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Mariposa Fernández Papers, 1978–2020

Information, Description, and Finding Aid

Collection Information

Reference: MS-FERNÁNDEZ.1

Dates: 1978–2020

Physical Extent: 1.45 linear ft. across 1 archival box and 1 scrapbook

Digital Extent: 83.4MB

Digital collection available

Finding Aid Information

Creator(s): Steven Payne, Ph.D., Librarian and Archivist

Date created/updated: November 11, 2021; finding aid updated to reflect new material added to the collection on November 24, 2021 and December 20, 2021.

Biography

Mariposa María Teresa Fernández (1971–) is a Puerto Rican poet and performance artist born and raised in The Bronx. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, having earned a BA and MA at New York University. Mariposa's poetry, which often intertwines Spanish and English lines, meditates on empowerment, identity, family, all through a Bronx lens.

Mariposa has authored Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Survival, Love & Freedom (2001) and is featured in multiple anthologies. Her work has also appeared on a variety of programs produced for HBO, PBS, Lifetime TV, and BET, and she has performed for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, the Essence Music Festival, and the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. Mariposa is an accomplished educator and has also worked towards women's empowerment through a variety of outlets. Her honors include a Van Lier Fellowship, an El Comité Noviembre’s Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award, and recognition from the nonprofit El Maestro.

Information from this biography comes from the Poetry Foundation.

Description/Scope and Content

The collection is organized in the following four series:

1) Poetry Performances, which includes flyers and postcards promoting performances featuring Mariposa.

2) Writings by Mariposa, which is comprised of poetry and prose works authored by Mariposa.

3) Writings by Others, which contains poetry and other works written by other Bronxites.

4) Photographs, which includes photographs of Mariposa and others.

5) Vieques Struggle, which includes documents and photographs from Mariposa's participation, with other Bronxites, in the successful struggle during the late 1990s and early 2000s to dismantle the U.S. military bases on the Isla de Vieques, an island and municipality of Puerto Rico.

6) Video Recordings, which includes video recordings of Mariposa's performances.

7) Scrapbooks, which includes 1 scrapbook from Mariposa's travels to Vieques and the main island of Puerto Rico.

Provenance

The Mariposa Fernández papers were donated to the Society by Mariposa Fernández on November 5, 2021.

Preferred Citation

[Item name or description,] The Mariposa Fernández papers, box _, folder _, The Bronx County Archives at The Bronx County Historical Society Research Library.

Points of Access

  • Community organizing -- The Point CDC (Hunts Point) -- Sistas en la Lucha -- Sistahs Underground
  • Ethnic groups and nationalities -- African Americans -- Puerto Ricans (Boricuas) -- Afro-Boricuas
  • Individuals -- Alba, Vicente "Panamá" -- Fernández, Mariposa -- Garcia Rivera, Sandra -- Guadalupe, Ismael -- Maldonado, Adál -- Martell, Esperanza -- Medina, Tony -- Morales, Anthony -- Pagan, Dylcia -- Rice-González, Charles -- Rosado, Isabel -- Shange, Ntozake -- Torres, Maria
  • Neighborhoods (The Bronx, New York) -- Hunts Point -- Longwood -- South Bronx
  • Poetry and poems -- bilingualism -- The Bronx -- empowerment -- English-language -- family -- identity -- joy -- love -- resilience -- resistance -- Spanish-language -- urban settings
  • Puerto Rican liberation -- Freedom for Puerto Rican political prisoners -- Vieques struggle

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Series

Series Title Box Folders
1 Poetry Performances 1 1–22
2 Writings by Mariposa 1 23–24
3 Writings by Others 1 25–26
4 Photographs, General 1 27
5 Vieques Struggle 1 28–33
6 Video Recordings 34–35
7 Scrapbooks 2 1

Container List

Series 1: Poetry Performances

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

1

Performances, fliers and promotional material

n.d.

1

2

Performances, fliers and promotional material

1997

1

3

Performances, fliers and promotional material

1998

1

4

Performances, fliers and promotional material

1999

1

5

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2000

1

6

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2001

1

7

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2002

1

8

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2003

1

9

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2004

1

10

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2005

1

11

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2006

1

12

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2007

1

13

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2008

1

14

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2009

1

15

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2010

1

16

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2011

1

17

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2012

1

18

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2013

1

19

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2014

1

20

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2015

1

21

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2016

1

22

Performances, fliers and promotional material

2017

Series 2: Writings by Mariposa

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

23

Born Bronxeña: Poems on Identity, Survival, Love & Freedom

2001

1

24

The Point 25 Years!

2020

Born Digital Materials

Digital ID

Contents

Date
MS-FERNANDEZ-BD002.001

"Ode to the Nuyorican" (New York Newsday)

June 11, 1995

Series 3: Writings by Others

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

25

Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings, I Am Alphonso Jones

2017

1

26

Perdomo, Willi, The Crazy Bunch

2019

Born Digital Materials

Digital ID

Contents

Date
MS-FERNANDEZ-BD003.001

Sandra Garcia Rivera, That Kiss

2002

MS-FERNANDEZ-BD003.002

Anthony Morales, UNIverses.

1998

Series 4: Photographs, General

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

27

Headshot of Mariposa Fernández in second grade at Immaculate Conception  [PH-FERNANDEZ.001]

1978

1

27

Class photograph of Mariposa Fernández's second-grade class at Immaculate Conception [PH-FERNANDEZ.002]

1978

1

27

Mariposa and twin sister posing with Mariposa's first published poem [PH-FERNANDEZ.003]

1995

1

27

Artistic self-photograph of Mariposa produced for high school photography class [PH-FERNANDEZ.004]

1980s

1

27

Professional shot of Mariposa [PH-FERNANDEZ.005]

n.d.

1

27

First magazine feature of Mariposa [PH-FERNANDEZ.006]

n.d.

1

27

Artistic rendering of Mariposa reciting poetry [PH-FERNANDEZ.007]

n.d.

1

27

Assorted photographs of Mariposa and family [PH-FERNANDEZ.008–013]

1992–2000s

Born Digital Materials

Digital ID

Contents

Date
MS-FERNANDEZ-BD004.001

Ntozake Shange as a boxer, photographed by Adál Maldonado and dedicated to Mariposa Fernández [PH-FERNANDEZ.BD001]

1993

Series 5: Vieques Struggle

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

28

Clippings

2000

1

29

Maps

n.d.

1

30

Miscellaneous material

n.d.

1

31

Poetry

n.d.

1

32

Rallies and events

2000

1

33

Updates on struggle

1997–2000

Series 6: Video Recordings

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

34

Mariposa Sings to Lolita Lebrón at Casa

n.d.

1

35

Poetas pa' Vieques

2000

Series 7: Scrapbooks

Box

Item

Contents

Date

2

1

Scrapbook from Mariposa's travels to Vieques and the main island of Puerto Rico; showing Mariposa with Esperanza Martell, Dylcia Pagan, Doña Isabel Rosado, Ismael Guadalupe, and others.

2000s