RARE CUBAN EXILE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS
NOW AVAILABLE ON MICROFILM
La Verdad began publication in Miami, FL, in 1972.
|A project to catalog and microfilm
a collection of rare Cuban exile community newspapers on loan from the
University of Miami was recently completed through an NEH (National Endowment
for the Humanities) funded grant administered by the George A. Smathers
Libraries. The 204 Cuban titles were cataloged, with 122 titles filmed
onto 124,505 exposures, and are now available to researchers and anyone
with interest in the Cuban exile experience.
Microfilming was a combination of in-house and contracted filming which met national preservation standards. The camera and print master negatives for all reels are stored in two separate environmentally stable and fire suppressed vaults in Pennsylvania. Positive copies of the microfilm will be available for use in the University of Florida's Latin American Collection and at the University of Miami.
The original newspapers, published by members of the Cuban exile community in Florida, have been collected by the Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami in Coral Gables since the 1960's. They are currently housed in Miamiís Cuban Heritage Collection, and many of the titles are not held anywhere else in the world.
The newspapers are invaluable in preserving and continuing a sense of identity and community among the exiled population. The collection serves to preserve and communicate to future generations the history of Cuba and the exile experience.
As the years progress and new generations (whose ties to the homeland are simply a family memory) increase, the historical value of exile newspapers becomes increasingly significant.
Susan Constantineau, Smathers Libraries cataloger for Florida newspapers, initially spent four weeks in Coral Gables. She worked closely with Esperanza de Varona, Coordinator of the Cuban Heritage Collection, to create or modify bibliographic records in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database for all of the titles. When it was time to transfer the newspapers to Gainesville, Constantineau and Cathy Mook, Head of Smathers' Libraries Preservation Department, traveled twice to Miami to retrieve the documents. Once in Gainesville, these titles were collated and checked in and prepared for(continued on page 8)
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