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Francisco de Albuquerque papers

Identifier: MC-059

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies of photographs, some personal writings, books and pamphlets, documents such as marriage and baptism certificates (official certificates, and narrative statements), immigration documents such as Certificates of Arrival, Naturalization, and Citizenship, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1903-1959

Language of Materials

Materials in English and in Portuguese.

Conditions Governing Access

No known restrictions

Biographical / Historical

Francisco de Alburquerque was born in 1900 in Esmolfe, Portugal. He arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1920, aboard the S.S. Roma. He taught himself English after his arrival in the United States. Idalina de Jesus, who would later become Francisco’s wife, was born in 1903 in Insua, Portugal. She arrived at Ellis Island in 1919, aboard the S.S. Britannia. Francisco and Idalina married in 1926 and had one daughter, Alcina, in 1927. According to Alcina, Francisco changed the family name from de Albuquerque to Silva upon her birth, believing that with this name she would have an easier time in America. Francisco worked as a shipping clerk in Pawtucket, Rhode Island from 1933 (?). He was able to travel back to Portugal for an extended visit in 1947, and died of cancer in 1950. Idalina died in 1989.


1.3 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Alcina de Jesus Silva Morais in 2004.

MC 59, Francisco de Albuquerque papers
Maura McGurk
May 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