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Nelson Valdés Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-1116

Scope and Contents

Photographs were taken by Omar Fernández, an anthropologist and cousin of Nelson Valdés. The focus is on the architecture of what is now considered "Old Havana," including the original Spanish colonial area as well as Vedado, the commercial nucleus and main residential neighborhood of Havana. Building exteriors, details, plaques, monuments, street views dominate the images.


  • circa 1980-1985


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Biographical Information

Dr. Nelson Valdés, a leading American expert on Cuba, was born in that country in 1945 and arrived in the US as one of the 14,068 children brought here in what would later be called “Operation Peter Pan.” Dr. Valdez received his B.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Mexico. He taught at Glasgow University in 1972 and at the University of New Orleans from 1973 to 1976. From 1976 to 2008 he was a professor in the sociology department of UNM. He taught at Rollins College in 1991 and at Duke University in 2003 and 2004.

Dr. Valdez was the creator and founder of the Latin American Data Base at UNM (the first computerized data base on that region at any university) and served as its director for 16 years. Dr. Valdez began traveling to Cuba in 1977 and in 1978 was part of a delegation that negotiated the release of over 2000 prisoners from Cuban jails. He has organized over 40 research seminar tours to the island and in 2003 took 150 New Mexican business people to Cuba. He is the author of many works on Cuban history and politics. He has lectured in Cuba and is on the board of editors of the leading social and cultural science journal in Havana.

Omar Fernández, photographer, is a cousin of Nelson Valdéz.


170 photographs (1 box) : 8" x 10" black and white photographs

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Photographs of arcitecture in Havana, Cuba, circa 1980s, taken by Omar Fernández, cousin of Nelson Valdés.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Materials

Separated from Nelson Valdés Papers.



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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131