Finding Aid for the Cuban Revolution Collection, 1959-1965

Processed by Saundra Taylor; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
© 2004
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Cuban Revolution Collection, 1959-1965

Collection number: 1136

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Saundra Taylor, February 1974
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé, May 2004
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, May 2004
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cuban Revolution Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1959-1965
Collection number: 1136
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: The Cuban Revolution originated with discontent over the repressive regime of Fulgencio Batista, who sought greater popularity by staging rigged elections in 1954 and 1958. In 1953, student revolutionary Fidel Castro led an attack on a military base. Preparing a major guerilla assault while in Mexico, Castro returned to Cuba in December 1956, and after initial failures retreated to the Sierra Maestra. Over the next months, anti-Batista feeling grew, and after a series of battles, Castro's forces took Santiago on January 2, 1959, and ended the war. The first Soviet trade agreement in 1960 and Castro's seizure of foreign oil company investments slowly drove the U.S. and Cuba apart, leading up to the failed U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion (1961) and the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). The collection consists of transcripts of radio broadcasts made by Fidel Castro, Carlos Rafael, and other Cuban leaders (1963-64), Cuban, Russian and Brazilian newspapers and pamphlets related to the Cuban Revolution, as well as some Cuban exile literature.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1973.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cuban Revolution Collection (Collection 1136). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964396 

Biography

The Cuban Revolution originated with discontent over the repressive regime of Fulgencio Batista, who sought greater popularity by staging rigged elections in 1954 and 1958. In 1953, student revolutionary Fidel Castro led an attack on a military base. Preparing a major guerilla assault while in Mexico, Castro returned to Cuba in December 1956, and after initial failures retreated to the Sierra Maestra. Over the next months, anti-Batista feeling grew, and after a series of battles, Castro's forces took Santiago on January 2, 1959, and ended the war. The first Soviet trade agreement in 1960 and Castro's seizure of foreign oil company investments slowly drove the U.S. and Cuba apart, leading up to the failed U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion (1961) and the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of transcripts of radio broadcasts made by Fidel Castro, Carlos Rafael, and other Cuban leaders (1963-64). Also contains Cuban, Russian and Brazilian newspapers and pamphlets related to the Cuban Revolution, as well as some Cuban exile literature.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Transcripts of radio broadcasts, 1963-64 (Boxes 1-3).
  2. Cuban pamphlets--Fidel Castro's speeches (Box 3).
  3. Cuban exile bulletins, newspapers, and pamphlets (Boxes 3-4).
  4. Cuban, Russian, and Brazilian newspapers (Oversize box 4).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Castro, Fidel, 1926- .
Cuba--History--Revolution, 1959--Archival resources.
Cuba--History, 1959- --Archival resources.


Container List

Box 1

Radio broadcast - transcripts.

Box 1

Castro and Carlos Rafael talks, 1963.

Box 2

Radio broadcasts - transcripts, 1964.

Box 3

Broadcasts and miscellaneous publications.

Box 3, Folder 1

Radio broadcast - transcript, December 1963.

Box 3, Folder 2

Cuban pamphlets - Fidel Castro's speeches.

Box 3, Folders 3-5

Miscellaneous exile literature - newspapers, bulletins, etc.

Box 4

Brazilian newspaper supplement - O Globo, January 19, 1962.

Physical Description: (2 copies)
Box 4

Russian newspapers re Castro's trip to USSR, April 1963.

Physical Description: (3 issues)
Box 4

Miscellaneous Cuban newspapers, v.d.

Physical Description: (8 issues)
Box 4

Cuban exile publications - pamphlets, newspapers, etc., v.d.

Physical Description: (80 issues)