FBI Folders Reference Room
On March 14, 2000, the Senate of Puerto Rico directed the Committee on Government and Federal
Affairs through S. R. 3063 to conduct an investigation on the participation, furnishing and exchange of information between Puerto Rico’s government authorities
and Federal agencies in the preparation of records, files, or any other method for compiling information on individuals, groups and organizations in Puerto Rico
or political or ideological grounds or due to their ties to decolonization and independence movements.
In order to achieve this purpose, the Committee on Government and Federal Affairs of the Senate of Puerto Rico
was authorized to request or require the presentation of documents and to submit under the Freedom of Information Act, any petitions as necessary for the required
information. The efforts made by said Committee and by Congressman José Serrano gave way to the commitment of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to surrender
copies of the records thus prepared. These documents were to be declassified by said Federal agency, handed over to Congressman José Serrano, and at the same time
transferred to the Committee on Government and Federal Affairs for their disclosure. Due to these efforts, the Senate of Puerto Rico began to receive thousands of
The documents are reproductions, both in hardcopy and in electronic media, of the originals located
in the archives of the Federal Bureau of Investigations in Washington.
The Senate of Puerto Rico approved S. R. 206, whereby the Committee on the Judiciary was directed
to proceed with the investigation on the participation, furnishing and exchange of information between Puerto Rico’s government authorities and the United States government.
The Senate of Puerto Rico approved Concurrent Resolution No. 34 of June 16, 2005, introduced by the President,
the Hon. Kenneth McClintock Hernández, with the purpose of transferring to the Legislative Library at the Office of Legislative Services, the custody over all materials gathered during
the investigations conducted by the Senate pursuant to Senate Resolution No. 3063 of March 14, 2000, and Senate Resolution No. 206 of June 20, 2001.
By January 2009, the FBI Record Reference Room has nine hundred and twenty four (924) records under its custody;
there are, likewise, 185,551 folios in total.
The Federal records or dossier is a set of documents, files or any other method created
by virtue of the information obtained from informers, officers or officials of the Government of the United States, whether by itself or by exchange with the
Government of Puerto Rico, concerning the activities of individuals or organizations on the grounds of their political ideology, whether presumed or identified.
In the records, you will be able to find declassified information in reference to:
commemorative activities, newspaper articles, letters, photographs of events, photographs of individuals, fliers, publications, lists of attendees to
meetings or activities, demonstrations and strikes, as well as detailed information compiled on individuals.
The Collection is constituted by: student organizations,
college student organizations, political parties, and organizations related to decolonization movements, including clandestine
groups. At present, we have received the FBI records of Don Luis Muñoz-Marín and Don Pedro Albizu-Campos.
The Reference Room is a unique documentary repository in
Puerto Rico, which makes it a valuable source to gain further knowledge on the matter of 20th century Puerto Rican political history.
Its main purpose is the classification, arrangement, description and conservation of FBI records, in order to provide the general
citizenry with free access to the documents.