The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Digital Collection illustrates the rich history of the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) in Chicago. The PRCC is a non-profit community based organization established in 1973 by the Puerto Rican and the Latina/o community in Chicago to address both the social and cultural needs of the community. The philosophy of the center emphasizes self-determination, self-actualization and the importance of critical thought. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center includes several affiliated organizations. These organizations include: the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center; the Andres Figueroa Cordero Memorial Library and Community Information Center; Café Teatro Batey Urbano; La Voz del Paseo Boricua; Vida/SIDA, La Casita de Don Pedro; Co-op Humboldt Park; Humboldt Park Participatory Democracy Project; Lolita Lebron Family Center, Community Organized for Obesity Prevention Humboldt Park [COOP HP]; Barrio Arts, Communication and Cultural Academy [BACCA]; and the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School.
The Puerto Rican Cultural Center was located on North Claremont Avenue in the West Town neighborhood in Chicago before moving to its current location on West Division Street near Humboldt Park (in West Town). Two large steel Puerto Rican flags mark the half-mile strip of Division Street that is known as Paseo Boricua. The center is located on the west end of the strip.
The digital images in the collection were produced as part of a collaborative project between the Special Collections Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the University of Illinois Graduate School of Information and Library Science, and the PRCC. Materials in the collection include printed documents (newspaper, flyers, programs and books), photographs, and ephemera produced and published by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and now housed in the Special Collections Department at UIC. This project was funded by a generous Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awarded by the Illinois State Library under Jesse White, Secretary of State.