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Humberto Piñera Llera Papers



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Humberto Piñera Llera Papers, 1942-1986 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

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Title: Humberto Piñera Llera Papers, 1942-1986Add to your cart.

ID: CHC0110

Creator: Piñera, Humberto, 1911- (1911-1986)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The materials in this collection are arranged in the following series by subject: Series I, Academic Work; Series II, Writings, further divided into Articles and Manuscripts; Series III, Writings by Others; Series IV, Awards and Recognition; and Series V, Artwork. Original order has been preserved when appropriate.

Formats/Genres: Clippings, Letters, Manuscripts

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English, Portuguese


The Humberto Piñera Llera papers contain personal papers for the exiled Cuban author, philosopher and educator Humberto Piñera Llera.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Humberto Piñera Llera papers contains the personal papers of Humberto Piñera Llera, Cuban philosopher, essayist, literary critic and educator. Documents in the collection include correspondence, manuscripts of articles written by Piñera for Diario de las Américas and other periodicals, along with newspaper and magazine clippings of articles on literature, philosophy and Cuba. The collection also contains manuscripts of his conference speeches, class lectures and syllabi and outlines of courses taught by him from 1961 to 1986. The working papers for two of his major works, Idea, sentimiento y sendibilidad de José Martí and Sastre y su idea de la libertad, can be found in the collection, along with original manuscripts of books authored by others. A section of the collection houses papers relating to Piñera’s brother, playright Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979). A series of diplomas, commendations and certificates of merit awarded to Humberto Piñera round out the collection.

Biographical Note

Humberto Piñera Llera (1911-1986) was a Cuban author, philosopher, and educator.

Born in Cárdenas, Cuba, in 1911, Llera was the oldest son of Juan Manuel Piñera and María Cristina Llera and brother of the recognized writer Virgilio Piñera. During his professional life in Cuba, he served as a professor of philosophy at the University of Havana from 1946 to 1960. Dr. Piñera was a founding member of the Cuban Society of Philosophy and the PEN Club of Cuba. He was named Academician of the National Academy of Arts and Letters of Cuba and a Member of Honor of the Argentinian Society of Philosophy, and served as editor for the Revista Cubana de Filosofía (Cuban Journal of Philosophy).

Piñera was exiled to the United States in 1961, where he took on a professorship in Hispanic and Spanish literature at New York University (NYU) and acted as resident director of NYU’s program in Spain. He served as a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York and Middlebury College in Vermont, while also lecturing at important cultural centers in North and South America throughout his career. An accomplished writer, Piñera authored countless journal articles and books, most famously Idea, sentimiento y sensibilidad de José Martí (1982) and Sartre y su idea de la libertad (posthumous, 1989). After his retirement from NYU, he taught at Miami-Dade Community College and Biscayne College in Miami. Piñera died in Miami, Florida in 1986.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, Cuban - 20th century
Cuban literature
Piñera, Humberto, 1911-

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 for more information.

Physical Access Note: This collection is currently being processed.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Estela Piñera Keim, 1987.

Preferred Citation: Humberto Piñera Llera 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.

Finding aid subjects terms assigned by Ana D. Rodríguez, February 2013.

Other Note:

This collection was formerly known as the Estela Piñera Keim Collection.

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: Academic Work, undated, 1961-1987],
[Series 2: Writings, undated, 1970-1989],
[Series 3: Writings By Others, undated, 1946, 1960-1987],
[Series 4: Awards and Recognition, 1943-1985],
[Series 5: Artwork, undated],

Series 1: Academic Work, undated, 1961-1987Add to your cart.
This series contains correspondence, clippings and notes for Humberto Piñera Llera's lectures, conferences and presentations during his time as a professor at New York University.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 2: Writings, undated, 1970-1989Add to your cart.
This series contains writings by Humberto Piñera Llera.
Sub-Series 1: Articles, 1970-1987Add to your cart.
This subseries focuses on articles written by Dr. Piñera on philosophy, literature and Cuba.
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Sub-Series 2: Manuscripts, undated, 1980-1989Add to your cart.
This subseries contains working papers for two of Dr. Piñera's books, Idea, sentimiento y sensibilidad de José Martí (1982) and Sartre y su idea de la libertad (posthumous, 1989).
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Series 3: Writings By Others, undated, 1946, 1960-1987Add to your cart.
This series contains articles about Humberto Piñera Llera, Cuba and literature collected by Piñera and his family, as well as information and materials related to his brother, Virgilio Piñera Llera.
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Series 4: Awards and Recognition, 1943-1985Add to your cart.
This series contains diplomas, certificates and honors awarded to Humberto Piñera Llera throughout his life.
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Series 5: Artwork, undatedAdd to your cart.
This series contains two unidentified artistic works.
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