Collection CHC5256 - Andrew Giel Photograph Collection

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Andrew Giel Photograph Collection


  • 1955-1959 (Creation)


2 Boxes

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Andrew Giel visited Cuba as a tourist 10 times between September 1955 and December 1959, traveling as far as Trinidad in Santi Spíritus. Fifty years later, Mr. Giel printed 8 x 10 enlargements from the original transparencies. Those prints are found in this collection. They include views from across the island, including Havana, Trinidad, and Santiago de Cuba. The collection also includes color prints of the black and white photography and photographic reproductions of Cuban postcards from the 1950s.

The 1955 slides were made with an Argus C4 camera and the later slides with a Leica IIIF.

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The photographs in Box 1 are arranged chronologically and numerically in Box 2 in an effort to maintain Mr. Giel's original order.

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This collection is open for research.

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Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner.  Please, contact for more information.

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  • Spanish
  • English

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In 2009, Mr. Giel donated 74 black and white photographs of his travels to Cuba. In 2016, he donated 145 color prints. The 2018 donation consisted of photographic reproductions of tourist postcards from Cuba and Haiti, originally published in the 1950s, as well as reproductions of color photographs taken by Mr. Giel on trips to Haiti from 1956 to 1963.

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

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Materials related to Haiti were transferred to Special Collections when they were donated in 2018.

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