Columbia University to Adopt El Diario/La Prensa's Photo Archive, 9/17

Columbia University to Adopt El Diario/La Prensa's Photo Archive, 9/17

El Diario/La Prensa on its 100th Anniversary Celebration has partnered with Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library to preserve over 5,000 of its archival photographs. The announcement took place on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mary Woodward Lasker Building, 3960 Broadway, in Upper Manhattan.

As part of the partnership, CSER and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University have acquired the publication's photo collection for digitation, indexing, preservation and inclusion in the library's Latino Arts and Activism Collection.

"As a New York institution, our wish is to have the collection archived, preserved and accessible for generations to come. I value Columbia University's commitment and think this is a perfect partnership," said Rossana Rosado, Publisher of El Diario/La Prensa.

Detailed archival work on the collection will be conducted under the supervision of Michael T. Ryan, Director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. "This is probably one of the richest sources that we could have imagined. We are really quite privileged and honored to be the custodians of this world class archive and are grateful to El Diario/La Prensa in its Centenial Year for making it available to us," Ryan Said.

Also as part of the partnership, Columbia and El Diario/La Prensa are launching simultaneous exhibits at locations including the King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University; Hostos Community College, in the Bronx; CSER at Columbia University's main campus; the Russ Berrie Medical Pavillion, and the Mary Woodward Lasker building at Columbia University Medical Center. The exhibit called "In The Headlines: Latino New Yorkers 1980-2001" will be followed by numerous events hosted by El Diario/La Prensa in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. Each venue will showcase a curated selection of photographic reproductions, newspaper articles, and frontpages, thematically designed to highlight Latino social, cultural, economic and political, growth in New York City, as seen through the pages of El Diario/La Prensa.

Rosado also announced other special events and partnerships commemorating the Centennial of El Diario/La Prensa, which include music, a theater festival and gala at Grand Central Terminal, as well as functions at the New York Historical Society, and other landmarks. On October 12th, 2013, the exact day of the newspaper's 100th Anniversary, the Empire State Building will be lit in blue and red,El Diario/La Prensa's signature colors, in honor of the publication's centennial.