Newsletter of the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries, April 2012

Undergraduate Scholars Symposium co-hosted by CHC & CLAS on April 20

Join us as 2011 CHC Undergraduate Scholars present and discuss their work during a day-long symposium.The event, co-hosted by the Cuban Heritage Collection and the Center for Latin American Studies, will include a keynote speaker, live music and a reception.

The symposium will be held on Friday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion Otto G. Richter Library, 2nd Floor.

The Undergraduate Scholars Program is administered by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) with funding from The Goizueta Foundation. Learn more »

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Newly Digitized: New interviews digitized, added to the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project

Over 40 interviews are now available online as part of an on-going project at the CHC. The interviews carried out in this project complement research materials already available in the Cuban Heritage Collection and provide an important first-hand perspective that will help complete the existing historical record.

The University of Miami Libraries and the Cuban Heritage Collection launched the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project with the support of the Amigos. This series of oral history interviews will help record and make available Cuba's undocumented history, culture, people, and the exile experience. If this history is not collected and preserved now, it may be lost forever.

Learn more about the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project.

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Scholar Spotlight: Daylet Domínguez

Daylet Domínguez is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish at Princeton University and was in residence at the Cuban Heritage Collection for one month in 2011 as a Graduate Fellow. Her research, entitled "Etnografía, narración y proyectos nacionales en el Caribe insular hispánico," focusses on the emergence of ethnography as a scientific discourse and practice in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. In her research, Daylet studies how Caribbean national projects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were supported by ethnography, literature and politics.

In one of her chapters, Daylet examines the works of Alexander Von Humboldt and Ramón de la Sagra in relation to Cuba. As she puts it, "I make use of 19th century scientific travel narratives to evaluate how these texts structured a rhetoric model that helped to develop a proto- nationalist consciousness among the intellectual creole elite. I then analyze how these travel narratives allowed for the discursive and tropological development of the ethnographic domain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries." During her visit, Daylet was able to consult a number of 19th century Cuban materials including de la Sagra's journal, Anales de ciencia, agricultura, comercio y arte (1827-28), where he published some of his most important pieces on natural history, agriculture and statistics. Other consulted materials include Crónica Médico quirúrgica de la Habana, El álbum, Revista Bimestre, La siempreviva, La moda o Recreo semanal del bello sexo, as well as two rare books titled La prostitución en la ciudad de la Habana, by Benjamín de Céspedes, and Tipos y costumbres de la isla de Cuba, by Bachiller y Morales.

After her time at CHC, Daylet continued working on her dissertation with plans to defend it on July 2012 and later develop it into a book manuscript. Overall, she notes: "I am extremely thankful to the Cuban Heritage Collection for their generous financial support and for access to the archival collections."

Learn more about Daylet Domínguez's research.

Watch a video of Daylet Domínguez discussing her research and experience at CHC.

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To accomodate the CHC Undergraduate Scholars Symposium, the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion and CHC Reading Room will be closed to the public on Friday, April 20th. The CHC will temporarily relocate services to Special Collections on the 8th floor of the Richter Library where patrons will be able to conduct research and request materials. Please feel free to join us for this day-long event that will include a keynote speaker, live music and a reception.

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Wed: 9am - 7pm
Thu & Fri: 9am - 4pm
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