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Reflections on Discovery and Growth at the University of Miami Libraries

Capturing the Scene Archives In Action to Preserve the Ephemeral Moments and Complex Character of a Community

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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.

The University of Miami Libraries are fully committed to the role

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

permutations. They define our collective past, present, and future. Their dynamic relationship is reflected throughout this issue of access, from stories relating how students and scholars engage with our unique and distinctive collections to recent examples of donors who have been inspired to support them. The range of UM Libraries’ events this past year celebrating new buildings, distinctive collection acquisitions, author talks, artist presentations, and exhibit openings is emblematic of the vitality of the Libraries, their staff, and donors.

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


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

ment. Comprised

families that experience what the

or paid attention to. Someone just

of commentary

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

information-rich and

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


] In a way that is so


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



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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.”



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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.




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.



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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

Pledge your support for UM

or the books they read and held

unique. At this point in my career

Libraries at

onto. But then we’re also collecting

I am humble enough to say I don’t

Advancement at 305-284-4443

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

giving opportunities.

and faculty have appeared in


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 ( 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

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 piece.

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?


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.

December 15

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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