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The Newark Experience: Portuguese

Ferry Street

Ferry Street in the "Ironbound" is the heart of Portuguese Newark.

Ferry Street Newark

The Ironbound

The Ironbound: The Past, Present and Future of Newark's Portuguese Community
Corey Takahashi. WNYC News. June 7, 2007.

Ironbound: Environmental Perspectives of an Immigrant Staging Area.
Thomas Stasny. Rutgers-Newark Senior Thesis.2004. Available?


Luso Americano
Bilingual newsweekly. Available?
Tri-lingual Ironbound Voices
The Newark News clippings file has about articles on the Portuguese in Newark going back to 1941.
The Newark Public Library has microfilmed the Newark News files; Dana Library has microfilm for a portion of the collection. The articles on Newark Portuguese are on Reel N-45, in the Dana Newark Collection.


Portuguese Immigrants in the United States
A bibliography from the Library of Congress.

The Portuguese in the United States: A Bibliography.
Leo Pap. Staten Island, New York. Center for Migration Studies. 1976. Available?

Anything Else?

Click on the subject keywords below to search the Rutgers Catalog:

Portuguese - United States

Portuguese Americans New Jersey


Portuguese Emigration to the United States, 1820-1930.
Maria Ioannis Benis Baganha. New York, Garland Pub., 1990. Available?
The Portuguese-American.
Leo Pap. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981. Available?
The Forgotten Portuguese.
Manuel Mira. Franklin, NC, Portuguese-American Historical Research Foundation, Inc., c1998. Available?
Portuguese of the United States From 1880 to 1990: Distinctiveness in Work Patterns Across Gender, Nativity and Place Rutgers-restricted access
Maria Gloria Mulcahy. Thesis (Ph.D.), Brown University, 2003.
Looks at questions relating to the divergence of the Portuguese from the usual patterns of work-related aspects of adjustment. Focuses on labor force participation, occupational characteristics, and self-employment. Looks at regional differences between the major Portuguese settlement areas, including the Newark/New York area. Available?
"Language Maintenance and Ethnic Survival: The Portuguese in New Jersey,"
Thomas M. Stephens. Hispania 72 (3), September 1989, 716-20.
Looks at Portuguese language maintenance and ethnicity in and around Newark, and the role played by education, the Church, the media, and the social clubs. Rutgers-restricted Access
Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans Along the Eastern Seaboard.
Edited by Kimberly DaCosta Holton and Andrea Klimt. North Dartmouth, Mass., University of Massachusetts Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, 2009.
Includes: Chapter 5. Kimberly DaCosta Holton. Dancing Along the In-Between: Folklore Performance and Transmigration in Portuguese Newark; Chapter 6. Lori Barcliff Baptista. Images of the Virgin in Portuguese Art at the Newark Museum; Chapter 17. Ana Yolanda Ramos-Zayas. Stereotypes of the Tropics in 'Portuguese Newark': Brazilian Women, Urban Erotics, and the Phantom of Blackness; Chapter 19. Kimberly DaCosta Holton. Angola Dreaming: Memories of Africa Among Portuguese Retornados in Newark, NJ. Available?
Pride Prejudice and Politics: Performing Folklore Amid Newark's Urban Renaissance,"
Kimberly DaCosta Holton. Etnografica 9(1), 2005, 81-101.
"Dancing Along the In-Between: Folklore Performance and Transmigration in Newark, New Jersey,"
Kimberly DaCosta Holton. IN Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folcloricos From Lisbon to Newark. Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Press, 2005. Chapter 6: pp.172-197. Available?
Stirring the Melting Pot: Food and the Performance of Inclusion in Newark's Ironbound Neighborhood Rutgers-restricted access
Lori Danielle Barcliff Baptista. Thesis (Ph.D.), Northwestern University, 2009. Available?
"Peixe, Patria e Possibilidades Portuguesas: "Fish, Homeland, and Portuguese Possibilities,"
Lori Danielle Barcliff Baptista. Text and Performance Quarterly 29(1), 2009, pp.60-76.
"This essay explores the relationship between food and identity performances within a segment of a Portuguese transnational community with social, economic, and political ties to both the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, and many of the rural villages of Portugal. I examine how some Portuguese-Americans in Newark's Ironbound use bacalhau (salt cod) to perform their identities." Rutgers-restricted Access
"Ethnic Identity and Interethnic Dating in Portuguese Young Adults,"
Warren A. Reich, Jennifer M. Ramos, and Rashmi Jaipal. Asian Journal of Social Psychology 3(2), August 2000, 153-161.
"Forty undergraduate Rutgers-Newark students (21 women and 19 men) of Portuguese descent, aged 18 to 28, participated in a study on identity commitment and attitudes toward interethnic dating. High commitment to a Portuguese identity was associated with a collectivist orientation and with having a social network densely populated with Portuguese people." Rutgers-restricted Access
Celebrating the Portuguese Communities in America: A Cartographic Perspective
Online exhibit from the Library of Congress. Includes a section on Twentieth-Century Arrivals in Newark.

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