FIU library acquires Cuban genealogy collection

Much to the excitement of the Cuban-American community, the Florida International University library has acquired the Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza collection, Sharon Tate Moody reports in this article for Tampa Bay Online. Even more thrilling is that the university is digitizing the collection and will make it available through the library’s website.

Mendoza, a law graduate of the University of Havana, left Cuba in 1960. For 20 years, he was a liaison officer for the Organization of American States. “Hundreds of people sought his help and sent him what they knew of their family heritage, and those genealogies enriched his huge collection,” says Mariela Fernandez, president of the Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami.

That group’s vice president, Lourdes del Pino, describes the collection as “by far the most complete and sought-after Cuban and Hispanic genealogy collection.”

The university says the collection consists of more than 5,000 volumes and 900 unpublished letters with Cuban, Latin American and even European genealogical information.

Manuscripts and periodicals, as well as 17th and 18th century civil and sacramental documents, help make up the collection.

The Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami has been organizing and digitizing the 200-box collection, which reportedly contains 2,400 surnames. The university has not given a target date for the digital publication.

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