Who We Are

The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries is home to the largest repository of materials on Cuba outside of the island and the most comprehensive collection of resources about Cuban exile history and the global Cuban diaspora experience. As a premier research destination, the Collection hosts researchers, students, and visitors from around the world who can explore and discover a wide and ever-expanding range of information. These materials include published works such as rare and contemporary books, journals, artists books, and newspapers, as well as archival materials including personal papers, organizational records, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, maps, works on paper, audiovisual content, ephemera, and growing born-digital and digitized collections.

The Collection organizes a calendar of events and programing and curates exhibitions that showcase the richness of the repository. The span of the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection reinforces the University’s hemispheric mission and commitment to a continuing relationship with its neighbors.

Spring 2024 Access Policies

The Cuban Heritage Collection Reading Room is open for in-person research Monday – Friday by advance booking and seat reservation. Please see below for instructions on how to make an appointment and request materials.

For University of Miami students, faculty, and staff with a Cane ID:

  • Please use the following link to book an appointment at least seven days prior to your visit.
  • At the time of booking your visit, please also request the CHC materials to be consulted via our AEON system (to create an Aeon account, click here: https://aeon.library.miami.edu/aeon/FirstTime.html).
  • Once the appointment has been booked and materials requested via Aeon, kindly also email chc@miami.edu to confirm that we have received and approved your request and if you have any questions about your visit.

For external patrons, researchers, and visiting scholars without a University of Miami Cane ID:

In order to assist patrons who are unable to visit in person, we maintain a list of local, University of Miami proxy researchers. If you are interested in proxy research assistance please email chc@miami.edu. All research arrangements are strictly between the patron and the proxy.

Escuela de Artes y Oficios [School of Arts and Crafts], circa 1940s. Cuban Photograph Collection
The Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program engages emerging scholars with the materials available in the CHC and thus contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban and Cuban diaspora studies.
Cuban hummingbirds

These Cuban hummingbirds, known on the island as zunzún or colibrí, appear in "Historia física, política y natural de la isla de Cuba" edited by Spanish writer, economist, sociologist, and botanist, Ramón de la Sagra. This publication is comprised of 13 volumes published in 1839 through 1856.

Search through Cuban Journals and Newspapers
Browse our Cuban Map Collection
Learn more about our numerous Cuban Theater Collections
View the Luis Medina Photograph Collection Finding Aid
Explore our artists' book collections