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ID: CHC5219

Creator: Rasco, José Ignacio (1925-2013)

Extent: 41.0 Boxes

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian


The José Ignacio Rasco papers contain the personal papers of Cuban politician, journalist and exile leader José Ignacio Rasco (1925-2013).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The José Ignacio Rasco papers contain the personal papers of Cuban politician, journalist and exile leader José Ignacio Rasco (1925-2013). Materials include newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, reports, scholarly essays, pamphlets, event documents, and handwritten notes, mostly relating to the Partido Demócrata Cristiano, which he founded in 1959 in Cuba and continued the organization in exile. Other materials include notes and essays that Rasco delivered at conferences, scripts from when he hosted Universidad del Aire on Radio Martí in Miami, and clippings of his articles and those of others published in a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Biographical Note

José Ignacio Rasco, Cuban lawyer, intellectual and politician, was a founder and leader of the Partido Democrático Cristiano (Democratic Christian Party) and other Cuban anti-communist organizations, both in Cuba and in exile. Born in Havana, Cuba, Rasco attended Colegio Belén and later graduated from law school at the University of Havana. Leaving Cuba for exile in the United States in 1960, Rasco first worked as an economist at the Interamerican Development Bank and later as Development Director for Colegio Belén in Miami, Florida.

Rasco continued to be very active in the exile version of el Partido Democrático Cristiano and also regularly published on topics of Cuban history, politicis and diaspora in newspapers, magazines and journals; and continued Jorge Mañach's work on Radio Martí's Universidad del Aire. Rasco passed away at age 88 in Miami, Florida in October, 2013.

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Exiles' writings, Cuban
Journalists - Cuba

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for use.

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

Physical Access Note: This collection is housed off-campus and must be requested a minimum of seven calendar days in advance for consultation in the Cuban Heritage Collection Reading Room.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Maria Rasco Lytle and Jose Ignacio Rasco Jr., November 2013.

Related Materials: CHC5212 Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project interview with José Ignacio Rasco. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: José Ignacio Rasco papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

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Collection record by Natalie Baur, May 2014.

This collection is currently unprocessed. Box level inventories may exist.

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