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.
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.
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.
- The Library of Congress American Memory
- Making of America Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
- Association of Religion Data Archives
- 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 Online. This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States.
- Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection
- The African American Odyssey
- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
- African American Perspectives Pamphlets
- Freedom's Journal
- Images of 19th C African Americans
- The Jackie Gleason Collection in UML's Special Collections
- The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals is a US-based private organization focused on the digital preservation of Spiritualist and occult periodicals published between the Congress of Vienna and the start of the Second World War.
- Joseph Smith Papers Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was the founding prophet and first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
- Works by Joseph Smith Jr.
- LDS site for Joseph Smith Jr.
Documenting the American South
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- GarciÌa, 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 county.gov website
- U.S. Consensus bureau
- 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.