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Guide to "The Kodak Book" Cuban Photo Album

MSH/LAT 0082


Collection Summary

Title: "The Kodak Book" Cuban photo album
Dates: circa 1895-1900
Collection No.: MSH/LAT 0082
Extent: 1 bound volume.
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A souvenir photo album containing assorted photographs of major Cuban tourist sites, Havana street scenes, and images of officers, soldiers, and locations associated with the Spanish-American War.

Selected Search Terms

Spanish-American War, 1898
Cuba--Description and travel
Havana (Cuba)--Description and travel
Photograph albums
Weyler y Nicolau, Valeriano, 1838-1930

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: "The Kodak Book" Cuban photo album, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: "The Kodak Book" Cuban photo album was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2015, from Arroyo Seco Books in Pasadena, California. Arranged and described 2016, by Erika Hosselkus. Finding aid 2016, by Erika Hosselkus.

Biographical Note

The compiler of this photo album is unknown.

Scope and Content Note

"The Kodak Book" Cuban photo album is a rectangular volume bound in gray cloth boards with gray ribbon fastening the photos along left margin. "The Kodak Book" is stamped in gilt on the front cover. The album contains a collection of 41 sepia-toned photos, some with printed text in the plate, and many with handwritten pencil notes, in English. Most of the photos measure approximately 6 1/2 in. to 7 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. to 5 7/8 in. and appear to have been produced by commercial vendors. Most of the images are affixed to stiff gray cardboard sheets, but some have become disattached. At least one image appears to have been taken by José Gómez de la Carrera, a Spaniard who settled in Havana and worked as a photographer for various Cuban newspapers during the era of the Spanish-American War.

The compiler of the album is unknown. It contains an assortment of photographs of Havana, Cuba including common tourist sites such as the entrance to the Colón (Columbus) Cemetery, La Cabaña Fortress, the Paseo del Prado, and the Havana Cathedral. The collection also includes street and port scenes. Among these are an 1895 image depicting a mule train, an image of cattle being lifted, by their horns, from barges onto a larger ship, and an image of Cuban family aboard a horse-drawn wagon led by an Afro-Cuban driver. The Spanish-American War is another of the album's themes. The remains of the wrecked USS Maine and the El Caney blockhouse are depicted, as are Cuban, U.S., and Spanish troops. A rare photo of "Cuban concentration town" also illustrates the policy of relocating Cuban civilians to zones of Spanish control, to protect them from rebel influence, instituted by General Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau.

Container List

  • "The Kodak Book" Cuban photo album, circa 1895-1900. (MSH/LAT 0082-1-B).