The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) houses over 50,000 volumes of both rare and contemporary books chiefly in Spanish and English published anywhere in the world about the Cuban experience and the Cuban diaspora. While CHC acquires books in all areas of scholarship, CHC’s book collection emphasizes history, bibliography, literature and literary criticism, politics, popular culture, religion, and the arts.

Books about Cuba and its diaspora also form part of the general collection of the Otto G. Richter Library, complementing CHC’s efforts to support research in Cuban and Cuban American studies.

In the Library Catalog, books found in the Cuban Heritage Collection are categorized as follows:

  • CHC: General collection of books
  • CHC Special: Rare or scarce titles
  • CHC Pamphlets: Publications of no more than 48 pages printed in small runs
  • CHC Masnata: Genealogy resources
  • CHC Vigia: Limited edition artists’ books published by Ediciones Vigía, Matanzas, Cuba