April 28, 2011

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Building a Historical Record

Literature on Haitian-American activism is the newest addition to regional special collections in the UM library.

by Sherri Miles for Arts & Sciences magazine, University of Miami

The University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library is recognized for several significant special collections focused on Florida and our Caribbean neighbors.

But when Beatrice Colastin Skokan arrived at UM in 2009 to become a special collections librarian, she noticed that although the Miami metropolitan area is home to the world’s largest Haitian expatriate community, with an estimated 200,000 Haitians and Haitian-Americans, there was little documentation of the Haitian presence in Miami.

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