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Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers


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Photograph album,  D. Felipe Poey family

Photograph album,  D. Felipe Poey family

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Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers, 1957-1966 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Maria R. Estorino, November 2009

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Title: Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers, 1957-1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1962-1966

ID: CHC5223

Creator: Frayde, Martha (1920-)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 10/28/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Formats/Genres: Letters, Photographs

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers consist of letters from the Cuban painter Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) to Frayde dating between 1962 and 1966.  The collection also includes a group photograph of Lam and Frayde in Mexico in 1957.

Biographical Note

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1920, Martha Frayde Barraqué studied medicine at the University of Havana and at at McGill University in Canada. 

Frayde was active in the Cuban Revolution, founding and directing Cuba's National Hospital and its nursing school.  She had close ties to Fidel and Raul Castro and Ché Guevara.  Frayde served as Cuba's representative to UNESCO until 1965, when she returned to Cuba and became active in the dissident movement.  With Ricardo Bofill, she founded the Comité Cubano Pro Derechos Humanos (Cuban Committee for Human Rights) in 1976.

In July of that year, she was arrested as a counterrevolutionary and sentenced to 29 years in prison.  She was released almost four years later and has lived in exile in Spain since 1979.

Subject/Index Terms

Frayde, Martha, 1920-
Lam, Wifredo

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to this collection are expected.

Physical Access Note: The letters in this collection are in very fragile condition.  The collection is closed for research until the letters can be digitally reformatted.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Martha Frayde Barraqué, 2006; and the Estate of Martha Frayde Barraqué, 2015.

Original/Copies Note: Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. For more information please see

Related Materials: Martha Frayde Barraqué donated her collection of Cuban art to the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami in 2006.  Her donation included works by Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez, Fidelio Ponce, Gina Pellón, Raúl Milián, Víctor Manuel, Manuel Mendive, Lorenzo Mena, Roberto Estopiñán, René Portocarrero, Julio Matilla, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Waldo Díaz-Balart, Baruj Salinas, Jorge Camacho, Hernán García, José Mijares, Andrés Lacau, Héctor Moltó, and other Cuban artists.

Preferred Citation: Martha Frayde Barraqué Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid subjects terms assigned by Ana D. Rodríguez, February 2013. Finding aid updated by Natalie Baur, June 2015.

Other Note: Sponsor Note: This collection was processed with the support of a grant from The Goizueta Foundation.

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[Box 2: Jewelry, 1940s-1950s],
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[Box 4: Photograph album,  D. Felipe Poey family, late 19th century],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence from Lam, Wifredo, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence from Lam, Wifredo, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence from Lam, Wifredo, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence from Lam, Wifredo, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence from Lam, Wifredo, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence from Lam, Wifredo, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs, 1957Add to your cart.
Group portrait of Wifredo Lam and Martha Frayde in Mexico.
Folder 8: Marta Frayde Barraqué baby album, 1920sAdd to your cart.
Box 2: Jewelry, 1940s-1950sAdd to your cart.
3 cameos and 2 brooches, including original miniature artwork by Wifredo Lam.
Box 3: Photograph album,  D. Felipe Poey family, late 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Box 4: Photograph album,  D. Felipe Poey family, late 19th centuryAdd to your cart.

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