in 1984, the Jay I. Kislak Foundation is a private
nonprofit cultural institution engaged in the collection,
conservation, research and interpretation of rare
books, manuscripts, maps and indigenous art and
cultural artifacts of the Americas and other parts
of the world. Kislak collections are rich in primary
research materials on the history of Florida, the
Caribbean and Mesoamerica, with special emphasis
on native cultures, their contact with Europeans
and the colonial period to about 1820.
The Foundation exists to advance knowledge and understanding
of world cultures and history through its collections
and through programs of research, education, exhibition
and publication. An active acquisition program continues
to expand the collections with materials that are
of high quality, historically or artistically significant,
and consistent with Kislak areas of study.
Kislak collections are conserved in accordance with
professional museum standards and are made available
for study by scholars and students. Selected items
are displayed at the public Kislak Gallery in Miami
Lakes, Florida, and at museums, libraries and other
regional and national institutions.
In 2004 more than 3,000 books and other objects from
the collection became a gift to the nation as the Jay
I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress.
A permanent exhibit, Exploring
the Early Americas, is now on public display
in the Library's historic Thomas Jefferson Building,
across from the United States Capitol in Washington,
The Kislak Foundation has cooperative professional
relationships with institutions and individual historians
and collectors worldwide. The Foundation benefits
from the advice and knowledge of outstanding scholars
of history, art and archaeology, and relevant areas
of research, education and collections management.