Library Resources

Inside Antelope Canyon at the Navajo Nation Park. Stock image from Unsplash. Inside Antelope Canyon at the Navajo Nation Park. Stock image from Unsplash.
University of Miami Libraries and the NAGIS Working Group are collaborating to build new research and teaching resources in Native American and Global Indigenous Studies.

University of Miami Library Resources

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  • University of Miami Libraries

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    The mission of the University of Miami Libraries is to provide faculty, students, researchers, and staff with the highest quality access to collections, information services, learning support, and digital expertise in support of the University’s mission to transform lives.

    The University of Miami Libraries (UML) rank among the top fifty research libraries in North America, drawing scholars from around the world through its important print collection of over 4 million volumes and 100,000 serial subscriptions, rare and unique special collections, state-of-the-art digitization and preservation facilities, and a staff of experienced professionals. UML comprises six libraries across the University’s campuses in Coral Gables, downtown Miami and Virginia Key. Libraries on the Coral Gables campus include the central interdisciplinary Otto G. Richter Library. The Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion at the Richter Library is home to the Cuban Heritage Collection. The Kislak Center at the Richter Library is home to Special Collections and University Archives. Other libraries on the Coral Gables campus include: the Architecture Research Center (ARC); the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center; and the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library. The downtown Miami medical campus hosts the Louis Calder Memorial Library. The Virginia Key campus hosts the Rosenstiel Marine and Atmospheric Science Library.

    The University of Miami Libraries provide support and services for 11,117 undergraduates, 6,214 graduate students, and 16,174 full and part time faculty and staff. The Libraries employ 85 professionals (including 64 librarian faculty), 97 support staff and 56 FTE student employees. The Libraries are organized into five functional divisions: collection strategies; research and learning services; health science services; digital strategies; and information systems and access.

    The UM Libraries are members of and contributors to the Association of Research Libraries, Association of Southeast Research Libraries, Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, Council on Library and Information Resources, OCLC Research Library Partners, International Federation of Library Associations, Center for Research Libraries, International Association of University Libraries, Library Publishing Coalition, Digital Library Federation, Hathi Trust, Academic Preservation Trust, Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries, Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine and Southeast Florida Library and Information Network. UML licenses electronic resources through the Northeast Research Libraries (NERL) and Lyrasis consortia. UML is a member of the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, Scholars Trust and Florida Academic Repository (FLARE).

  • Native American and Global Indigenous Studies (NAGIS) Research Guide

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    Selected readings related to Native American and Indigenous studies.

  • From Pre-Contact to Shatter Zone Research Guide

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    This library research guide supports the spring 2022 exhibition From Pre-Contact to Shatter Zone and the symposium La Florida Missions: Spaces of Globalization, Resistance, and Transformation. The symposium retraces the mission activities of the Spanish in La Florida from 1565 and documents the stories of indigenous peoples in Florida.

Additional Library Resources

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  • Department of Special Collections

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    The Department of Special Collections is home to a wide array of rare books, manuscripts, archival collections, photographs and audio-visual items, maps, architectural drawings, artists’ books, zines, photographic collections, and other research materials that document the history of Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and beyond.

    All of the materials held in Special Collections, from 15th century books to 21st century restaurant menus, are open to use by the public as well as the University Community. Special Collections is dedicated to supporting research and teaching using the collections and actively acquires new materials to create a fuller historical record.

    We are also the home to the new Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Early Americas, Exploration, and Navigation, a renown gathering of maps, books, artefacts, artwork, and ephemera documenting the history of the Western Hemisphere, including the North and South Poles.

  • Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC)

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    The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries is home to the largest repository of materials on Cuba outside of the island and the most comprehensive collection of resources about Cuban exile history and the global Cuban diaspora experience. As a premier research destination, the Collection hosts researchers, students, and visitors from around the world who can explore and discover a wide and ever-expanding range of information. These materials include published works such as rare and contemporary books, journals, artists books, and newspapers, as well as archival materials including personal papers, organizational records, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, maps, works on paper, audiovisual content, ephemera, and growing born-digital and digitized collections.

    The Collection organizes a calendar of events and programing and curates exhibitions that showcase the richness of the repository. The span of the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection reinforces the University’s hemispheric mission and commitment to a continuing relationship with its neighbors.

  • Digital Collections

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    The University of Miami Digital Collections provide online access to primary source materials to support teaching, learning, and research at the University and worldwide. The Digital Collections feature unique items from the University of Miami Libraries, including the Cuban Heritage Collection, Special Collections, University Archives, as well as distinctive collections developed in collaboration with non-library partners. 

    Digital resources include correspondence, documents, manuscripts, books, periodicals, scrapbooks, photographic images, slides, maps, prints, posters, architectural plans, audio, video, and oral histories. Currently the site contains over 100 digital collections. 

  • Native Arts of the Americas Research Guide

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    Selected readings related to Native Arts of the Americas.

  • North American Indian Thought & Culture

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    North American Indian Thought and Culture brings together more than 100,000 pages, many of which are previously unpublished, rare, or hard to find. The project integrates autobiographies, biographies, Indian publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files for the first time. The result is a comprehensive representation of historical events as told by the individuals who lived through them. The database is an essential resource for all those interested in serious scholarly research into the history of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Peoples