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Mirta Ojito Papers

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

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Mariel

Napoleon Vilaboa

United States Government

Peru

Other Research Materials

Aftermath

Materials for Book Chapters

Mike Howell

Bernardo Benes



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Mirta Ojito Papers, circa 1970s-2000s | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Natalie Baur, 2012.

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Collection Overview

Title: Mirta Ojito Papers, circa 1970s-2000sAdd to your cart.

ID: CHC5281

Creator: Ojito, Mirta A.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The materials in this collection are arranged by subject. The original order established by the author has been preserved.

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English

Abstract

The Mirta Ojito papers contain personal and literary papers related to Cuban exile writer and journalist, Mirta Ojito.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mirta Ojito papers contain a collection of clippings, press releases, and government documents relating to the Mariel boatlift, and photographs, clippings, and excerpts documenting Cuban history. Ojito used the files for writing the memoir of her exile in the United States, El Mañana (Finding Tomorrow), published in 2005.

The materials found in the collection create a context from which the social and economic cost of the Mariel boatlift, for both Cuba and the United States, can be understood. Various prominent (and at times notorious) figures within the Cuban exile movement are examined.

Biographical Note

Mirta Ojito was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States during the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Ojito earned a degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she now teaches as a journalism professor. She has won several major awards for her work, including a 1999 award for best foreign report from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and she shared a 2001 Pulitzer prize for her reporting on race in America. In 2005, Ojito published her memoir of exile from Cuba, El Mañana (Finding Tomorrow).

Subject/Index Terms

American literature - 20th century
American literature - Cuban American authors
Exiles' writings, Cuban
Exiles - Cuba
Mariel Boatlift, 1980

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please contact chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Mirta Ojito.

Separated Materials: Two boxes of books donated by the creator have been separated into the Cuban Heritage Collection book collection.

Preferred Citation: Mirta Ojito Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed by Amanda Moreno, September 2012.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid revised by Amanda Moreno, September 2012.

Other Note: Rights Statement: The text of this webpage is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).


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[Series 1: Mariel, undated, 1980-2000],
[Series 2: Napoleon Vilaboa, undated, 1965-1980],
[Series 3: United States Government, undated, 1978-2004],
[Series 4: Peru, undated, 1980],
[Series 5: Other Research Materials, undated, 1980-2004],
[Series 6: Aftermath, undated, 1980-2004],
[Series 7: Materials for Book Chapters, undated, 1977-1989],
[Series 8: Mike Howell, 1980-1999],
[Series 9: Bernardo Benes, undated, 1960-2004],
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Series 1: Mariel, undated, 1980-2000Add to your cart.
This series contains news clippings, copies of articles with author's notes and official reports relating to the Mariel boatlift.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 2: Napoleon Vilaboa, undated, 1965-1980Add to your cart.
This series contains news clippings and copies of articles about Napoleon Vilaboa, a Cuban spy embedded in Miami's exile community who orchestrated the Mariel boatlift.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 3: United States Government, undated, 1978-2004Add to your cart.
This series contains news clippings and copies of original documents that detail the United States government's response to the Mariel exodus.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 4: Peru, undated, 1980Add to your cart.
This series contains copies of newspaper articles and government memos regarding the storming of the Peruvian embassy in Havana by Cubans seeking asylum, preceding the mass exodus during the Mariel boatlift.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 5: Other Research Materials, undated, 1980-2004Add to your cart.
This series contains articles and reports that provide statistics on the boatlift and its aftermath for Cubans on the island and in exile, as well as the American government's response to the socioeconomic problems caused by a massive refugee population influx.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 6: Aftermath, undated, 1980-2004Add to your cart.
This series contains articles and reports that give insight on how the Marielitos were received in the United States, the social and economic costs incurred by the United States during this process and the progress of the Cuban exile community years after the boatlift.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 7: Materials for Book Chapters, undated, 1977-1989Add to your cart.
This series contains articles and notes for three chapters of Mirta Ojito's book, Finding Mañana.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 8: Mike Howell, 1980-1999Add to your cart.
This series contains articles relating to Mike Howell, an American fisherman from New Orleans, Louisiana, who covertly took Cuban and Haitian exiles to their respective islands to bring family back to the United States.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 9: Bernardo Benes, undated, 1960-2004Add to your cart.
This series contains articles and personal papers relating to Bernardo Benes, a prominent figure in Miami's Cuban exile community who spearheaded a dialogue with Fidel Castro that led to the release of political prisoners on the island.
Box 2Add to your cart.



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