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Below are descriptions and links to Cuban Heritage Collection digital collections with digital manuscripts, photographs, letters, maps and other resources held in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection. These presentations have been developed collaboratively by teams comprised of archivists, Digital Initiatives staff and the Cataloging Department.

Agrupación Abdala Poster Collection

Posters dating from 1967 to 1982 by the anti-communist student organization Agrupación Abdala.

Alberto Arredondo Papers

Essays, reports, and conference papers by Alberto Arredondo (1912-1968) regarding Cuba's economy.

Asela Torres Photography Collection

A selection of photographs of Cuban and Hispanic performing artists in Miami as captured by photographer Asela Torres. 

Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection

Black and white photographs of the Mayhew and McAbee families during their time living in the American colony of La Gloria in the province of Camagüey, Cuba from 1901 to 1952.

Carmen Puig Papers

Primarily 19th century and early 20th century photographs of the Ramsden and Cox families. Jennings Cox was an American engineer who ran the mines at Daiquirí, Cuba, who is credited with inventing the daiquiri cocktail there in 1898.

CHC Books

Selected books held by the Cuban Heritage Collection and published before 1923.

CHC Lectures and Presentations

Video recordings of Cuban Heritage Collection lectures, book presentations, and other events from 2005 forward.

CHC Periodicals

Selected journals, newspapers, magazines, and newsletters held by the Cuban Heritage Collection and published primarily before 1923.

CHC Theater Collections

Digitized content from CHC's holdings of the papers of theater artists in Cuba and the diaspora, including photographs, playbills, and costume and set designs.

CHC Viewbooks Collection

Selected booklets and souvenir albums of Cuba from the end of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century.

Collazo Family Papers

Correspondence from the Collazo family about their commercial activities in the Caribbean from the 1820s-1890s.

Cordovés and Bolaños Families Collection

Letters, documents, and photographs from Cuba's 19th-century Wars of Independence and the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion.

Cuba: Capitanía Collection

"Bandos" (edicts), royal decrees, and official forms published between 1896 and 1898 during the governments of Valeriano Weyler and Ramón Blanco, Captain Generals of the Island of Cuba.

Cuban Historical and Literary Manuscript Collection

Original manuscripts from the 17th to the 20th centuries, including letters, literary manuscripts, slavery and property documents, and other such materials by figures in Cuba's history and culture.

Cuban Law and Governance

Publications related to Cuban law and legislation that were digitized as part of a broader multi-institutional initiative to provide access to the legal history of the island, inclduing La Gaceta de La Habana.

Cuban Map Collection

Maps of Cuba dating from the Colonial period to 1923, including general maps, city and town maps, tourist maps, and other specialized maps.

Cuban Museum of Art and Culture Records

Notable materials include several letters from José Martí, and late 19th and early 20th photographs and documents relating to the Bacardí family in Cuba.

Cuban Photograph Collections

Over 5,000 photographs from the 19th to the 21st centuries, covering a wide range of topics about Cuba and the Cuban diaspora.

Cuban Postcard Collection

Over 500 postcards depicting landscapes, street scenes, monuments, and other views across the island of Cuba.

Cuban Refugee Center Records

Selected photographs and newsletters from the 1960s and 70s published by the Cuban Refugee Program, a federal program that provided education, medical, employment, and relocation services to Cuban refugees. Photographs primarily depict refugee families and service activities coordinated by the Program.

Edward Spalding Papers

Correspondence and business records from 1800-1825 documenting the activities of Edward Spalding, a shipping agent who worked in Cuba in the early nineteenth century.

Enrique Labrador Ruiz Papers

Manuscripts, letters, and clippings of Enrique Labrador Ruiz (1902-1991), Cuban journalist and poet.

Estus H. Magoon Collection

Photographs from the 1930s and 40s that document sanitation and public health projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, showing technical processes, construction sites, living conditions and scenic views of countries such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Jamaica.

Federico García Lorca Papers

Letters from Spanish poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) to Cuban diplomat and writer José María Chacón y Calvo (1892-1969) and photographs of García Lorca’s visit to Cuba in 1930 and in Spain.

Fernando Fernández-Cavada Collection

Correspondence of the Fernández- Cavada family during Cuba's Ten Years War (1868-1878), as well as material belonging to Emilio Fernández-Cavada Suárez del Villar, Lieutenant Colonel in Cuba's War of Independence (1895-1898).

Gerardo Machado y Morales Papers

Letters, photographs, manuscripts, financial records, and other documents of Gerardo Machado (1871-1939) and his family, primarily from their years in exile from Cuba. Machado was Cuba's fifth president from 1925 to 1933.

Guillermo “Willy” González Collection

Photographs and slides of Guillermo González documenting the Cuban landscape and built environment.  

Herberto Dumé Papers

Selected photographs and theater programs from the papers of the Cuban theater director Herberto Dumé (1929-2003).

Herman Beller Photograph Collection

Photographs of metal works produced at Herman Beller's company in Havana, including machinery parts, school bus frames, furniture, commemorative plaques, and ornamental public works, as well as his work at the Parque de la Fraternidad in Havana.

Human Rights Oral History Project

Videos and outlines of oral history interviews with Cuban dissidents, with a focus on the Black Spring of 2003 when the Cuban government arrested 75 activists.

José Curbelo Papers

The José Curbelo (1917-2012) papers contain photographs, clippings, copies of advertisements, and promotional materials which primarily document Curbelo’s band and its trajectory in New York during the 1940s.

José Lezama Lima Papers

Letters written between 1961 and 1976 by Cuban poet, essayist, and novelist José Lezama Lima (1910-1976) to his sisters Eloisa and Rosa.

José Miró Cardona Audio

Speeches and radio programs featuring the discourse of Cuban lawyer and politician José Miró Cardona while he was exiled in Miami, Florida and Puerto Rico, primarily from the 1960s.

Junta Provincial de Patronato de Matanzas Records

Official documents from the Junta Provincial de Patronato de Matanzas, including correspondence between local juntas and the main junta, and reports detailing names or numbers of patrocinados that document cases of individual patrocinados.

Leandro Soto Papers

Designs and playbills of exhibitions and performances by Leandro Soto, Cuban-born set and costume designer, and a visual and performance artist.

Luis Casero Guillén Collection

Scrapbooks containing photographs, clippings, awards, correspondence, and pamphlets related to the life of Cuban politician, Luis Casero Guillén (1902-1998).

Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project

Videos, outlines, and selected transcripts of oral history interviews conducted principally with members of the first generations of Cubans to leave the island after the Cuban Revolution.

Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection

Photographs, yearbooks, and newsletters primarily from the 1940s and 50s of the Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club, a Havana women's organization that promoted cultural understanding, women's issues, social welfare, and women's athletics.

Lydia Cabrera Papers

Letters, photographs, research notes, and manuscripts from the papers of Lydia Cabrera (1899-1991), one of the 20th century's leading writers on Afro-Cuban religion and culture.

Manuel Martín, Jr. Papers

Production photographs of plays written by Cuban-born playwright and theater director Manuel Martín, Jr. (1934-2000), who founded Teatro Duo/ Duo Theater with Magaly Abalú in New York in 1969.

Manuel Ochoa Papers

Selected images, programs, and music scores from the papers of Cuban-born conductor Manuel Ochoa (1925-2006), founder of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Manuel R. Bustamante Photograph Collection

Over 600 black and white photographs of buildings, landscapes, street scenes, and other views from all parts of Cuba, primarily from the turn of the 20th century.

Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers

Letters from 1962 to 1966 from the Cuban visual artist Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) to Dr. Martha Frayde Barraqué (b. 1920).

Merici Academy Collection

School yearbooks, photographs, periodicals, and ephemera from Merici Academy, a private, Catholic all-girls school that operated from 1941-1961 in Havana, Cuba.

Nicolás Quintana Papers

Photographs and slides from Cuban modernist architect Nicolás Quintana documenting Club Kawama, the Varadero Residential Yacht Club, and Trinidad.

Orichas Collection

Seventeen signed lithographs and one catalog of the series of drawings by Cuban-born artist Alberto del Pozo (1946-1992) of the deities of Afro-Cuban Santería.

Osvaldo Sánchez Film Collection

Commercials of businesses from Miami's Latin community filmed by Cuban cinematographer Osvaldo Sánchez in the 1970s.

Polita Grau de Agüero Papers

Speeches, writings, and photographs that document Polita Grau's (1915-2000) 13 years as a political prisoner in Cuba and her activities in exile on behalf of political prisoners.

Ramiro A. Fernández Collection

Photographs collected by Ramiro Fernandez that document Cuban life, history, and culture from the 1890s through the 1950s.

Ramiro Casañas Collection

Correspondence and documentation from the nineteenth century Cuban independence movement, Junta Revolucionaria Cubana [Cuban Revolutionary Committee].

Randy Barceló Collection

Randy Barceló (1946-1994) was the first Hispanic nominated for a Tony Award for costume design for 1972's Jesus Christ Superstar. Selected design drawings, theater production photographs, and posters are available online.

Raymond Labonte Photograph Collection

The Raymond Labonte photograph collection contains photographs taken by US Army corporal Raymond Labonte during his time stationed at the San Antonio de los Baños US Army Air Base near Havana, Cuba during the 1940s.

Ricardo Arregui Audio Collection

Digitized audio recordings of advertisements by Arregui-Fergo Advertising in Cuba and Arregui International Advertising in South Florida that aired from the 1950s through the early 2000s.

Rolando Laserie Papers

Photographs documenting the career of Cuban-born singer Rolando Laserie (1923-1998) in Cuba and in exile, including images of many other Cuban musicians and entertainers.

Ruston Academy Records

School yearbooks, photographs, periodicals, and ephemera from the Ruston Academy, a private, bilingual, college preparatory school that operated from 1920-1961 in Havana, Cuba.

StoryCorps Historias

Audio interviews from the StoryCorps Historias project that were recorded in Miami or with participants who self-identified as Cuban or Cuban descent.

Tad Szulc Collection of Interview Transcripts

Transcripts of interviews with Fidel Castro and others recorded by Tad Szulc in preparation for his book Fidel: A Critical Portrait (New York: Morrow, 1986).

Tobacco Art Collection

Art and ephemera associated with the Cuban tobacco industry, including commercial tobacco packaging labels, cigar trademarks, and cigar bands.

Tom Pohrt Photograph Collection

Photographs from Cuba in the 19th and 20th century, including albumen prints, daguerreotype and ambrotype portraits, stereographs, and color slides.

Tomás Estrada Palma Collection

Letters, photographs, and clippings related to Tomás Estrada Palma (1835- 1908), first president of the Cuban Republic (1902-1906), and his family, particularly his son and grandson.

Truth About Cuba Committee, Inc. Records

Pamphlets, fliers and newsletters by The Truth About Cuba Committee, Inc. (TACC), a non-profit organization established by Cuban exiles in Miami in 1961 to disseminate information about communist Cuba and its role in promoting communism throughout Latin America.

Virgilio Piñera Collection

Letters exchanged between Virgilio Piñera and Adolfo de Obieta during the 1940s and 1950s, and a copy of Piñera’s play Una caja de zapatos vacía.