Audio Recording "She was an American girl, but she liked to have a Spanish dress."

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Title
"She was an American girl, but she liked to have a Spanish dress."
Contributor Names
Mantilla, Francisco "Arturo" (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-10
Subject Headings
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  Stores & shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Elsa's Fashions (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Francisco "Arturo" Mantilla, co-owner of Elsa's Fashions on 21st Avenue.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks which Spanish speaking national groups form the client base. Are Puerto Ricans, who have been here for many years and who often speak English, among them? AM says that Puerto Ricans who were born in this country and have lived here all their lives like to have Spanish things in their lives. Like weddings, for example. A woman who works for the Paterson schools, who was born here, went to an "American" place [to arrange for her wedding dress] but didn't see anything she liked. So she came to Elsa's, spent time with Elsa. Elsa showed her dresses from an American magazine, but the woman said this is a very important time in her life, and she wants something Spanish. So Elsa showed her dresses in Spanish magazines, and she found something she liked. And this is true of many customers. And customers pay less for a nice dress at Elsa's than they pay elsewhere.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A007
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.tca00703
Language
Online Format
audio

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Credit line

Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Mantilla, Francisco "Arturo", and Thomas D Carroll. "She was an American girl, but she liked to have a Spanish dress.". -08-10, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003883/.

APA citation style:

Mantilla, F. ". & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "She was an American girl, but she liked to have a Spanish dress.". -08-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003883/.

MLA citation style:

Mantilla, Francisco "Arturo", and Thomas D Carroll. "She was an American girl, but she liked to have a Spanish dress.". -08-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003883/>.