Isabel Cuchí Coll

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Isabel Cuchí Coll
BornMarch 28, 1904
DiedDecember 22, 1993
San Juan, Puerto Rico
NationalityPuerto Rican
OccupationFormer Director of the "Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueño
She was the granddaughter of Cayetano Coll y Toste

Isabel Cuchí Coll[note 1] (March 28, 1904 – December 22, 1993) was a journalist, author and the Director of the Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños (Society of Puerto Rican Authors). She came from a family of Puerto Rican historians and politicians.[note 2]

Early years[edit]

Cuchí Coll was one of six siblings born to Luisa Coll y Cuchí (daughter of Cayetano Coll y Toste) and Luis Cuchí Arnau in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.[1]

She studied journalism after completing her formal primary and secondary education. In 1920s Cuchi Coll moved to New York City with her parents and resided at West 84th Street in Manhattan. After her father died, she and her brothers Louis, Victor, Enrique and sisters Margarita and Conchita where raised by their mother.[2]

Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueño[edit]

In the early 1930s, Cuchí Coll returned to Puerto Rico and began her career as a journalist with the magazine "Puerto Rico Ilustrado". As a writer, she also collaborated with various other news forums[specify].

In January 1937, Cuchí Coll interviewed Agustín Barrios Mangoré a guitarist form Paraguay during the concert ""La Momia del Cacique" presented in the Teatro Paramount of San Juan. The interview was published in the Puerto Rico Illustrated magazine with a photo of Barrios Mangoré dressed as Cacique Mangoré dedicated to Cuchí Coll. The interview, which was recovered recently, is considered as historically important by the authorities of Paraguay because it gives the only known published impression of the artist in regard to the legend of the Cacique mommy.[3]

Cuchí Coll was named director of the "Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueños" (Society of Puerto Rican Authors).[2] Under her directorship, she helped to promote the written works of various Puerto Rican authors. In 1972, she published some of the works of her grandfather, Cayetano Coll y Toste including "Historia de la esclavitud en Puerto Rico (información y documentos)" (History of Slavery in Puerto Rico (documents and information)).[2] She also published "Dos Poetisas de América: Clara Lair y Julia de Burgos".

Cuchí Coll written works[edit]

Among her written works in Spanish are the following:[1]

  • "Del Madrid Literario"
  • "Oro Nativo"
  • "La Novia del Estudiante"

Other written works

Two of her most important written works are "Mujer (1945))" (Woman) and the drama "La Familia de Justo Malgenio (1961)) (The family of Just Bad mood).[2] Among her published work are the following:

  • "Mujer"; Publisher: Imprenta Aleu, San Juan de Puerto Rico; ASIN: B00525T1N0
  • "The Student's Sweetheart (a Drama in Three Acts)"; 1973; ASIN: B001IPBBIQ.
  • "La familia de Justo Malgenio: Three act comedy: Puerto Ricans in New York"; 1974; ISBN 84-399-1997-2; ISBN 978-84-399-1997-1
  • "My Puerto Rican Poppa (A Comedy in Three Acts) [Puerto Rican]"; Jean H De Porrata (Translator); 1974; SIN: B000M3E1L4
  • "Historia de la esclavitud en Puerto Rico (información y documentos)"; Cayetano Coll y Toste (Author), Isabel Cuchí Coll (Editor); Publisher: Sociedad de Autores Puertorriqueño; ASIN: B0030P6XNK

Notable family members[edit]

Cuchí Coll's grandfather Dr. Cayetano Coll y Toste (1850–1930), was a historian and writer.[4] Her uncle José Coll y Cuchí was the founder of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and her other uncle Cayetano Coll y Cuchí, was once the President of Puerto Rico House of Representatives.[5] Her cousin (José's daughter) Edna Coll was an educator and author who founded the Academy of Fine Arts in Puerto Rico.[1][2] Her second cousin, (Edna's son), Jose "Fufi" Santori Coll was a former BSN basketball player, coach and television sportscaster.[6]

Later years[edit]

In her later years, she contributed to the promotional program of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. On December 22, 1993, Cuchí Coll died in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cuchí and the second or maternal family name is Coll.
  2. ^ See: "Notable family members" section


  1. ^ a b c "Figuras Historicas De Puerto Rico, Vol. 2" ; Editor: Adolfo R. Lopez; Page 5 and 6; 2000. Publisher: Editorial Codillera, Inc.; ISBN 0-88495-188-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f ["Tras las Huellas de Nuestro Paso"; by: Ildelfonso López; Publisher: AEELA, 1998
  3. ^ ”LA MOMIA DEL CACIQUE” por: Carlos Salcedo Centurión
  4. ^ Biografías – Cayetano Coll y Toste Archived July 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at Nuevo Dia]
  5. ^ El Nuevo Dia Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "NACIONALIDAD Y CIUDADANÍA"; El Nuevo Dia Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine