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Twentieth-Century Cuban Documents Collection

Identifier: MSS 0509

Scope and Content

The collection is arranged in five series in alphabetical order.

Series 1: Subject files - contains topics related to the military, tourism, worker’s organizations, a board game, Cuban pesos, and politics.

Series 2: Photographs - includes photographs related to the 26th of July Movement, Fidel Castro, the military, San Isidro Bridge, police officers, politicians, and Fidel Castro supporters. It also contains two photo albums: "Colegio Para Niñas Romualdo de la Cuesta" and "Álbum Expedicionarios Granma". The "Colegio Para Niñas Romualdo de la Cuesta", was an all-girls school in the central district of Havana, Cuba, during the early 1930s. The photographs, most of which are captioned, depict the individual students, interiors and exteriors of the school, the art room, restrooms, a party attended by both students and teachers, class pictures, and a school field trip. The “Álbum Expedicionarios Granma”, documents the 81 people who took part in the journey from Tuxpan, Mexico, to the east coast of Cuba in November, 1956. It includes a portrait of each of the participants, including Fidel and Raúl Castro, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, and others.

Series 3: Newsletters - contains three newsletters about Cuban economy, the presidential palace, and the First Inter-American Conference.

Series 4: Brochures, flyers, and pamphlets - contains topics related to communist Cuba, military service, a jockey racing club, and the Venceremos Brigade.

Series 5: Books and Booklets - contains topics about Antonio Maceo, Stalinism in Cuba, Christopher Columbus, and views of Cuba.

Series 6: Posters - contains posters related to twentieth-century Cuba.


  • Creation: 1900-1997

Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English and Spanish.


The collection is open for research.


1.82 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


The collection contains photographs, newsletters, booklets, flyers, brochures, Cuban pesos, and documents on topics related to politics, economy, military, tourism, education, the 26th of July Movement, Fidel Castro’s supporters, and communism during the 20th Century in Cuba.


The collection is arranged in five series in alphabetical order.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Other Finding Aids

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Purchased accruals ongoing.

Related Materials

Nineteenth-Century Colonial Cuban Documents Collection, at the University of Florida.

Latin American Documents Collection, at the University of Florida.

Caribbean Documents Collection, at the University of Florida.

Haitiana Collection, at the University of Florida.

A Guide to the Twentieth-Century Cuban Documents Collection
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
June 2022
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Description is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 2023: There were twelve additions to the collection: Photographs of Santiago de Cuba compliments of Bacardi corporation; Country Club Park photographs album; Album Pintoresco de la Isla de Cuba;Souvenir Album of Havana, Cuba; Ten Photographs from the Cuban Tourist Commission; two postcards: Fruit Stand and Typical Fishing Village; 3 Carta Semanal issues; 4 Miami Radio Monitoring broadcast transcripts.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America