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Archivo General de Puerto Rico

Address: Avenida Ponce de León, 500. Puerta de Tierra. San Juan
Tel.: (00 1) 787 725-1060
Contact: archivogeneral@icp.gobierno.pr
Website: http://www.icp.gobierno.pr/agp/index.htm

This archive contains some collections of interest for studying Spanish emigration during the 19th century.

Real Hacienda

This conserves a volume of the Registro de Pasajeros (Passenger Register) from the first half of the 19th century.

Departamento de Estado. Serie: Declaraciones de Nacionalidad

As in Cuba, when the Spanish-American came to an end in 1898, and in keeping with the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Spanish nationals residing in Puerto Rico who wished to maintain their nationality had to make a declaration before a municipal judge. These nationality declarations included the following details: Name of the subject, age, status, place of origin (municipality and province), address in Puerto Rico and family details. The declarations, arranged according to files for minors and adults and dated from 1899 to 1901, are identified by municipality and stored in 8 boxes.

Capitanía General, Asuntos Políticos y Civiles. Serie: Pasaportes

This collection holds a series of passports dating from between 1795 and 1889.

National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region (New York City)

Address: 201 Varick Street 12th Floor. New York, NY 10014
Tel.: (00 1) 866-840-1752
Contact: newyork.archives@nara.gov
Website: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/nyc/

All the documentation issued after Puerto Rico came to be governed by the United States when Spain lost its last colonial possessions is not held in Puerto Rico but rather in the United States National Archives, where records on passenger arrival and departure from the island are held.

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