services for -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Human Services -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Social conditions
  • Puerto Ricans -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Puerto Ricans -- Mental health services -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Vocational education -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Publishing Permissions:Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

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Processor:Finding aid prepared by Maria R. Estorino, Michelle Maing and Kendra Van Cleave. This collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission., June 2000