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"A Voz de Portugal” audio recordings

 Collection
Identifier: MC-085

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the recordings of 22 or 23 broadcasts on 54 vinyl disks of "Voz de Portugal" hosted by Affonso Ferreira Ferreira-Mendes. The recordings were made over the period on one year, in 1942 by Pat Mauretti, of an unspecified government intelligence agency, possibly a World War II-era precursor to the CIA; they were done without Mr. Ferreira-Mendes' knowledge. Thirty years later, in the early 1970s, these disks were sent in a box to his daughters in Taunton. The originals are on 16-inch vinyl recording disks. Archives and Special Collections staff transferred most, but not all of these recordings to CD in 2007. All of these broadcasts are associated with WSAR in Fall River. Each program is about one hour in length. Each vinyl disk contains fifteen minutes of programming per side.

Dates

  • Broadcast: 1942

Language of Materials

Material entirely in Portuguese.

Biographical / Historical

Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira, known fondly as "Ferreira Mendes" of Taunton, Massachusetts was founder, sometime financier of, and main announcer on the weekly Portuguese radio program "A Voz de Portugal." The program was first aired in 1933 when Mr. Ferreira Mendes bought time on a New Bedford radio station and solicited ads from local merchants. Over the years it was broadcast daily, and then in later years every Sunday morning and again on Sunday afternoon over WSAR in Fall River, WRIB in East Providence (1952-1967) and WPEP in Taunton. It was the first daily radio program broadcast in Portuguese in the United States (or the region) and one of the first in the country. Each program is about one hour in length. He brought in artists, including his wife, Maria Rosa Santos Ferreira, to perform music popular in the Azores and on mainland Portugal, with an orchestra, and announced upcoming events in the local Portuguese-American community. He also broadcast news from the Portuguese-speaking world, and solicited funds for various charities. In the 1940s, he solicited money to aid residents of Castanheiro de Chã in Portugal after a fire left many residents homeless. He also raised considerable funds to aid immigrants in need, and to aid victims of flooding in Lisbon. He is quoted to have said that the purpose of a "Voz de Portugal" is for "recreation and charity." The program ran until 1990.

Extent

55 items (55 vinyl recording disks and 72 compact disc recordings)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the daughters of Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira, Otilia Ferreira and Justina Ferreira, in January 2007.
Title
MC 85, "A Voz de Portugal” audio recordings
Status
Completed
Author
Transfered to CD by Patricia Sikora; index by Silvia Oliveira (Grad); finding aid by Judy Farrar. The entire collection was cleaned and digitized, including damaged disks, in 2012 by Scene Savers, Inc.
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

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

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