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Rosa M. Abella was an exiled Cuban librarian who worked at the University of Miami Otto G. Richter Library.
A native of Havana, Abella received her library technician degree in 1955 and a doctor of philosophy in 1958. She served as the head of the circulation department for the National Library of Cuba from 1960 to 1961, at which point she left the island for Miami, Florida, as a political refugee. She worked as a librarian at Assumption Academy until she was hired as an acquisitions librarian for the Otto G. Richter Library in 1962, specializing in Spanish and Hispanic materials.
Abella was instrumental in the preservation of Cuban materials and the founding of the library's Cuban Heritage Collection.
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The Rosa M. Abella Collection contains personal papers of Cuban exile and University of Miami librarian Rosa M. Abella. The collection contains materials relating to her work with the Cuban Heritage Collection, the 1996 shootdown of Brothers to the Rescue planes over international waters between the United States and Cuba, and other personal papers.
Series one consists of correspondence between Abella and various others, mostly related to her work as a University of Miami librarian. Series two contains personal papers from her library position, her work with various conferences and events, and academic papers by her and Carlos Ripoll. Series three contains news clippings and photocopies about the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown, and particularly her nephew, Armando Alejandre Jr., a pilot who was killed in the shootdown.
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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.
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Photographs from this collection are housed in the photograph section of the compact files.
CHC5117 Phonograph Collection.
Sponsor Note: Selections from this collection were digitized with a grant from the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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