Fall 2020 Update

CHC materials will be available for use in the Cuban Heritage Collection reading room for University of Miami staff, students, and faculty by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in October and until future notice. Book an appointment.

We will continue to provide assistance with reference questions remotely. We will also continue to support the research and teaching needs of UM faculty and students through virtual means. Please contact us at chc@miami.edu or via phone at 305-284-4900.


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.

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.

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.

Events & Programs

Upcoming Events

El efecto Mariel: Before, During, and After – Webinar Series

Pluma y Plumero: Palabras y Papeles de Reinaldo Arenas presented by René Cifuentes
November 12, 2020 (Register for webinar)

Past Webinars

The Mariel Effect: Social and Racial Tensions in South Florida in the Wake of the Boatlift
(October 15, 2020 – Watch the recording)

The Exile Community Responds: Solidarity and Stigmatization
(September 17, 2020 – Watch the Recording)

The Boatlift Unfolds: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Florida Straits 
(August 13, 2020 – Watch the Recording)

Antecedents to the Mariel Boatlift in Cuba and Cuban-America
(July 9, 2020 – Watch the Recording)


Havana 500: Five Centuries of Evolving Urban Codes and Urban Forms
(September 2019 – February 2020)


October 17 & 18, 2019
New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference
View photos of the event