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About the Collection
The Latin American collection at the University of Miami Libraries contains materials that support doctoral-level research in all disciplines in Latin American Studies. The collection covers the English, French, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean as well as Mexico, Central American and South America. Our Iberian collection emphasizes topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences, especially those related to Spain and its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.
The great strength of our circulating and archival collections is material in all formats on Cuba. The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) is an invaluable source of primary and secondary research materials for Cuban and Cuban-American studies, housing materials dating from colonial times to the present. Thse materials document Cuba's history and culture as well as the experience of Cuban exiles and Cuban-Americans. The holdings of the CHC include a collection of approximately 50,000 volumes of rare and contemporary books; periodical publications from Cuba; Cuban exile periodicals or 'periodiquitos' published around the world; manuscript collections of personal and corporate papers; and collections of photographs, posters, maps and postcards and other materials. Items from selected collections have been digitized to become part of the CHC Digital Collection. Online access to the finding aids for these and other manuscript collections is also available.
The Caribbean Collection in the Special Collections Division is remarkable for its combination of breadth and depth. The holdings include all but three of the dozens of books published in or about Jamaica between its conquest by the English in the 1650s and the end of plantation slavery in the British Empire in 1834. Accounts in various languages describe the slave rebellion as well as the revolution itself and its aftermath. Travel narratives and other first-hand accounts describe the societies and histories of the major West Indies islands, as well as the smaller countries like Barbados, Antigua, Trinidad, and St. Lucia.
The Division also contains a number of remarkable rare titles on Guyana and Surinam, countries on the South American mainland but historically, culturally, and economically part of the West Indies. The Caribbean Collection stands as a very important companion to the Florida Collection, as together they provide a vital link to the history of the entire region.