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Other Digital Initiatives at the University of Miami Libraries

The University of Miami Libraries features projects and initiatives developed to preserve and support the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University. These initiatives feature materials from the collections at University of Miami Libraries including Special Collections and the Cuban Heritage Collection, and from collaborative projects and publications developed with faculty and Students.

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.

dLOC - Digital Library of the Caribbean

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.

Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection

The Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection is a historical collection of plant anatomical microscope slides that were made early in the 20th century by Walter Tennyson Swingle (1871 - 1952), one of the twentieth century's foremost authorities on citrus plants. The site also features animated plant sections, information on Walter Tennyson Swingle, and references to literature and related sites.

The Collaborative Archive from the African Diaspora

The Collaborative Archive from the African Diaspora (CAAD) is a shared archive of manuscripts, oral histories, images, books, archives, maps, film, scrapbooks, posters, and other ephemera documenting African American and Black history, culture and experiences in South Florida and other Florida destinations and the Caribbean.

Caribbean Art and Visual Culture

As Far as the Eye/I Can See: Caribbean Art and Visual Culture is the product of a 2008 Digital Library Fellowship awarded to Dr. Patricia Saunders, Assistant Professor in the Department of English. This visual arts web site features contemporary Caribbean artists sharing their visions, voices and vantage points. Critics offer perspectives on current exhibits as well as critical debate on contemporary visual art and culture. The Digital Library Fellowship Program is funded by Richter Library and supports faculty partnerships in developing new digital resources that advance research, teaching, and learning.

Old Florida Maps

Old Florida Maps tells the story, using digital reproductions of maps from monographs and private collections held locally in South Florida, of how Florida came to be represented in the current geographic form familiar to us all. The author of this scholarly endeavor is Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald, founder and chairman of the Miami International Map Fair at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.

Travel, Tourism and Urban Growth in Greater Miami

This archive contains selected images from eight collections in the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections Division and narrative that examine the variety of elements that have shaped travel, tourism, and urban growth in Greater Miami. It was developed by Dr. Robin Bachin, Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor in the University of Miami History Department, in collaboration with the University of Miami Libraries.

The Sixties

The Sixties site was developed to support an interdepartmental (History, English, American Studies) course taught by Professors Bowen and Spivey. It features oral history presentations by UM faculty, a sixties chronology, and a selected bibliography of books held in the University of Miami Libraries.

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.

Democracy in Miami: A Work in Progress

Local experts, activists and officials participate in a series of video-taped panels discussing the state of democracy in contemporary Miami and ways that the quality of life can be improved for area residents. The project was developed and hosted by Professor Gregory Bush, History Department.

Bibliography on Moderate Cuban Politics

An annotated bibliography of 271 primary and secondary resources related to events, groups and individuals that advocated Cuba return to democratic process during the period 1952-1965. Prepared by Holly Ackerman.

Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal

A bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal of original works by Caribbean writers and scholars worldwide exclusively in electronic form. The journal is a non-profit project of Caribbean Literary Studies in the Department of English at the University of Miami.

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.

Voices of Andrew

This web site provides an online archive of approximately seventy oral history interviews with people who not only lived through Hurricane Andrew, but also experienced the subsequent recovery process in the first months after the storm. The interviews were conducted by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Miami under the supervision of Professor Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. Department of Teaching and Learning, School of Education, University of Miami. The web site includes not only the full text of interviews, as well as selected digital audio files.

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.

The Jesse S. Wooley Florida Photographs

Late in January of 1896, Jesse Sumner Wooley, a well-known photographer from Ballston Spa, New York, took passage to Florida on the S.S. Algonquin. Equipped with a hand-held Eastman Kodak Bulls-Eye camera, Wooley used his trip to St. Augustine to create a stereopticon or lantern-slide lecture about Florida. Wooley subsequently returned to Florida in the 1920s and 1930s. The photographs and text which make up this web site are the result of both his trips in 1896 and three decades later.

Reclaiming the Everglades

Examine documents on the establishment of the Everglades National Park; the growth of the modern conservation movement; the treatment of Native American Indians and related materials from the University of Miami Libraries, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and Florida International University.