Collection CHC5439 - Julio Hernández Rojo Collection

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Julio Hernández Rojo Collection


  • 1969-1981 (Creation)


1 Box

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Biographical history

Julio Hernández Rojo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1937, and died in Miami, Florida in 1994. Before being arrested as a political prisoner, Hernández Rojo was an architect, art student, and a member of Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil en el Exilio (D.R.E.).

When incarcerated, he began to paint for throughout the fifteen years of his incarceration, his paintings are very well-known for teir variety of color and abundance of optimism when Hernández Rojo was sentenced to death in 1963. His paintings inspired other prisoners to embrace their creativity and influenced them to find their own way to express themselves.

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The Julio Hernández Rojo collection is comprised of original drawings and works on paper by Julio Hernández Rojo. The collection also contains his death sentence while in prison in Cuba.

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The items in this collection are organized in chronological 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.

Languages of the material

  • Spanish
  • English

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Finding aids

Minimal collection-level record by Juan A. Villanueva, 2015. Updated by Juan A. Villanueva, 2020.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Gift of María R. Hernández Rojo, 2015.

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Books donated with this collection have been added to the Cuban Heritage Collection's book collection and can be found by using our online catalog,

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).

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Archivist's note

Juan A. Villanueva, May 2020.

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