Espantado de todo, me refugio en tí.

Tengo fé en el mejoramiento humano, en la vida

futura, en la utilidad de la virtud, y en tí.”


José Martí (28 de enero de 1853 – 19 de mayo de 1895)


From the first edition of José Martí's Ismaelillo (New York, 1882), a book of poems dedicated to his son.

Página de la primera edición del Ismaelillo de José Martí, su poemario dedicado a su hijo José Francisco. Publicado en Nueva York en 1882.


Avellaneda on her 200th Anniversary

gertrudis_sab This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of acclaimed Cuban poet Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (1814-1873).  To commemorate the occasion, we have digitized her anti-slavery novel Sab, first published in 1841 in Spain. To see additional material from our collections, please visit our Avellaneda digital exhibit.







New digital collections: Videos of presentations and books about Cuba

CHC hosts or co-sponsors lectures, book presentations, and other events on topics related to Cuba’s history and culture and to the Collection’s exhibitions, new acquisitions, and research resources. This digital collection is an online archive of video recordings of a selection of these activities dating from 2005 to the present. New videos are continually added.

Visit the online collection here:

CHC houses both rare and contemporary books published anywhere in the world about the Cuban experience and the Cuban diaspora. While this includes books in all areas of scholarship, the book collection emphasize history, literature and literary criticism, politics, popular culture, religion, and the arts. The digital collection of our books focuses on works published before 1923.

Highlights include Los ingenios by Justo Germán Cantero with illustrations by Eduardo Laplante (Havana, 1857) and a portfolio of 32 Mialhe lithographs from about 1839. Newly digitized titles are continually added.

Access selected online books about Cuba here: