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On Curating Collections, in Coffee Shops PROLOGUE What do you feel when you hear the phrase “coffee shop” or “café?” I connect it invariably with certain characteristics: aromatic scents; customers placing orders with the barista; the sound of the espresso machine; newspapers; laptops; and the “buzz” of engaged dialogue. This issue of access is centered around a dialogue one might hear when two special collections librarians get together in a café to reflect on their archival work. The names of these two librarians (Maria and Cristina) will be familiar to avid fans of UML’s Cuban Heritage Collection and Special Collections programs. Their conversation touches on the ways in which distinctive collections are built, how life in an archive is evolving, and how artifacts now more than ever fascinate and inspire all who come into contact with them.
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of preserving community memory through special collecting and providing facilities that encourage community members to engage with their histories. Anyone who has visited the Cuban Heritage Collection will understand the validity of that commitment. And during 2016 the Libraries will be establishing a world-class facility for our Special Collections and Archives program that will encourage interaction, exploration, and discovery in those collections.
Community, collections, and storytelling—these things connect and overlap in endless
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I hope that as you read this issue of access you will experience the same passion and
sense of enlightenment (and desire for a cup of coffee) that washed over me. Chuck Eckman, Dean and University Librarian
PR E FACE The following one-act play was inspired by prose in
TWO WOMEN SIT ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER IN A MIAMI COFFEE SHOP IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON, SURROUNDED BY THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF A WEEKDAY LUNCH CROWD. THEY ARE ENGAGED IN CONVERSATION OVER COFFEE.
The Spectator (1711), an English daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steel that is remembered as one of the transformative literary
Maria: My answer to her was
able to use our own collections in
“people.” Simple as that. It’s
recent years, the important work so
“people” that belong in archives.
many have accomplished by being
Cristina: Well, yes, of course. Their
papers, letters, photos, scrapbooks. The magazines and postcards they collected. The flyers they saved from concerts and readings. It’s everything.
able to explore archives. There’s the straight research, the historical and investigative work that relies on access to collections. And there are those inspirational, creative, zany moments that you can have in
series of the
Maria: And it’s everyone. From the
an archive. Sometimes with things
donor that gives us the stuff, to the
that no one else had really noticed
families that experience what the
or paid attention to. Someone just
archives document, to the students
needed to discover them and bring
and insight based
and faculty who later use the archives.
them to light outside of the archive,
on social observations by its fictional narrator Mr. Spectator, the publication was often disseminated in
Cristina: People’s things can be
so they could be made known.
of great value to other people.
Maria: You know, a few days ago
Just look at how people have been
we had some students from a
coffee houses (then just emerging as informationsharing hubs) with the aim of “bringing philosophy out of closets and libraries,
Activating History In a milestone event in January at UM’s Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Anita Casavantes Bradford, an associate professor of Latino/Chicano studies at
schools and colleges” and
the University of California, Irvine, and former fellow of CHC’s fellowship
into the public sphere. Its
program, returned to the Collection to discuss her research that had just
wide success in coffee houses, places accessible to the common person,
been published in book form. The stories and perspectives that Casavantes Bradford encountered while conducting three months of research at CHC during the inaugural year of its fellowship program supported the narrative for The Revolution Is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962 (UNC Press, 2014), the first published book based
helped promote an
on research by a former fellow. At her talk, Casavantes Bradford described
many of these stories found in historical newspapers, Cuban and U.S.
engaged society during
organizational papers, and other records that led to the completion of her thesis on the role of children during the Cuban Revolution. “There simply
a critical cultural turning
wouldn’t have been a book without my work at CHC,” she said. Since 2010,
point. Several rare issues
the program has grown to support 67 doctoral and graduate students
of The Spectator are housed
and that of other former fellows recently inspired a major gift from The
at Special Collections.
from 36 universities across the United States. Casavantes Bradford’s work Goizueta Foundation to permanently endow the program, continuing the opportunity for emerging scholars to use CHC’s collections toward the creation of new knowledge on Cuban studies and the Cuban diaspora.
musicology course here and one of
much more resourceful than what,
Maria: And sometimes to relive
the assignments they had to do was an
say, his bio alone could provide.
their own experiences, to revisit
interview with a musician—the class is
When you are able to physically touch
them. I think all of these different
on Latin American musicians. Well
these items from people’s pasts,
applications are part of what makes
recently we received a number of
their experiences and their stories
an archive so dynamic. Everyone
scrapbooks from Cuban-born singer
become relatable. We’ve both seen it
is looking for information and
Roberto Torres—a.k.a. Caballo Viejo?
with some of our student employees
knowledge, and ultimately the
who had never before set foot in an
archives are a site of knowledge,
archive and are now pursuing careers
whether you’re discovering
Maria: Well, we facilitated access
in libraries and special collections
it or you’re creating it.
to him on campus so the students
because of that experience.
Cristina: Oh, yes!
could interview him, but we also emphasized to them that we had his archive, so they spent some time in the Collection looking at
Maria: Yes, it’s unpredictable
Miami, where there is so much,
how folks will react; how deeply
politically and culturally, to
the materials can inspire them.
explore. There are so many stories
his scrapbooks. This in turn became a
Cristina: That’s the thing about
valuable component of the interview,
special collections materials.
providing both relevant history and
They become something you can
the cues for important questions.
activate history with. And
Cristina: [FINISHES A SIP AND PUTS
] In a way that is so
DOWN HER MUG
Cristina: And particularly in
sometimes people are reconnecting with their own memories.
of growth and change, the merging of cultures and ideas that make these collections a draw. And it’s so important, from an institution’s point of view, that we reflect the region in all of its permutations.
Stories about Stories Explorers of Special Collections’ Key West Literary Seminar (KWLS) archive will find enrichment and inspiration in the words of Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Tan, Gore Vidal, Robert Pinsky, and many other influential writers who have lectured or presented their work on essential topics at the annual seminar, now researchable through records from the inaugural 1983 event onward. Documenting activity and discussion surrounding themes ranging from Whodunit? The Art and Tradition of Mystery Literature (1988) and Spirit of Place (2002) to Writers on Writers (2013), this newly acquired archive will make unique discussion and insight on writing technique and creativity permanently accessible; Anita Casavantes Bradford
help preserve South Florida’s distinctive literary heritage; and make way for new storytelling endeavors and creative collaborations.
Maria: And to have our finger on
an archive because you’re not only
the pulse of these things as they
thinking about history, you’re also
continue to evolve.
thinking about what will become
Cristina: Right. For instance,
Special Collections recently acquired the Key West Literary
with local issues and topics lets you do that in a different way.
Seminar archive, which is filled
Cristina: I think we’ve continued
with manuscripts and letters and
to grow in that aspect, especially
all kinds of materials from the
through outreach efforts. Really
seminar, which has been going on
engaging with our community and
for decades and has many renowned
being a place for people to share and
writers involved in it. And these
exchange ideas and perspectives.
materials are a channel of literary dialogue and at the same time Expressing Themselves
exploring local and international
Special Collections is
topics. They’re documenting how
helping preserve the work
people are talking about writing.
of established and emerging
history down the line. And working
Maria: Which goes beyond
the traditional function of an archive, as a place of research. Now it’s much more than that.
literary voices in South
How people are telling stories,
Cristina: And it’s attracting more
Florida through a partnership
and expressing themselves.
people beyond the traditional,
with the Wynwood-based organization O, Miami. The O, Miami archive, now being processed, will include
Maria: That’s the thing about
collecting locally. It adds life to
records of past and future O, Miami writer series and poetry festivals, among other artistic programs dedicated to the expansion and advancement of local literary culture.
Historical Collections IBIS Yearbook (1927-1959) View the University’s oldest and most cherished publications anytime, anywhere! The first 33 volumes of the IBIS yearbook have been digitized and are available to the public on the Libraries’ website at UM Digital Collections. Browse IBIS by issue or search the collection by key word. Users can also print and download yearbook images for research or personal use.
scholarly researcher. People from all walks of life enjoy being in a
library environment, and engaging
that there’s a full collection
can join in these conversations
in different topics, and then
of historic photos or that of
all around us that we wouldn’t
becoming exposed to new topics.
a particular artist or writer whose
have been a part of otherwise.
We have creative writing classes
life’s story is housed here.
coming here to look at our artists’ books and study this very unique, poetic and visual form of expression, and then come back to present their own. I think people are realizing that an archive isn’t only for an elite. You don’t have to have three
Cristina: Yes, we’re able to join
these materials in a whole new light.
in these conversations happening
More and more I’m noticing these
in social media, and that generates
really interesting ways people are
interest in not only the materials
using collections. And it’s because
we may be promoting but also
of this kind of exposure. Recently
in “what else do they have?”
we had a visit from an artist who
letters of recommendation. It’s
Maria: And even if they don’t
truly a community resource.
have a computer, if they have a cell
Maria: Speaking of community,
I think social media has really allowed us to connect with these nontraditional audiences—I mean with our Facebook, we post a digitized photo of one of our materials, and people like it and continue to share it, and that gets the word out
Cristina: Which allows us to showcase
phone they could be doing these things. Obviously this environment has changed the way that people learn, the way that people process information, the way that people look for info. So it’s about staying active on social media and keeping your website looking refreshed so that through this medium we
creates massive working mechanical things, or in this instance he was creating an airplane out of paper. But he actually uses construction plans for aircrafts. So he used our
Pan Am Collection to look at a specific aircraft design to then inspire this work. He has a hangar somewhere in Miami and he creates these large items and they’re all out of paper and they work.
Community Resource, Reignited Brockway Hall, a former event venue and lecture hall in Richter Library’s southeast wing, is being transformed to serve as the Special Collections and Archives Center (SPARC), providing an inspiring and functional space to work with the hundreds of thousands of historical books, photographs, rare manuscripts, letters, maps, and other items preserved by Special Collections and University Archives. As detailed in the rendering below, SPARC will also incorporate Brockway’s adjacent mezzanine space, repurposed to include a permanent exhibit gallery, curatorial offices, and a seminar room. “The SPARC project is about improving access to our scholarly treasures and engaging our community through library- and faculty-driven programming. It restores to us a vital place for dynamic discourse and essential dialogue,” says former University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. “I look forward to seeing it evolve into the intellectual heart of the campus— and what better home for such a special setting than the library.”
Maria: [TAKES A SIP OF HER COFFEE]
Chinese in Cuba, in Arizona. So
I’m glad you brought up Pan Am,
sometimes all these things kind of
because it’s the kind of resource that
play into how a collection is formed
helps define a special collection,
or ends up in a certain place. I think
especially in how it supports the
about the Latin American Library at
local community. These materials
the University of Texas. They do a lot
documenting this iconic company
of work collecting in Latin America.
that at the same time reflect Miami’s
So traditionally speaking, that is not
transition into this very Pan American
a local collection, but it reflects the
place. It makes me think about these
local interests and investments of
other collections that in various ways
that university. It’s invested in Latin
are devoted to the cultural heritage
American studies and Latin American
we are all setting out to preserve
relationships and Latin America,
former employees, as well as
and make accessible.
so their collections support that.
researchers of the airline giant,
gathered for a reception at
instance, there’s this collector who
the Cuban Heritage Collection, we
Newman Alumni Center to
is interested in how cultures meet
would not be the collection we are if
celebrate the completion of
up and connect, such as Christians
not for the local community that we
that has expanded access to
in Africa. And things like that. And
live in, that we work in, that has really
the history of the company
in this very broad scope of what he
helped to create the Collection. And
that spent more than 60 years
collects he became interested in the
whether it’s our library collections or
National Historical Publications
Chinese in Cuba. They have a very
our archival collections, we depend
and Records Commission
large and important collection of
Reviving the Pan Am Experience Pan American World Airways enthusiasts and
the Robert and Judi Prokop
a two-year cataloging effort
in the sky. A grant from the
At the University of Arizona, for
Having said that, in regards to
provided support for Special Collections to reorganize the materials and create a new finding aid on the Libraries’ website, resulting in a far more navigable Pan Am
A Community Effort
archive—one of UM’s largest
Following a long tradition of investment in learning
and most popular collections.
and research at the Libraries, The Amigos of CHC
The festive Cleared to Land
are leading efforts in partnership with The Goizueta
celebration marking the
Foundation to raise funds to permanently sustain the
achievement included a
growth and preservation of historical resources at CHC
runway performance by
and make materials accessible to a broader audience
former flight attendants of
through digitization initiatives. The Amigos, a volunteer
World Wings International,
group of community members that has supported
Inc. highlighting the company
CHC since 1995, are rallying for community support to
through the decades, an
create a $1 million endowment for CHC. If CHC raises
exhibition of photographs
$500,000, the Foundation will provide a matching gift
and historical records, and
of $1 million, all in support of core programming areas.
other tributes to the high-
The Amigos’ current efforts reflect one of their many
flying past of Pan Am.
forms of involvement, ranging from identifying donations of materials and planning exhibitions to establishing fellowships for students conducting research in the Collection. The success of this challenge would allow the Collection to continue expanding as a community resource center—supporting the research and learning endeavors of patrons local and from far and wide.
a lot on this community to help
it, the things that become more
need to capture the testimonies of
us build our collections, as it does
and more special are the special
elderly Cubans and really felt a sense
reflect the community, the interests
collections because they are more
of urgency that time was ticking, and
of the community, and, in a way,
unique and they set you apart. You
they had a responsibility to make sure
a part of the identity of Miami.
look at things like the craft beer
these stories could be known. And
movement and Etsy and all these
they raised $100,000 in less than a
things that are going back to the
year, which over the course of about
handmade, locally sourced—all of
four years let us interview 115 people
this is pointing to the uniqueness
and allow them to tell their story and
and the personal connection people
have it preserved here for research.
[LOOKS AROUND THE ROOM OF PEOPLE DISCUSSING THIS AND THAT OVER COFFEE, OTHERS ENGAGED IN THEIR NEWSPAPERS,
SMARTPHONES, OR TABLETS.
feel with their local environment.
I also feel that as we become a more
And I think you can see that in
global society there’s a lot more
the work of special collections.
shared culture because of that globalization and shared experience that again the digital environment
Cristina: The fact is that the great
libraries survive and thrive because of that kind of community
Cristina: It’s a symbiotic
involvement. That intimate
relationship, with our community.
connection. Many of those names that
helps to deliver. It’s the same
Maria: Absolutely. Community
thing you see reflected in academic
members really drive you to create
libraries, where more and more with
things you didn’t know you could. I
subscription services and all these
mean, we had been thinking of oral
things that everybody can subscribe
histories for a while—and it really
to if they have the budget to do
took a committee of the Amigos that felt very personally motivated by the
are deeply entrenched in our history, people like Finlay B. Matheson, the Munroe Family, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, all of whose papers we received in just the past few years have brought so much to the collection as far as reflecting the character of
Preserving for the Present Standing over an open box wrapped tightly in a light brown textured fabric at UML’s Conservation Lab, Assistant Conservator Duvy Argandona begins to adhere the pieces to it that will serve as the cradle for a rare and delicate edition of Redoute’s Roses from 1817, allowing its fragile pages to be turned and stories within explored. She stretches the bookbinder’s fabric tightly around the corners and picks up an ivory tool she calls a bone fodder to smoothen each surface, ensuring the folds are crisp for when the book needs to be propped up or gently lowered back into its case. Once the process is complete, a total of 140 steps, the book will be returned to Special Collections to be used for research. “It’s actually the students who
Student assistant Annette Alonso Toural, B.B.A. ’13, creating a clamshell box at the UML Preservation Lab.
have made many of the boxes,” Argandona says. “I’ve taken a number of them through the process who have mastered it and are then able to contribute to their learning environment in a very hands-on way.” The lab, located at the Richter Library, has produced thousands of the boxes for materials in UML’s unique and distinctive collections. The conservation team, made up of students and staff, also restores damaged materials and provides preventative care to materials through treatments such as deacidification.
South Florida in its development
or their family’s, don’t censor these
through their photographs, their
papers! To look down the road 200
personal letters, their travelogues,
years—because that’s what makes them
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I am humble enough to say I don’t
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things like zines, which capture the
know what couldn’t go in an archive.
to learn about other UML
essence of a subculture in the 1970s
The challenge is making the space to
up to the modern age. And through
continue growing. There is a famous
these handmade booklets that could
comedian Steven Wright who used
have been made to be passed out
to say, “You can’t have everything,
at a punk rock concert or mailed
where would you put it?” So I guess
between friends, we can see how
we can’t save everything, but we want
Media coverage of UML events,
people were or are thinking about
to give an accurate snapshot.
book talks, lectures, symposia,
the world around them. Anyone can
support or contact University
and faculty have appeared in
A SERVER REFRESHES THEIR COFFEES.
various news sources. Visit
make a zine, and they are a valued
the “UML in the News” page
part of our collections. I tell anyone
Maria: An accurate snapshot. That
who donates their own collections
reminds me of a saying: “The victors
on our website (library.miami. edu) to view the latest media mentions.
Creating a Smorgasbord Snapshot Historic culinary traditions and multicultural flavorings of South Florida took focus in UML’s three-part exhibition series in spring and summer 2015, which included: Food and Memory: An Exploration of Cuban Cooking, 1857-today, featuring books, ephemera, and photographs from the Cuban Heritage Collection that illustrate the idea of a distinct Cuban cuisine and how this cuisine shaped the way Cuban culture developed. Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen, including the work of food and travel photographer Ellen Silverman from her travels to Cuba, where she was welcomed into people’s kitchens and found “sparse spaces where time has stopped.” Tropical Gastronomies: Documenting the Food Cultures of South Florida, surveying the complex food history of South Florida, starting with the earliest uses of tropical Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen
crops, through a range of historic materials housed at Special Collections. The exhibition highlighted restaurants of
the tourism boom, the emergence of Caribbean flavors, and the local impact of modern fresh-food trends. At a May 13 panel discussion featuring food experts Norman Van Aken, Mandy Baca, and Gretchen Schmidt, Special Collections announced the establishment of the Culinary History Collection of Florida, which will expand the department’s collection of official restaurant menus, local and regional recipe books, oral histories with chefs, and images of restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers markets, among other culinary-related materials from the community, to help form a “locally grown smorgasbord snapshot of our unique food scene.” Anyone interested in contributing materials to this collection is encouraged to contact Special Collections at 305-284-3247 or email@example.com.
write the history.” Because we’re
is really the beating heart of our
are doing will allow other people
always thinking about the snapshot.
work—which is again the people
to continue to draw from it.
It’s a constant process of surveying
whose lives and whose experiences
the landscape for these parts of our
and whose activities, whose successes
culture that are underrepresented
and failures, you are helping to
but that tell a part of our story. And
document and make known. I really
in the 14 years I’ve been doing this
believe the voices in the archive
what I’ve come to learn is there’s the
represent stories that archives can
stuff—the materials we are preserving.
tell because those individual stories
You go to school to learn how to
are what together weave the fabric
take care of the stuff, how to organize
of history. So the human element
the stuff, how to describe the stuff so
of this work has awakened me to the
Maria: I hope so. I guess we’ll only
that people will use it, and how to
fact that that ultimately is what we’re
know for sure when she publishes
place the stuff in exhibits. Obviously
here for. Is that history is defined
the stuff helps define and structure
by these individual experiences that
what we do, but behind the stuff
together make this kind of shared
social experience, and what we
Cristina: And to create new
stories, sharing their lives and their experiences, which later someone else might draw from and explore. So in saying “people belong in archives,” it really is about everyone—people of the past, present, and future. Do you think she got that?
THE TWO MOMENTARILY PAUSE, TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO THE WINDOW, AND WATCH THE PEOPLE PASSING BY.
Shared Social Experience UM faculty and graduate students at the Frost School of Music transformed one of the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library’s cherished reading areas by day into a packed performance hall in honoring UM Trustee Marta Weeks Wulf at the library’s tenth anniversary celebration in January. Nodding to the generosity of the Weeks family, who provided critical funding for the building’s construction, and the many others who have supported the library in different ways, students demonstrated in their performances of historical works by Mozart, Puccini, and Berberian how the library is a significant resource for their musical education and enrichment, with community-wide impact.
“We studied the different lives of singers from throughout the history of opera
and discussed the relationships between the composers that they sang for, the performances they presented, and just the general artistry—who they were and why they were important to the field of opera,” said graduate vocal student Max Moreno, preceding his performance of an aria written by Mozart in 1797 for German singer Ludwig Fischer. He and fellow students originally drew from the historical compositions, which are housed in the library’s renowned, recently acquired Roger Gross Opera Collection, for a project for their musicology class taught by Associate Professor Karen Henson. The collection, acquired after the death of Roger Gross (1938-2013), a well-known New York autograph dealer and
From top: Jennifer Voigt, D.M.A. ’16, Max Moreno, D.M.A. ’16, and Ana Collado, B.M. ’15
opera connoisseur, includes thousands of books and other historical materials.
“Seeing the collection explored and brought to life is deeply inspiring,” said music librarian
Nancy Zavac following the performance. “We have so many marvelous collections and materials on hand for our users and so many of them thanks to the suggestions, donations, perseverance, and passion from our faculty, students, and friends—friends like [Marta]. This facility would not exist without her and her family’s thoughtfulness and generosity,” Zavac said.
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The Weeks Music Library presented Celebrating Irving Berlin, an exhibition honoring the legendary composer and lyricist on the 25th anniversary of his death. Featuring a selection of sheet music from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive, accompanied by some of Berlin’s most popular musical films, the exhibition reflected Berlin’s lasting impact on the great American songbook.
Special Collections presented a film screening of Sanjay Rawal’s Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields and panel discussion on labor exploitation in farming. Panelists included Will Pestle, an associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, Silvia Perez, farmworker leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Natali Rodriguez, national staff member of the Student/Farmworker Alliance.
Hometown Maps: Where in the World Do Architects Come From? highlights a selection of imaginative, hand-drawn urban layouts created by former and current students at UM School of Architecture. Works are displayed in print form and through an interactive digital map of the world created by UM librarians and SoA faculty. The exhibition is on view on the first floor of Richter Library through December 2015.
M ay Tasty Tunes, at the Weeks Music Library featured a selection of playbills, records, and other materials from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive highlighting sweet and savory songs from musical theater’s history, and demonstrating the many ways food and drink references have been used in the theater for expressing the ideas and attitudes of the day.
Author, architect, and UM alumnus Hermes Mallea discussed his latest book, Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour, with a multimedia tour of historic architecture from South Florida to Barbados. The event was co-presented with Books & Books and Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.
Ochoa featured a collection of records from the life and work of Cuban conductor Manuel Ochoa, who died in 2014. The exhibition, hosted at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, included personal photographs and audiovisual materials from Ochoa’s remarkable career, now researchable in CHC.
Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford presented her book The Revolution Is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962 at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.
UML celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Weeks Music Library and the acquisition of the Roger Gross Opera Collection with a reception and vocal performance by graduate students from the Frost School of Music.
J a n ua r y 2 9 Special Collections hosted Cleared to Land at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center to celebrate the culmination of a twoyear reorganization of the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records Collection. The event included a reception, exhibition, and runway performance by World Wings International, Inc., an organization of former Pan Am flight attendants.
Fe b r ua r y A UML exhibition series at Richter Library explored the rich culinary traditions of South Florida, Cuba, and the Caribbean as documented in library collections and outside works, with the Cuban Heritage Collection’s Food and Memory: An Exploration of Cuban Cooking, 1857-today, Special Collections’ Floribbean Gastronomies, and Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen, Ellen Silverman’s stunning photographic series on cooking and living spaces in Cuba.
March 5 Food and travel photographer Ellen Silverman presented her work at the Cuban Heritage Collection in an event co-presented with Books & Books marking the official opening of her photography exhibition Spare Beauty: The Cuban Kitchen. The event included a film screening and discussion of Silverman’s documentary, My Roots Lie Here, about four elderly Cubans who have lived in their homes all their lives.
The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On celebrates the University of Miami’s 90th anniversary with an exhibition of historical materials reflecting early UM activities and traditions up to the present day, with an emphasis on the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean. The exhibition is on view on the first floor of Richter Library through May 2015. Quince Sellos Cubanos features a portfolio of gelatin silver prints by internationally renowned artist María Martínez-Cañas, along with the original Cuban stamps that inspired her work, all recently donated to the Cuban Heritage Collection. The exhibition is on view on the second floor of Richter Library through Spring 2016.
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Natural Cuba focuses on the diversity of Cuban flora and fauna through a display of materials from the Cuban Heritage Collection highlighting activities that take place in the natural environment, both on land and in water. The exhibition is on view at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion (second floor of Richter Library) through December 2015.
M ay 1 3 Special Collections hosted Tropical Gastronomies, an evening of discussion on the history of eating, drinking, and cooking in Florida, featuring regional food experts Norman Van Aken, Gretchen Schmidt, and Mandy Baca.
M ay 2 8 Cuban sculptor Roberto Estopiñán (1921-2015) was remembered in an event at the Cuban Heritage Collection and co-presented with the Cuban Museum. The evening included readings by the poets Alina Galliano and Gastón Álvaro, remarks by art historian Alejandro Anreus, and recognition of his widow, Carmina Benguría, followed by a screening of the documentary Artists in Exile: Roberto Estopiñán, directed by Ray Blanco (1994).
September 9 Yeidy M. Rivero presented her book Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950-1960 at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, shedding light on the history of commercial television in Cuba. The event was co-presented with Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute.
September 24 The Book Traces event drew students, faculty, and community members to Richter Library’s stack tower and the Weeks Music Library to search for old library books made unique by the marginal notes and additions of original readers. More than 300 volumes were found and will be featured in an upcoming digital exhibit on local marginalia.
Celebrating the centennial birthday of Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), the Weeks Music Library presents a selection of materials from its collections that highlight the profound, multifaceted cultural influence of the artist—perhaps best reflected in the assortment of nicknames including “Chairman of the Board,” “The Voice,” “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and others by which he is still remembered. This exhibition spans Sinatra’s many memorable musical hits as well as his acting achievements, including his involvement in the Rat Pack and other influential endeavors throughout his life. A selection of award-winning peer-reviewed research posters from the 2015 Undergraduate Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum (RCIF) are on view on the first floor of Richter Library through December 2015. This is the first exhibit of Discover Create Innovate, a space designated for showcasing student work from across the academic landscape. The winning images of the Rosenstiel School’s 11th annual Underwater Photography Contest, including stunning marine life portraits by students and the public, are on display at the Rosenstiel Library. A selection of renowned international sea life photography by Myron Wang from the diving and photography instructor’s 50-year career is on display at the Rosenstiel Library. The vibrant and transporting underwater photos are some of 3,400+ images donated by Wang to the library and now used by students, scholars, and the public as an in-depth access point to reefs and underwater sanctuaries in all parts of the world.
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Published on Nov 25, 2015