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Mariana Avilés Papers


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Mariana Avilés Papers, 1850-1964 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Esperanza B. de Varona, February 1998; edited and published by Beata Bergen, June 2011

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Title: Mariana Avilés Papers, 1850-1964Add to your cart.

ID: CHC0554

Creator: Avilés, Mariana

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Drawings, Photographs

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers consist of manuscripts of musical scores, photographs of Avilés family, scrapbooks, drawings and memorabilia of Avilés family. The drawings, in particular, exhibit artistic aptitudes of John and Mariana Avilés.  Of note, is the collection of daguerreotypes and photographs from 19th and early 20th century of Avilés family.

Biographical Note

María Antonia Avilés Casanova was born in Cuba in 1912.  She was a daughter of José M. Avilés and Rosa Casanova, aristocratic and wealthy family of Cienfuegos, Cuba.  Later, the family relocated to Havana.

Her mother, Rosa Casanova Avilés fluently spoke English, French and Spanish.  She raised her family in a bilingual environment.  One of her children, Marianita, as everybody used to call her, spoke English and Spanish too.  She graduated from Ruston Academy, in Havana during the 40s.  Marianita liked to do art work, and her brother José liked to do art work as well.  They liked music and all related to the art world.  they were artists.  Some of their works are listed in this collection.  After she graduated from Ruston Academy, Marianita started to work in some libraries in Havana and then as a hostess at the Hilton Hotel.

Marianita never got married.  As well as many Cubans, she left Cuba when Fidel Castro seized the power in Cuba in 1959.  She landed at Miami International Airport during the 60s as a Cuban exile and immediately she started to work at the Archdioceses of Miami.  Marianita was the assistant of Monsignor Orlando Fernández at Saint Francis of Sales, Miami Beach, Florida, and later, she worked for the Youth Center.  She was a deeply religious person.  She was involved in several activities related with the church.  She also worked with Archbishop Edward McCarthy and Monsignor Bryan Walsh, helping the children who arrived from Cuba during 1960.

Marianita lived serving and helping people.  She spent her last years in Miami, Florida where she died in 1997.

Subject/Index Terms

Avilés, Mariana
Cuban American families
Exiles -- 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 for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of José Luis Menéndez, 1998.

Preferred Citation: Mariana Avilés Papers, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History:

The collection-level record created by Beata Bergen, September 2009.

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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Documents, n.d., 1876-1950],
[Box 2: Photographs, n.d., 1962],
[Box 3: Three Scrapbooks of Rosa Casanova, 1864-1899],
[Box 4: Art Works, n.d., 1872-1882, 1945-1950],
[Box 5: Memorabilia, n.d., 1850-1964],

Box 1: Documents, n.d., 1876-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Abascal Venero, Francisco: Baptism Certificate, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Avilés y Dorticós, José: Caballero de la Orden Carlos III, 1876Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Avilés Family: Genealogy, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Music Scores: "Dos Rosas", 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Postcards, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Yearbook: Ruston Academy, 1950Add to your cart.
Box 2: Photographs, n.d., 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Avilés Family: 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Avilés Family: 19th centuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Avilés Family: early 20th centuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Avilés Family: early 20th centuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Avilés Family: 20th centuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Avilés Family: 20th centuryAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Avilés Family: Daguerreotype and other photographs, n.d, 1962Add to your cart.
Box 3: Three Scrapbooks of Rosa Casanova, 1864-1899Add to your cart.
Box 4: Art Works, n.d., 1872-1882, 1945-1950Add to your cart.

7 Pencil Drawings by Mariana Avilés

11 Pencil Drawings by John Avilés

7 Water Colors by John Avilés

4 Paintings on stone slabs by Kurtz

Box 5: Memorabilia, n.d., 1850-1964Add to your cart.

Baptism Card, 1904

3 Prayer Books, 1850-1964

Medallions, pins, rosaries and decorations

US Navy Sailor Custom Ribbons from Spanish-American War

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