Library Resources

Florida International University boasts a unique array of library resources for student and faculty research on Cuba and Cuban America, including the following collections:

Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection

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Music collector Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala at FIU's Green Library

The Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. Originally valued at over a million dollars, it comprises approximately 150,000 ítems that span the history of popular Cuban and other Latin musics. The collection features 45,000 LPs; 15,000 78 rpms; 4,500 cassettes containing interviews with composers and musicians, radio programs, music, and other materials; 5,000 pieces of sheet music; 3,000 books; and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes, and paper files. Among the collection's rarest items are early recordings made in prerevolutionary Cuba. The collection, donated to FIU in 2001, was started in the 1950s by Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala and restarted all over again in Puerto Rico in the 1960s. +More Info

Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

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. dLOC comprises collections that speak to the similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages, and governmental systems. Types of collections include but are not limited to newspapers, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, official documents, documentation, and numeric data for ecosystems, scientific scholarship, historic and contemporary maps, oral and popular histories, travel accounts, literature and poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts. +More Info

Latin American and Caribbean Information Center (LACIC)

The Latin American and Caribbean Information Center (LACIC) of the Florida International University Libraries is designed to serve the university and library communities specializing in the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its goal is to support research and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean by serving as a gateway for library services and resources and by integrating the university-wide information literacy initiative. +More Info

Mario Díaz Cruz Library

FIU's Law Library acquired the library of the well-known Cuban lawyer Mario Díaz Cruz, who practiced law in Havana from 1915 to 1958. When Mario Díaz Cruz, Sr., died in 1958, the collection had approximately 6,000 volumes and was transferred to Mario Díaz Cruz, Jr., who brought it to Miami in 1959. The Rainforth Foundation of Coral Gables later acquired the collection and donated it to the College of Law Library in 2007. The main emphasis of the collection is private law, including commercial law, property, wills and trusts, banking, contracts, and constitutional law. A unique aspect of this collection is Mario Díaz Cruz's handwritten annotations of the Cuban civil code. The annotations contain references to journal articles, treatises, court decisions and related legislation, as well as commentaries on many other topics. +More Info

Special Collections & University Archives

The mission of the Special Collections & University Archives is to acquire and preserve rare, unique resources which will provide additional sources to augment the research needs of patrons from the university and the wider community. The Special Collections & University Archives span the disciplines, from the sciences to the humanities, with a general focus on Cuban, Caribbean (Spanish, British, and French), Brazilian, and Florida/Miami interests. In addition to the administrative records of FIU, the Archive collections reflect the history, culture, and architecture of the South Florida region. +More Info

- Ahlander Visual Arts Collection

Donated by the FIU Frost Art Museum, the Ahlander collection consists of brochures and information on artists from Latin America and the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica. +More Info

- Papers of Alberto Bolet

The Bolet Archives cover the professional and personal life of Cuban-born conductor Alberto Bolet. The records cover his tenure and work with numerous symphonies, including the Cape Town and Durban Symphonies in South Africa, the Long Beach Symphony, and the Kern Philharmonic Orchestra. Included are personal correspondence, publicity, and family photographs and notes relating to his concerts. +More Info

- Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

The ACWWS is an international organization whose archives are housed in the University Archives. The association's aim is to disseminate and promote the literature and orature of Caribbean women and to provide a forum for the advancement of the critical study and teaching of the works of Caribbean women writers and scholars. +More Info

- Rogelio Caparrós Photograph Collection

Photographs of Cuba during the Revolution. Photographs of Nicaragua and Panama. Negatives, contact prints, and large photoprints. +More Info

- Cuban Exile Archives

The Cuban Exile Archives and History Project contains documents relating to the exile experience. This collection includes publications from the Cuban American National Foundation and photographs of exiles. Also included are correspondence between project director Dr. Miguel Bretos and other exiles, and publications of the project. +More Info

- The Cuban Human Rights Collection

A collection of documents, interviews, and other materials relating to the situation of human rights on the island since the 1980s, created by Ariel Hidalgo. +More Info

- The Cuban Living History Project

The Cuban Living History Project includes three documentaries and 114 personal interviews. The documentaries are titled Y los quiero conocer: Historia de Cuba en vivo (1902–1959) (And I Want to Meet Them: A Living History of Cuba, 1902–1959) [1992]; Calle Ocho: Cuban Exiles Look at Themselves (1994); and Ni patria ni amo: Voces del exilio cubano (Neither Motherland nor Master: Voices of Cuban Exiles, 1996). The documentaries are based on personal interviews with Cuban exiles who played prominent roles in the creation of Cuban Miami. Most of the interviewees, now deceased, were well-known figures in the cultural, political, and intellectual life of the Cuban Republic. Dr. Miguel González-Pando conducted the interviews between 1990 and 1997. Other items included in the collection are books, plays, documentaries, photos, posters, and newspaper articles by González-Pando. +More Info

- Guantanamo Bay Collection

The Special Collections Department holds pictures taken by Kenneth (Allegro) Shartz aka Fr. Cyril Shartz between 1994 and 1996 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he worked as an English teacher, through the World Relief Organization. The collection is composed of 433 digitized photographs that detail the daily life of the refugees. Images also include pictures of the refugees, the humanitarian workers, the detention camps, the wildlife, and the naval base. +More Info

- Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy

The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection consists of thousands of books, handwritten and typed letters, photos, and other primary documents relating to Cuba and Cuban genealogy, collected over four decades by Félix Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza. The collection includes rare 17th and 18th century books, long out-of-print publications and periodicals that few, if any, U.S. libraries hold in their catalogs. Additionally, thousands of unpublished family genealogies and manuscripts make this collection particularly significant. +More Info

- Elena Kurstin Cuban Memorabilia Collection

Cuban travel memorabilia including postcards, travel brochures, pamphlets, and restaurant menus. Issues of three popular Cuban journals: Bohemia, Carteles, and Social. Among the hundreds of items are rarities such as city maps and even cocktail swizzle sticks purchased by the collector directly from dealers, through eBay and at the Miami International Book Fair. +More Info

- Abril Lamarque Collection

A collection of photographs, articles, and information documenting the life of the Cuban-born cartoonist Abril Lamarque. +More Info

- Leví Marrero Manuscripts and Archives Collection

Cuban historian Leví Marrero, author of a multi-volume history of Cuba, donated a large manuscript collection of the documents used to write his history. In addition, he donated other research materials, items selected for inclusion in his books and correspondence. This archive represents his personal papers donated to FIU. +More Info

- Miami Film Festival

The film festival, founded in 1984, has made a rich cultural contribution to the City of Miami. These records cover the history and programming of the festival from its foundation to its incorporation with FIU. +More Info

- The New Republic/Jorge Mas Canosa Collection

The New Republic/Jorge Mas Canosa Collection consists of materials gathered by legal counsel retained by the New Republic magazine as part of trial preparation in a libel suit filed against the magazine by Mr. Mas Canosa, Chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation. The suit stemmed from an article that ran in the October 3, 1994 edition of the New Republic written by Anne Louise Bardach. On November 18, 1994, Mr. Mas Canosa filed suit in Dade Circuit Court in Miami, naming the New Republic and Bardach as defendants and alleging he was repeatedly libeled in the October 3 article. +More Info

- Operation Pedro Pan

A selective listing of resources found at the FIU Libraries and other sources on the exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States between 1960 and 1962. +More Info

- Papers on Social Life in Cuba, 1623

Created by Mayra Beers.

- Lisandro Pérez Papers

Former FIU sociologist, Lisandro Pérez, founded the Cuban Research Institute in 1991. This collection includes his correspondence and evaluations. +More Info

- Carlos Ripoll Collection

A collection of works by and related to the Cuban writer and revolutionary leader José Martí. +More Info