University of Miami Announces Donation of pre-republic Cuban manuscripts, documents and books

Cejas Cuban Collection

Book from the Cejas Cuban Collection donated to University of Miami

Paul Cejas, alumnus, has donated a treasure trove of materials to the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection.  According to Elizabeth “Liz” Cerejido, Esperanza Bravo de Varona chair and director of the CHC, “Ambassador Cejas’ donation includes an impressive and highly valuable collection of beautifully bound historical manuscripts, letters, and rare books.” The collection covers Cuban history from the late 18th through the late 19th century. “The items offer firsthand accounts by Spanish, British and American commanding officers and their respective roles in Cuba’s wars for independence.”

One set of letters chronicles the Ten Years’ War. It is during this war where Cuban forces fought for independence from Spain. The manuscripts contain transcripts of telegrams, dispatches, decrees, orders, and official letters sent between the office of the Governor General of Cuba and various Spanish ministries and government officials, covering the entire duration of the war. For the complete story.

Cuban-born Cejas, who graduated from the University in 1969, was appointed as the ambassador to Belgium by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1998. He served in the post until March 2001.