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Colegio "La Milagrosa" arts and crafts album

Identifier: MSS 0540

Scope and Content

This unique scrapbook displays the work of a former student from the Colegio "La Milagrosa" (possibly Aida S. whose name is inscribed in pencil on page 1). Each page contains a cross stich, knit or crochet design at its center, along with colored pencil drawings of flowers and patterns that accentuate the intricate yarn work. The first few pages demonstrate the student's cross stich skills with a piece of white-woven fabric glued at the center of each page. Within the fabric, the viewer can discern the student's needlework techniques. Page five shows a more detailed cross stich depicting what seems to be a woman and a small child holding hands. The remainder of the album contains small samples of the student's knit and crochet abilities. Most of the samples are square or rectangular in design. However, page seven shows a design rendered in a more circular fashion, similar to a doily.


  • Creation: circa 1902-1960



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Colegio "La Milagrosa", once located in Matanzas, Cuba, was established in 1902 under the direction of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Before the founding of the school, the Matanzas community did not have an institution where they could send their daughters to have a proper education. Thus, the Daughters of Charity bought a house in the Calle Jovellanos No. 2 and, with the right repairs, it was blessed and inaugurated as an all-girls catholic school on September 8, 1902. In the following years, the establishment grew and by 1930 the school had approximately 200 students enrolled. Aside from teaching the primary and secondary education material, the school also offered classes in needlework, embroidery, knitting and drawing. The school was officially closed in 1961.


0.11 Linear Feet (1 album)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


An album containing cross-stitch and crochet samples made by a student of "Colegio La Milagrosa".


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

Purchased in April 2017.

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the Colegio "La Milagrosa" arts and crafts album are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

A Guide to the Colegio "La Milagrosa" arts and crafts album
Finding aid created by Katiana Bagué
October 2017
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Description is written in English.

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