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Guide to the Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection TAM.616

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, with the assistance of Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 17, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series I: Americans in Cuba, Those Who Came, 1988-1989

Scope and Content Note

In the 1989 film Americans in Cuba, Estela Bravo tells the stories of several Americans who stayed in Cuba after the 1959 revolution. Some of the Americans featured in the documentary lived in Cuba prior and decided to remain after the new government was established, while others decided to immigrate to Cuba in the period following the revolution. This series contains footage from the 43-minute film, including interviews with women such as Elfriede Mahler; Marjorie Moore; Lorna Burdsall; Lois Kroehler, a missionary, music teacher and peace advocate who came to Cuba in 1949; Jean McEvoy and Ellen Rosensweig, who is interviewed with her husband and children and comments on the differences between her life in Cuba and her visits to see her family in California. Footage from this film contains one-on-one interviews, performances, discussions in the street or in other venues, and scenes of the various locations where the women live.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 58 Cassette : ref1316 Americans in Cuba

Scope and Content Note

This is most likely a full-length feature of the film Americans in Cuba.

circa 1989
Box: 1 Cassette : ref8 "Americans who stayed in Cuba"
circa 1989
Box: 90 Cassette : ref317 (Videos) Black, Helen: Interview

Scope and Content Note

This interview contains footage from religious summer camp in Placetas, Cuba. It features Helen Black, an American living in Cuba for many years, who works at the camp.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:52:27.

circa 1988
Box: 79 Dvd : ref317 (Access dvd)
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1074 Black, Helen: Interview
1988 August 24
Box: 12 Cassette : ref285 Black, Helen: Interview "V. Clara"
1988 August 25
Box: 14 Cassette : ref309 Black, Helen " V. Clara"
circa 1988
Box: 14 Cassette : ref310 Black, Helen " V. Clara"
circa 1988
Box: 14 Cassette : ref325 Black, Helen " V. Clara"
circa 1988
Box: 14 Cassette : ref327 Black, Helen " V. Clara"
circa 1988
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1083 Black, Helen
1988 August 25
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1082 Burdsall, Lorna : Interview

Historical/Biographical Note

Lorna Burdsall (1928-2010) moved to Cuba in 1955 with her husband, who fought with Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolution. She was a dancer who trained with Martha Graham and studied at the Julliard School. In 1953 she met a young Cuban, Manuel Pineiro, who was studying business administration at Columbia. They married in New York but he left for Cuba to join Castro’s forces shortly after their wedding. She joined him in 1955 and lived in Cuba for the rest of her life. Burdsall taught at the National Dance School and was a founding member of Conjunto Nacional de Danza Moderna, which she eventually directed. Burdsall was with the company for nearly 20 years and created numerous works reflecting the spirit of the Cuban people. In 1977 she became the national director of dance and modern dance advisor to the Minister of Culture.

1988 May 17
Box: 12 Cassette : ref270 Burdsall, Lorna "Lorna Burdsall in the class" #13
1988 May 18
Box: 12 Cassette : ref273 Burdsall, Lorna "Lorna Burdsall in the class" #14
1988 May 18
Box: 91 Cassette : ref324 (Videos) Kroehler, Lois: Interview

Scope and Content Note

The recording contains an interview with Lois Kroehler who, at the time of the filming, was working at an evangelical seminary. An American, she had been in Cuba since 1949.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 01:00:02.

1988
Box: 79 Dvd : ref324 (Access dvd)
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1087 Kroehler, Lois "(Matanzas) #27"
1988 May 24
Box: 63 Cassette : ref1088 Kroehler, Lois "(Matanzas) #29"
1988 May 24
Box: 12 Cassette : ref288 Kroehler, Lois "Matanzas"
1988 May 24
Box: 12 Cassette : ref286 Kroehler, Lois
1988 May 24
Box: 12 Cassette : ref276 Kroehler, Lois "Story in Spanish Matanzas"
1988 May 24
Box: 12 Cassette : ref287 Kroehler, Lois "Historia en Espanol"
1988 May 24
Box: 78 Dvd : ref290 (Access dvd) Mahler, Elfriede: Interview (Guantanamo)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:20:01.

Historical/Biographical Note

Elfriede Mahler (1917-1998) was an American dancer who moved to Havana in the summer of 1960. She spent much of her life in Guantanamo, founding the province’s first professional dance company, Danza Libre.

circa 1988
Box: 89 Cassette : ref290 (Videos)
Box: 89 Cassette : ref293 (Videos) Mahler, Elfriede: Interview

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:25:00.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref293 (Access dvd)
Box: 90 Cassette : ref303 (Videos) Mahler, Elfriede: Interview

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:22:47.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref303 (Access dvd)
Box: 90 Cassette : ref295 (Videos) Mahler, Elfriede

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:22:02.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref295 (Access dvd)
Box: 79 Dvd : ref307 (Access dvd) Mahler, Elfriede

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:20:09.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref307 (Videos)
Box: 78 Dvd : ref301 (Access dvd) Mahler, Elfriede at art school ("Esceula de Arte")

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:18.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref301 (Videos)
Box: 78 Dvd : ref305 (Access dvd) Mahler, Elfriede at art school

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:14:50.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref305 (Videos)
Box: 90 Cassette : ref297 (Videos) Mahler, Elfriede (ballet group)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:18:03.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref297 (Access dvd)
Box: 89 Cassette : ref292 (Videos) Mahler, Elfriede (Cultural Center)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:07.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref292 (Access dvd)
Box: 78 Dvd : ref300 (Access dvd) Mahler, Elfriede at Stone Zoo (Zoologico de Piedra) near Guantanamo

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:27:04.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref300 (Videos)
Box: 12 Cassette : ref304 Mahler, Elfriede "Zoologico de Piedra"
circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref294 (Access dvd) Malher, Elfriede and Jean [McEvoy]

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:19:00.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref294 (Videos)
Box: 79 Dvd : ref321 (Access dvd) Mahler, Elfriede and Jean [McEvoy]

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:00.

Scope and Content Note

Most of the footage on this tape is devoted to Elfreida Mahler, which also includes performances by children and young dancers. The end of this recording also contains interview with Jean McEvoy and a Catholic minister.

circa 1988
Box: 91 Cassette : ref321 (Videos)
Box: 78 Dvd : ref296 (Access dvd) [McEvoy], Jean: Interview (at her home)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:19:01.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref296 (Videos)
Box: 78 Dvd : ref298 (Access dvd) [McEvoy], Jean: Interview

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:22:02.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref298 (Videos)
Box: 90 Cassette : ref299 (Videos) [McEvoy], Jean: Interview ("I am an American" annotation on box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:20:35.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref299 (Access dvd)
Box: 78 Dvd : ref302 (Access dvd) [McEvoy], Jean at Guantanamo church

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:19:36.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref302 (Videos)
Box: 90 Cassette : ref306 (Videos) [McEvoy], Jean at church ("Iglesia Misa")

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:16:08.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref306 (Access dvd)
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1076 "Menendez, Pablo #5 "
1988 May 16
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1077 "Menendez, Pablo #6"
1988 May 16
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1078 "Menendez, Pablo #7"
1988 May 16
Box: 14 Cassette : ref315 "Menendez, Pablo"
circa 1988
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1079 "Menendez, Pablo and Margaret in the Class "
1988 May 16-17
Box: 63 Cassette : ref1072 Moore, Marjorie: Interview #1

Historical/Biographical Note

Marjorie Moore (1920-2003) was born in the United States and studied at Columbia University. In 1946, she married a Cuban named Luis Rios and they moved to Cuba with their daughter Pamela in 1950. She remained in Cuba for the rest of her life. She was a teacher, headed a brigade of teachers in Cuba’s Literacy Campaign and, in 1962, joined the English Department of what is now the Medical University of Havana. She is most known for her work in English for Medicine, teaching medical students English for the purpose of providing patients with better care.

1988 May 15
Box: 63 Cassette : ref1073 Moore, Marjorie: Interview #2
1988 May 15
Box: 63 Cassette : ref1075 Moore, Marjorie: Interview #3
1988 May 15
Box: 79 Dvd : ref320 (Access dvd) Rosensweig, Ellen: Interview; Burdsall, Lorna: Interview

Scope and Content Note

The initial interview is with Ellen Rosensweig, her Cuban husband, and her children. Rosensweig, who is originally from California, discusses her life in Cuba and makes comparisons with the United States. This is followed by an interview with Lorna Burdsall who founded and directed a modern dance school in Cuba.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 01:39:01.

circa 1988
Box: 90 Cassette : ref320 (Videos)
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1090 [Paskalitis], "Barbara"
circa 1988
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1084 "Barbara #15"
1988 May 18
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1085 "Barbara #16"
1988 May 18
Box: 12 Cassette : ref274 "Barbara C. House/Home"
1988 May 22
Box: 12 Cassette : ref289 "Barbara at Work"
1988 May 23
Box: 14 Cassette : ref312 "Barbara at Work- Barbara at Home"
circa 1988
Box: 14 Cassette : ref313 "Barbara P- Howie- Lois K Matanzas"
circa 1988
Box: 12 Cassette : ref278 Luna. Marco A.
1988 May 22
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1080 "Margaret in the Class #9"

Scope and Content Note

"Margaret" is Marjorie Moore.

1988 May 17
Box: 63 Cassette : ref1081 "Margaret in the Class #10"
1988 May 17
Box: 12 Cassette : ref269 "Olita P. Yoda," "Fiesta"
1988 April 10
Box: 14 Cassette : ref311 "Olita P."
circa 1988
Box: 14 Cassette : ref314 "Olita P."
circa 1988
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1086 "Still Photo Olita and Team at Hospital"
1988 May 22
Box: 12 Cassette : ref277 "Olita Exterior house- Hospital - Mazorra"
1988 May 19
Box: 14 Cassette : ref326 "Matanzas"
circa 1988
Box: 48 Cassette : ref1089 "Video Clip," "Pelicula del libro del tanger," and "Archivo de los Mundialgo de Baseball"
circa 1988
Box: 89 Cassette : ref291 (Videos) Footage: Streets in Guantanamo City - Elfrieda Mahler, Jean [McEvoy] and Estela Bravo

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:14:17.

circa 1988
Box: 78 Dvd : ref291 (Access dvd)
Box: 91 Cassette : ref322 (Videos) Footage: Guantanamo

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:11:01.

circa 1988
Box: 79 Dvd : ref322 (Access dvd)

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