Collection CHC5101 - Brothers to the Rescue Records

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Brothers to the Rescue Records



60 Boxes

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The collection documents the operation of the Cuban exile activist group, Brothers to the Rescue [Hermanos al Rescate], founded in Miami, Florida in 1991 by activist and aviator José Basulto. Materials include correspondence, administrative records, court documents and transcripts documenting the 1996 shoot-down of an Hermanos al Rescate plane, pamphlets and flyers distributed in Cuba by the group, audio visual materials, publications and photographs.

Documented in detail is the incident and subsequent investigation and trial related to the Hermanos al Rescate plane that was shot down in 1991 by the Cuban air force. During the incident, which took place on February 24, 1996, four pilots were killed.

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This collection is open for research.

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This collection is currently in processing.

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Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

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  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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45 boxes delivered in June, 2013 with more boxes of video expected shortly thereafter. 5 boxes of audio visual materials delivered July, 2013.

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Gifts of José Basulto, 2002 and 2013.

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Related archival materials

CHC5212 Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project interview with Jose Basulto.

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