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Luz Rodriguez Papers, 1945-2006 (Bulk: 1968-2006)
10 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: 539

Abstract:
Reproductive rights advocate. Papers include organization, conference, and symposia materials; appointment books; writings; educational records; correspondence; photographs; and memorabilia. They document Rodriguez's many professional activities, especially her activism in health and education for women of color, including SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective and the Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights. In addition they document her activities on behalf of Hispanics in New York City such as Baile Boricua Dance Company, Charas, and Dominican Womens' Development Center; as well as other neighborhood, educational, family-oriented, and health-related organizations and initiatives. There are also family materials, New York University course work and student papers, early correspondence, speeches, and writings.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions. Original audio-visual materials are closed to research.

Restrictions on use:

Luz Rodriguez retains copyright to material authored by her until her death, then her children retain rights to plays, original literary work, and academic term papers. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Luz Marina Rodriguez was born in New York City on March 7, 1956, and grew up on the Lower East Side. She was the eldest of three children of Elsa Rodriguez Vazquez and Luis Rodriguez Nieto, Sr., who had both recently emigrated from Puerto Rico as part of Operation Bootstrap, a government economic investment into the Puerto Rican economy. Her father held a variety of jobs, including electronics repair and night security work, while her mother sold Avon products.

After graduating from Seward Park High School in 1974, Rodriguez spent two years immersed in social and cultural activities in her Puerto Rican neighborhood, which became known as Loisaida (a Latino pronunciation of the Lower East Side). She was deeply involved in The Real Great Society, a gang outreach and community empowerment organization created in 1964 to engage youth in addressing local needs, especially sweat equity projects to create affordable housing. She was also an active participant in Charas/El Bohio, a cultural center where she taught Puerto Rican folkloric dance.

After studying dance at Pratt Institute, Rodriguez graduated from New York University as a dance therapy major in 1982. College research into the sterilization of, and birth control experimentation on, Puerto Rican women planted the seed of later reproductive rights activism.

Rodriguez defines herself as a servant-leader. She has continued to combine grassroots social justice work with administrative leadership in non-profit organizations, including Henry Street Settlement, East Side Family Resource Center, Dominican Women's Development Center, and Casa Atabex. In 1996 she became Executive Director of the Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights and played a critical role in the formation of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. In 2011, she become co-chair of the Management Circle of that organization. A specialist in organizational development and non-profit sustainability, Rodriguez currently serves as bilingual training coordinator at the New York City headquarters of the Foundation Center.

In 1994 in recognition for her advocacy work, Rodriguez was awarded a Windcall Residency, a retreat program for those who work for social justice. She is a published poet, playwright, aspiring sculptor, and she remains active in SisterSong. She was married to Norbeto Cruz and later divorced. She has two sons, Gabriel and Abran-Lumi, a step-son, a foster daughter, a kinship foster child, and four grandchildren.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Luz Marina Rodriguez Papers contain 8.5 linear feet of organization, conference, and symposia materials; appointment books; writings; educational records; correspondence; photographs; and memorabilia. The papers are particularly strong in documenting her many professional activities, especially her activism in health and education for women of color, including SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective and the Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights. In addition they document her activities on behalf of Hispanics in New York City such as Baile Boricua Dance Company, Charas, and Dominican Womens' Development Center; as well as other neighborhood, educational, family-oriented, and health-related organizations and initiatives. There are also family materials, New York University course work and student papers, early correspondence, speeches, and writings.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions. Original audio-visual materials are closed to research.

Restrictions on use:

Luz Rodriguez retains copyright to material authored by her until her death, then her children retain rights to plays, original literary work, and academic term papers. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Luz Marina Rodriguez Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Luz Marina Rodriguez began donating her Papers to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2006. Periodic additions to this collection are expected.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to this collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 2010.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English, Spanish
Sponsor
Processing of the Luz Marina Rodriguez Papers was made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Series Descriptions
(1974-2003)
2 linear ft.

This series is arranged alphabetically and contains address books; calendars; day planners; family material related to her foster child, Tanya Vasquez, and sons Gabriel and Abran; financial material related to two court cases, an accident claim, and medical bills. There are student papers, course work, grades, and financial information from New York University.

(1968-1970)
1 linear inch

This series is arranged chronologically and consists primarily of letters from childhood friends.

(1986-97)
1.5 linear inches

This series contains speeches, public testimony and writings. The writings are arranged alphabetically and consist of notes; a poem, "El Yunque"; a play, "Ghost Writer"; and an essay, "Seven Days to Life". There is a compact disc of Rodriguez reading her work in SERIES VII. AUDIO VISUAL MATERIALS.

(1973-06)
2.25 linear ft.

This series is arranged alphabetically and contains material related to more than twenty-one organizations in which Rodriguez was involved. The bulk of the series relates to Baile Boricua Dance Company, Charas, Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. The Baile Boricua Dance Company (a group devoted to folkloric dance of the Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean culture) contains articles and clippings, board of directors' materials, correspondence, notes, and performances. Charas (a grassroots community serving the Latina section of the New York Lower East Side) includes material about its founder Amando Perez, anniversaries, bylaws, El Bohio Community Center, financial materials, Loisada neighborhood materials, board of directors' meetings, programs, activities, and strategic plans. The Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights consists primarily of board of director and financial materials. The financial materials include information on a Ford Foundation grant received in collaboration with SisterSong and the resulting symposiums on reproductive health and women of color. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective contains additional information on the Ford Foundation grant, meetings, national conferences, and miscellaneous programs. It also contains information on Moon Lodge and other collective members. Since Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights is part of the SisterSong collective, some materials overlap.

(1974-1998)
.25 linear ft

This series is arranged alphabetically and contains information on fourteen subjects. Of particular interest are materials on Hispanic art and a conference on women's alcohol and drug education.

(1945-2005)
.75 linear ft.

This series consists two subseries Photographs and Memorabilia. The Photographs subseries contains family and personal pictures, photographs of a 1998 SisterSong symposium, plus several unidentified photographs. Most of the photographs have been transferred onto two compact discs which are included in this series. The master compact disc is located in SERIES VII. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS. Memorabilia includes certificates, school items, and artifacts which include an address book and childhood diary, a book bag, buttons, business cards, name badges, and unidentified and miscellaneous items.

(1997-1999)
3 linear ft.

This series is divided into two subseries: Use copies and Preservation Masters and originals. The Use copies subseries contains twenty-eight digital video discs and a compact disc of an interview with Rodriguez about the Foundation Center, information on the International Congress on AIDS in Manila, Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights Symposium, SisterSong, and Rodriguez reading from her work. Use copies are available for all the audio-visual materials. Preservation masters and originals are closed to research.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS





Box 1
Biographical materials and resumes,

[see also Job Search, 2002]

1993-2002, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Calendars, day planners, and phone messages



1992-97

Box 1
1998-2003

Box 2
Family



Cruz, Gabriel [son],
1986-97, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Maldonado, Abran [son],
1981-98, n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Vasquez, Tanya



New Jersey Department of Social Services, Department of Youth and Family Services: foster parents training



Foster care application, paperwork, references, printed material, and correspondence,
1985-95

Box 2: folder 3
Foster Care Handbook,
1994-95

Box 2: folder 4
Birth certificate and miscellaneous material,
1996-98, n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Financial materials



Automobile accident claim,
1998

Box 2: folder 6
Luz Rodriguez vs. the City of New York and Quality Taxi, Inc., Shellac Cab Corp., Milton Brachfeld and Morris Hirstart,
1979-81

Box 2: folder 7
Medical bills,
1984-93, n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Rali Apartments vs. Luz Rodriguez,
1981

Box 2: folder 9
Miscellaneous,
1983, n.d.

Box 2: folder 10


Box 2
Job search,
2002

Box 2: folder 11
Landmark Education,Self expression and leadership program,
1992

Box 2: folder 12
New York University



Course work and student papers



Dance therapy



Student papers,
1978-80, n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Research material and miscellaneous,
1974-80, n.d.

Box 2: folder 14
Kinesiology,
1980, n.d.

Box 2: folder 15
Magazine and article writing,
1979

Box 2: folder 16
Music therapy,
1980

Box 2: folder 17
Psychological aspects of blindness,
1980

Box 2: folder 18
Taino and Bomba research,
1979

Box 2: folder 19
Women in the Urban Environment (paper on population control in Puerto Rico),
1980

Box 2: folder 20
Miscellaneous,
1978-82, n.d.

Box 2: folder 21
Financial information,
1981-82, n.d.

Box 2: folder 22
Grades and transcripts,
1978-81, n.d.

Box 2: folder 23
Tisch School of the Arts, Musical Theatre Writing Program,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 24
Miscellaneous,
1992-94, n.d.

Box 2: folder 25
SERIES II. CORRRESPONDENCE



Sympathy notes on death of her grandmother,
1968

Box 3: folder 1
Letters and greeting cards,
1969-70, n.d.

Box 3: folder 2-3
SERIES III. SPEECHES AND WRITINGS



Speeches and public testimony,
1988, 1997

Box 3: folder 4



"Directory of Women's Organizations" (with Monique La Rocque),
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
"El Yunque",
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
"Ghost Writer, A One Act Play,"
1998

Box 3: folder 7
"Seven Days to Life,"
1986

Box 3: folder 8
Notes,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
SERIES IV. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Baile Boricua Dance Company



Articles and clippings,
1973-82, n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Board of Directors,
1985

Box 3: folder 11
Correspondence,
1981

Box 3: folder 12
Notes,
1981, n.d.

Box 3: folder 13
Performances,
1981, n.d.

Box 3: folder 14
Miscellaneous,
1981, n.d.

Box 3: folder 15
Canan Senior Center,
2002-03, n.d.

Box 3: folder 16
Charas



Amando Perez: articles and clippings,
1999

Box 3: folder 17
Anniversaries,
1990, 2000

Box 3: folder 18
Bylaws,
1974, 1989

Box 3: folder 19
El Bohio Community Center,
1999, n.d.

Box 3: folder 20
Financial materials,
1986-89

Box 3: folder 21
Housing,
1973-87

Box 3: folder 22
Loisaida,
1988-99, n.d.

Box 3: folder 23
Meetings



Board of Directors,
1989-90

Box 3: folder 24
Miscellaneous,
1987-89

Box 3: folder 25
National Endowment for the Arts grant proposal,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 26
Notes,
1999, n.d.

Box 3: folder 27
Programs and activities,
1988-90, n.d.

Box 3: folder 28
Strategic plan,
1990

Box 3: folder 29
Miscellaneous,
1990-98, n.d.

Box 3: folder 30
Dominican Women's Development Center: English as a second language



Healthy heart



Curriculum,
1995

Box 3: folder 31
Printed materials,
1991-95, n.d.

Box 3: folder 32
Miscellaneous,
1995, n.d.

Box 3: folder 33
Foundation Center



Amethyst Women's Project Conference,
2006

Box 3: folder 34
Printed materials,
2003-06

Box 3: folder 35
Weekly Reports,
2003-06

Box 3: folder 36
Henry Street Settlement



Division of Youth Services: Beyond City Limits,
1993

Box 4: folder 1
Youth Employment Program,
1995, n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Miscellaneous,
1994, n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Innovations Board for Children and Family,
1991-92, n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific,
1997

Box 4: folder 5
Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights

[see also SisterSong - Ford Foundation grant]




Board of Directors



Correspondence,
1998

Box 4: folder 6
Development guidelines, retreat and workshop,
1994, 1997

Box 4: folder 7
Meetings,
1995-98

Box 4: folder 8-19
Miscellaneous,
1996, n.d.

Box 4: folder 20
Bylaws,
1998

Box 4: folder 21
Financial materials



Fundraising



Flow charts,
1996-98

Box 4: folder 22
Strategies,
1996-97

Box 4: folder 23
Grants



Ford Foundation

[see also SisterSong]




Attachments for proposal,
1995-95

Box 4: folder 24
Reproductive Health in Women of Color: An Exploratory Symposium I,
1997

Box 4: folder 25
Symposium II,
1998

Box 4: folder 26
Symposium I and II,
1997, 1998

Box 4: folder 27
New York Foundation,
1997

Box 4: folder 28
New York Women's Foundation,
1998

Box 4: folder 29
Public Welfare Foundation,
1996

Box 4: folder 30
Roberts Woods Johnson Foundation,
1998

Box 4: folder 31
Sister Fund,
1997

Box 4: folder 32
Tax exempt forms,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 33
Miscellaneous,
1998, n.d.

Box 4: folder 34
Little Sisters Project,
1996

Box 4: folder 35
Miscellaneous,
1997-98

Box 4: folder 36
Latino Commission on AIDS,
1997-98

Box 4: folder 37
Learning Partners,
1999-2000

Box 4: folder 38
Lehman College Adult Learning Center (Counselor),
1993-94

Box 4: folder 39
Little Mission Day Nursery



Board of Directors,
2002

Box 4: folder 40
Employment issues and Executive Director evaluation,
2001-02

Box 4: folder 41
Non Profit Finance Fund,
2002

Box 4: folder 42
Personnel committee,
2002

Box 4: folder 43
Miscellaneous,
2000-02, n.d.

Box 4: folder 44
MANA of New York City,
1996-97, n.d.

Box 4: folder 45
National School and Community Corps



Activities calendar,
1995

Box 4: folder 46-47
Site Manager training,
1995-96

Box 5: folder 1-2
Partnership Ministries,
2000

Box 5: folder 3
Princeton Review Scholastic Aptitude Test tutor training,
1999

Box 5: folder 4
ProLibertad,
1994-97, n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

[see also SERIES VI. PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA and SERIES VII. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS]







Correspondence, budgets, proposals, and miscellaneous printed material,
1991-98

Box 5: folder 6
Moon Lodge Women's Outreach,
1998

Box 5: folder 7
Meetings and national conferences



Training I,
1998

Box 5: folder 8
Exploring our Power,
1999

Box 5: folder 9
Sexual Rights,
2003

Box 5: folder 10
Past, Present and Future Eugenic Technologies and Ideologies,
2004

Box 5: folder 11
Miscellaneous,
2003-04

Box 5: folder 12
Voter education,
2004

Box 5: folder 13
Miscellaneous,
1985-2004

Box 5: folder 14
Urban Rural Mission



Lifelines: Journey of Sex and Spirit,
2000

Box 5: folder 15
Maquiladora Reader,
1998

Box 5: folder 16
Miscellaneous,
1998

Box 5: folder 17
Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry,
1994, n.d

Box 5: folder 18
Miscellaneous organizations,
1983-2004, n.d.

Box 5: folder 19-20
SERIES V. SUBJECT FILES



Agents (entertainers) lists,
1996

Box 5: folder 21
Birth control,
1974

Box 5: folder 22
Breast cancer,
1998, n.d.

Box 5: folder 23
Cervical cap,
1979

Box 5: folder 24
Education and teaching,
1988, n.d

Box 5: folder 25
Environmental organizations of New York ,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 26
Foundations,
1992-98, n.d.

Box 5: folder 27
Hispanic art



!AHA! Hispanic Arts News,
1990-95

Box 5: folder 28
Miscellaneous,
1990-95, n.d.

Box 5: folder 29
Mexico,
1997, n.d.

Box 5: folder 30
Puerto Rico,
1987-97, n.d.

Box 5: folder 31
Women in business,
1992-95, n.d

Box 5: folder 32
Women's Alcohol and Drug Education (Women's Action Alliance conference),
1989

Box 5: folder 33
United States Agency for International Development,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 34
Yoga,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 35
SERIES VI. PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA



Photographs (original)



Family and personal



Luz Rodriguez and miscellaneous family,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
Photographs from wallet,
1966, 1968, n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
SisterSong Symposium (70 colored snapshots and negative film strip),
1998

Box 6: folder 3
Unidentified,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 4
Digital copies of above photographs (2 compact disc copies)


Box 6: folder 5
Memorabilia



Address books and 5-year diary,
1968-75, n.d.

Box 6: folder 6
Certificates,
1945, 1962-2002

Box 6: folder 7
Personal stationary,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
School material



Junior high school artifacts,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 9
Junior and senior high school materials,
1963-72, n.d.

Box 6: folder 10
Miscellaneous,
1964-2005, n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
Simeon's art,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
"Star file" (constellations),
n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
Amethyst Women's Project bag, , notepad, paper clip, key chain/condom holder
n.d.

Box 7
Buttons


Box 7
Napkin from junior high school prom night, "my first drink at Hawaii Kai"


Box 7
Jousting tournament proclamation,
n.d.

Box 7
Miscellaneous,
1982-98, n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
SERIES VII. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS



Use copies



Car - Hit and run accident, Nuyorican finals (1 DVD)
1999

Box 8
Foundation Center: interview with Luz Rodriguez (in Spanish) (1 CD)
n.d.

Box 8
International Congress on AIDS (4th) Manila, Philippines (1 DVD)
1997

Box 8
Latina Round Table on Health and Reproductive Rights Symposium (5 DVDs)
March, 1998


#1 Introductions and Morning: Welcome & introductions from participants


Box 8
#2 Project History and Future (morning session) & Sharing of our analysis; "Plotting our Garden (reports from small Workgroups)


Box 8
#3 Dr. Virginia Floyd, Dir of Human Development & Reproductive Health/Ford Creativity & Structure for our Visions and Goals


Box 8
#4 Creating a Vision Statement, Workgroup reports on 3-year projects Asian, Latina, African


Box 8
#5 Continuation of Workgroup Reports African, Native American.. Discussion: Timeline/criteria for concept papers measurement tools


Box 8
Luz Rodriguez reads from her work (1 DVD)
n.d.

Box 8
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective (18 DVDs)



A. Love - Re-Cap on Day 1 - On racism


Box 8
First training workshop for information on the project SisterSong, group for reproductive rights. Carmen Zorrilla, San Juan PR (2)
March 1999

Box 8
Grants Administration 1, n.d.


Box 8
Self -Help Intro,
n.d.

Box 8
Copies of microcassettes # 1-5 (10)


Box 8
Human Rights 101-11, Loretta Ross,
n.d.

Box 8
RTI/SH Training, Dallas TX, Last day and farewells,
n.d.

Box 8
RTI 202 [tapes 1 and 2] (2)
n.d.

Box 8
Originals and master copies - CLOSED

see Box 8 for use copies




Car - Hit and run accident, Nuyorican finals (1 DVD and camcorder videocassette)
1999

Box 9
Family photographs digitized (1 compact disc)
n.d.

Box 9
Personal photographs digitized (1 original compact disc and compact disc master)
n.d.

Box 9
Foundation Center: interview with Luz Rodriguez (in Spanish) (2 compact discs)
n.d.

Box 9
International Congress on AIDS (4th) Manila, Philippines (1 DVD and 1 camcorder videocassette)
1997

Box 9
Latina Round Table on Health and Reproductive Rights Symposium ( 5 DVDs and 5 camcorder cassette tapes)
March, 1998


#1 Introductions and Morning: Welcome & introductions from participants


Box 9
#2 Project History and Future (morning session) & Sharing of our analysis; "Plotting our Garden (reports from small Workgroups)


Box 9
#3 Dr. Virginia Floyd, Dir of Human Development & Reproductive Health/Ford Creativity & Structure for our Visions and Goals


Box 9
#4 Creating a Vision Statement, Workgroup reports on 3-year projects Asian, Latina, African


Box 9
#5 Continuation of Workgroup Reports African, Native American.. Discussion: Timeline/criteria for concept papers measurement tools


Box 9
Luz Rodriguez reads from her work (2 DVDs)
n.d.

Box 9
SisterSong (8 microcassettes, 1 VHS, 7 camcorder videocassettes, 17 DVDs)



A. Love - Re-Cap on Day 1 - On racism


Box 10
First training workshop for information on the project SisterSong, group for reproductive rights. Carmen Zorrilla, San Juan PR,
March 1999

Box 10
Grants Administration 1,
n.d.

Box 10
Human Rights 101-11, Loretta Ross,
n.d.

Box 10
RTI/SH Training, Dallas TX, Last day and farewells,
n.d.

Box 10
RTI 202 [tapes 1 and 2],
n.d.

Box 10
Self -Help Intro,
n.d.

Box 10
Copies of microcassettes # 1-5


Box 10

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Subjects
  • Hispanic American women -- Biography -- Sources
  • Hispanic American women -- Medical care
  • Latina women -- Social conditions -- History
  • Puerto Ricans -- United States -- Social conditions
  • Reproductive health -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Reproductive rights -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Rodriguez, Luz
  • Ross, Loretta J.
  • Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States -- Sources

Contributors
  • Latina Roundtable of Health and Reproductive Rights
  • SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective (Atlanta, GA)


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