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Jean Taylor Papers - circa 1960-1983

  • HMA0067
  • Collection
  • circa 1960-1983

Research papers on settlements and people in South Dade (Miami-Dade County, Fla.), from Larkins (South Miami) and Kendall south to Homestead and Florida City, during the 1800s to 1926.

The papers hold topical folders of clippings, manuscripts, typescripts, photocopies, correspondence and notes used by Jean Taylor in researching her book, The Villages of South Dade. Also includes oral history interview sound cassettes and notebooks, the typescripts for Villages of South Dade and for Culture in the Boondocks, and material for the classes that she taught on South Dade history. Also included is a student paper Jean Taylor wrote on the early history of Miami, with annotations by her teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas; five 1906-1907 issues of Gustav Stickley's magazine, The Craftsman, given to Jean Taylor by Patty Munroe Catlow; and a photocopy of the National Register nomination for Silver Palm schoolhouse.

Taylor, Jean

Eastern Airlines records - 1926-1989

  • HMA0212
  • Collection
  • 1926-1989 (predominant: 1926-1936)

The bulk of the material consists of the financial records of Pitcairn Aviation, Eastern Air Transport and Eastern Air Lines between 1926 and 1936; Also included are board minutes, correspondence and personnel directories; civic activities scrapbooks; advertising artwork and  personnel uniform sketches; newsletters; photographic prints and video and film recordings.

Financial records of Pitcairn Aviation, Eastern Air Transport and Eastern Air Lines between 1926 and 1936 make up the bulk of the collection. Also included are board minutes, correspondence and personnel directories; civic activities scrapbooks, advertising artwork and personnel uniform sketches, newsletters, photographic prints and video and film recordings. These records represent only a portion of Eastern's holdings, as some were retained by the company or given to other institutions

Eastern Airlines, inc

Alice Wood photograph collection - 1920s

  • HMA0399
  • Collection
  • 1920s

Collection contains black and white photographic prints taken by Alice Wood studio in the early 1920s. Images include scenes of the Bahamas (Nassau), Cuba, and Broward and Dade County, including photographs of Miami, Vizcaya, and Palm Beach. Contains views of the Florida East Coast Railway, early real estate development, and land dredging.

Wood, Alice

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Miami-Dade records - 1919-1990

  • HMA0031
  • Collection
  • 1919-1990

Records of the organizational, community activities and property development. Includes board minutes, reports, correspondence with builders, blue prints, photographic prints, feasibility studies, deeds of trusts and agreements with residential hotels.

The records include minutes from board meetings and various committee meetings, reports to the national board and personnel data. The information regarding new construction contains correspondence with builders, blueprints, photographic prints, property feasibility analysis, surveys, deeds of trust and agreements with residential hotels. The collection also contains books and magazines published by the Women’s Press. Also encompassed in the collection are newspaper clippings and scrapbooks.

Young Women's Christian Association of Miami-Dade (YWCA)

Louis Hector Papers - circa 1960-1997

  • HMA0103
  • Collection
  • circa 1960-1997

Correspondence and documents pertain to ecological and environmental concerns for the mangrove swamp, canal, and surrounding area on the Hector property situated on Biscayne Bay at St. Gaudens Road in Coconut Grove. Supporting documents include land appraisals, land purchase contracts, permits, maps and designs. A set of photographic prints show damage to the property from Hurricane Andrew.

Hector, Louis J

Lewis B. Whitworth Papers - 1950s-1980s

  • HMA0390
  • Collection
  • 1950s-1980s

Scrapbooks and folders contain newspaper clippings, correspondence, campaign materials and photographic prints pertaining to Whitworth's involvement in public life and his social activities. Some government publications and newsletters from various county and state organizations are also included.


Biographical Note: Miami-Dade County as a Hialeah Councilman, Dade County Commissioner, State Representative in the Florida House of Representatives and elected circuit court judge. As commissioner, Whitworth secured federal funds to reimburse the county for medical aid given to Cuban refugees at Jackson Memorial Hospital. During his term as State Representative he was instrumental in the successful efforts to reform the state's judicial system and in the 1971 session, he sponsored, among others, two major bills that were signed into law. One was the marijuana felony-misdemeanor bill and the other, the nonpartisan election of judges bill

Whitworth, Lewis B

Metrorail construction photographs - 1980-1984

  • HMA0157
  • Collection
  • 1980-1984

Aerials and other views show work in progress on the infrastructure for the Metrorail line. One image shows a completed station

Dade County arches - 1984-1986

  • HMA0334
  • Collection
  • 1984-1986

Photographs of arches in the built environment of Miami-Dade County. Photos were included in a competition organized by the Miami-Dade Public Library. Buildings include Vizcaya, Gusman Center, Spanish Monastery and the Hialeah Water Treatment Plant. Also includes a steel arch from a never built industrial park at Tamiami Trail and SW 172nd Avenue.

Igor B. Polevitzky photographs - circa 1934-1965

  • HMA0092
  • Collection
  • circa 1934-1965

Exhibition-quality photographic prints of buildings designed by architect Igor B. Polevitsky between 1934 and the mid-1960s. Photographers include Samuel H. Gottscho, Rudi Rada, and Ernest Graham. Includes views of Miami Beach and Miami residences (Birdcage house), Miami Beach hotels (Shelbourne, Albion, etc.), Havana hotels (Havana Biltmore, Havana Riviera), automotive businesses (car dealerships, gas stations, General Tires), retail shops (jewelry and shoe stores), offices (Kislak Mortgage, etc.), and other businesses (Arthur Murray, restaurants).

Polevitzky, Igor B., 1912-1978

Fine and Goldman families papers - 1890s-1987

  • HMA0215
  • Collection
  • 1890s-1987

Magazines, letters, photocopies, postcards, photographs (prints), a book and other memorabilia document the activities of two pioneer families who played a major role in the Jewish communities of Key West and Miami. Includes an unsigned typescript letter from Theodore Roosevelt, several photographs of turn of the century stores in Key West and Miami, material on the congregations of Rodeph Sholom in Key West and Beth David in Miami (first called B'Nai Zion), and photographs of Cuban leaders of the late 1800s, including Jose Marti.

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Charles Mills papers - 1917-1940s

  • HMA0134
  • Collection
  • 1917-1940s

Personal papers and scrapbooks include clippings and memorabilia related to numerous civic and World War II home front projects such as the American Red Cross Camp and Hospital Service, the American Legion, Veterans Hospital and  the Boy Scouts. Except for some brochures and photographs of the San Carlos, there are no documents pertaining to his business enterprises.

Mills, Charles A

Freeland Family papers - 1885-1950s

  • HMA0148
  • Collection
  • 1885-1950s

Articles, clippings, pamphlets on Florida subjects, as well as on the activities of William Leonard Freeland, attorney and judge, and his wife Helen Elizabeth Comstock Freeland. Includes papers on Florida history, and full newspaper coverage of the 1926 hurricane. Photographs include the Orange Grove Elementary School and family portraits

Freeland family

Perrine family papers - 1816-1940s

  • HMA0198
  • Collection
  • 1816-1940s

Correspondence, photographic prints, clippings, periodicals, and reports record Perrine family history, especially the Indian Key massacre, subsequent Perrine land grant claims, and material relating to the poems and articles of Sarah Rodgers Palmer. Also includes books from Dr. Perrine's Indian Key home and other 19th century family books, genealogical material on the Perrine and Townsend families and eight scrapbooks created by Sarah Rodgers Palmer.

Delano, Roger

Jacquelyn Biggane Collection of Miami Theater Arts Groups - 1942-1981

  • HMA0170
  • Collection
  • 1942-1981

Collection of clippings, photographs, letters and brochures documents the performances and activities of the Miami Variety Artists, the Mask and Wig Club and other performing groups. Also includes a file on the Royal Poinciana festival and images from performances at the Myrtle Bank Hotel in Jamaica.

Louis Bow Photograph Collection - 1907-1936

  • HMA0401
  • Collection
  • 1907-1936

Views of the FEC Key West Extension construction and dismantling, Long Key Fishing Camp, Bahia Honda Bridge, Henry Flagler on first train into Key West, 1909 Key West hurricane and the construction of the Overseas Highway. One group shows some Miami Beach schools being constructed under the aegis of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, a New Deal Program. The postcards are Miami area views, and includes images of the Royal Palm Hotel and the Fair building.

Bow, Louis

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