The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth will hold a public dedication of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Clare T. Carney University Library, on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 4 p.m.
The Archives are named after Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira, a founder of Portuguese-American radio back in 1933, whose daughter, Otilia Ferreira, made the lead gift to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Endowment.
National in scope, the Archives contain papers of Portuguese-Americans distinguished in politics, business, law, entertainment, the arts and literature. Among its holdings are genealogical records, newspapers, books, recordings, family photographs, scrapbooks and correspondence that document social history, illustrating the collective experience of immigration, settlement and life in the United States.
Collections include the literary papers of noted immigrant author Alfred Lewis, original runs and microfilms of newspapers like the Diário de Notícias, Portuguese Times and O Jornal, the televised interview program “The Portuguese Around Us,” the Ferreira-Mendes Radio Recordings (from the 1940s), and the American-Portuguese Genealogical and Historical Society Collection.
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