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Antonio Alberto Costa collection of Portuguese musical recordings

Identifier: MC-053

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 119 LPs and 3 45 RPM vinyl record albums, and two boxes of audio cassettes, most commercially produced music released in Portugal. Many are not dated. Some are signed by the artist to Antonio Costa. There is one recording (2 copies) of the actual radio program “A Hora da Ponta” featuring Mr. Costa himself, dated 1988.


  • 197- - 199-

Language of Materials

Recordings in English and Portuguese

Conditions Governing Access

Recordings are to be played with caution, but are not restricted. Any use of these recordings beyond research purposes is prohibited without written permission of the recording company.

Biographical / Historical

Antonio Alberto Costa was born in Lisbon and immigrated to the United States as a young man. He was a pioneer and on-going supporter of Portuguese-language media outlets in the United States, founding the first Portuguese-language radio station in the United States (now WJFD in New Bedford) and producing the first Portuguese variety television program, “Passport to Portugal”. He initiated a daily TV cable program, now known as The Portuguese Channel, and purchased and published The Portuguese Times newspaper. He relocated to Washington, D.C., to represent Portugal as the Portuguese language broadcasting director for “Voice of America”. In recognition of his services to the Portuguese community, the government of Portugal conferred upon him the rank of Comendador da Ordem do Infante dom Henrique. He received official citations from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island houses of representatives, as well as merit awards from various civic organizations. During his retirement in South Florida, he remained active in media by producing the only Portuguese-language radio program there, and writing periodic articles for O Jornal. He died in 2005.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Guida Costa, widow of Antonio Alberto Costa, July 2005. Accession # 06-01.

MC 53, Antonio Alberto Costa collection of Portuguese musical recordings
Maura McGurk ’07, January 2006; revised A. Kadura ’13,
March 2013
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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