Collection CHC5277 - Asela Torres Photography Collection

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Asela Torres Photography Collection


  • circa 1970s-2006 (Creation)


28 Boxes

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Biographical history

As a professional photographer, Cuban-born Asela Torres has documented the performing arts in Miami for over 40 years. Her work provides a detailed chronicle of the growth and development of Cuban and Hispanic arts in South Florida.

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Scope and content

The Asela Torres Photography Collection contains digitized photographs and published materials featuring the photographs of Cuban-born theater photographer, Asela Torres.

This collection is divided into two series. Series I contains digitized photographs taken by Asela Torres at various theater events and performances. These digitized photographs are accesible through the University of Miami Digital Collections website. Series II contains original theater programs, pamphlets, and ephemera featuring photography by Torres.

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Series I is available through the University of Miami Digital Collections website. Series II is arranged by materials format.

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This collection is open for research.

Physical access

This collection is housed off-campus and must be requested a minimum of seven calendar days in advanced for consultation in the Cuban Heritage Collection Reading Room.

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Conditions governing reproduction

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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  • English
  • Spanish

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Custodial history

This collection originally began with the digitized photographs. Asela Torres allowed University of Miami Library to digitize a portion of her original negatives to include in the digital collections, but she kept the originals in her posession. In September, 2012 materials in the Verticle File, Theater Ephemera and Theater Poster collections with examples of Torres' work were pulled for inclusion in the Asela Torres Photography Collection.

February, 2013 Asela Torres donated 14 linear feet of new materials, including: periodicals she contributed photography/articles to; photographs of theater, personal life, etc.; theater programs, many of which she provided photography for; ACCA conference materials from 1980s/90s; clippings.

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Gifts of Asela Torres and others.

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

Related archival materials

CHC5212 Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project interview with Asela Torres:

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