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Trina Andino Ally
Oral history interview conducted by Ms. Ruiz and Ms. Torres
July 31, 1973
Call number: 1976.001.003
Oral History Interview with Trina Andino Ally
In 1911, Trina Ally was born in Cataño, Puerto Rico. She arrived in Brooklyn in May of 1923 and, at the time of the interview in 1973, had lived continually in Brooklyn for over half a century. After learning English as a second language and completing the 10th grade, Ally joined the workforce; working in factories and later, food service for much of her adult life. After marrying and raising a son, Ally remained an active and civic-minded resident of Brooklyn's first generation Puerto Rican community. Trina Ally died in March, 1991.
In the interview, Trina Ally shares a chronological account of her moving patterns; from her first Brooklyn residence to several addresses on Adams Street. She describes both housing conditions in the neighborhood of Downtown Brooklyn, as well as working life in New York's factories and food service industry. Interview conducted by Ms. Ruiz and Ms. Torres.
This collection includes recordings and transcripts of oral histories narrated by those in the Puerto Rican community of Brooklyn who arrived between 1917 and 1940. The Long Island Historical Society initiated the Puerto Rican Oral History Project in 1973, conducting over eighty interviews between 1973 and 1975. The oral histories often contain descriptions of immigration, living arrangements, neighborhood ethnicities, discrimination, employment, community development, and political leadership. Also included are newspaper clippings, brochures, booklets about Brooklyn's Puerto Rican community, and administrative information on how the project was developed, carried out, and evaluated.
CitationAlly, Trina Andino, Oral history interview conducted by Ms. Ruiz and Ms. Torres, July 31, 1973, Puerto Rican Oral History Project records, 1976.001.003; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- Ally, Trina Andino
- Emigration and immigration
- Ethnic identity
- Ethnic neighborhoods
- Puerto Ricans
- Work environment
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- Puerto Rico
Finding AidPuerto Rican Oral History Project records