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Goulart-Ladino-Leal Collection

The Goulart-Ladino-Leal Collection at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth documents the Goulart family and their contribution to the Portuguese-American community of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The collection chronicles the descendants of Antonio Ferreira Goulart and his wife Francisca Pereira. The couple immigrated to New Bedford, Massachusetts in the late 19th century from the Autonomous Region of the Azores.  They had two sons born in New Bedford, Walter and Arthur Goulart. Walter Goulart died during World War I as one of the first Portuguese distinguished heroes of New Bedford. Arthur Goulart became the first Massachusetts State Representative of Portuguese descent.  Arthur's son, Arthur Goulart Jr., served in World War II and spent his life as a public servant for the city of New Bedford.  Finally the collection covers his son, Arthur Goulart III, and his life as a police detective in New Bedford and active New Bedford community member. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, pamphlets and emphemera. 

Folk dancing and Philharmonic groups

The 'Portuguese Times' is a portuguese-language newspaper based out of New Bedford, MA; it was founded in 1971 in Newark, New Jersey and subsquently moved to New Bedford in 1974.

As part of its reporting on the Portuguese community of New England, with a specific focus on the south coast of Massachusetts, it featured events where folk dancing (folclore) and philharmonic groups (bandas filarmonicas) were present.

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives has provided information regarding individuals, groups and bands where possible, however, we are looking to identify those who remain unknown. If you recognize a person, band or group, or even an event, please contact us!


Voz de Portugal

Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira, known fondly as "Ferreira Mendes" emigrated to Taunton, Massachusetts from northern Portugal, and was the founder,  sometime financier, and main announcer of the weekly Portuguese radio program "A Voz de Portugal."

The program was first aired in 1933 when Mr. Ferreira bought
time on a New Bedford radio station and solicited ads from local merchants. Over the years it was broadcast daily, and then in later years every Sunday morning and again on Sunday afternoon over WSAR in Fall River, WRIB in East Providence (1952-1967) and WPEP in Taunton.

It was the first daily radio program broadcast in Portuguese in New England, and one of the first in the United States. Each program was about one hour in length.

He brought in artists, including his wife, Maria Rosa Santos Ferreira, to perform music popular in the Azores and on mainland Portugal, with an orchestra, and announced upcoming events in the local Portuguese-American community. He also broadcast news from the Portuguese-speaking world, and solicited funds for various charities.

In the 1940s, he solicited money to aid residents of Castanheiro de Chã in Portugal after a fire left many residents homeless. He also raised considerable funds to aid immigrants in need, and to aid victims of flooding in Lisbon. He is quoted to have said that the purpose of a "Voz de Portugal" is for "recreation and charity." The program ran until 1990.

Edmund Dinis

Edmund Dinis was born on October 4th, 1924 in St. Michaels, Azores to Jacinto Dinis and Maria Dinis. The family emigrated to the United States, settling in New Bedford. Jacinto Dinis served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for more than 20 years. 

A graduate of New Bedford High School, he went on to attend the University of Chicago to study law. He served for a short time in the military during World War II as a French interpreter in the 100th infantry division. Afterward, Dinis continued his studies at the Harvard University Graduate School and then at the Suffolk University Law School, where he obtained his law degree in 1950.

Dinis was politically active in the south coast region of Massachusetts, serving in the House of Representatives in 1948, the State Senate in 1953, and the New Bedford City Council in 1975. In 1959 he was was elected district attorney for the Southern District of Massachusetts.

Dinis left office in 1970, and went on to pursue other projects such as the establishment of the Dighton Rock memorial, Peter Francisco Day and the memorial for Portuguese navigator Estevan Gomez in Bangor, Maine.

Dinis passed away on March 14th, 2010 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.