George Merrick Papers - 1899-1955

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George Merrick Papers - 1899-1955


  • 1899-1955 (predominant: 1930-1942) (Creation)


16 boxes

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Correspondence, clippings, brochures, maps, real estate records and related papers trace the activities of George Merrick, founder of the city of Coral Gables. Most of the collection pertains to the 1930s and later years, including a substantial amount on the Dade County Planning Board.

Warranty deeds dated 1899 and 1903 for Solomon Merrick record the purchase of the original Merrick property in what would become Coral Gables and for three lots in downtown Miami.

Letter from Rev. J. D. Kuykendall congratulating Merrick on his design for Coral Gables and suggests adding a college to the plan.

Letter offering properties for sale to George Merrick, circa 1935.

Dade County County Commission appointment for George Merrick and stock certificate. 1915.

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The papers are roughly arranged into the following series: Real estate, 1920s; Real estate, 1930s; City planning and zoning, 1930s; Civic activities; General correspondence, 1940-1942; Personal papers, 1942-1945; Oversize papers.

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The collection is open for research.

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  • English

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    Three maps have been removed and placed in the archives' maps collection.

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    Archivist's note

    Finding Aid Authors: Rebecca A. Smith and Brooke Roberts-Webb.

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    © Copyright 2019 HistoryMiami Archives & Research Center. All rights reserved.

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