The Acquisitions Table: Cuban Newspapers

Diario del Gobierno de la Habana. Aug. 11, 1812.

The History and Adventures of Little Eliza One of the gems of the AAS newspaper collection is its Caribbean newspaper holdings. During the summer of 2009, we took advantage of an opportunity to purchase almost 130 issues of early Cuban newspapers.  The titles, dates, and number of issues we acquired can be found at the end of the online list of newspaper acquisitions for 2009.

Many of these Cuban newspapers highlight the mercantile activities (including slavery) of the region. Because of the harsh climate, the survival rate of early Cuban newspapers is very low and chances for acquisitions very rare. Besides Havana, AAS’s Cuban newspaper collection includes newspapers from the towns of Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Matanzas, and Puerto Principe.

Collection purchased from Adolfo Sarrias Enriquez. Harry G. Stoddard Memorial Fund.

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