Research Guides


Collection Description

This guide presents selected print and electronic resources in history available through the University of Miami Libraries and open access web sites. Please contact Martin Tsang, History Librarian, for more information about resources in history or to make an appointment for an individual research consultation. The Libraries' collections support a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in all areas of history. The Florida, Cuban, and Caribbean regional history holdings are distinctive.

The Libraries continue to collect as comprehensively as possible in all areas of US history. Other areas of strong interest include Latin America, Early Modern Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean region. Currently, materials that focus on Asian history are also being added to strengthen our collections. Social historical method is a notable strength of the department and is reflected in acquisitions for the collection. The language of the collection is primarily English.

Subject Specialist

Martin Tsang

  • CHC Librarian, Curator of Latin American Collections
  • (305) 284-4900
Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Print Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Dictionaries and encyclopedias can be useful tools when getting started in your research. Use them to find out more about a specific historical term, figure or event; in most cases, encyclopedia entries will have reference lists or bibliographies that point you towards more pertinent resources. These are general encyclopedias, you can find more subject specific ones by searching the library catalog.

The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students
CB361 .R25 2004 v.1 - v.4 (Richter 7th Floor)
Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures
HQ1170 .E53 2003 v.1 - v. 3 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
This encyclopedia can also be accessed online:, you will be prompted for your CaneID and password.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
F1218.6 .O95 2001 v.1 -v.3 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
The Encyclopedia of World History
D21 .E578 2001b (Richter Reference, 1st Floor)
Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women
HQ1115 .R69 2000 v.1 -v.4 (Richter Reference, 1st. floor)
Dictionary of American History
E174 .D52 2003 v1-v.10 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Brill's New Pauly : encyclopaedia of the ancient world : Antiquity
DE5 .N4813 2002 v.1-v.10 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Colonialism : an international, social, cultural, and political encyclopedia
HV22 .C59 2003 v.1 -v.3 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History
E169.1 .E624 2001 v.1-v.3 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing
D14 .E53 1999 v.1-v.2 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
F1406 .E53 2008 v.1-v.6 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America
HQ76.3.U5 E53 2004 v.1-v.3 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
CB351 .D5413 2000 v.1-v2 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
CB361 .E52 1999 v.1-v.6 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of Witchcraft
BF1566 .E56 2006 v.1-v.4 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
DS43 .E53 2004 v.1-v.4 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Europe 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World
D209 .E97 2004 v.1-v.6 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia
D1058 .E8754 2001 v.1-v.2 (Richter Reference, 1st floor)
Primary versus Secondary Sources
Primary Sources
Visual Resources
A Breath of Old Spain


This is an image from the South Florida Postcards Collection from the University of Miami.




"A Florida sunset as seen through Caribbean Pines," - A postcard from the South Florida Postcards Collection from the University of Miami.

Welcome to the South Florida Resources Guide! On this guide, you will find links to several digital collections from our University and also some other online resources. If you would like to make an appointment for research consultation, please contact Scott Britton.

E-Resources/ Digital Collections
Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
Kwame Anthony Appiah (Editor); Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
DT14 .A37435 2005 (1st Floor, Richter Reference)
Encyclopedia of African American Society
Gerald D. Jaynes (Editor)
E185 .E546 2005 (1st Floor, Richter Reference)
Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions
Stephen D. Glazier (Editor)
BL2462.5 .E53 (1st Floor, Richter Reference)
Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History
E185 .E54 2006 (1st Floor, Richter Reference)
Encyclopedia of Black Studies
Molefi Kete Asante (Editor); Ama Mazama (Editor)
E185 .E554 (7th Floor)
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
John H. Moore
E184.A1 E584 (1st Floor, Richter Reference)
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights
Charles D. Lowery; John F. Marszalek (Editor); Thomas Adams Upchurch (Editor-In-Chief)
E185.61 .E54 2003 (1st Floor, Richter Reference)
E-Resources/ Digital Collections
HIS 564

Women's Rights
  • Women Working is a digital exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.
  • Discovering American Women's History OnlineThis database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States.  
  • Distinguished Women of Past and Present 
    Over 2000 citations to internet and print sources: digital collections of primary sources, archival collections, bibliographies, and biographical sources.
Spiritualism Matthiasism  (John Matthews)
  • Joseph Smith Papers Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was the founding prophet and first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Transcendentalism  Mormonism Other Primary Sources
Florida Memory 
Documenting the American South 
E-Resources/ Digital Collections
Primary Sources
Core Secondary Source Databases
Primary vs. Secondary Data
Primary vs. Secondary

Secondary sources offer an interpretation or analysis of the primary source materials. Examples of secondary sources are articles, biographies, books, textbooks, reports on events, etc.

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between primary and secondary resources.  Click on the links below to learn more about the differences between the two.

Primary Digital Resources
The Cuban Heritage Collection has digitized music materials from its holdings and makes them available online through a variety of resources.
CHC Digital Collections

 José Curbelo Papers
The José Curbelo (1917-2012) papers document his band and its trajectory in New York during the 1940s. A sizeable amount of these papers has been digitized.

Rolando Laserie Papers
Photographs documenting the career of Cuban-born singer Laserie (1923-1998), including images of other Cuban musicians and entertainers.
Manuel Ochoa Papers
Selected images, programs, and music scores from the papers of Cuban-born conductor Manuel Ochoa (1925-2006). Ochoa was the founder of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
Cuban Americans
The creation and evolution of the Cuban Diaspora:
- Ackerman, H. (2015). POST-D-17 AND PROCESSES OF CUBAN NATIONAL RECONCILIATION. Washington, D.C.]: Center for Latin American & Latino Studies. pp. 1-16.
- Casal, L. and Hernandez, A. (1975). Cubans in the U.S: A Survey of the Literature. Cuban Studies 5(2), pp.1-25.
- Grenier, G.J., and Pérez, L. (2003). The legacy of exile: Cubans in the United States. Florida International University: Pearson Education, Inc. (book)
- Pérez, L. (1986). Cubans in the United States. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 487, pp.126-137.
Generational identity formation:
- Berg, M., and Eckstein, S. (2015). Introduction: Reimagining Migrant Generations. Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, 18(1), pp. 1-23.  (article)
- Fernández, M. (2000). Dinámicas intergeneracionales en la comunidad cubana al sur de la Florida: Identidad y política en la segunda generación. Cuban Studies, 31, pp.76-101. (article)
- Pedraza-Bailey, S. (1985). Cuba’s Exiles: Portrait of a Refugee migration. International Migration Review, vol. 29 (1). pp. 4-34. (article)
- Portes, A., and Rumbaut, R. (2001). Legacies: The story of the immigrant second generation. Berkeley, Calif., [etc.]: New York: University of California Press [etc.]; Russell Sage Foundation. (book)
Political experience of the Cuban experience
- Rytz, H. (2013). Ethnic interest groups in U.S. foreign policy-making: A Cuban-American story of success and failure. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Torres, M. (2014). In the Land of Mirrors: Cuban Exile Politics in the United States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (book)

Economic experience of the Cuban Community:
- Portes, A., & Puhrmann, A. (2015). A Bifurcated Enclave: The Economic Evolution of the Cuban and Cuban American Population of Metropolitan Miami. Cuban Studies, 43, 40-63,248.
Transnational experience of the Cuban Community:
- Duany, J. (2011). Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. (book)
- Duany, J. (2007). Networks, Remittances, and Family Restaurants. The Cuban Diaspora from a Transnational Perspective, in: O'Reilly Herrera, A. (2007). Cuba Idea of a Nation Displaced (SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture). Ithaca: State University of New York Press, p. 161-175.
- Eckstein, S., and Barberia, L. (2002). Grounding Immigrant Generations in History: Cuban Americans and Their Transnational Ties. International Migration Review, 36(3), pp. 799-837. (article)
- Eckstein S. and Barberia, L. (2008) ‘Cuban Americans and their Transnational Ties’, in: Brenner, P. (eds.). A contemporary Cuba reader: Reinventing the Revolution. Lanham, MD [etc.]: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 267-274. (book) 
- Eckstein, S. (2004). Cuban Border Crossing: The Reproduction of Inequalities and Transnational Contradictions. Radcloffe Institute 2003-04: Boston University. pp.1-55.

Communal experience:
- Bardach, A. (2004). Cuba confidential : The extraordinary tragedy of Cuba, its revolution and its exiles. London: Penguin. (Narrative of a journalist who writes about the social, cultural, economic and political forces of the Cuban-American community; e.g. how the community moved during the elian gonzalez case).
- García, M. (1996). Havana USA: Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994. Berkeley, Calif., [etc.]: University of California Press.

Personal experience of a 'Pedro Pan' child emigrating to Miami:
- Eire, C. M. N. (2003). Waiting for snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban boy. New York: Free Press.
- Miami-Dade website
- U.S. Consensus bureau
- Pewresearch
- FIU Poll, latest: Grenier, G. and Baldwin, H. (2016). 2016 FIU Cuba Poll. Cuban Research Institute: Florida International University.
- Bendixen & Amandi International. (2015). Survey of Cuban-Americans: One Year After the Normalization of United States-Cuba Relations.

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