The Trina Padilla de Sanz papers, 1845-1968, Mss 0020

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The Trina Padilla de Sanz papers, 1845-1968, Mss 0020


Padilla de Sanz, Trinidad
La Hija del Caribe
Puerto Rico--Twentieth
Social Activism


Trinidad (Trina) Padilla de Sanz (1864-1957) was a Puerto Rican poet, suffragist, and composer. Her lifetime spanned several of the most defining moments of Puerto Rico’s history, all collected in her writings and correspondence with some of the most influential people in Puerto Rico and Latin America at the time. She adopted the pen name “La Hija del Caribe” in honor of her father José Gualberto Padilla (1829-1896), a prominent medic, poet, and political activist known as “El Caribe”. La Hija enjoyed a prolific literary career over the course of several decades, with her corpus consisting of articles, essays, poems, and short stories on a variety of socio-political, artistic, and musical topics. The Trina Padilla de Sanz papers date from 1845 to 1968, with the majority of records dating from 1902 to 1957, and include personal correspondence, original manuscripts, published works, photographs, clippings, and a small number of family papers. This collection not only depicts the exceptional life of Trina Padilla de Sanz, but also documents a time of great socio-political and cultural change in Puerto Rico.


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Collection Items

Poem: "Ana Roque de Duprey"
This is a poem by Padilla de Sanz written in honor of her friend, the suffragist Ana Roque de Duprey after her death in 1933. In this short poem, La Hija not only paid tribute to Roque de Duprey's fulfilling life but also alluded to the broader…

Speech: "Conferencia dada en la Cárcel de Arecibo"
Speech given by Padilla de Sanz in the prison of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. La Hija addressed the inmates directly and offered them advice on how to rehabilitate themselves through Christianity and education. Rather than a dismissive and judgemental tone,…

Article: "El Caso de Puerto Rico"
Article written by Padilla de Sanz in the publication Tricolor about Puerto Rican independence. Padilla argued that disunity amongst figures in the independence movement hindered the country's liberation efforts.

Excerpt: "La Mujer ante la Guerra"
Excerpt from an article written by Padilla de Sanz regarding contributions made by women to the war effort. Padilla de Sanz argued that while traditionally seen as inferior to men, women have held their own throughout history and deserve equal…

Article: "Idiomas, Tradiciones, y Volantines"
In this article for Condor Blanco, Padilla de Sanz wrote about the importance of preserving Puerto Rican culture and language when faced with powerful outside influences.

Poem: "La Injusticia Social"
In this poem Padilla de Sanz lamented the extreme wealth inequality that led to the suffering of disadvantaged children. She observed how these inequalities in youth would greatly influence their path in life, creating a vicious cycle of poverty.

Excerpt: "Labor de las madres en el hogar"
This is an excerpt taken from an article by La Hija on the important role that women play in the home. La Hija argued that the contributions made by women while in the private sphere were just as valuable as those made by men in the public sphere.…

Article: "La Patria Se Va"
Article written by Padilla de Sanz about the replacement of local priests in Arecibo to make way for the addition of priests from the United States. La Hija was furious that these new additions to the parish did not speak Spanish, preventing them…

Excerpt: "Las mujeres no contamos"
In this article Padilla de Sanz highlighted the important contributions made by women throughout history.

Excerpt: "La pretendida superioridad de la raza sajona sobre la raza latina"
This is an excerpt taken from an article written by Padilla de Sanz explaining that the dominance of the Anglo-Saxon race was not due to an innate superiority but rather an abuse of power.
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