Feb 7 Panel: Primary Sources for Latin American and Latino Studies

Latin American and Latino archives are rich and sometimes mysterious places. CUNY and NYPL librarians and archivists assemble at the Bildner Center February 7 to highlight their collections and to share tips and strategies with researchers.

Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue), Room 9204

When: February 07, 2019: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Admission is free and open to the public.

To register, email bildner@gc.cuny.edu


Sara Aponte, Chief Librarian, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Sarah Aponte is Chief Librarian of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College of New York and Associate Professor at The City College Libraries, teaching courses on Dominican Studies and bibliographical instruction. She founded the Dominican Library in 1994 with donations of books and other materials by the Council of Dominican Educators. She regularly assists scholars and students conducting research on Dominican issues. Prof. Aponte holds an M.L.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Queens College; an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College; a B.A. in International Studies from the City College of New York; and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Hostos Community College.

Cheryl Beredo, Curator, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL

Cheryl Beredo is Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. At the Schomburg Center, she develops collections that document the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the world, with a concentration on the Americas and the Caribbean. Previously, Cheryl was Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives at Cornell University.

Pedro Juan Hernández, Senior Archivist, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College

Pedro Juan Hernández is the Senior Archivist in the Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, CUNY since 2004. He has devoted his professional life to the preservation and dissemination of the Puerto Ricans Stateside historical legacy, four years as the Head Archivist in the Department of the Puerto Rican Community Affairs (1989-1993), and twenty-five years (1993-2018) at Centro which included tenure as Acting Head of the Centro Library and Archives. In addition, he participated in several noteworthy projects, including exhibitions: “Nueva York, 1613-1945” at El Museo del Barrio (2010-2011), “El Barrio: Puerto Rican New York” at the Museum of the City of New York (2005), “Labor” at Hunter College East Harlem Gallery (2011-20120, as well as the coauthoring Pioneros Puerto Ricans in New York City, part I and II. He was NYC Project Coordinator for the “Ventana al pasado: Building a Latino/Hispanic Virtual Research Collection” of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thomas Lannon, Assistant Director, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, NYPL

Thomas Lannon joined NYPL in 2004 as an archivist interested in American history, especially New York City history. He currently oversees public service activities in the Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room for Rare Books and Manuscripts. His curatorial and outreach activities focus on expanding the use of NYPL’s unique and distinctive collections as well as building on the strengths of the manuscript collection. Lannon is active in the American Historical Association and the NYC Archivists Round Table. He received an MLS from Pratt Institute. Thomas was part the NYPL’s Early American Manuscript project that digitized 50,000 items from the historic manuscript collections, and helped to make archival acquisitions including the the papers of Timothy Leary, Tom Wolfe, and the archives of the New York Review of Books.


Araceli Tinajero, Professor, City College and The Graduate Center, CUNY (Moderator)

Araceli Tinajero, (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1999) was born and raised in Mexico City. Before joining CUNY, she taught Japanese language at the University of Wales in Great Britain and Spanish and Latin American Literature at Middlebury College and Yale University. She is the co-founder of the Mexico Study Group at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies where she has been a fellow for more than a decade, and the founder of La Colección Mexicana/The Mexican Collection at CCNY Libraries. Tinajero is the Book Review Editor of the journal Asia / América Latina.

Paloma Celis Carbajal, Curator for Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies, The New York Public Library

Paloma Celis Carbajal joined this past September the NYPL. For the past fourteen years she served as the Bibliographer for Ibero-American Studies and Romance Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this institution she founded and developed the most comprehensive cartonera collection and created the Cartonera Publishers Database. She has published, presented and organized conferences on this topic. Paloma was the president of the Seminar for Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) for 2016 and organized its LXI annual international conference: “Nuestro norte es el sur: Mapping Resistance and Resilience in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies”. She holds an MA in Spanish Literature and an MLS from UW-Madison.

Silvia Cho, Liaison for LAILAC and CLACLS, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Silvia is the Graduate Center Library’s liaison to the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures program, as well as to the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) and the MALS program’s Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies track. Her areas of publication and research have included open access and global scholarly inclusion, with particular reference to Cuba; the representation of immigrants in the Library of Congress cataloging system; and multicultural users’ library use, among other library and information science topics. She holds an MLS from Queens College and an MA with a concentration on International Migration from the Graduate Center, CUNY.


The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies is the organizer for the event.

About the Author

Resource Sharing Librarian, Graduate Center Library.