PRCAP (PR Citizenship Archives Project)

The United States annexed Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War of 1898 and has since governed the island as an unincorporated territory. Since 1898, Congress has debated upwards of 100 bills and enacted 11 laws extending four distinct types of citizenship to Puerto Rico. This website provides a documentary history of the federal citizenship legislation for Puerto Rico.

The Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project (PRCAP) is part of a larger project documenting the legal history of U.S. territorial citizenship law and policy. Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Associate Professor with a Joint Appointment in El Instituto and Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, is the coordinator for these projects. The English version of the page is hosted by the University of Connecticut and the Spanish version by the Universidad del Este.

Project Coordinator:

Charles R. Venator-Santiago, University of Connecticut

This site is a part of UConn Libraries’ Scholars Collaborative.

In Collaboration with

UConn Library

Biblioteca y Centro de Investigación Social Jesús T. Piñero, en la Universidad del Este

Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), Hunter College, CUNY

Departamento de Ciencia Política, Universidad de Puerto Rico

Hartford Public Library, Park Street Branch



University of Connecticut Library Staff

  • Jennifer Snow, Digital Scholarship/Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
  • Marisol Ramos, Publishing/Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
  • Doug Neary, UConn Library ITS
  • Rick Sarvas, UConn Library ITS