Princeton University Library celebrates acquisition of Alma Concepción archive

Alma Concepción gives opening remarks during her archive unveiling.

Alma Concepción gives opening remarks during her archive unveiling. Photo credit: Brandon Johnson

Dozens of visitors from Princeton, Trenton, New York, Chicago, and other parts of the country came to Princeton University on Thursday, November 2 for “Dance, Literature and Comunidad,” a celebration of the life and of the opening of the archives of Puerto Rican dancer, educator, choreographer, and independent scholar Alma Concepción. 

The first part of the celebration featured a captivating performance by Alicia Díaz and Sebastián Guerrero and a book presentation of “Habitar lo imposible: danza y experimentación en Puerto Rico” by Susan Homar and Nibia Pastrana. During the second part, a welcoming reception was followed by an exhibition of selected documents from the Archivo de Alma Concepción in Special Collections, Firestone Library. The event was co-sponsored by Princeton University Library, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS).

The collection, which is now available for use, was acquired by Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez, Librarian for Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and Iberian Peninsular Studies, and Jennifer Garcon, Librarian for Modern and Contemporary Special Collections, and processed by Armando Suarez, Processing Archivist for Latin American Manuscripts Collections.

 Brandon Johnson.

Special Collections visitors view the Alma Concepción archive. Photo credit: Brandon Johnson.

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Published on November 9, 2023 

Media Contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications