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Cuban Archives & Manuscripts

Cuban Archives and Manuscripts

About Cuban Archives & Manuscripts

The Cuban Archives and Manuscripts collection includes archival collections that document the history and culture of Cuba and holdings that relate to Cuba and Cubans since the seventeenth century.

The University of Florida Smathers Libraries Special and Area Studies Collections are home to thirty-five archival collections of Cuban content exclusively. Some parts of them have been digitized and are part of the University of Florida Digital Collections. The following finding aids describe the collections, and these guides are now available in Spanish as well. 

In addition to finding guides for collections with only a few items digitized at this time, there are curated online collections with significant portions of the materials digitized and with information in both English and Spanish. The largest collections in the Cuban Archives and Manuscripts online collection are the Braga Brothers collection (only partially digitized), documenting the history and evolution of the sugar industry in Cuba and the United States from the 1860s to the late twentieth century, and the fully digitized Romero Family Papers collection, with personal records and other material regarding José Martí. To access the PDF of the Spanish Finding Aid of the Romero Family Papers collection, click here. Patrons can access the digitized sections of these collections through the links in the sub-collections section at the bottom of this page.

The Cuban Archives and Manuscripts collection is in development, with contributions to be added from partner institutions in Cuba and other locations that hold archival collections from and about Cuba.  


Bilingual finding aids of Cuban archival collections with digital content and partially digitized collections

The University of Florida Smathers Libraries Special and Area Studies Collections is home to more than thirty other archival collections of Cuban content. Some parts of them have been digitized. Click here for to see the finding aids in Spanish and English and to know which collections have been digitized and which collections have been partially digitized. The finding aids that describe these collections have also been translated into Spanish. Las guías que describen estas colecciones también están disponibles en español, traducidas por Nelissa Caraballo-Ramos. 

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