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Francisco Aníbal and Ramón Aníbal Roldán Collection

Identifier: MS Group 150

Scope and Content

The correspondence chronicles the Roldán businesses as they developed over the years. The day-to-day operations of the printing company, periodicals, and import enterprises are revealed in great detail throughout the collection. For example, there is documentation on pricing and shortages during World War II.


  • Creation: 1910-1970



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Francisco Aníbal Roldán was a businessman in La Ramona, Dominican Republic. He started a stationery store in the early 1900s and later expanded to newspaper publishing, printing, real estate and imports. He established Imprenta Romana, a printing company, in 1918.

Roldan began publication of "El Triunfo" newspaper in 1930, the same year that General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina came to power in the Dominican Republic. Roldan died in 1961, the year that Trujillo was assassinated. Francisco Roldán's son, Ramón Aníbal Roldán, took over the family's business interests.

The U.S. Marines invaded the Dominican Republic in 1965 and there is documentation in the collection regarding Ramón Roldán's role in the "Constitutional Command" of La Romana, a local militia force.


0.4 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Correspondence chronicling the businesses of Francisco Aníbal and Ramón Aníbal Roldán in the Dominican Republic.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of some of the photos and documents in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC).

A Guide to the Francisco Aníbal and Ramón Aníbal Roldán Collection
Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness
August 2004
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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