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Historical Portuguese Newspapers of California Digitized

from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Cultures Events page: http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/activities/events/events2012/120425.htm  

 The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of 14 Portuguese-language newspapers published in California between 1885 and 1940 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with the J.A. Freitas Library, a special collections library privately owned and operated by the Supreme Council of P.F.S.A. in San Leandro, CA, which provided the original newspapers.

This unique collection, which includes some of the earliest known Portuguese-language newspapers in the U.S., such as O Progresso Californiense, first published in July of 1885, may be accessed through the Internet for free and without a password at http://lib.umassd.edu/archives/paa/PADigitalNewsColl.html. Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed in its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection.

A formal presentation of the online site that houses the collection will take place

  • Saturday, April 28 at 6:00 PM in the J.A. Freitas Library, 1120-24 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA.
    Archivist Sonia Pacheco of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, who supervised the digitization, will provide an overview of the project and demonstrate the use of the site.

Similar presentations will also be held at the

  • Portuguese Historical Museum of San Jose on April 29th at 2:00 PM (History Park – San Jose, Phelan Ave. Entrance);
  • University of California, Berkeley on May 2nd;
  • Jose State University on May 3rd

For time and place please contact Prof. Deolinda Adã£o at 408-924-4022 or deolinda.adao@sjsu.edu. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The papers were digitized onsite at the J.A. Freitas Library by ArcaSearch of Minneapolis, MN. This process safeguarded the integrity of the fragile historical originals and created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations. ArcaSearch also provided preservation quality microfilm, which will serve as a backup for long-term preservation of the contents of the papers.

Information which in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of searching paper sources or reel after reel of microfilm is now available from the comfort of one’s home at the click of a computer mouse. “This collection of historical newspaper is an invaluable resource for the study of the Portuguese-American experience in California and beyond,” said Dr. Frank Sousa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, who initiated the Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project.

“Given the major role played by the Portuguese in California agriculture, especially the dairy industry, this collection is of paramount value to the understanding of the state’s history and economy,” stated Dr. Maria da Gloria de Sá, Faculty Director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, the major repository of historical materials about the Portuguese in the U.S. “Much of the information contained in these newspapers cannot be found elsewhere. Sociologists, historians, anthropologists, political scientists and other academics researching issues associated with immigration and ethnicity will also find it a valuable tool, as will those interested in local and family history. It’s the most comprehensive and accessible database available to students and academic researchers interested in Portuguese-related issues, as well as individuals tracing their family genealogy,” added Dr. de Sá.

Besides keeping Portuguese Americans informed about local, national, Portuguese and world news, these newspapers also played a major role in documenting social events and life. Religious festivals, club activities, charity appeals, and visits of prominent individuals were regularly announced; weddings, births and deaths reported; and news of the arrival and departure of vessels bringing new immigrants or taking them for a visit back to their homeland were featured along with the respective passenger lists. Photographs, drawings, advertisements and editorials give us a window into period fashions, patterns of consumption, the cost of goods, types of businesses owned by the Portuguese and the perspectives of this ethnic group on the political and social issues of the times.

The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of California is the second venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diãrio de Notã­cias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973. The initiative was made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Carlos César, President); Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of the project is to digitize major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or spacheco@umassd.edu.

Hybrid Identity and the Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis – A lecture by Prof. Frank F. Sousa – 5 P.M., May 10, 2012

What: A lecture by  Prof. Frank F. Sousa entitled: “Hybrid Identity and the Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis”
Where: Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library
When: May 10th, 2012, 5:00 P.M.

~ Free and open to the public ~ Light refreshments will be served ~

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth announce a lecture, “Hybrid Identity and the Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis,” by Prof. Frank F. Sousa, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, on Thursday, May 10 at 5:00 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (Parking lot 13). The lecture, free and open to the public, will include the launching of Lewis’s novel Home Is an Island. Light refreshments will be served.

Alfred Lewis (1902-1977) is the author of two published novels: Home Is an Island (Random House, 1951; Tagus Press, 2012) and Sixty Acres and a Barn (Tagus Press, 2005 and 1912). This lecture examines how these two works of fiction complement each other—the first treats life in the Old Country (Azores, Portugal) in the first quarter of the twentieth century, through the story of a young man who is about to emigrate to the America of his dreams, while the second is set in America, where the main character, a recent immigrant, pursues the American Dream on a dairy farm in the Central Valley of California during the 1940s. Both works call attention to the balancing act of dual identities and divided loyalties in individuals and communities on the margins between cultures. No other writer captures so well how the poor in the Azores viewed the promise of America and how Portuguese immigrants made a new life for themselves.

Alfred Lewis, born Alfredo Luís in the mid-Atlantic island of Flores, in the archipelago of the Azores, Portugal, was the son of a nineteenth-century whaleman who sailed the seven seas and eventually became a gold prospector in California, before returning to his homeland. Lewis himself immigrated to the Central Valley (Atwater) in 1922. Having learned English only after arriving in America, he nevertheless went on to study law and become a municipal judge in the San Joaquin Valley town of Los Baños.

Prof. Sousa’s lecture will conclude with the launching of a new, hardbound edition of Alfred Lewis’s classic novel, Home Is an Island, originally published by the prestigious Random House Publishers in 1951. The novel received much critical acclaim, including two reviews in the New York Times, and was highly praised by the well-known American novelist Patricia Highsmith, who wrote, “One does not often find a novel that reads like a poem, that tells a simple story in a simple prose, and yet is heroic, a novel of importance.”

Home Is an Island is volume 17 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England. The Tagus Press cloth edition, sponsored by the Luso-American Foundation, features a foreword by Congressman Devin Nunes and a preface by Frank F. Sousa.

Frank F. Sousa is professor of Portuguese and director of both the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is the author of O segredo de Eça, an often-cited work on Portugal’s foremost novelist of the nineteenth century.

Directions: The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access during library construction, as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and take the elevator to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right, to the Archives entrance.

For further information, contact 508-999-8686 or email jfarrar@umassd.edu.

UMass Dartmouth: The Original Intent Behind This Concrete Jungle – an exhibition May 1-6, 2012; Reception May 3rd 4 – 7 pm CVPA

What: UMass Dartmouth: The Original Intent Behind This Concrete Jungle – an exhibition
Where:  
Room 154, College of Visual and Performing Arts Building, UMassD Main Campus
When:  May 1 through May 6, 2012
~ free & open to the public ~ Reception:
May 3, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00
~ free refreshments and music~

First impressions are often incorrect; take a second look at the UMass Dartmouth campus through the eyes of the architect, Paul Rudolph. The exhibition entitled, UMass Dartmouth: The Original Intent Behind This Concrete Jungle, examines Rudolph’s design principles and his original intent for the campus. The exhibition challenges the misconceptions and the myths that surround the campus and provides insight into Rudolph’s innovative approach to modern architecture. The exhibition showcases original drawings, photographs, and artifacts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Archive.

For the first time, Art History students are curating an exhibition as part of the Senior Seminar practicum. All components of the exhibition: from creating and producing the catalog to the curation and installation of the exhibition have been done by the students. The exhibition is free and open to the public from May 1 through May 6, 2012 and is located in Room 154 in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Opening reception is May 3, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 and include free refreshments and music. Visitors are welcome.

For more information about this event, please contact adempsey@umassd.edu.

Azorean Immigration to the United States Through the Documents of One Family – A presentation by Michael Hall, deputy chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch – UMass Dartmouth Library – Thursday, April 12th, 6 PM

Antonio Brilhante FamilyWhat: Presentation by Michael Hall, deputy chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch on the Azorean Immigration to the United States Through the Documents of One Family
Where: Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Park in Lot 13)
When: Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 P.M.

~ Free and open to the public ~ Light refreshments will be served ~

On Campus Directions: For access during library construction as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and take the elevator to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right to the Archives entrance. 

Azorean Immigration to the United States Through the Documents of One Family

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives announces a presentation by Michael Hall, deputy chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch The event—free and open to the public—will take place on Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (Parking lot 13). Light refreshments will be served.

Titled “Immigration of Azoreans to the United States through the Documents of one Family,” the presentation will follow the journey of the Brilhante Family from the village of Relva, in São Miguel, Azores to Fall River, Massachusetts. The story will be told through the documents and eyes of Antonio Brilhante.  The history of Azorean immigration to the U.S. will unfold through the use of various governmental, ecclesiastical, and private documents that were created both in the Azores and the United States. This presentation will demonstrate how to use documents to recreate the history of a particular family or an ethnic group, but also the importance of preserving all documents for the use of the family historian and other researchers.  Selected family photos and newspaper articles will be interspersed throughout the presentation to give a feel of the life and experience of the Brilhante Family while illustrating common patterns of Azorean immigration to the U.S.

Michael J. Hall is the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world, headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, where he works with libraries and genealogical societies worldwide. He has a degree in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and his areas research include the Azores, from which his maternal ancestors immigrated to the United States, and the upper mid-west region of the United States. He is a member of the Genealogy and Local History Committee of the American Library Association, and will be its 2013 incoming chair. He also serves in a similar capacity on the International Federation of Libraries and Associations (IFLA). He has written various genealogical guides for the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access during library construction as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and take the elevator to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right to the Archives entrance.

For further information, contact 508-999-8695 or email spacheco@umassd.edu.

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and University Archives and Special Collections to Close for the Holidays

Christmas Greeting Image from early campus Torch  NewspaperThe Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the University’s Archives and Special Collections, located in the Claire T. Carney Library, will be closed for the holidays. Closure will begin on December 23rd at 4:00 pm and continue through January 2nd. The Archives will reopen with regular hours January 3rd. The current exhibition on display in the gallery, with selections from the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Archives, will continue through March 2012.

Information & graphic from University Archives & Special Collections Blog post: http://archivesblog.lib.umassd.edu/?p=430

Old Dartmouth Roots – UMassD Archivist, Judy Farrar, will take part in a series of talks on local history and genealogy organized by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, September 22 – 24

Chesed Shel Emes Hebrew class 1929-30

What: Old Dartmouth Roots: A Genealogy & Local History Symposium
Where: New Bedford Whaling Museum
When: September 22, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections will be participating in “Old Dartmouth Roots,” a series of talks on local history and genealogy organized by the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  On September 22 at  11:15 AM, UMass Dartmouth Archivist, Judy Farrar will be on a panel of local repositories to present an overview of the archives’ holdings.  At 1:30 PM on that same day she will be presenting a talk about the “History of Jewish New Bedford” and the role of oral history projects in documenting local and family history.

The Old Dartmouth Historical Society / New Bedford Whaling Museum are presenting the region’s first genealogy symposium, “Old Dartmouth Roots: A Genealogy & Local History Symposium” from September 22-24, 2011. The three day event will include presentations on local genealogical resources and collections, a primer on how to do a genealogy search, a guide to regional cemeteries, walking tours and more.

Father Alfredo Viera de Freitas’ View of America in 1939 – April 21st – UMass Dartmouth

What: A talk by historian Duarte Barcelos Mendonça entitled “Father Alfredo Vieira de Freitas’ View of America in 1939.”
Where:  Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, UMass Dartmouth Libary
When: Thursday, April 21, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

~ free and open to the public – A cocktail reception will follow. ~

In 1939, just before the beginning of World War II, Father Vieira, a young
Madeiran priest, professor, journalist and poet, visited the United States
for the first time. During his two-month stay in America, Father Vieira
traveled extensively throughout the East Coast, visiting several cities and
places. Apart from the Whaling City, he visited Cape Cod, Providence,
Newport, New York City and the Niagara Falls, to name but a few of his
destinations. Upon his return to Madeira, he published a series of 71
chronicles about his trip in a local newspaper. This talk, accompanied by a
PowerPoint presentation, focuses on the main aspects of his chronicles,
which were published as an annotated anthology by Duarte Mendonça, in 2009.

Presented by The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes
Portuguese-American Archives, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture
and the Museum of Madeiran Heritage.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access during library construction as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and proceed to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right to the Archives entrance.

For further information, contact Sonia Pacheco at 508-999-8684 or spacheco@umassd.edu.

 

Polish and American World War Veterans Auxiliary – UMass Dartmouth Archives and Special Collections Blog

Topic: Polish and American World War Veterans Auxiliary

The archives staff recently completed the processing of the records of the Polish and American World War Veterans Association Auxiliary, New Bedford post, dated 1938 to 2008.  These records were …. <Read more … >

Check out this new item on the:
UMass Dartmouth Archives and Special Collections Blog

http://jfarrar1895.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/polish-and-american-world-war-veterans-auxiliary/

Dr. João Leal speaks on the “Imperadores and Queens: Travels of a Ritual across the North Atlantic” and book launch of “Azorean Identity in Brazil and the United States: Arguments about History, Culture, and Transnational Connections” – March 24th, UMass Dartmouth

What: Talk by anthropologist, Dr. João Leal on the “Imperadores and Queens: Travels of a Ritual across the North Atlantic” and launch of his book: Azorean Identity in Brazil and the United States: Arguments about History, Culture, and Transnational Connections

Where: Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

When: 6:00 – 7:30 pm, March 24, 2011

Light refreshments will be served.

Please join us for the launch of Azorean Identity in Brazil and the United States: Arguments about History, Culture, and Transnational Connections published by Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

At the launching, the author, anthropologist, Dr. João Leal, will deliver a talk titled “Imperadores and Queens: Travels of a Ritual across the North Atlantic” and will be on hand to sign copies of the book

Dr. João Leal is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a senior researcher at CRIA (Centre for Anthropological Research) in Lisbon.  Dr. Leal’s presentation at the launching of Azorean Identity in Brazil and the United States will explore the importance of transnational links between Azorean communities in the Azores and the USA in the maintenance and transformation of the Holy Ghost festas. Based on two case studies carried out in the islands of Pico and Santa Maria, he will show how the innovations introduced into the Holy Ghost festas in the U.S. have transformed these rituals in their place of origin–the Azores.

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives are a joint collaboration between the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Claire T. Carney Library.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library.  For access during library construction as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and proceed to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right to the Archives entrance.

For further information, contact 508-999-8684 or email spacheco@umassd.edu.

 

 

Portuguese-Canadian Academic Underachievement and Parental Approaches Towards their Children’s Schooling” a lecture by Dr. Fernando Nunes – Nov. 18th – Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

What: Portuguese-Canadian Academic Underachievement and Parental Approaches Towards their Children’s Schooling” a lecture by Dr. Fernando Nunes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Where: Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives located in the Claire T. Carney Library

When: Thursday, November 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M.

The event is free and open to the public.

Based on a national, community-based study that was undertaken to uncover the barriers and support mechanisms influencing retention and academic achievement in Canada, the lecture will report the research’s preliminary findings for Portuguese-Canadian students and describe the common roles, approaches and responses of the parents of these youth to their children’s education. Dr. Nunes will also address the implications of the findings for current theory and policy, including anti-racism education, caste theory and the policy of Employment Equity.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives located in the Claire T. Carney Library.

Dr. Fernando Nunes holds a Ph.D. in the area of education and community development, and a M.Ed. in applied psychology, from the Multicultural Focus of OISE/UT, (the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education of the University of Toronto). He has conducted research on at-risk immigrant youth, the academic underachievement of Portuguese-Canadian children, Portuguese-Canadian immigrant women, and the Lusophone Diaspora; coordinated the first national study on the Portuguese in Canada, “Portuguese-Canadians: From Sea to Sea;” wrote the first monograph on the adaptation of the Portuguese in Canada– Problems and Adjustments of the Portuguese Immigrant Family in Canada;  and authored several research articles and reports on Portuguese Canadians.

Prior to his current position at Mount Saint Vincent University, he taught at OISE/UT, Brock, York and Ryerson Universities. He is affiliated with CERIS-Toronto (The Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement), and The Atlantic Metropolis Centre.

Dr. Nunes has also served as a board member of various community organizations, such as the Portuguese-Canadian National Congress, the Portuguese Interagency Network, Canadian National Institute for the Blind-Toronto and the Toronto Community Care Access Centre.  In the early 1980s, he also co-founded the first student-led Luso-Canadian student association, the York University Portuguese Association.

His current research activities focus on minority academic underachievement, the civic and political participation of Portuguese-Canadian youth, and the effectiveness of Canada’s model of immigration settlement services.  His most recent project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, is examining the barriers and support mechanisms to the education of Luso-Canadian youth, in five Canadian cities.

Directions:

For directions to the UMass Dartmouth campus, see http://www.umassd.edu/vtour/.  Please use Parking Lot 13.

Access to the archives during library construction is by way of the library basement and first floor exit.