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Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Fidel Castro Photographs Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.3 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


This collection contains approximately 200 black and white photographs of Cuban prime minister, lawyer, and revolutionist Fidel Castro and associates.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 200 black and white photographs of Fidel Castro. Thirty of these were taken during a state visit to the Soviet Union and picture Castro with several high-ranking Soviet officials, including Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nikita Kruschev, Anastas Mikoyan, and Eduard Shevardnadze. In addition, there are photographs taken in Cuba of Castro and other notable figures, such as Baudilio Castellanos, Camilo Cienfuegos, Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado, Ernesto Che Guevara, and Celia Sanchez, and photographs of various political events are included as well. The collection also includes several photographs of "Balseros."

Collection Creator Biography:

Castro, Fidel, 1926-2016.

Born on August 13, 1926, Fidel Castro is a Cuban revolutionary leader who led his country from January 1959 until his resignation in February 2008.

Collection History


Purchased from Howard Karno Books, Inc. in 1999 (AM 2000-47). Later additions purchased in 2018 (AM 2018-109).


No materials were removed from the collection during processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Heather A. Shannon in 1999. Finding aid written by Heather A. Shannon in 1999.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Fidel Castro Photographs Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1