By Yvette Yurubi
Title: Haitian Grey Literature Collection, 1981-2012
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Scope and Contents of the Materials
A collection of several informally published papers, reports, bulletins, directories, brochures, articles and other documents, surrounding the Haitian culture both in and outside of the United States. Topics of interest include reports on the Haitian diasporic communities in South Florida and their economic situations, the history of Haitian refugees and detainees, and documents discussing Haitian civil rights in the United States.
The collection also contains a selection of materials from the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, located in Miami, Florida. Their organization is dedicated to providing a voice for the Haitian-American community in South Florida and assisting Haitian-Americans with any needs they may have in the following areas: social services, education, economic self-sufficiency, and access to health care.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright to these materials lies with the University of Miami. They may not be reproduced, retransmitted, published, distributed, or broadcast without the permission of Special Collection. For information about obtaining copies or to request permission to publish any part of an interview, please contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Box 1, Folder 1 contents donated by Professor Lyn MacCorkel, Digital Repository Librarian, University of Miami Libraries.
Box 1, Folder 2 contents donated by Professor Kate Ramsey, Assistant Professor of the Department of History, University of Miami.
Haitian Grey Literature Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.
Box and Folder Listing
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Report: "Social and Economic Problems among Cuban and Haitian Entrant Groups in Dade County, Florida: Trends and Indications,", June 1, 1981
- A 79-page report that details the results and conclusions of various surveys and interviews conducted in the spring and summer of 1980 of the Cuban and Haitian immigrant groups that had arrived in Dade County at that time. Specific topics include employment, housing, education, and general finances of these groups and how they all correlate with one another.
- Folder 2
- Item 1: Postcard: The Dunham Committee for Haiti
- Postcard from the Dunham Committee for Haiti that includes a message to President Bush and a request to enclose a contribution to assist Katherine Dunham with her work for Haiti.
- Item 2: Flyers and articles: The Emergency Coalition for Haitian Refugees, 1992
- Four sheets stapled together with flyers and articles entitled as the following: "Haitians with HIV Jailed at U.S. Military Base and INS Prisons," "U.S. Camp for Haitians Described as Prison-like," by Lynne Duke, "Indignities to Haitian Refugees," "Premye Kan Konsantrasyon Pou Moun Ki Gen Viris Sida A Gouvenman Etazini Etabli," and "Emergency Coalition for Haitian Refugees." Contents within consist of several articles describing the difficulties experienced by Haitian detainees and refugees and flyers asking for donations and to gather for several meetings to prepare for an upcoming rally and march on February 22nd in front of the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse.
- Item 3: Report: Amnesty International: "Haiti - the Human Rights Tragedy Human Rights Violations Since the Coup", January 1992
- A report providing information and analysis about the aftermath of the military coup that took place in Haiti on September 29, 1991, including the subsequent detainment of Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Artiside.
- Item 4: Flyers and articles: Harvard Law School: The Haiti Asylum Project, 1992
- A small collection of articles and flyers created by the Haitian Asylum Project of Harvard Law School's immigration program. It includes information given to Haitian training participants in both Boston and Miami, an article entitled "Harvard Law Students Assist Haitian Refugees from Guantanamo Bay," and two flyers, one entilted "The Supreme Court & the Repatriation of Haitian Refugees: The Future of an Independent Judiciary by Ira J. Kurzba" and "The Haitian Asylum Project of the Harvard Law School Immigration Program, Boston Catholic Charities and Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) Drop In Session."
- Item 5: Program: Harvard Law School Immigration Program: Haitian Asylum Claims Training Session, March 7, 1992
- A short program, detailing the different events for the all-day training session for the Haitian Asylum Project at Harvard Law School.
- Item 6: Flyer: Emergency Coalition for Haitian Refugees - "Free the Haitians at Guantanamo: The US Government's First HIV Concentration Camp"
- A flyer by the Emergency Coalition for Haitian Refugees, advertisitng a public forum to discuss the 275 Haitian political refugees being imprisoned in the U.S. naval base in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Item 7: Report: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights: "Summary of the Human Rights Situation in Haiti", December 6, 1991
- A report by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, describing the state of human rights in Haiti after the military coup that had occurred on September 29, 1991.
- Item 8: Document: "Instruction for Interpreters"
- A general outline of instructions given to interpreters on how to deliver proper translations from clients.
- Item 9: Letters, reports, and articles: Haitian Refugees and Detainees, 1992
- A series of several letters, reports, and articles stapled together that address the prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay. Among the documents, there is an open letter from the Emergency Coalition for Haitian Refugees, encouraging the involvement of other organizations to shut down the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and release one Haitian refugee imprisoned in a Manhattan INS detention center for her HIV status; a copy of their report "Haitians with HIV Jailed at U.S. Military Base and INS Prisons"; a list of targets to address; several articles with the following titles: "Rally Hits Haitian HIV 'Prison Camp'" by Merle English (September 22, 1992), "Set Her Free" by Anna Quindlen, "U.S. Camp for Haitians Described as Prison-Like" by Lynne Duke, "Indignities to Haitian Refugees" (September 19, 1992), and "HIV Detention Camp erupts: US Brutalizes HIV-Positive Haitians, Charge Critics"; a letter to the US Attorney General William Barr asking for the freedom of the Haitian prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; and a letter to the Refugee Center in Miami from Michel Vilsaint, a Haitian refugees at Guantanamo (July 27, 1992).
- Folder 3
- Item 1: Report: "Haitian Community Media in Miami: Transnational Audiences, Journalists, and Radio Programmers"
- A community media working paper put together by Sallie Hughes, Yves Colon, Tsitsi Wakhisi, and Lilia Santiague, members of the Journalism Program at the University of Miami, with support from the McCormick Foundation. The report focuses on the relationship between the Haitian community and mass media in Miami, Florida.
- Item 2: Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "Analysis of Service Gaps in Little-Haiti and in the Haitian/Haitian-American Community in Miami-Dade County", 2004
- A report prepared by Gepsie Metellus, Leoni Hermantin, Gislaine Toussaint, and Sophia Lacroix for the Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La to identify community needs and propose solutions.
- Item 3: Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "Risk and Protective Factors in Little-Haiti and in the Haitian/Haitian-American Community in Miami-Dade County", 2004
- A report prepared by Gepsie Metellus, Sheba St. Hilaire, Leonie Hermantine, and Sophia Lacroix for the Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La. The report identifies several areas that have become risk factors in the Haitian community and where its protective factors lie.
- Item 4: Directory: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La South Florida Haitian-American Community Resource Directory, Second Edition, 2004
- A general directory for various resources and services, aimed at the Haitian-American community in South Florida.
- Item 5: Report: Little Haiti Community Collaborative: "Health Care Needs and Issues in Little Haiti: A Community Voices Project Report", 2004
- A report written by the Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La's staff, Gepsie M. Metellus, Leonie M. Hermantin, Desiree Marrero, Sophia Lacroix, and Lauren Fordyce in conjunction with various Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to propose projects, goals, and objectives for the Little Haiti Community Collaborative. The main focus is on increasing health care access to Haitian-Americans in Little Haiti.
- Item 6: Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "Little Haiti in Pictures" Photo Documentary, 2004
- A collection of photos put together by the Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La of various people and areas within Little Haiti.
- Item 7: Brochure: Brookings Institution of Metropolitan Policy Program and Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "The Haitian Community in Miami-Dade: A Growing the Middle Class" Supplement, 2005
- "Based on an analysis of the Census 2000 data, 'The Haitian Community in Miami-Dade' provides specific socio-demographic information about the Haitian community in Miami-Dade County in order to illustrate the challenges they face." -Gepsie M. Metellus, Executive Director of Haitian Neighborhood, Sant La.
- Item 8: Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "Financial Literacy Needs and Issues in South Florida's Haitian Community", 2005
- A report prepared by Gepsie M. Metellus, Leonie M. Hermantin, Zacharie Laporte, and Sophia Lacroix of the Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La, discussing issues in education and finance in South Florida's Haitian-American community.
- Item 9: Annual Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "Helping Haitian Immigrants Integrate Successfully in South Florida", 2005
- A report summarizing all of the Neighborhood Center, Sant La's efforts, achievements, and progress for the year.
- Item 10: Annual Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La, 2006-2007
- A report summarizing all of the Neighborhood Center, Sant La's efforts, achievements, and progress for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
- Item 11: Annual Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La, 2007-2008
- A report summarizing all of the Neighborhood Center, Sant La's efforts, achievements, and progress for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
- Item 12: Report: Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La: "Community Partnership for Local Haitian Relief Efforts Organizational Partnership Report and Strategic Plan", 2012
- A report,"...which outlines the South Florida response to the devastating Haiti Earthquake of 2010. The report also documents the generosity of ordinary Americans, South Florida residents, funders, public and private institutions, as well as corporations who supported relief efforts on the ground in Haiti, and responded to the needs of the South Florida Haitian community." -Gepsie M. Metellus, Executive Director of Haitian Neighborhood, Sant La.
- Folder 4: Program Booklet: After Hurrican Matthew (Après l'ouragan Matthew), 2017
- Two copies of program that examine the resources, capacities, and pathways to recovery and reconstruction of devastated communities in Haiti. One copy is in English while the other is in Haitian Creole.