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Image Collection Description
Sheldon Abend, American Theater Collection

Sheldon Abend was an executive producer who also served as an estate representative.

Ahlander Visual Arts Collection

Donated by the FIU Art Museum, the Ahlander collection consists of brochures and information on artists from Latin America and the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica.

Christine Ardalan Photograph Collection

To view more images from the collection visit the Christine Ardalan Photographs.

Items Courtesy of Christine Ardalan



Arguelles Family Album Collection

Donated by the Arguelles Family, includes photographs of Cuba and other Caribbean islands from 1937-1948.

Click Arguelles Family Album to view the digital collection.

Barnett Collection, Pre-Colombian figures

Pre-Colombian artifacts from Costa Rica.

Cesar Becerra Everglades Collection

Collection in process.  Contact us for further information.

Cesar Becerra Motoring into the Millennium Collection

Collection in process.  Contact us for further information.

Alberto Bolet Collection

The Bolet Archives covers the professional and personal life of Cuban born conductor Alberto Bolet. Included are personal correspondence, publicity and family photographs and notes relating to his concerts.

British Guiana (Guyana) General Election Collection

To view the collection visit British Guiana General Election Collections.  General electionsin British Guiana on 27 April 1953 were the first held under universal suffrage.

Rogelio Caparros Photograph Collection

Photographs of Cuba during the Revolution, Nicaragua and Panama. Included are negatives, contact prints and large photoprints.

Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

Archives of the ACWWS, an association promoting the literature and orature of Caribbean women writers and scholars.

Casanas Family Collection

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Album de la revolucion: 1952-1959 


Collection in process.  Call for further information.

Cuban Exhile Archives

Includes publications from the Cuban American National Foundation, photographs of exiles, and correspondence between project director Dr. Miguel Bretos and other exiles, and publications of the project.

Cuban and Cuban American Collections

The Cuban Living History Project

Includes over 400 VHS tapes of interviews with prominent Cuban exiles. In addition to the tapes, are the books, plays, documentaries, and newspaper commentaries written by Miguel Gonzalez-Pando.

Mattie Belle Davis Collection

Judge Mattie Bell Davis was the judge of the Metropolitan Dade County Court (1959-1972).

Deering Estate

Videotapes and photographs of the Estate before and after the 1992 Hurricane Andrew.

Diaz-Ayala Collection

The collections approximate 100,000 items span the history of popular Cuban and other Latin music, including 25,000 LPs and 14,500 78 mms. Special Collections houses the some 3,000 books contained within this collection.

Bernard Diederich Collection

Included are Central American and Caribbean newspapers, political posters, booklets and private correspondence, as well as, videotapes, photographs, slides and audio cassettes with interviews of Central American and Caribbean leaders.

Support the Collection

Institutions and individuals who would like to contribute to our fundraising efforts to make the Bernard Diederich collection freely available for research, please send us an email dloc@fiu.edu

We are excited about the tremendous resource that this collection will bring to researchers and scholars globally.

Thank you for your anticipation and support.

Dana Dorsey Collection

Dana A. Dorsey (1872-1940) was the first African-American millionaire in Miami. The collection is comprised of the legal and financial records of his vast real estate holdings. Mortgages, leases, rental and loans agreements represent the focus of the collection.

FIU South Florida Labor Archives

Florida Labor: Union Memorabilia of Henry Petrell, International Association of Fire Fighters, Arbitration Hearings - Charles A. Hall, Contracts Private Industry. Collective Bargain, Labor Schools and Conventions, Public Service Contracts, International Association of Machinist Aerospace Workers, Police Collective Bargaining Agreement #3, UAW Newspaper Bound Volume, ILGWU, South Florida AFL-CIO, Collective Bargaining, Jack Rubenstein Collection

Florida Nurses Association Collection
John and Ideal Gladstone Archival Collection

A collection of 22 publications by and relating to Francisco Amighetti. In addition, the collection includes newspapers - Over a hundred single sheets and incomplete issues of Harpers Bazaar, Harpers Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated, Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion, Ballou’s Pictorial, The Illustrated London News, The New York Scientific Times & Mercantile Register, Pen and Pencil, and Scientific American.

James Nelson Goodsell Collection

Goodsell was the Latin American correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor from 1964-1985. Included are video clips and hundreds of images, and transcripts of interviews with regional leaders.

Papers of Elaine Gordon

Elaine Gordon a lawmaker and trail-blazing legislator recognized for her devotion to women, children and the elderly. Gordon was a liberal Democrat from South Florida, who proved herself adept in the power circle dominated by men from the conservative districts in the Florida Panhandle.

Senator Jack Gordon – Collected Papers

The Papers of Senator Gordon consists of files pertaining to the senator’s work with the Dade County School Board, with the struggle for desegregation in South Florida, in addition to Senator Gordon’s travels for the State Department. His time in the Florida Legislature is represented by files relating to the Senate Bills with which the Senator was concerned. These are in chronological order with the assigned Senate Bill Number and Title. 100.5 linear feet

Guantanamo Bay Collection

The collection is composed of 433 digitized photographs by Kenneth (Allegro) Shartz between 1994 and 1996 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detailing the daily life of the refugees, the humanitarian workers, the detention camps, the wildlife, and the naval base.

Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy

Includes thousands of books, handwritten and typed letters, photos and other primary documents relating to Cuba and Cuban genealogy, collected over four decades by Felix Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza.

Isle of Pines

The Isle of Pines Collection deals with the correspondence between the US residents on the island and congressional and legislative representatives in the United States regarding the ratification of the treaty.

Dr. E.K. Jaudon
Dr. Eugene Keene Jaudon (1867-1941) a Dade County physician for 27 years, was founder and superintendent of Miami’s first charity hospital.
Dr. Jaudon received his medical degree from the State Medical College, Charleston S.C. in 1896. He and his wife Lillie Lee moved to Miami in 1903. Dr. Jaudon served on the city’s first board of health and was made county physician in 1904.
Erica Koehler Collection

The Erica Koehler Collection is a 3 box collection donated to the Florida International University Special Collections and Archives Department from the School of Nursing. This collection includes items collected by Ms. Koehler and mainly covers the area of Industrial Nursing. Items include historic training manuals, photographs, correspondence, magazines and other items related to the field of Occupational Health Nursing.

Elena Kurstin Cuban Memorabilia Collection

Includes Cuban travel memorabilia including postcards, travel brochures, pamphlets and restaurant menus and issues of three popular Cuban journals: Bohemia, Carteles and Social.

Abril Lamarque Collection

The collection documents the life and career of Cuban-born cartoonist, designer, illustrator, graphic artist, caricaturist, and art director Abril Lamarque through printed materials, scrapbooks, writings, and original artwork.

League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade Collection

Scrapbooks and papers of The League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, including articles, correspondence, awards, certificates, descriptions of projects, proposed amendments, flyers, and accomplishments.

The Mana-Zucca Collection

Mana-Zucca was an internationally known pianist and composer. The collection consists of handwritten and published scores, full original orchestration of her works, including operas and marches, records, and diaries. Much of her life is documented in an extensive collection of scrapbooks and photo albums.

Gwen Margolis Collection

This collection is in process.  Contact us for further information.

Levi Marrero Manuscripts and Archives Collection

The personal papers of Levi Marrero including a large manuscript collection and research materials.

The New Republic - Jorge Mas Canosa Collection

Included in the collection are newspaper articles, VHS tapes and materials gathered by the New Republic magazine legal counsel.

Miami Dade Women Archives

Mattie Belle Davis Collection, Papers of Elaine Gordon, League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County Collection, Gwen Margolis Collection

Miami Film Festival

The film festival founded in 1984 and now under the administrative auspices of FIU has made a rich cultural contribution to the City of Miami. These records cover the history and programming of the festival from its foundation to its incorporation with FIU. 31.5 linear feet

Miami Metropolitan Museum of Art Manuscript Collection
In 1989, when the private Metropolitan Museum and Art Center Collection (MMAC) in Coral Gables closed, its Board ensured the intact survival of this important collection by transferring it to the care of Florida International University.  With over 2,300 objects that include cultural artifacts, paintings, sculptures, prints and photography, the MMAC collection comprises a significant component of the permanent collection.
Excepted from the Frost Art Museum
Miami Metropolitan Museum and Art Center (MMAC) Collection

Miscellaneous items previously in the museum’s collection. No main focus, letter, deed, some rare documents, and letters.

50 items

J. Floyd Monk Cedar Key Archive Collection

 The J. Floyd Monk papers are comprised of 5 boxes of research in Florida history.

Nardin Collection of Pre-colombian figures

Pre-Colombian Artifacts from Colombia 18 figures

Barbara Parker Collection
Papers of Lisandro Pérez

This collection of five boxes of papers represents the academic background of Dr. Lisandro Perez.  The collection is a compilation of papers that represent his work as a professor from Louisiana State University and Florida International University.

Charles E. Perry Papers and Ephemera

The founding president of FIU. This collection includes this personal papers as well as his records of the years spent building the University. 45 linear feet.

Carmen Petsoules Mary Brickell Collection

The collection consists of materials depicting the role of Mary Brickell as one of the “founding mothers” of the city of Miami, Florida. Documents detail her work as a landowner and real estate developer. The materials balance the personal and professional lives of Mary Brickell and her descendants. The collection demonstrates the growth and shaping of Miami, from the founding documents establishing the city of Miami to modern day developments in the Brickell area.

Papers of Ralph Renick

The University Archives of Florida International University is grateful to the family of Ralph Renick for the donation of his papers

Ralph Renick was born in New York City in 1928 and at the age of twelve he moved with his mother and two brother to Miami.

William Rios Collection

Documents relating to the political parties of Puerto Rico with emphasis on the political activities during the 1970’s - 1980’s. 3 linear feet

Carlos Ripoll Collection
Undine Sams Nursing Collection

Born on July 21, 1919, in Wachula, Florida, Undine Sams graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1940 and received her BSN from Barry College (now Barry University), in 1961 she worked in emergency, industrial, school and private duty nursing and was a volunteer Red Cross nurse. Sams was one of the few nurses to win the Army-Navy Excellence Award at the Richmond Field Blimp Base during World War II.

Lawrence J. Smith Collection
South Florida Nursing Archive

Christine Ardalan Photograph Collection, South Florida Nurses Association, Undine Sams Nursing Collection, Undine Sams Photograph Collection, Erica Koehler Collection

Alex Stepick Collection

The Alex Stepick Collection consists of materials depicting the plight of the Cuban and Haitian refugees in the 1980s in Miami, Florida. The documents detail the treatment of refugees once on American soil and the condition in the countries they were escaping from; highlighting the contrasting experiences of Cuban and Haitian refugees. The collection demonstrates the work of Dr. Alex Stepick, Florida International University Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, in emphasizing the refugee situation on a local and national level.

William Straight Collection
Barry Sugerman Collection

The Barry Sugerman collection was donated by Andrew Huber and Barbara Sugerman to the FIU Special Collections and University Archives. The collection consists of books, architectural plans, photographs, magazine articles and other items relating to the expansive work of Barry Sugerman, Architect, A.I.A.

Durbin C. Tabb Collection

A significant collection of original works, papers, monographs, maps, and other material relating to the environmental history of Florida Bay and adjacent areas from one of the best known and widely cited researchers in the region.

Monographs – 38 titles (some titles may have NOTIS records)

Manuscript material – 12 linear feet. (Approx)

Sheila Thomson Collection

Collection of music CDs, original artwork, photographs and books all relating to Brazil and its culture.

In process.

Papers of President Gregory Wolfe

This collection is still being donated and will complement the collection of Charles Perry 6 linear feet

Michael Wolfson Theatre Collection