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University of Miami Libraries Online Exhibits

Below are links to thematic digital exhibits prepared by University of Miami archivists and librarians and featuring resources held in the University of Miami Special Collections, Cuban Heritage Collection, and the University Archives.

Aaron Thomas: The Caribbean Journal of a Royal Navy Seaman, 1798-1799

The Caribbean Journal of Aaron Thomas, dating from June 15, 1789 through October 26, 1799, chronicles the daily life of a crew member of HMS Lapwing, a Royal Navy frigate cruising the waters of the Lesser Antilles. The handwritten journal includes accounts of battles with enemy ships, including a report detailing the events surrounding the taking of Surinam by the British during the month of August, 1799.

Alberto del Pozo's Orishas

The Oricha Collection by Alberto del Pozo pays homage to the primary gods and goddesses that comprise the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería. Each pen, crayon, and ink illustration measures 40 by 30 inches. The Oricha Collection is held in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection.

Amos Beebe Eaton: A Soldier's Journal of the Second Seminole Indian Wars

The Amos Beebe Eaton Papers include a journal kept by Eaton while serving as a soldier in the Second Seminole Indian Wars during 1837 and 1838. This handwritten journal chronicles an extraordinary year in the life of a young lieutenant and provides detailed insight into life in South Florida over 160 years ago.

Avellaneda on her 200th Anniversary

This exhibit highlights the writings of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (1814-1873) as represented in her novel Sab, letters to contemporaries, and samples of her poetry.

Between Despair and Hope: Cuban Rafters at the U.S. Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, 1994-1996

From August 1994 to February 1996, over 30,000 Cubans were detained at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after attempting to reach the United States on rafts and other make shift vessels. "Between Despair and Hope" tells the story of how the U.S. Government managed that crisis.

Bob Simms: An Activist's Life and Legacy

This exhibit offers a snapshot of the life and legacy of Robert H. Simms and an overview of some of the research resources available in his collection. The online exhibit contains photographs, maps, a timeline, a bibliography and information on the collection held in Special Collections, Otto G. Richter Library.

Bound to Please: Fine Leather Bindings

A selection of 70 volumes from the extensive rare book holdings of the Special Collections Division. The exhibition describes and illustrates a diverse and exquisite group of leather bindings dating from the fifteenth through the early twentieth century and include books from the United States, Cuba, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.

Costumes of South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Costumes of South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean selected from books in Richter Library Speical Collections are illustrated and described. The site includes an essay and bibliography.

Cuban Theater Digital Archive

A bilingual cultural heritage site developed by Dr. Lillian Manzor that provides inter-related information on writers, directors, texts, productions, festival, venues and theater companies. Also included are digitized photographs, theater programs, and other resources, including video excerpts of theater productions. This project was funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Cuban Theater in Miami: 1960 - 1980

This site traces the development of Cuban and Hispanic theater in Miami, highlighting different artists, performances, organizations and places. Video interviews and photographs are included in the presentation.

Emancipation: A Caribbean Story

The people of the Caribbean islands, survivors of brutal slave regimes had to carve out new economic, political, and personal identities for themselves. Dr. Edward Baptist, professor of history at the University of Miami, and another section of his History 300/Caribbean Studies class collaborated with the Special Collections faculty and staff, to create this educational web site. Students used for their research many rare Caribbean materials from Special Collections. These historical materials are used to vividly describe and illustrate this period of great change in the Caribbean.

In Search of Freedom: Cuban Exiles and the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program

The exodus from Cuba that began with the Revolution of 1959 and intensified with Fidel Castro's public acknowledgment of his Marxist-Leninist ideology lacked precedent in Cuban exile history. The United States had never before been the first country of asylum for such a large number of political refugees - 1,700 per week by the end of 1960. The American response to the crisis also made history through the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program of 1961 that welcomed more than half a million exiles during the next two decades.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Writer & Conservationist

This digital exhibit highlights the literary accomplishments and social activism of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a unique personality in Florida history. The materials include a timeline, bibliography, photographs, maps and information that document Ms. Douglas' life, conservationist involvement and her profound regional interest in Florida.

Memories of U - The Historical Photographs

These photographs are of students and campus life from the early 1950s to early 1960s selected from the University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection. The images were chosen for the 'Old Timers' who were attending the 2008 Alumni Weekend.

Memory and Record

Memory and Record previews Cuban and Cuban exile resources in the Cuban Heritage Collection. Categories include The Colonial Era, U.S. Occupation, The Republic, Revolutionary Cuba, Cuban Exiles, Postcards, and Havana 1900.

Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records

The Pan American Records include administrative and financial files; technical, mechanical and research reports; extensive public relations and promotional materials; internal publications including newsletters, journals and press releases; and other materials. Extensive photograph files, albums, and scrapbooks also document the world-wide history of Pan Am as a pioneer in the development of aviation equipment, air routes, commercial passenger service, navigation techniques and communication systems.

Past is Prologue : The Bard @ UM

This exhibit features items from the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections's rare book and archival collections that represent William Shakespeare's enduring legacy, including the University's finest and most interesting copies of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets; a segment devoted to titles which shaped and influenced the bard's body of work; and illustrative examples of how Shakespeare continues to be an important subject of modern discourse.

Sharp Focus: The Michael L. Carlebach Photography Exhibition

Visit a sampling of the photojournalist and author's thousands of captured images which are currently held by the University of Miami Libraries' Special Collections.

Slave Resistance: A Caribbean Story

A fascinating and scholarly account of the trials and lifestyles of Caribbean slaves. Dr. Edward Baptist, professor of history at the University of Miami, and his History 300/Caribbean Studies class collaborated with the Special Collections faculty and staff, to create this unique and educational web site. Many rare Caribbean maps from Special Collections, plus illustrations and engravings in rare books, were chosen as visual accompaniments to essays written by students on this infamous historical period.

Souvenirs of Miami, Florida: 100 Years of Promotional Literature

The Special Collections Division of the University of Miami Libraries has joined the celebration of the City of Miami's Centennial with a presentation of promotional literature selected from the Florida Collection. Promotional literature offers an important and colorful avenue to explore the historical development of Miami and its environs.

Student Life in the 1960s

The 1960s was a decade of countercultural and social revolution. The changing mood of the times as well as the corresponding activities of students is revealed in the rich collection of UM's historical imgages.

The Alvan Stewart Papers

The Alvan Stewart Papers contains a diary written by the New York lawyer and abolitionist Alvan Stewart (1780-1849). The diary chronicles Stewart's travels in 1831, including a sea voyage from New York to Liverpool, his travels through England and France, and the return voyage.

The Calvin Shedd Papers

Letters written by Calvin Shedd, a carpenter from New Hampshire, who enlisted in the Seventh Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers and served the Union Army during the Civil War from 1862 - 1863.

The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Experience in Miami

The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Experience in Miami is the online companion of the Special Collections exhibit located on the 2nd floor of the Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami (February 18 - May 1, 2009). The selected images tell a story of struggle, community challenges, and hope for Black Miami in the 20th century. Through a combination of personal papers, books, professional photography, fliers and reports of civil rights activities this exhibition on Black Miami presents a sobering glimpse at what was and illustrates a path of civic involvement and pride.

The Commodore's Story: Early Miami History

An exhibition of photographs from the Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers at the University of Miami Libraries' Special Collections. Commodore Ralph M. Munroe (1851-1933) was a man of many talents: yacht designer, sailor, accomplished photographer, entrepreneur and early conservationist who was instrumental in the historic development of Coconut Grove and the larger Miami community.

The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon: A Unique Sea Exodus

Explore the experiences of tens of thousands of citizens who have left Cuba in small boats, Home made rafts and other unusual craft. The site focuses on those who precipitated and participated in one specific sea exodus - the raft crisis of 1994. Through photos, videos, bibliography, primary documents, and narratives the site examines the 1994 crisis and, by extension, begins to investigate the nature of the larger theme of post-1980 Cuban migration.

The Gareth and Janet Dunleavy Collection of Irish History and Literature

The Gareth and Janet Dunleavy Collection of Irish History and Literature includes an array of printed works dating from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, accumulated by Gareth and Janet in the course of their scholarly research. The Dunleavys donated materials in memory of the late Bernard Benstock.

The Helen Carmichael Purdy Foundation Collection

The Helen Carmichael Purdy Foundation Collection contains an outstanding collection of rare and unique research materials on Florida and its vast history. The items presented here in the Purdy Foundation worldwide web exhibition cover a wide span of time, and encompass most of the classic formats of archival material. Books, maps, letters, and other documents spanning the 16th to the 20th century tell the fascinating story of the discovery, settlement and growth of the great state of Florida.

The Jackie Gleason Collection

The Jackie Gleason Collection includes books, journals, periodicals, and publications accumulated by this world famous entertainer. Gleason, a comedian, television star, and motion picture actor of international acclaim, developed a deep and abiding interest in parapsychology and its many components.

The Rare Map Collections

Although the map collections in the Special Collections include maps and charts that cover nearly all areas of the world, their major emphasis is on Florida, the United States, and the Caribbean Area. The collections are comprised of works by famous cartographers, covers a variety of subjects, and includes items dated from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

The University of Miami Commemorates 50 Years of Desegregation

This exhibit highlights pivotal moments of desegregation at the University of Miami. The photographs, newspaper clippings and various documents from the University's Archives trace tentative explorations starting as early as the 1950s to the official desegregation on the main Coral Gables Campus in the 1960s.

Treasures of the Americas

This online version of the Treasures of the Americas exhibit, which has been on display in the Richter Library since June of 2008, presents a selection of rare and unique materials documenting North and South America and the Caribbean. The items highlighted include rare books, maps, correspondence, diaries and journals, architectural drawings, photographs, paintings and sculpture from the University of Miami Libraries' Special Collections.

University of Miami Legacy

These photographs and streaming videos document the history of the University from the mid-1920s through 2000. Included are oral history interviews with former President Henry King Stanford, F.G. Walton Smith (discussing the founding of the School of Marine Science), and Harold Long, a founder of the United Black Students.