The papers consist of correspondence, memos, reports, photographic prints, magazines and newspaper clippings, and relate primarily to Mrs. Virrick's extensive involvement in housing and urban issues in Coconut Grove and Miami-Dade County, and of her interest on a national level. Includes material on the founding and evolution of the Coconut Grove Citizens for Slum Clearance and the Citizens Advisory Committee and other boards on which she served.
Mrs. Virrick corresponded extensively with government officials and other influential people. Correspondents include Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Claude Pepper, Lawton Chiles, Rubin Askew, Dante Fascell, and Maurice Ferre.
The magazines and newspaper clippings were originally interfiled with the papers, but have been boxed separately for conservation purposes.
In 2015, Dr. Raymond Mohl donated an additional 14 boxes of documents to the collection. The bulk of the documents are part of Elizabeth Virrick’s original papers and cover the same topics and years as the original donation. The rest are copies of newspaper clippings and articles from the same time period that Dr. Mohl added and annotated. Dr. Raymond Mohl, a leading urban historian, was given access to the papers by Mrs. Virrick for his research on housing for African Americans in postwar Miami. This research was the basis for several articles and books on civil rights, housing and race relations in Miami, including, Elizabeth Virrick and the "concrete monsters”: housing reform in postwar Miami (Tequesta, no. 61, 2001).
The 2015 accural is housed in boxes 15 to 29. Box 29 holds materials that Dr. Mohl continued to collect up to 2001. It includes several drafts of Elizabeth Virrick and the "concrete monsters" : housing reform in postwar Miami for various publications, newspaper clippings on housing issues, a student paper on Virrick, notes, correspondence and annotated articles.