The Polita Grau de Agüero Papers document two aspects of Polita Grau’s life and family. The correspondence, writings, and memorabilia primarily document Polita’s time as a political prisoner in Cuba as well as her activities in exile on behalf of political prisoners. There are many clippings related to Polita’s experiences in prison, her life in exile, and Operation Pedro Pan. The photographs in this collection document Polita’s family from her parents to her own grandchildren, as well as the life of her uncle, Cuban president Ramón Grau San Martín.
Of special note in this collection is Series II where can be found biographies of Cuban women political prisoners. These biographies detail the experiences of these women in Cuban prisons. Series IV contains handicrafts created by Polita Grau and other political prisoners while serving their sentences.
Series 1: Polita Grau Papers, undated 1909-2000 (bulk dates 1978-1994)
Series 2: Political Prisoners, undated, 1964-1993
Series 3: Photographs and Drawings, 1882?-1994 (bulk dates 1980s-1994)
Series 4: Memorabilia, undated, 1963-1970
Series 5: Honors and Awards, undated, 1979-1995