More than 300 books, CDs and DVDs on Azorean literature, history and culture will be donated to UMass Lowell, where the works will available for loan and reference to researchers, students and the public. Paulo Teves, director for communities abroad for the Regional Government of the Azores – a group of islands off mainland Portugal – will present the collection to UMass Lowell Library Director George Hart and Prof. Frank Sousa, director of the university’s Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture and Research.

The donation will strengthen ties between the university and the Azores. In the early 20th century, many immigrants arrived in Lowell from the islands to seek work in the city’s booming industrial mills, giving rise to a thriving Portuguese-American community throughout the Merrimack Valley.