Egalite for All – Investing in Haiti’s Cultural Heritage

In support of the Digital Library of the Caribbean’s Protecting Patrimony Initiative
Screening of the Documentary: Egalite for All – Investing in Haiti’s Cultural Heritage.

Presented by the UM Libraries, the UM Center for Latin American Studies, the FIU Libraries and the FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center.

Thursday February 17, 2011
6:00pm, Little Haiti Cultural Center
260 NE 59th Terrace

More info: Digital Library of the Caribbean

Archiving the Fringe – Documenting Countercultural Activism in Miami

How do cultural institutions document underground and fugitive artistic, literary, and political movements? Will historical record of the next century represent our social movements in all their richness, texture, and diversity, or will the efforts of activists working on the fringes be excluded or glossed over?

Join panelists Erick Lyle (a.k.a Iggy Scam) and Max Rameau for a lively discussion on building multicultural, sometimes controversial, and truly representative collections of record for the researchers of today and tomorrow. The University of Miami Libraries Special Collections has begun acquiring the papers of countercultural organizations in South Florida, including those of Erick Lyle and Max Rameau.

Former Miamian Erick Lyle is the author of On The Lower Frequencies: A Secret History of The City. He has been the editor of the influential underground, punk rock magazine, SCAM, since 1991 who has appeared on NPR’s This American Life.

Activist Max Rameau is a voice for homeless rights and victims of gentrification in Miami who has been at the forefront of movements such as Take Back the Land and the Scott-Carver Tenant Council which advocate for displaced residents of low income housing and the present day foreclosure crisis.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Reception 6:30 p.m. | Discussion 7:00 p.m.
Special Collections Department
Otto G. Richter Library, 8th Floor

For more information, please contact Cristina Favretto at

University of Miami Receives Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant to Develop Innovative Scholarly Resource on Cuban Theater

The University of Miami Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences have received a $172,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to rebuild the technical and organizational infrastructure for the Cuban Theater Digital Archive (CTDA,, a unique digital collection of Cuban theater resources.

“The CTDA is a fantastic example of how the University of Miami Libraries support interdisciplinary scholarship using innovative new media,” said Dean and University Librarian William Walker. “We are grateful for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s recognition of our commitment to this unique scholarly resource. We hope that our partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences will serve as a model for other creative digital humanities initiatives at the University of Miami and beyond.”

“Not only does this program provide an innovative approach to research, teaching, and learning in the humanities and the arts,” said Dean Leonidas Bachas of the College of Arts and Sciences, “it also explores new methods of scholarly publishing in a networked environment. The partnership between the Center for Latin American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Libraries is ideal, given the Center’s renewed focus on the Caribbean, as well as the Libraries’ extensive collections in this area.”

Established by Dr. Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Latin American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Miami Libraries as the result of a 2005 Digital Library Fellowship, the CTDA’s purpose is threefold: it is a resource for teaching, learning, and research in Cuban theater and performance as well as in related fields; a community repository for important Cuban theatrical materials; and a forum to foster scholarly communication in this field. As such, the CTDA participates in a virtual culture that allows for communication and exchange to take place between communities that are socially and geographically separated. The Digital Archive includes materials digitized and filmed in Cuba, as well as resources and information related to Cuban theater in the diaspora with a special focus on theater produced by the Cuban community in the United States.

This grant follows on the completion of a six-month research and planning initiative, also funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which determined the importance of the CTDA to the broader academic and cultural communities, as well as the need to rebuild its technical and organizational back-end. The new grant will support an overhaul of the CTDA’s technical infrastructure to better support the long term contribution of new content from geographically dispersed partners. This work, led by the University of Miami Richter Library, will be complemented by an organizational restructuring led by the Center for Latin American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

With the aid of the Mellon Foundation, the year-long project of establishing a sustainable infrastructure for the CTDA will bring CTDA staff and international partners closer to their goal of creating the world’s most comprehensive scholarly record of Cuban theater. It will also allow the CTDA to realize its mission of engaging educational, scholarly, artistic, and cultural communities across national boundaries in a collaborative virtual environment.

The grant will be led by Principal Investigators Lillian Manzor of the College of Arts and Sciences and Kyle Rimkus of the Richter Library.

The Commodore’s Story

Ralph M. Munroe

Commodore Ralph M. Munroe (1851-1933) was a man of many talents: yacht designer, sailor, accomplished photographer, entrepreneur and early conservationist. He was instrumental in the historic development of Coconut Grove and the larger Miami community. The Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers in the Special Collections Department at the University of Miami Libraries chronicle the daily life of South Florida in the 19th and 20th century as well as Mr. Munroe’s vision for this new frontier.

The collection includes a wide array of photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries, financial records and clippings which give a fascinating glimpse into the early history of South Florida and the shaping of its first institutions. The exhibit highlights prominent figures in Coconut Grove, the diversity of the community, the birthing of local industries, interest in “new” tropical landscapes, and the economic and social life which developed around the sea through the “wrecking” and “fishing” industries as well as yacht club races and gatherings. The Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers are a significant resource for research and document the uniqueness of South Florida within the larger context of American history.

The exhibit is located on the 1st and 2nd floor of Otto G. Richter Library. The entire collection is located in the Special Collections Department (8th floor Richter) and available online at: Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers