Ana Livia Cordero (1931-1992)
A physician and political activist, Ana Livia Cordero was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, where her parents were professors at the University of Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico she conducted a Rockefeller-funded research study to determine how to provide adequate medical care to the rural poor. In 1961 Cordero and her family moved to Ghana where Cordero ran a women's heath clinic and served as W.E.B. Du Bois's physician until his death in 1963. Cordero was expelled after the fall of President Nkrumah and returned to Puerto Rico where she continued her work as a doctor and activist. She was arrested for her activism in 1968. Cordero and her group, the Proyecto Piloto (Pilot Project), maintained connections with the African American liberation movement in the United States. The collection includes Cordero's personal correspondence, passports, photographs, writings, and clippings. Records of the Proyecto Piloto (Pilot Project) include work plans, accounts, press releases, neighborhood census forms, as well as copies of Puerto Rican police surveillance files on Cordero. Also included are correspondence, reports, etc., from Cordero's work to help survivors of a hurricane in Nicaragua, and Haitian refugees forcibly imprisoned in Puerto Rico. The collection includes some printed material (comic books, etc.) used in political education of Puerto Ricans, and Cordero's medical bag and instruments.