UMass Dartmouth, located in a region with one of the highest concentrations of Portuguese-Americans, will celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the opening of the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives this Thursday October 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Claire T. Carney Library. Remarks will be offered by UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman, Otilia Ferreira, Dean of Library Services Terry Burton, Congressman Bill Keating, and members of the Massachusetts legislative delegation.
The Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives are named for the pioneer Portuguese-language radio and newspaper personality, Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira, whose daughter, Otilia Ferreira, is the Archives' major sponsor. The Archives house the largest collection of historical material documenting the experience of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in the United States.
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.