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Celia Cruz Collection, 1948-2008 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

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Title: Celia Cruz Collection, 1948-2008Add to your cart.

ID: CHC5070

Creator: Cruz, Celia

Extent: 6.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Photographs, Scores and parts

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian


The collection documents the professional activities of the Cuban singer Celia Cruz from the 1950s until 2003.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection documents the professional activities of the Cuban singer Celia Cruz from the 1950s until 2003. The bulk of materials in this collection include photographs documenting Celia Cruz's career in Cuba, the U.S. and internationally. The collection also contains an important number of photographs and newspaper clippings about Celia Cruz’s funeral in July 2003. The materials include both old and recent newspaper clippings, as well as posters, magazines, invitations, correspondence, signed postcards, awards, and uncorrected page proofs for the book. The collection also contains important music scores: the instrumental parts for the arrangements of some of Cruz's major hits, written by some of the most important arrangers in Latin music, and one published music score. Additionally, the collection includes an array of items like a shoe, cassette tapes, a fan, CDs and a DVD.

Biographical Note

Celia Cruz (1925-2003) migrated to the U.S. in 1960 after having had an important career in Cuba with the group La Sonora Matancera. She never returned to Cuba and died in New York in July 2003. Celia was considered "the Queen of Latin Music" and dominated the Latin music scene for almost fifty years. Her collaborations with Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Willy Colón and the Fania All Stars in New York during the 1970s sparked an interest in salsa among Anglo and European audiences all over the world.  She recorded more than 70albums during her career, received over 100 awards, and appeared in 10 movies. She recorded 20 gold and eight platinum albums and received three honorary degrees from Yale University, Florida International University, and the University of Miami, in recognition of her extraordinary musical talent.

Subject/Index Terms

Cruz, Celia
Salsa (Music)

Administrative Information

Accruals: Clippings have continually been added to the collection.

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 Omer Pardillo-Cid, 2002.

Preferred Citation: Celia Cruz Collection, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: The collection-level record created by Beata Bergen, February 2010.

Finding Aid Revision History: Biographical and Scope and Contents notes revised by Eva Silot in Fall 2010 as part of a musicology seminar on Latin American music collections taught by Dr. Deborah Schwartz-Kates of the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

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