Special Collections


A finding aid is a guide or inventory describing the items in a collection.  Collections may include documents, letters, photographs, art objects and other items. Searching for contextual information will aid you in finding information or materials on specific subjects.  In the search field enter search topics, terms, dates, locations, authors, coporations. Click on SEARCH FINDING AIDS above to search our collections.


The mission of the Special Collections is to acquire, arrange, describe, preserve and provide access to rare, unique and out of print materials and interdisciplinary collections pertaining to the geographic, national and cultural regions of the Caribbean basin, Miami and South Florida to augment the research needs of patrons from the University and the wider community.


The collection includes books, manuscripts, archives, artifacts and media and spans the history, development and culture of Latin America, the Caribbean, Miami and South Florida. Primary source materials are available in the reading room for discovery and research. For a listing of some of our collections visit Explore Our Collections. 


We invite the public to engage with our collections by scheduling an appointment to discover and explore our unique primary source documents. To make the most of your visit, we have provided information that will assist you to plan your visit.  

Researchers may also search the FIU Library catalog for books and serials housed in Special Collections. In addition, we are committed to increasing access to our collections through digitization. Please visit SPC Digital Collections to view the ever expanding online collection.