May 21, 2022

Harvard to Digitize Cuba Library Collections

From the Harvard Gazette:

The Cuba Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce that the Harvard Library has begun an important process of digitization of some of its most important Cuba-related resources. The digitization of the José Augusto Escoto Cuban History and Literature collection, ca. 1574–1920, is now underway. The Harvard Library houses the largest collection of unique Cuban monographs in the United States. Over the next two years, Harvard aims to digitize monographs produced in Cuba before 1923 and make them freely accessible.


By digitizing this collection, Harvard University will contribute to the Cuba Libro Project, which involves the libraries of the University of Florida, Harvard University, UCLA, the University of Miami, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida International University, and the New York Public Library in a collaborative effort with the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí to provide greater knowledge of, and access to, Cuban bibliographic history held in libraries in the U.S. and Cuba.

Additionally, Lynn Shirey, the librarian for Latin America, Spain & Portugal, is currently planning an additional digitization proposal that would increase accessibility to Cuba-related special collections (documents and archives) from several Harvard libraries, including the Museum of Comparative Zoology Library, Houghton Library, and the Harvard University Archives. Harvard libraries are the home to some of the most important Cuba collections outside of Cuba.

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