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Legacy of the Spirit: June 21 to September 3, 2004

Exhibit Catalog | Bibliography | Press Release | Exhibit Announcement | Bryant Collection

Curated by Dr. Rosalyn Howard
Display Cases Outside Room 501
Red Bays Lecture Dr. Howard
August 27 @ 1:30pm

Curated by Elizabeth Konzak
Display Cases Inside Room 501
Creole Identity Lecture Dr. Leticee
September 3 @ 11:00am

Curated by Carla Summers
2nd Floor Artwall (July 1-30 only)
Curator's Tour & Lecture Pam Toner
 July 9 @ 11:00am

The culture and customs of the Caribbean, with a focus on Haiti are being showcased in several exhibits at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collection Department this summer.  Events will include a lecture series and curator's tour.  The exhibit is accompanied by a catalog and bibliography of sources in Special Collections that serve as a guide for the further study of Haiti.

Exhibits are drawn from the Bryant West Indies Collection, a scholarly collection of over 1,700 books and periodicals on the history, geography, economy and social life of the West Indies.  The collection includes paintings, graphics, sculptures, sound recordings and anthropological artifacts.

Dr. Rosalyn Howard, an anthropology professor at the University, is guest curating an exhibit on Red Bays, a settlement of Black Seminoles located in the Bahamas, entitled "Red Bays: Legacy of the Spirit."   Dr. Howard has published a book on her research entitled Black Seminoles in the Bahamas. This book is the first full-length ethnography of a unique community within the African diaspora.

The Head of Special Collections, Carla Summers, is curating an exhibit on the Library's artwall during the month of July entitled "Haiti: Legacy of the Spirit," looking at the Haitian art movement and its depiction of the indomitable Haitian spirit.  The Reading Room exhibit, "The Caribbean: Legacy of the Spirit," is being curated by Elizabeth Konzak, the University's new Archivist and Manuscript Curator.  Drawn from the holdings of the University Libraries, these unique exhibits connect students and faculty to the vast and rich nature of the culture of the Caribbean.

Special Collections is located on the 5th Floor of the Library, Room 501.  Exhibit hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed major and university holidays.  For more information or to RSVP for an event,  please call 407-823-2576 or e-mail

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