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Collection Number: 12017-z

Collection Title: Louis A. Perez Papers on Americans in Cuba, 1910-1959, 1991-1992 (bulk 1991-1992)

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Size About 150 items
Abstract As a Graduate Research Professor of History at the University of South Florida, Louis A. Perez began research on a project concerning the history of the American community living in Cuba during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1991, he placed an author's query in the New York Times Book Review section, asking for letters, manuscripts, or reminiscences of the United States community living in Cuba during that time. The collection includes letters, 1991-1992, from respondents to the Louis A. Perez's author's query in the New York Times Book Review comprise the bulk of the collection. These letters describe the authors' experiences while living in Cuba and/or suggest other possible sources of continued research for Perez. Topics include interactions between Americans and Cubans, social customs, class categorization of the American colony, types of business and companies managed by Americans, and reactions to Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. A few letters were written by individuals born in Cuba to parents who worked for the United Fruit Company, an American corporation. These letters describe growing up on sugar plantations. Also included are postcards from Cuba, 1910-1959; a manuscript detailing an unidentified woman's trip to Cuba in February 1930 and a transcription of the manuscript made by Perez in 1992; and a bibliography of English-language newspapers edited in Cuba by Americans or intended for the United States community living there.
Creator Perez, Louis A., 1943-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Louis A. Perez Papers on Americans in Cuba #12017-z, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Louis A. Perez Jr. on 23 March 2010 (Acc. 101377).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Louis A. Perez (Louis A. Perez Jr.) received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1970 and later took a position as a Graduate Research Professor of History at the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida, Perez began research on a project concerning the history of the American community living in Cuba during the 1940s and 1950s.

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The collection includes letters, 1991-1992, from respondents to the Louis A. Perez's author's query in the New York Times Book Review comprise the bulk of the collection. These letters describe the authors' experiences while living in Cuba and/or suggest other possible sources of continued research for Perez. Topics include interactions between Americans and Cubans, social customs, class categorization of the American colony, types of business and companies managed by Americans, and reactions to Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. A few letters were written by individuals born in Cuba to parents who worked for the United Fruit Company, an American corporation. These letters describe growing up on sugar plantations. Also included are postcards from Cuba, 1910-1959; a manuscript detailing an unidentified woman's trip to Cuba in February 1930 and a transcription of the manuscript made by Perez in 1992; and a bibliography of English-language newspapers edited in Cuba by Americans or intended for the United States community living there.

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Contents list

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About 150 items.
Folder 1

Letters, 1991-1992 #12017-z, Series: "Louis A. Perez Papers on Americans in Cuba, 1910-1959, 1991-1992." Folder 1

Topics include social and working relationships between Americans and Cubans, social customs, class categorization of the American colony, types of business and companies managed by Americans, and Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. A few letters were written by individuals born in Cuba to parents worked for the United Fruit Company, an American corporation. These letters describe growing up on sugar plantations.

Folder 2

Postcards, 1910-1959 #12017-z, Series: "Louis A. Perez Papers on Americans in Cuba, 1910-1959, 1991-1992." Folder 2

Folder 3

Manuscript, 20 February 1930 #12017-z, Series: "Louis A. Perez Papers on Americans in Cuba, 1910-1959, 1991-1992." Folder 3

Manuscript describing the journey to Cuba by an unidentified woman in 1930. There is also a typed transcription of the manuscript done Louis A. Perez in January 1992.

Folder 4

Bibliography #12017-z, Series: "Louis A. Perez Papers on Americans in Cuba, 1910-1959, 1991-1992." Folder 4

Bibliography is typewritten in Spanish and cites English-language newspapers edited in Cuba by Americans or intended for the United States community living there.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Armando Suarez, December 2010

Encoded by: Armando Suarez, December 2010

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