The Florida International University library has acquired the Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza collection. The library is in the process of digitizing the collection to be made available through the library’s website.

This interesting information was found on in their article, “FIU library acquires Cuban genealogy collection.” Mendoza was a law graduate of the University of Havana. He left Cuba in 1960 and for 20 years, he was a liaison officer for the Organization of American States. People sought his help and sent him what they knew of their family heritage. This is what led to his huge collection of information. It is considered the most complete Cuban and Hispanic genealogy collection.

The sough-after collection consists of more than 5,000 volumes and 900 unpublished letters with Cuban, Latin American and even European genealogical information. In addition, the collection contains manuscripts and periodicals, as well as 17th and 18th century civil and sacramental documents. This digital project is very exciting for genealogy buffs.

Melody K. Smith

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