Frank Espada photographs and papers, 1946-2010

Espada, Frank, 1930-


45 linear ft., approximately 16, 440 items.
Organized into the following series: Contact Sheets and Proofs; Negatives; Loose Proofs; Manuscript Materials; Prints; Audiovisual Materials; and Oversize Materials.
Collection consists largely of black-and-white photographic prints, contact sheets, proofs, and negatives, chiefly dating from the mid-1960s through 2010, relating to Espada's Puerto Rican diaspora documentary project, his project work on indigenous Chamorro communities in Micronesia, and his documentary work on HIV/AIDS outreach and education in San Francisco. The Puerto Rican Diaspora materials include over 100 oral history recordings. A smaller group of photographic and manuscript materials derive from Espada's participation in civil rights movements on behalf of voter registration and school desegregation in New York City, 1962-1970, and discriminatory housing and poverty, primarily in California. Other materials include research files on other documentary topics he was currently investigating; materials related to exhibits; teaching materials from his photography courses; and other manuscript and printed materials from his career. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
Frank Espada was a political activist and documentary photographer. One of his largest projects was the National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project, 1979-1981.
Access restricted. Original audio recordings are closed.
Collection guide is available online.

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