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Memory & Record: Research Resources at the Cuban Heritage Collection

Learn about the research materials available at the CHC and how they document the Cuban, Cuban exile, and Cuban American experiences.


The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon: A Unique Sea Exodus
Curated by Holly Ackerman, Social Sciences and International Studies Librarian. Designed by Ray Uzwyshyn, Web Services Librarian, University of Miami Libraries.
In this digital archive you can explore the experiences of tens of thousands of citizens who have left Cuba in small boats, homemade rafts and other unusual craft. Currently 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. Over time, the site will grow to include many aspects and incidents in post-1980 migration including the Mariel boatlift, visa lottery and internal population shifts in Cuba.


Alberto del Pozo

  On February 25, 1998, the Campilli Family, in memory of Carlos Campilli, donated to the University of Miami Library Cuban Heritage Collection the Oricha Collection consisting of 17 original illustrations and  limited edition lithographs, boxed sets of  note cards with envelopes, and exhibit catalogs.  The Oricha Collection by Cuban artist Alberto del Pozo (1945-1992) pays homage to the primary gods and goddesses that comprise the Afro-Cuban religion of santerķa.

El Negrito

   El Negrito was intended to be a periodical publication, but only one issue was produced on March 28, 1821. The Cuban Heritage Collection is one of only a handful of institutions that owns a copy of this rare early 19th century publication. 

Special Projects

Cuban Theater Archive
The University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection and Digital Library Initiatives are collaborating with Professor Lillian Manzor of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department to develop an online, searchable database of information and digital content, including streaming video, relating to Cuban and Cuban American theater both in the United States and in Cuba.  This resource is currently under development.  For a site preview, click here.
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