Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami Libraries)

Bum Boats, Cuba,1910-1930. Manuel R. Bustamante Collection

The Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries (CHC) has contributed more than 1,000 images to the Artstor Digital Library.

The CHC is the premier resource for research in Cuban and Cuban-American studies. It holds the most comprehensive library of manuscripts, rare and contemporary books, and unique materials for the study of Cuba, its history, its people, and its culture in the island and abroad. The images provided through Artstor represent an important, thoughtfully curated subset of the materials selected from both The Manuel R. Bustamante Photograph Collection and the Cuban Postcard Collection.

The selection from the Bustamante Collection consists of hundreds of black and white photographs of Cuba from the early 1900s to the 1930s. Many of these images were published by the New York-based Munson Steamship Line in its Cuba Review magazine. They depict various aspects of the life, architecture, and culture of Havana and other Cuban towns at the turn of the 20th century.

The images from the Cuban Postcard Collection include real photo, printed photo, and artist drawn postcards, providing views of many parts of the island as well as various aspects of Cuban communities in the United States and elsewhere.