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Sister Deborah Humphreys Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2006-01


Sister Humphreys is a founding member of El Club del Barrio (St. Columba Neighborhood Club) in Newark. It was established in 1975 by local neighborhood leaders concerned with providing a stable living environment to one of Newark’s poorest and most neglected communities. El Club del Barrio has been a provider of services, information, and referrals to neighborhood residents. It sponsors programs that respond to the needs of the community, primarily Latinos from youth to senior citizens. The collection includes photos, documents, and newspaper clippings pertaining to El Club del Barrio, a 1978 Annual Report of the Schumann Foundation, a Winter 1979 edition of “SHELTERFORCE” – a national housing publication, and a copy of her book of poems, “Conventional Wisdom.” Additionally, this collection contains souvenir items of clothing from El Club del Barrio and contacts and documents pertaining to the 1970s agricultural community of Southern New Jersey. Portions of this collection have been digitized. An interview of Sister Deborah Humphreys is available in the Latino Oral History Collection: Latino Life Stories.


  • 1971 – 2003, undated


3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes; 1 document box and 2 oversized boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Puerto Rican Community Archives, New Jersey Hispanic Resource & Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630
Newark New Jersey 07101-0630
(973) 733-4791