23 Aug Florida Int’l University: Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy
The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collections is a unique research collection at the Green Library at Florida International University Special Collections and University Archives which includes thousands of books, handwritten and typed letters, photos and other primary documents relating to Cuba and Cuban genealogy, collected over four decades by Felix Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza. The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection includes rare 17th and 18th century books, long out-of-print publications and periodicals that few, if any, U.S. libraries hold in their catalogs. Additionally, thousands of unpublished family genealogies and manuscripts make this collection particularly significant.
“This is an extraordinary addition to our collection,” said Laura Probst, former FIU Dean of Libraries. “We are proud to be the custodians of this rich collection of the family and cultural history of Cuba and its diaspora. Our long-term vision is to create a public Center for Cuban Genealogy, but need support from the community to make this a reality.”
“Among the surprises we found are hundreds of sacramental and civil documents, unpublished Archive of the Indies records and beautiful old photographs of Cuban families,” said Lourdes del Pino, a Cuban Genealogy Club member who has volunteered to help organize the collection.
The collection, which also contains genealogy books for countries in North, Central and South America, as well as Spain, France, Italy and other European countries, came to FIU in 200 boxes. It will facilitate historical, genealogical and anthropological research of Hispanic America, including Spanish Florida and Spain.
The materials in this collection were digitized as PDFs Lourdes del Pino and Mariela Fernandez of the Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami.