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Díaz-Ayala Cuban Music Collection Library Travel Grants, February 2005

The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Libraries at Florida International University are pleased to announce the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection Travel Grants and request applications for the 2005-2006 academic year.

The grants will provide graduate students and scholars the opportunity to visit the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection at the FIU Green Library, thereby enhancing its value as a national resource. CRI and the Libraries are offering a research stipend of up to $2000 to offset the costs of a minimum of one week stay to use the collection. Scholars in the humanities and the social sciences whose work will be enhanced by using the resources of the collection are encouraged to apply.

The Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection is the most extensive publicly available collection of Cuban music in the United States. The collection’s approximate 100,000 items span the history of popular Cuban and other Latin music, including 25,000 LPs and 14,500 78 mms. The collection also includes 4,500 cassettes containing radio interviews with composers and musicians; 4,000 pieces of sheet music; 3,000 books; and thousands of CDs, photographs, videocassettes, and paper files. Among the collection’s rarest items are recordings made in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

A portion of the collection can be searched online at The vast majority of items are only searchable and accessible by a physical presence in the collection. Supplementing the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection, an excellent and varied collection of Cuban materials and electronic resources are available at the FIU Libraries: For more information on the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection and other collections, and to determine if your research project will be enhanced by the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection, please contact either Mayra Nemeth, Head, Sound & Image Resources Department, or Catherine Marsicek, Latin American & Caribbean Information Services Librarian,, at the FIU Green Library.

The Díaz-Ayala Music Collection is one of the many resources available to the Cuban Research Institute, the nation’s leading institute for research and academic programs on Cuba and Cuban-American issues. Since its founding in 1991, a combination of advanced scholarship, teaching, outreach activities, and the singular resources of the Greater Miami community have enabled the CRI to produce exceptional programs in its field. In addition to the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection, the CRI enjoys the unique resources of the Leví Marrero collection of historic Cuban documents and additional Cuban Archives research collections, all housed in the Green Library at FIU.

The CRI is located at Florida International University, part of the State University System of Florida. FIU is an urban, multi-campus institution offering more than 190 baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs in 19 colleges and schools. FIU has more than 34,000 students and 1,100 full-time faculty. No other university outside of Cuba surpasses FIU in the number of Cubanists on its faculty, or in the number of faculty and students who are of Cuban birth or descent. The CRI draws upon the Cuba-related expertise of more than 40 FIU faculty members, led by Director Damián Fernández, a professor in the Department of International Relations, and Associate Director Uva de Aragón, an author and humanities scholar.

For additional information on the CRI, please visit the CRI website:


Grant cycle: Summer 2005
Application Deadline: April 15, 2005. Travel Deadline: May 1, 2005-June 30, 2005.

Grant cycle: Fall 2005
Application Deadline: August 15, 2005. Travel Deadline: Sept 1, 2005- Jan 15, 2005.

Grant cycle: Spring 2006
Application Deadline: December 1, 2005. Travel Deadline: Jan 15, 2005- Apr 30, 2006.

To apply, please use this Application Form.

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