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Affonso Gil “Ferreira Mendes” Mendes Ferreira collection of Portuguese musical recordings

Identifier: MC-054

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 48 78 RPM shellac disc recordings. They are not dated, but were probably manufactured between 1930 and 1960.


  • 1930-1950

Language of Materials

Recordings are in Portuguese

Biographical / Historical

Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira was born in Portugal, and immigrated to Taunton, Massachusetts in 1920. He was known to his listeners in Rhode Island and Massachusetts as “Ferreira Mendes”, and first aired his radio program, “A Voz de Portugal” (Voice of Portugal) in 1930. He also founded the first daily Portuguese radio station in United States, which operated from 1952 to 1967, in Providence, Rhode Island. Over the years, he solicited more than $500,000 in charitable donations from his listeners for various humanitarian causes. He also biannually published “O Heraldo Portugues”, a Portuguese newspaper, from 1925-1976. In 1983 the Portuguese government awarded him the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, the highest award presented to a civilian, for his pioneer work in the field of broadcasting and journalism.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Otilia Ferreira, daughter of Affonso Ferreira-Ferreira Mendes in 2005 and 2006.

MC 54, Affonso Gil “Ferreira Mendes” Mendes Ferreira collection of Portuguese musical recordings
Maura McGurk
January 2006
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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