Charles Brookfield papers - circa 1920-1988?

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Charles Brookfield papers - circa 1920-1988?


  • circa 1920-1988? (Creation)


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

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Biographical history

Griswold was a journalist and book author. He was a leader in local conservation and historical groups.

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Correspondence, clippings, photoprints, articles and files reflect Brookfield's interest as a Florida Keys lodge host, writer, environmentalist, fisherman, marine archaeology enthusiast, treasure hunter, and real estate investor. Correspondence includes letters on the early efforts of the Audubon Society to secure a portion of the James Deering estate as an Audubon bird sanctuary. Photographic prints are of the Bahamas, Elliott Key, and Florida, and date from the 1930s-1980s; most are identified.  Also included is a typed transcript of TMS Winchester's 1694 log book and the Captains log of the Dunkirk.

Oral interviews of Brookfield conducted by Randy Nimnicht, Love Dean and Judy and John Halas.

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Arranged in folders by topic.

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The collection is open for research.

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  • English

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Brookfield willed his house to the Tropical Audubon Society. The Society in turn presented the historical material to HASF in 1990.

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As a separate holding, the library has 34 diaries from the McCormick family, dating from 1884 to 1914, which Brookfield acquired from an unknown source.

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