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Portuguese-American Historical Foundation of Fall River records

Identifier: MC-049

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of meeting minutes, membership lists, and other administrative materials relating to the Foundation.


  • 1991-2000

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

The Portuguese American Historical Foundation was incorporated November 1, 1991 with the following officers – Mary Fonseca as president, Albert S. Domingos as treasurer, and Joseph M. Perreira as clerk. Directors included Alfredo P. Alves, Frances Gracia, Dolores Domingos, Evelyn Almeida, Mary Carvalho, William Dos Reis, Filomena Resendes and Leo Medeiros. The foundation’s purpose was to “represent the Portuguese of greater Fall River, past and present, with an ongoing display of exhibits and artifacts, to keep and record a list of Portuguese Americans in the greater Fall River area, and to recognize and acknowledge achievements of reasonable significance by persons who shall or have expressed a sincere interest in and a respect for people or objects of Portuguese heritage.” The foundation sponsored an exhibit of nativity scenes in 1993/1994, an exhibit on the Flemish connection in the Azores in 1994, and several smaller exhibits at various locations. Members collected recent and historical materials with the intent of documenting the Portuguese in Fall River.


0.6 Linear Feet (one manuscript box and one small artifact box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Archives by Frances Gracia, 2004.

Related Materials

See Portuguese American Archives vertical file collection, MC 30 for materials that were donated by the Foundation related to the Portuguese in Fall River.

MC 49, Portuguese-American Historical Foundation of Fall River records
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Repository Details

Part of the UMass Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Repository

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA