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Zipkin, Harvey

Florida-resident Harvey R. Zipkin has been working as a photographer since the early 1960s. He began his career in New York, where he attended Hofstra University and took professional courses in photography at the School of Visual Arts. Influenced by European photographers of the 1950s, he aims to document life "the way we live it." In addition to teaching photography at Jose de Diego Middle School, Zipkin is the resident artist at Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami.

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The Miami YWCA's mission was to improve the social, religious and economic needs of women in the community through a variety of social and self help programs. The association received a charter in 1919 and started operating out of the Breakers Hotel on Miami Beach. The following year a permanent site was secured at the Ft. Dallas Hotel in Miami. Several residential properties were constructed, including the "Murrel" for African-Americans.

Miami received a charter from the National YWCA office in 1919 and began a membership campaign in June in which 1,738 members were initiated in a single day. That first summer they leased the old Breakers Hotel on Miami Beach, but by the following year a permanent site was found at the old Fort Dallas Hotel at 108 S.E. 1 Street. The intention of the YWCA was to meet the social, religious and economic needs of women and girls of the Miami area. This was achieved through various programs, including employment services, business classes, home-economics courses, religious education, athletics and dances. The YWCA garnered monies through loans, contributions, assistance from the National Organization, membership dues and its own fund-raising efforts. The properties included financially self-sufficient residencies for guests and permanent residences. Eventually several additional sites were established, including Murrel, a “Negro” branch. According to the records in this collection, the last site to be constructed was the North-West Dade property.

Today the only YWCA in Miami-Dade is situated on 351 N.W. 5 Street.