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Series I: Alphabetical Photograph Files, circa 1970-2000
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in two series. Series I is arranged in alphabetical order. Series II is arranged in chronological order and then by staff photographer.
Scope and Content
Photographic materials in the collection came from various sources. Some photographic prints in Series I were created by the newspaper's staff photographers. However, Series I also contains thermal facsimile photographs from news agencies and publicity photographs of entertainers. Many of the publicity photographs promote performers based in New York City, or performers based in Latin America and the Caribbean whose careers may not otherwise be well-documented in the United States.
Photographic negatives, prints, and contact sheets by the
Local events documented in the collection include New York City parades, protests, press conferences, arts and cultural events, community events, and crimes. Staff photographers were assigned to cover many of these events, and the resulting photographs can be found in Series II. Events of national and international significance are primarily documented as news agency photographs in Series I. Noteworthy personalities include sports stars, musicians, actors, politicians, and high-profile criminals. Photographs of personalities are present in both series.
Though the history of El Diario/La Prensa spans more than a century, materials from the photograph morgue dating from prior to the 1970s no longer exist. Some materials were gradually lost or discarded in the course of several El Diario/La Prensa newsroom relocations. A 1992 flood in the El Diario/La Prensa offices on Varick Street, caused by a water main break, also destroyed a significant amount of material.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Researchers must wear gloves when handling photographs and negatives.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); El Diario/La Prensa Photograph Morgue; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
La Prensa - CLIO record for bound volumes of La Prensa, prior to its 1963 merger with El Diario de Nueva York, 1929-1962.
El Diario/La Prensa - CLIO record for bound volumes of El Diario/La Prensa.
El Diario/La Prensa - CLIO record for digital editions of El Diario/La Prensa, dated 1996-2009.
No additions are expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed by Celeste Brewer, Ciara Sternbenz (CC), and Michael Korte (GS 2015). Finding aid written by Celeste Brewer in March 2018.
Series I of the
Photograph files for noteworthy personalities or events and monthly files of negatives, contact sheets, and photographic prints created by staff photographers do seem to have both been maintained at the offices of
English- and Spanish-language folder titles that were present in the collection upon its arrival at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library were retained. Some materials, especially in Series II, were loose in boxes upon arrival. Those materials were placed in folders and supplied with titles in English.
Photographers' pay stubs and personal information regarding sick leave and other human resources matters were removed and destroyed. Photographic assignment expense reports and a Newspaper Guild union contract were retained as evidence of business operations at the newspaper.
All collection materials were placed in acid-free folders and housed in archival boxes. Negatives were placed in polyester sleeves.
2018-03-08 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Rafael Viera, a Spanish entrepreneur, founded