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Herman Beller Photograph Collection, circa 1925-1950 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Natalie Baur

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Collection Overview

Title: Herman Beller Photograph Collection, circa 1925-1950Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC0400

Creator: Beller, Herman L. (1899-1972)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Photographs are in Box 1 and the metal pieces are in Box 2.

Abstract

The Herman Beller Photograph Collection contains photograph of metal works done by Herman Beller's (b. 1899) Havana, Cuba-based company, Industrias Unidas de Cuba. The photographs detail works in parks, schools, and public areas and buildings all installed during the 1920s to 1950s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Herman Beller Photograph Collection contains photograph of metal works done by Herman Beller's (1899-1972) Havana, Cuba-based company, Industrias Unidas de Cuba. The photographs detail works in parks, schools, and public areas and buildings all installed during the 1920s to 1950s. Several small examples of metal pieces cast by Beller are also included in the collection.

Biographical Note

Herman L. Beller (1899-1972) was born in Komonitz Padosky Gobernia, Russia and moved to the United States as an young child. Shortly after his marriage to Jennie Engler, the young couple moved to Cuba for work. Beller began his career in Cuba working on machinery in sugar mills, where he manufactured dies to cast replacement parts for machinery. Deciding to move into the art world, Beller began producing bronze works for the City of Havana and for other commissions with his company, Industrias Unidas de Cuba.

Beller was actively involved in the Cuban-Jewish community and joined the efforts to help German and Austrian refugees seek safety in Cuba during WWII. After the war, Beller returned to New York and continued his work in the metal foundry business. He settled in Florida in the 1950s with his family and died there at age 73 in 1972.

Subject/Index Terms

Havana (Cuba)
Iron-works - Cuba

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 chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Natalie B. Lyons, 1994.

Preferred Citation: Herman Beller Photograph Collection, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed by Natalie Baur and Martha Gónzalez, May 2013.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Natalie Baur, July 2013.

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Photographs of metal works produced by the Industrias Unidas de Cuba.
Box 2: Metal pieces, circa 1920s-1950sAdd to your cart.
Examples of small metal pieces cast by the Industrias Unidad de Cuba, including book-ends, ashtrays, and Cuban shield.



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