Alvarina Braga Family Collection [1906-1997]

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Title

Alvarina Braga Family Collection [1906-1997]

Date

1906-1997

Description

This collection centers on the life of the Braga family, an Azorean American couple who raised their children in Lowell, MA.


Biographical Note:
Alvarina (Bettencourt) Braga was born on the island of Graciosa in the Azores and immigrated to Lowell in 1956. She married Daniel Braga in 1958 and they had three children together. They were both very involved with the Portuguese American community in Lowell, including memberships in the Holy Ghost Society and Portuguese American Center.

Daniel Braga, Alvarina's husband, was born May 31, 1932. Daniel moved to the U.S. in 1950. He originally settled in Lawrence, then moved to San Diego, before finally arriving in Lowell. His parents were Francisco Braga and Herminia Santos Braga. Daniel served as the President of the Holy Ghost Society and was a lifetime member of the Blues Club (Portuguese American Center).

Alvarina's mother, Carlota (Charlotte) Espinola Bettencourt, was born in Lowell in 1906. Carlota's father, Manuel Jose Espinola, was born in Graciosa, but his family immigrated to Lowell in 1885. Manuel worked as a loomfixer (or, as Alvarina described it, the "master of the looms"), while Carlota went to the Lincoln School. In 1921, Carlota's parents moved her back to Graciosa with them. While in Graciosa, she met Jose S. Bettencourt. The two moved back to the United States with their children (including Alvarina) in 1956.

Subject

Antique and classic cars
Azorean Americans
Beaches
Birthday parties
Catholic Church--Dioceses
Children of immigrants
Christmas
Fathers and sons
Fisheries
Fishing
Graduation (school)
Halloween
Immigrant families
Portuguese American women
Processions, Religious--Catholic Church
Snow
Wedding photography

Coverage

Lowell (Mass.)

Source

Digital scans from the personal collection of Alvarina Braga.

Publisher

UMass Lowell, Center for Lowell History

Rights

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Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Image
Text

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