Dr. Martha Frayde Barraqué (b. 1920) served as Cuba's representative to UNESCO in Paris until 1965, when she returned to Cuba and became active in the dissident movement. With Ricardo Bofill, she founded the Comité Cubano Pro Derechos Humanos (Cuban Committee for Human Rights) in 1976. Frayde served 29 years as a political prisoner and has lived in exile in Spain since 1979.
The Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers consist of letters she received from her friend, the Cuban visual artist Wifredo Lam (1902-1982), between 1962 and 1966, all of which have been digitized and made available online. The online collection also includes a group photograph of Lam and Frayde in Mexico in 1957.