The Lydia Cabrera papers document the life and career of writer and ethnographer Lydia Cabrera, one of the 20th century’s leading writers on Cuban folklore and an internationally known chronicler of Afro-Cuban culture and religion. The materials include correspondence, manuscripts of her works, field notes,interviews, photographs, illustrations, and memorabilia. This collection also contains documentation about the restoration of several colonial buildings in Cuba.
A highlight of the collection are the libretas, or notebooks, collected by Cabrera from Santeria priests and priestesses that document rituals and religious practices of the Afro-Cuban faith. These are found in Series 3 along with her manuscripts and field notes.
Part of this collection has been digitized and is available in the University of Miami Digital Collections online repository.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1910-[1991?]
Series 2: Personal Papers, 1916-1992, undated
Series 3: Works and research files, 1930-1987, undated
Series 4: Photographs, 1901-1991, undated
Series 5: Colonial Cuba materials, 1559-1940s, undated
Series 6: Writings by others, 1885-1991, undated
Series 7: Memorabilia and art work, 1865-1986, undated
Series 8: María Teresa Rojas papers, 1935-1987, undated