Including U.S. government and presidential collections, the guide provides researchers an indispensable locator of Cuba-related materials that exist in the United States.
Historical research on Cuba, since the ascent of Fidel Castro to power, has been an uncertain and difficult pursuit. Scholars both in and out of Cuba have faced seemingly insurmountable problems when trying to research archival records and manuscript collections--especially in light of poor Cuba-U.S. relations. As this long-needed guide to Cuban materials shows, extensive collections of Cuba-related materials exist in the United States. Although these collections are not as complete as some original collections in Cuba itself, they do offer excellent starting points for various research projects on Cuba--pending future access to original Cuban collections. This is an indispensable guide to Cuban materials for both American and Cuban scholars.
The guide is organized alphabetically by state, with each significant Cuban collection in that state listed. Perez includes U.S. government and presidential collections, since most administrations since the Revolutionary War have dealt with Cuba in one way or another. In all cases, effort was made to list only substantial and varied Cuba-related holdings. This guide will be of great value to historians, political scientists, archivists, and other researchers interested in the history of Cuba.
Introduction Alabama Arizona California Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Mississippi Minnesota Missouri Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New York North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Texas Vermont Virginia Washington, D.C. Wisconsin Wyoming Collection Index Subject Index
Reviews The many scholarly, substantial, and authoritative works by research professor Perez in the fields of Cuban history, politics and government, and bibliography have, over the past decade and more, received their just recognition. The present guide, a valuable tool for the historical researcher in locating and identifying Cuban archive and manuscript materials in the US, is yet another excellent contribution. Conception of this bibliography was based on the assumption of the existence in the US of extensive, unknown, and unutilized collections of such material with the potential to supplement, but not substitute for, the archival documentation to be found in Cuba. However, as the compiler implies, with access to sources within Cuba often precluded by restrictions imposed by the Cuban government, the US sources here mentioned assume even greater importance. All time periods are covered. Organization is alphabetical by US state; under each state collections are identified and annotated, and the addresses of the depository institutions are provided. The 520 entries are indexed by collection and by subject.—Choice