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Series I: Andrew St. George Photographs, Films, and Papers, 1957-1960

Call Number: MS 650, Series I

Scope and Contents

The series is primarily comprised of photographs (positives and negatives) taken by Andrew St. George, as he tracked the progress of the Cuban Revolution from 1957 to 1960. Arranged in book number order (the numbers were assigned by the creator), there are approximately 750 contact sheets, each with multiple images, that document the 26th of July Movement from the Sierra Maestra mountains in 1957 to Havana in 1959 and Fidel Castro's first year as prime minister. There are extensive and detailed descriptions of each of the contact sheets written by Yale University Assistant Professor of History Lillian Guerra.

The series also includes three reels of film, approximately seventy-five minutes of viewing time, shot in 1958 of rebel camps, outposts, and occupied towns, and as Castro made his way to Havana. They are archival film with no sound (5.111.602 KB) in DV format digitized from 16 mm original made by Andrew St. George. Characterized by St. George as "outtakes," these clips were later used in a CBS documentary made in collaboration with Robert Taber for CBS news, as well as in a documentary for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hosted by reporter Erik Durschmied. Detailed descriptions of the three reels were written by Yale University Assistant Professor of History Lillian Guerra.

Other materials in the series include written questions and answers from an interview St. George conducted with Castro in 1958, various ribbons and medallions from the 26th of July Movement, and printed ephemera.

Digital reproductions of the contact sheets can be found in the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Database (MADID). A link to MADID can be found on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.


  • 1957-1960


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The materials are in Spanish and English.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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