Chun, Joseph, H. J., b. 1912. Papers, 1945-1991.
(1 linear ft.)
Joseph Chun was born in Korea and came to the United States in 1980, settling in Philadelphia. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, sheet music, miscellaneous printed materials, and uncataloged photographs. In English and Korean.

Clark, Dennis, 1927-1992. Papers, 1866-1989.
(12 linear ft.)
A historian and foundation administrator, Clark wrote extensively on the Irish immigrant in urban society and Irish life in Philadelphia. The collection consists primarily of research materials, including research papers, drafts of Clark's writings, articles and clippings, correspondence, manuscripts, book reviews, and cassettes. Also present are materials relating to the Clan-na-Gael of Philadelphia. The collection contains unprocessed additions, which are not yet available at HSP. Clark's diaries are available on microfilm. In English.

Clark, Dennis, 1927-1992. Photograph, n.d.
(1 print)
Portrait of Joseph Garrity.

Congreso de Latinos Unidos. Records, 1970-1990.
(4 folders.)
The collection contains printed materials and ephemera concerning the Congreso and its activities. In English.

Covello, Leonard, 1887-1982. Papers, 1907-1974.
(54 linear ft. of papers and 1.25 linear ft. of photographic negatives.)
Covello was born in Avigliano, Basilicata, Italy, and immigrated to East Harlem, New York City, with his family in 1896. He was a teacher and administrator in the New York City public school system, author of The Social Background of the Italo-American School Child and other studies, and a leader in the intercultural education movement and in the Italian-American community. The papers document Covello's career as a teacher at DeWitt Clinton High School, principal of Benjamin Franklin High School, East Harlem, and educational consultant to the Migration Division of the Puerto Rican Department of Labor, as well as his research on Italian-American immigrants and Puerto Ricans, especially in East Harlem, and his activities in the Italian-American community. The collection includes correspondence, his files as an educator, extensive research and writing files, records from organizations, and printed materials. In English.

Curtis Family. Papers, 1838-1905.
(0.25 linear ft.)
The collection contains letters to John Curtis and his mother, Bridget, living in Philadelphia, from family members living in Belfast and Mountmellick, Ireland, which describe conditions during the famine in Ireland and discuss family news and plans for emigration. Also included are a copy book and miscellaneous family documents. In English.

Estampas Columbianas. Records, 1989-1991.
(2 folders.)
Estampas Columbianas is a dance troupe founded in Philadelphia ca. 1987, which specializes in Columbian dances. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, flyers, and uncataloged photographs. In English and Spanish.

Fifth Street Merchants Association. Records, 1975-1987.
(0.5 linear ft.)
The Fifth Street Merchants Association was formed in 1975 to represent the interests of merchants within the so-called "Golden Block," the Fifth Street corridor bordered by Lehigh Avenue on the north and Allegheny Avenue on the south in North Philadelphia. Membership consisted primarily of Spanish-speaking persons, namely Puerto Ricans, who were numerically the largest group in the neighborhood. The organization engaged in a variety of activities, namely the sponsorship of workshops and advertising promotions to foster business in the area. The Fifth Street Merchants Association also worked to provide a link between merchants and the surrounding residential community and frequently acted as a liaison between the city government and the district, lobbying for municipal services such as better police protection and street repairs. This collection is made up of a small amount of meeting minutes, correspondence, and financial statements and receipts. While the collection contains minutes from a 1987 meeting, the primary focus is on the earlier period. Also included are a number of neighborhood maps that detail proposed Fifth Street parking improvements. In English and Spanish.

Grossman, Seth. Photographs, 1991.
(15 prints.)
Korean-American businesses, organizations, events, and individuals in Philadelphia. Produced for the Balch Institute Museum exhibition, "Growth of a Dream: the Korean American Experience."

Hispanic Federation for Social and Economic Development. Records, 1973-1985.
(10 linear ft. of papers and 1 folder of photographs.)
The Hispanic Federation for Social and Economic Development was a non-profit organization serving Puerto Ricans and Latinos in Philadelphia. Established in 1981, the organization mirrored the goals of its founder, attorney Luis P. Diaz, who perceived the need for an agency to serve as a middleman between the city's predominantly non-Hispanic banks, corporations, public agencies, and planning officials on the one hand and Philadelphia's growing - but socially and economically disadvantaged - population of Spanish-speaking inhabitants on the other. The Federation helped make resources and services available to a network of organizational members and affiliate groups made up of community-based organizations in Latino neighborhoods, until it went bankrupt in 1985. This collection is particularly rich in information that details the evolution of housing and community development programs involving Philadelphia-area Hispanics between 1981 and 1985. Included are correspondence, grant applications, reports, memoranda, financial records, newspaper clippings, project files for the Housing Initiative Program and the Human Services Program, and maps and other data collected by Federation staff during a 1982 Vacant Properties Survey of North Philadelphia. Portions of the collection are restricted. In English.

Hyun, Bong H., b. 1922. Papers, 1956-1992.
(2 folders.)
Bong Hak Hyun is a physician. He was born in Hamhung, Korea and came to the United States several times before settling in Pennsylvania in the 1950s. He has been active in Asian American organizations and has served as President of the Korean Medical Association of America, and trustee of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and of the Yenching Institute of Harvard University. The papers include clippings and other printed materials from the Korean American Students Conference (KASCON), in which Hyun was active, and from a retirement dinner given in Hyun's honor by the Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, and uncataloged photographs. In English and Korean.

The Latino Project. Records, 1962-1985.
(11.5 linear ft.)
The Latino Project, headed by attorney Luis P. Diaz, was a non-profit legal assistance and public advocacy organization that provided representation to Spanish-speaking groups and interests in Greater Philadelphia area. Until its demise in 1984, The Latino Project was particularly concerned with protecting and developing employment opportunities in the public and private sectors under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which forbade job discrimination on the basis of national origin) and providing legal representation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (which forbade the exclusion of Latinos from participating in any federally assisted program and required such programs to affirmatively benefit Puerto Ricans and other Spanish-speaking people). This collection consists of the files of the Latino Project from the mid-1970s through 1982. Included are correspondence, memoranda, minutes, grant applications, clippings, newsletters, and other items pertaining to the work of the project and its executive director, advisory board, and staff. Of special interest are legal case files and court proceedings documenting a number of discrimination cases involving the employment of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in Philadelphia. The files also reflect the organization's interest in bilingual education, expanding educational and employment opportunities for Hispanics, and in improving the delivery of general health care and mental health services for Spanish-speaking clients. In English.

Lynch Family. Papers, 1799-1821.
(0.2 linear ft.)
Patrick Lynch (ca. 1782-1819) was born in Dublin and came to the United States ca. 1803, establishing himself as a merchant in Bennington, Vermont. His wife Charlotte Gray Lynch (1789-1873) was born in the United States. Lynch served in the War of 1812, possibly as topographer to General Swift. The collection contains correspondence, primarily letters from Lynch to his wife; sheets from a journal he kept in 1814; and three maps of Ireland, two of which were drawn by Lynch. In English.

Magee Family. Photograph, 1895.
(1 mounted print)
Portrait of family group.

Maguire, Joseph A. Letter, 1908.
(1 page)
In this letter to George E. Kirkpatrick of Philadelphia, Maguire inquires about a position as a watchman or usher. In English.

Negron Family. Photographs, 1960-1970.
(24 prints.)
Family groups, activities and ceremonies; Puerto Rico and Philadelphia.

Puerto Rican Week Festival. Records, 1979-1987.
(0.5 linear ft.)
Philadelphia's annual Puerto Rican Week Festival (Festival Puertorriqueno Filadelfia) was held for the first time in 1964. Sponsored by the city's Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, the festival has since grown to include a full week of activities surrounding the celebration of Puerto Rican Day (the last Sunday of September). Among the festivities are a grand parade, banquet, Miss Puerto Rico-Philadelphia pageant, a mini-Olympics, Latino music and dance programs, and speeches focusing on the goals and needs of Philadelphia's Hispanics. This collection spans the years 1979-1987, with particularly rich documentation generated by the 1981 Festival and its president Gualberto Medina. Materials include committee membership lists, meeting minutes, agendas, financial records, and correspondence. In English and Spanish.

Rivera, Ramonita and José. Papers, 1976-1991.
(1 linear ft.)
The collection contains correspondence, financial and membership records, and other materials from American Legion Post #840 in Philadelphia, the membership of which is primarily Puerto Rican; and constitutions, correspondence, minutes, printed matter, and other materials from American Legion auxiliaries and from the Council of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (Concilio). In English and Spanish.

Rothman, Ina. Photographs, 1984-1985.
(12 prints.)
Puerto Rican salsa bands performing in night clubs and ethnic social clubs in Philadelphia.

Spanish Merchants Association. Records, 1970-1988.
(68 linear ft.)
The Spanish Merchants Association was founded in 1970 by Puerto Rican businessmen in Philadelphia to distribute Minority Business Development Agency funds in the Latino community. Initially created to foster the growth of local Latino businesses, the association increasingly focused on housing, food, and other entitlement programs in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The organization was dissolved in 1989. The collection includes financial and other administrative records, and records from affiliated and associated organizations. In English and Spanish.

Stemons, Joseph Samuel, 1870-1959. Papers, 1894-1922.
(1.75 linear ft.)
James Samuel Stemons was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and settled in Philadelphia ca. 1900. A postal worker, journalist and writer, he served as the editor of two short-lived African-American newspapers: The Philadelphia Courant and the Pilot. He was also active in several civic organizations. An outspoken advocate for equal industrial opportunities for Blacks, he lectured and published extensively on race relations. He served as Field Secretary of the Joint Organization of the Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities and the League of Civic and Political Reform. The collection documents Stemons' personal and professional life, and includes correspondence, printed materials, writings, clippings, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel. In English.

Yang Family. Photographs, 1960-1970.
(26 prints.)
Family groups, portraits and activities; Korea, Brazil and United States.