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Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection, 1929-1986 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Alicia O. Hernández, Rolando J. Díaz, and Esperanza B. de Varona, 1985

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Collection Overview

Title: Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection, 1929-1986Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC0124

Creator: Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club (1929-1986)

Extent: 6.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement:

The Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection is organized into four series.

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

Formats/Genres: Women - Cuba - Sources

Languages: Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection is comprised of administrative files, publications, events and exhibitions programs, and photographs of this Cuban women’s club. The materials in this collection primarily document the Lyceum’s services and activities, e.g. art exhibitions, children’s programs, and its famous flower arrangement classes and shows, from its inception until its closing by Castro’s government in 1968.

Biographical Note

The Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club began in Havana as the Lyceum, a women’s society dedicated to promoting cultural understanding, social consciousness and social service, as well as physical fitness and sports. It was founded by fourteen women concerned with social problems as well as the role of women in fostering the intellectual development and expression in Cuba: Berta Arocena, Carmen and Dulce María Castellanos, Carmelina Guanche, Rebeca Gutiérrez, Matilde Martínez Márquez, Lillian Mederos, Reneé and Sarah Méndez Capote, María Teresa Moré, Alicia Santamaría, Ofelia Tomé, and María Josefa Vidaurreta.

This group’s first meeting took place at the home of Berta Arocena, the Lyceum’s first president, on 1 December 1928. Following the model of a similar Spanish association, the Lyceum was officially incorporated on 22 February 1929 at a home at Calzada and A Streets in El Vedado section of Havana.

The first ten years of the Lyceum’s history were mainly a period of consolidation and development as an organization focused on the promotion of cultural awareness and activities. Although social service was not part of the society’s initial agenday, it was among the primary goals of the organization.

On February 22, 1939, at the tenth anniversary of its inauguration, the Lyceum was merged with the “Tennis de Señoritas,” another women’s organization dedicated primarily to women’s sports, whereupon it became known as the Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club. From this point in time, the new club flourished due to an influx of new members and a strengthened focus on its goals. The Lyceum, as it was still commonly known, continued its tradition of promoting cultural awareness, exhibitions and lectures, and increased the emphasis on and the scope of its social service activities. The society moved to a larger location more suited to its needs for space at Calzada and 8 Streets in El Vedado.

The scope of the activities of the Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club was wide, including several “firsts” in Cuba. The Lyceum sponsored many different lectures and conferences on many topics given by some of the most prominent scholars and speakers of the times from across the ideological spectrum. Its facilities were also used for recitals sponsored of other associations such as the Sociedad de Conciertos (Concert Society) and the Sociedad de Música de Cámara (Society of Chamber Music). It even welcomed the famous Pro-Arte Musical when the latter’s auditorium was seized after the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

The Lyceum also had a gallery which housed exhibitions of classical and modern art, photography, and folk art of different countries but with a particular focus on Cuban arts. The most famous of these exhibitions was the one that took place every April: the exhibition of flower and plant arrangements which eventually acquired international fame.

There are several other notable accomplishments by the Lyceum. It founded the first free public library in Cuba and the first children’s library on the island. It sponsored various classes at different levels, from the famed flower arrangement classes to literacy classes and vocational training. The popularity of these classes increased after the 1959 Revolution because classes were conducted without the ideological interference of the revolutionary government. Indeed, from its foundation of social service activities dedicated to “works of charity and solving the problems of the destitute,” the Lyceum developed the School of Social Service of the University of Havana.

The Lyceum continued to function until it was closed on 16 March 1968 by the Castro government, with many of its members, including the last president, becoming exiled in the United States and other countries.

In the early 1980s, the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) began a campaign to collect Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club materials from former members in exile, many of whom donated their Club memorabilia and ephemera to the CHC. The materials collected through those efforts comprise this collection. It was voluntarily processed by a former member of the Lyceum and lawyer, Alicia O. Hernández, with the assistance of CHC staff.

Subject/Index Terms

Lyceum y Lawn Tennis Club
Mederos, Elena, 1900-1981
Women - Cuba - Havana - Societies and clubs

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 3.00 linear ft. (Six boxes)

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.

Original/Copies Note: Some or all of this collection has been digitized. For more information please see http://merrick.library.miami.edu/cubanHeritage/chc0124/.

Related Materials:

Selected published materials in CHC and/or the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library:

Instituto Jacques Maritain de Cuba. La Mujer cubana: historia e infrahistoria . Miami, Fla. Ediciones Universal, 2000.

Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club. Baile de las Américas . La Habana: 1959.

NOTE: Cover illustrated by Massaguer.

Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club. Exposición de flores . La Habana: P. Fernández, 1956.

Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club. Exposición de plástica cubana contemporánea: Lyceum, La Habana, Enero 28, 1954 . La Habana: Lyceum, 1954.

Séjourné, Laurette. La mujer cubana en el quehacer de la historia . México: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1980.

Sosa de Quesada, Arístides. Reliquias de Martí: conferencia ilustrada con proyecciones en pantalla, pronunciada en el teatro “Sauto” de Matanzas, a invitación de “Amigos de la cultura cubana”; en la Sociedad Lyceum Lawn & Tennis club de la Habana, y en el Club San Carlos de Santiago de Cuba, a instancias de ambas directivas . La Habana: P. Fernández, 1942.

The Stoner Collection on Cuban Feminism: a Microfilm Collection Held in the Arizona State University Libraries Microform Service . Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State University Libraries, 1990.

Stoner, K. Lynn, ed. and Luis Hipólito Serrano Pérez. Cuban and Cuban-American Women: An Annotated Bibliography . Wilmington, Del. Scholarly Resources, 2000.

-----. From the House to the Streets: The Cuban Woman’s Movement for Legal Reform, 1898-1940 . Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1991.

Torriente, Cosme de la. Cooperación intelectual: conferencia pronunciada en el “Lyceum y Lawn Tennis Club” de la Habana, el día 16 de diciembre de 1941 . La Habana: “La Verónica,” imprenta de M. Altolaguirre, 1942.

Women in Cuba, 1923-1985: Pamphlets . Cuba: various publishers, 1923-1985. Microfilm by Princeton University Library, 1987.

Preferred Citation: Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club Collection, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed by Alicia O. Hernández, Rolando J. Díaz, and Esperanza B. de Varona, 1985.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revisions to the collection-level record made by Beata Bergen, June 2009. Container list added from legacy PDF container list, February 2014.

Other Note: Sponsor Note:  Portions of this collection were digitized with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Alphabetical File, 1929-1988],
[Series 2: Photographs, [1934?]-[1982?]],
[Series 3: Memorias, 1929-1951],
[Series 4: Oversized Material, undated, circa 1950s],
[All]

Series 1: Alphabetical File, 1929-1988Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Administrative Organization, undated, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Rental Form and Rules, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Statutes – Lyceum, undated, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Statutes – Social Service Committee, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles – Flower Shows, undated, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Award – Thirty years’ Membership, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brochure – "Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club,", 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bulletin – Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INC), 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cards (Printed by the Lyceum), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Clippings, undated, 1936-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Conference – "Primera Fiesta Intelectual de la Mujer,", 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 12: General, undated, 1941-1946, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Contest Rules, undated, 1935-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Flower Arranging Contest, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1939, 1982-1988Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Exhibition – Antique Musical Instruments, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Arte Religioso, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Benavides, Alfonso, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cerra, Mirta, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Disney, Walt, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Flower Arranging, undated, 1946-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lamarque, María Pepa, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: López, Zoraida, 1959, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Nuevas Iglesias Cubanas, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Orlando, Felipe, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Romañach (Leopoldo), 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Sculpture, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Serra Badúe, Daniel, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Soldevilla, Dolores (Loló), 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Theatre Designers, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Villalba, Federico, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 17: History of the Lyceum by Regina de Marcos, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Lamar, Hortensia – Homage – Ateneo de Matanzas & Asociacióundated Amigos de la Cultura Cubana, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Logo – "Revista Lyceum,", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Mederos de González, Elena – Articles and Clippings, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Obituaries, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Memorial Service – Georgetown University, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Museo Cubano de Arte y Cultura, 1981?Add to your cart.
Folder 24: St. Thomas University, 1981?Add to your cart.
Folder 25: University of Miami Koubek Center, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Membership Form, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Muños de Quevedo, María – Homage, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Officers, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Organization – Comité Conjunto de Instituciones Cubanas, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Pamphlet and Typescript – ‘El Lyceum" by María Luisa Guerrero, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Play – "La Peluquería,", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Program – Carlos Enríquez Exhibit, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Program – Concierto- Exposición Infantil, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Programs – Coral del Instituto del Vedado, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Programs – Monthly Activities of the Lyceum, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Publication – Ediciones Lyceum – "Cantos Cubanos de Navidad,", 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Un hombre a través de su obra: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra by Mirta Aguirre, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Varona, un escéptico creador, by Pánfilo D. Camacho, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Significacióundated Centenario Martiano, by Jorge Mañach, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Publication – "Veinte Años del Lyceum,", 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 24: El 26 aniversario de la independencia checoslovaca,, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Recital – Medina Méndez, Carmen, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Social Service – Assistance Division of the Lyceum, undated, 1929-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Biblioteca Juvenil (Children’s Library), undated, 1942-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Classes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Frente Femenino de Defensa Civil, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Stationery, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Typescript – Program – Día de la Voluntaria, 1956Add to your cart.
Series 2: Photographs, [1934?]-[1982?]Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Board of Directors (Directiva), undated, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bridal Shower – Rita María Valdés, circa 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Centenario Martiano, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Classes – Flower Arranging, 1955-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Exhibition – Flower Arranging, 1956-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Flower Arrangements, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Flower Arrangements, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Flower Arrangements, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Flower Arrangements, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Flower Arrangements, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Flower Arrangements, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Flower Arrangements, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Group Photograph, undated, 1949-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Joining of the Lyceum and "Tennis de Señoritas,", 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Lamar, Hortensia, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Lyceum Building (Calzada & 8 Streets, Vedado, Havana), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Mañach Conference, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Mederos de González, Elena, 1982?Add to your cart.
Series 3: Memorias, 1929-1951Add to your cart.
Box 5: Memoria, 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Series 4: Oversized Material, undated, circa 1950sAdd to your cart.
Box 6: Banner of the Lyceum (White text on green felt, 34 x 72 cm.), circa 1950sAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Alphabetical File, 1929-1988],
[Series 2: Photographs, [1934?]-[1982?]],
[Series 3: Memorias, 1929-1951],
[Series 4: Oversized Material, undated, circa 1950s],
[All]



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