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Florida International University (Miami, FL 33199-2516)
Teresa Stanton (Project Director: May 2014 to February 2016)
Lisa Davis (Project Director: February 2016 to present)

Florida International University (FIU) College of Law Library Special Collections: Preservation Assistance Project

The purchase of preservation supplies and storage equipment for a collection comprising 882 linear feet of monographs, journals, and manuscripts documenting the history of legal practice in Cuba, as well as in parts of Europe and South America, from 1757 to 1959.  The collection includes a substantial quantity of judicial decisions, commentaries, and treatises covering areas such as banking, property transaction, commercial law, and probate maintained by one of Cuba’s most prominent attorneys during the early to mid-20th century.

The focus of this project is the continued preservation of the Mario Diaz Cruz library, a unique and historically significant collection of more than 6,000 volumes of legal materials from 1757 to 1959. This collection belonged to Mario Diaz Cruz, a well-known Cuban lawyer who practiced law in Havana from 1915 to 1958. It contains books, journals and some manuscripts of primary and secondary sources from Cuba, Spain, France and Italy, and from other civil law countries such as Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Panama. Based upon recommendations from an NEH funded Preservation Assistance Report completed in March of 2012 and as a part of the ongoing Phase 2 in the preservation of the Mario Diaz Cruz Collection, we seek to purchase supplies and shelving to ensure the adequate long term protection and storage of oversized and deteriorating historically significant pieces within the overall Collection.

Project fields:
Law and Jurisprudence; Legal History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,999 (approved)
$5,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016