Title: Caribbean collections at the University of Florida : a brief description
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A Brief Description


Latin American Collection

The University of Florida Libraries at Gainesville is
home to one of the world's most comprehensive collec-
tions of Caribbean materials. The University Libraries
began to develop collections in Caribbean Studies in the
late 1920s, and in 1952 under the national Farmington
Plan assumed a special responsibility for West Indian
acquisitions. The libraries maintains exchange agreements
with many institutions worldwide, including the Univer-
sity of the West Indies and Cuba's Biblioteca Nacional
Jose Marti, and it has conducted ambitious microfilming
and acquisitions projects in the region.
Printed works, manuscripts, maps, and microforms deal-
ing with the West Indies and circum-Caribbean region are
divided primarily between the libraries' very extensive
Latin American Collection, the P.K. Yonge Library of
Florida History, the Map and Imagery Library, and the
Rare Book and Manuscript units of the Department of
Special and Area Studies Collections. Holdings of Carib-
bean-related material can also be found in the Price Library
of Judaica, the Legal Information Center (collections of
statute laws), the Documents Department (British Parlia-
mentary Sessional Papers), the Architecture and Fine Arts
Library, and the UF Science Library.

These holdings reflect the University of Florida's overall
broad-based interest in the region, with many depart-
ments, from Agriculture to Fine Art, History, Anthropol-
ogy and Zoology, having research and/or teaching pro-
grams devoted to the Caribbean. Theses and dissertations
on Latin American subjects presented at the University
reveal a wide focus on the West Indies and the Caribbean.
However, the main strength of the UF Libraries' Caribbe-
an holdings lies in history and social science, with printed
works, microforms, and manuscripts dealing with Cuba
and Haiti as the most prominent.
Inquiries regarding Caribbeana at UF may be addressed to the
appropriate collection at the University of Florida Libraries,
Gainesville, Florida, 32611, USA.

The Latin American Collection
contains thousands of printed
works and reels of microfilm
concerning the Caribbean, and
these holdings continue to grow
rapidly each year. In addition, the
Collection receives and micro-
films a number of Caribbean
newspapers, and holds hundreds
of current Caribbean serials.
Notable runs of statistical sources and government
documents highlight research possibilities.
Long runs of newspaper titles are available on micro-
film. Many are either filmed by the UF Libraries itself
or are purchased.
For newspapers held in the UF Latin American
Collection, consult: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/lac/
newspaperlistl.html. Digitized Caribbean newspapers
are available as part of the Digital Library of the
Caribbean: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc/?s=cnip.

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The manuscript collections in the Department of
Special and Area Studies' Collections reflect the
Libraries' commitment to preserve and interpret the
history of the Caribbean. Cuba and Haiti figure promi-
nently in the department's holdings and include some
of those nations' most important historical collections.
Conspicuous in this group are the records of the Braga
Brothers Collection, one of the most significant archi-
val sources on Cuba's sugar economy. This immense
business archive spans 100 years of history from the
twilight of Spanish rule to the early years of Castro's
revolution. The end of French rule in Saint Dominque
is chronicled in two remarkable collections: the notary
records of the town of J&r6mie document quotidian life
in the last years of the French colony, and the papers
of the Vicomte de Rochambeau reveal France's strug-
gle to maintain control of its possession. The depart-
ment's manuscript holdings also include several smaller
Cuban and Haitian collections as well as documents
related to other Caribbean and Latin American
nations. Through its acquisition program, the depart-
ment continues to broaden our understanding of
Caribbean history.

Rare Books

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The Rare Book Collection holds a great array of
materials on the Caribbean ranging from a 1534
edition of Benedetto Bordone's Isolario di Benedetto
Bordone with woodcut illustrations of islands of the
world to Resistance is Useless: Portraits of Slaves from the
British West Indies with text and etched portraits by
D.R. Wakefield and printed by him at his Chevington
Press in 2004 in an edition of 50. Between these two,
there are hundreds of titles relating to all aspects of
the Caribbean: discovery and exploration, navigation,
native peoples, religion, agriculture, slavery, natural
history, description and travel, legal issues, political
events, social institutions and customs, and educa-
tion. Many of the titles are heavily illustrated, giving
a sense of the appearance of contemporary city and
rural life. In addition, there are numer-
ous accounts of general voyages that
present information on the Caribbean,
such as works by Richard Hakluyt and
Awnsham Churchill. Many of the titles '
in the collection, both early and mod-
ern, are very rare or located only at the
University of Florida.

P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History

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The Yonge Library of Florida History has always main-
tained materials on the history of the Caribbean as they
pertain to the Florida peninsula. Colonial correspon-
dence between officials in Florida and their superiors
in New Spain and Cuba make up a great proportion of
the records for the Spanish colonial period. The library
maintains information on piracy, naval rivalry, and
commerce as they affected first St. Augustine and
Pensacola, and later places such as Key West and
Fernandina. British in- and out- migration from the
Bahamas in the 1770s, and British naval activity in the
Caribbean during the American Revolution and the War
of 1812 are also covered. The Spanish American war,
Florida's cigar-worker community, and relations
between Cubans and Cuban Americans are also top-
ics well represented in both primary sources and the
library's ongoing
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Map & Imagery Library

The University of Florida's Caribbean map collection is
considered to be one of the finest in the U.S. The collec-
tion ranges from an original 1551 map of Hispaniola to
2004 satellite images. The circum-Caribbean is a priority
for map collecting and almost 70,000 maps are avail-
able for the region. All modern maps are obtained, from
Earth Science to human related topics. The library has
detailed topographic (terrain) maps of all the countries
including some hard to acquire items, e.g., Russian
topographic maps of Cuba. Among its most recently
obtained treasures are topographic maps of Guyana
and antique maps of Haiti.
One of the Library's outstanding resources is the rare
map collection of the West Indies. While Haiti,
Dominican Republic and Cuba are emphasized, there
are numerous antique maps of the other islands. These
maps have been the foundation for research concerned
with history and habitat of native peoples, European
exploration, African Diaspora, mineral exploration,
agriculture, study of tropical fauna and flora, and a
variety of geologic and geographic subjects.
Digitized historic maps of the Caribbean are available at

Major Projects

The Department of Special and Area Collections has
embarked upon two vast microfilming and digitization
projects that will ultimately change the way we perceive
and study the Caribbean Basin. These projects, to be
carried out in the Archivo Nacional de la Republica
de Cuba and the Archivo Historico Provincial de
Cadiz, embrace the preservation and accessibility of
over ten million pages of notary records (Cadiz, 1530-
1900; Havana, 1572-1900) which readily reflect these
two great port cities' strategic position in the
administration of the Carrera de Indias, that great
instrument of European colonial mercantilism that
carried wealth, production and human resources
between Europe and all parts of Spain's far-flung
world empire. All areas of human concern are
documented in these immense and essentially
inaccessible collections of notary records.
The Department is also carrying out a project to
document the traditions of the Afrocuban religion
Regla de Ocha (Santeria) and is engaged with Cuban
colleagues in the preparation of a definitive annotated
bibliography of the historical archaeology of Cuba.
Project details: Call Bruce Chappell at (352) 273-2768.

Digital Work

The University of Florida is a founding member and
technology lead of the Digital Library of the Caribbean
(http://www.dloc.com/). Content includes archives,
audio and video, books, journals, newspapers, maps,
and photography. The Digital Library (dLOC) is a
multi-national project with partners in Aruba, the
Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic,
Florida, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad
and Tobago, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
Digitization facilities both at the University of Florida
and across the Caribbean are actively scanning archival
and published resources. Effort draws equally from
original documents and from microfilmed copies where
originals no longer exist. Funding comes from the U.S.
Dept. of Education, the U.S. Dept. of State, UNESCO,
and donors, as well as from the partner institutions and
their national governments.

Support the Collections!

Online giving: https://www.uff.ufl.edu/Online
Giving/Libraries. asp
Cash gifts may be sent to the Office of Development,
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida,
PO Box 117000, Gainesville, FL 32611-7000.
For more information or assistance please contact us at
(352) 273-2505.

Special thanks to:
Dr. David Geggus, UF Dept. of History
Compiled by Richard Phillips, UF Latin American Collection
E-mail: ricphil@uflib.ufl.edu. Phone (352) 273-2745.

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