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Blez Family Papers



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Blez Family Papers, 1863-1941 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Amanda Moreno, October 2012

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Title: Blez Family Papers, 1863-1941Add to your cart.

ID: CHC5289

Creator: Blez Family

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The materials in this collection are arranged by type in chronological order within each folder.

Languages: Spanish;Castilian


The Blez Family Papers contain manuscripts, clippings and photographs relating to Felicia Marcé Castellanos and the Blez family.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Blez Family Papers contain manuscripts, clippings and photographs relating to Felicia Marcé Castellanos and the Blez family.

The collection is divided into clippings, manuscripts and photographs, and correspondence, with materials dating from 1863 to 1941. The majority of materials are related to Felicia Marcé Castellanos, a member of the Blez family whose role in the Cuban independence movements of 1868 and 1895 are documented in the collection.

Biographical Note

The Blez family played a role in the Cuban independence movement of 1868. Felicia Marcé Castellanos (1850-1941), widow of Blez, sewed one of three flags commissioned by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes to represent the Cuban independence forces. A native of Bayamo, Marcé made the flag when she was 18 years old, giving the nascent republic a symbol around which people could rally. Soon after making the flag, she was married and almost immediately widowed when her husband was executed by colonial Spanish forces. Marcé was named a “Libertadora Insigne” for her involvement in the Cuban independence struggle of 1868 and 1895. Her son is the well-known Cuban photographer Joaquín Blez Marcé (1886-1974).

Subject/Index Terms

Blez family
Cuba - Politics and government - 1810-1899

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The 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.

Acquisition Method: Purchased, September 2012.

Separated Materials: One book was put into CHC Books.

Preferred Citation: Blez Family Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Processed by Amanda Moreno, October 2012. Edited by Natalie Baur, July 2013.

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[Folder 1: Clippings, Undated, 1941],
[Folder 2: Manuscripts and Photographs, Undated],
[Folder 3: Correspondence, Undated, 1863-1947],

Folder 1: Clippings, Undated, 1941Add to your cart.
This folder contains clippings relating to the life and death of Felicia Marcé Castellanos.
Folder 2: Manuscripts and Photographs, UndatedAdd to your cart.
This folder contains a poem by Carlos Mendieta, a typescript of a speech given at the opening of "Logia Felicia Marcé, Vda. De Blez," and a photograph of Felicia Marcé Castellanos and her son, Joaquín Blez.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Undated, 1863-1947Add to your cart.
This folder contains correspondence sent and received by Felicia Marcé and her family.

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