LAMP Funds Preservation of Architectural Photos of Havana

Luz 6, Historic Center of Havana

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Judy Alspach -

The Latin American Materials Project (LAMP), administered by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), provided significant funding for the Havana Archive Project, an Open Access digital archive containing over 8,000 images of the 1,055 most significant buildings in the Historic Center of Havana, Cuba. In the early 1980s, Dr. Eusabio Leal, Director of the Office of the Historian (Havana), commissioned the Cuban Institute of Geodesy and Cartography to make a photographic survey of these buildings in the Historic Center, known as Habana Vieja. The images were captured mostly on 5" x 7" glass plate negatives, which were used to create the digital images now available online.

Begun in 2012, the project was a collaboration of Jacqueline Hayden, Professor Emerita of Film and Photography at Hampshire College, students from Hampshire College, and Plan Maestro, Office of the Historian (Havana). The digital archive is available online at the Compass digital repository, and a copy of the digital files will be housed at the Center for Research Libraries.

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