The Special Collections Department of the library contains
several collections of note relating to Latin American and the Caribbean, including:
- the Marrero Collection.
In 1988, FIU was privileged to acquire the private archival collection of Dr. Leví
Marrero. Marrero is best known
for his 15-volume survey of the island's history, Cuba: economía y sociedad. To complete
this monumental study, Marrero relied on documents from the Archivo General de Indias in
Seville, Spain. Photo reproductions and transcriptions of these documents are now available
as part of the Leví Marrero collection at the FIU Library, serving as an indispensable
resource for scholars around the world interested in researching Cuban history.
- the Goodsell Photo Collection. The James Nelson Goodsell Photo
Collection documents four decades of Latin American and Caribbean history. It consists of
video clips and hundreds of images, many of which are accompanied by audio commentaries.
The collection also includes transcripts of interviews with regional leaders.
Goodsell was the Latin American correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor from
1964-1985. His archival legacy includes material from all across the region, from South
America to the Caribbean and Central America. Goodsell's widow, Rhoda Ford, donated the
collection to FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Center in 1996.
A photo essay showcasing images from the Goodsell Collection appeared
in v. 7, n. 3 (1997) of LACC's Hemisphere magazine.
- the Cuban Living History Project archives. In April 2000, the
Library inaugurated a special collection dedicated to Miquel González-Pando, the founder
and director of the Cuban Living History Project at FIU.
- Cuban exile pamphlets
- photographs of Cuba from Cuban photographer Rogelio Caparros
- pre-Colombian artifacts from Mrs. Etta Barnett