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HMA0385 · Collection · circa 1950-1979

Topical and biographical folders that were selected from files A-P of the Coral Gables Times Guide photograph morgue. The folders contain black-and-white photographic prints, accompanied by some newspaper clippings and ephemera. The folder headings were created by the newspaper's staff.

While most topics pertain to Coral Gables, other cities and communities are also represented, including Coconut Grove, Kendall, South Miami and South Dade.

Coral Gables Times Guide
Culinary Ephemera Collection
HMA0086 · Collection

The collection gathers menus, ephemera, cookbooks and recipes that document events, places, and issues related to food in South Florida.

HMA0388 · Collection · 1968

Aerial maps of Dade County and part of southern Broward County. T51S - T59S, R35E-R42E. Not all sections are included.

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.

HMA0347 · Collection · 1958-1973

More than half the collection consists of issues of the Association's newsletter, Dade County Teacher (issues from 1958-1973). It also includes the minutes from those years, and some news releases and handouts.

Dade County Classroom Teachers' Association
HMA0158 · Collection · 1930-1968

Newspaper clippings, conference programs, reports and memorabilia record the activities of the Dade County PTA and its members as well as school programs and local educational concerns. Books for 1930 and 1931, which celebrate the association's first decade, have considerable historical detail including individual school histories. The 1938-1939 book also has some loose material from the early 1940s. The 1944 and 1945 books are narrowest in scope, basically covering the state PTA convention, held respectively in Sarasota and Daytona Beach. The 1966-1968 book includes clippings on the 1968 teachers' walkout. Many of the books are dedicated to Mrs. Walter Beckham, who was PTA president for a number of years

Dade County Council of Parents and Teachers
HMA0231 · Collection · 1925-1972

Correspondence, resolutions, legal agreements and memos relate to land acquisition, development and maintenance of public work projects in Dade County. Projects include a highway on Elliott Key, runway construction at the Opa-locka airport, and the development of Tatum Ocean Beach Park

Dade County (Fla.)
HMA0038 · Collection · 1978-1981

Photocopies of lists of historically or architecturally significant buildings built in Dade County prior to 1940. Each folder contains a short overview, followed by a list of properties, arranged by street address. Each entry gives the date built, the architect, and one to three ratings for architectural, historic and contextual significance. A list of architects and the buildings they designed is included, along with some historic designation reports.

Dade County Historic Survey
HMA0436 · Collection · 1920-1999 (predominant: 1950-1979)

The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) Alliance records is a compilation of scrapbooks, documents, ephemera, and photographs collected and created by the DCMA Alliance (formerly Auxiliary) Woman’s Society. The collection includes various DCMA Auxiliary records including their Articles of Incorporation, meeting minutes, handbooks, bylaws, directories, various newsletters, and assorted pamphlets and ephemera produced by the club. The assortment of scrapbooks documents various group functions with special attention given to the celebration of Doctors Day over several decades and newspaper clippings detailing society activities.

HMA0116 · Collection · 1867-1944 (predominant: (bulk 1920s-1930s))

The “Sheriff’s Papers” are miscellaneous county records, most of which did not originate with the Sheriff’s Department. The “Sheriff’s Papers” were obtained from the Dade County (now Miami-Dade County) Sheriff’s Department around 1953.

The collection includes letters, telegrams, bank statements, budgets, warrants, payrolls, requisitions, purchase orders, invoices, receipts, minutes, resolutions, bills of law, court decisions, legal opinions, affidavits, petitions, charters, licenses, tax returns, tax sale certificate, titles, bids, lists (jurors, registered voters, county employees, landowners, Home Guards), applications for employment, reports, statistics, publications, etc.

A major portion of the collection consists of the correspondence of various members of the Board of the County Commissioners, particularly Chairmen W. Cecil Watson and Charles H. Crandon, and Deputy Clerk W. E. Norton. Some of the correspondence is personal, dealing mainly with job recommendations, political campaigns, and matters of courtesy. The bulk of the correspondence covers a wide range of county business. From the turn of the century to the time of the Bust, bond issues, real estate, right-of-way negotiations, roads, canals, bridges, causeways, beautifications – the economics and politics of rapid growth – predominate. During the 1930s, economy, reduction, consolidation of county administration, charity cases, relief work, tax sales and adjustments, illustrate the difficult economic and social conditions of the period and the county government’s response to it.

Throughout the entire correspondence, there is a large number of letters written to the County Commissioners by local residents and visitors on a great variety of subjects, many of them accompanied by a copy of the reply. There are letters from county scholarship students requesting permission to join fraternities, from black citizens protesting some humiliating regulations, from irate owners of orchards and other property damaged by county road crews, from a man demanding the reward for delivering the dead body of an escaped criminal, from an attorney requesting that a young black female county prisoner, convicted of manslaughter in a drunken driving accident, be allowed to serve the rest of her sentence as a maid in his household, from a mother seeking reimbursement or reduction of a fine imposed on her by a justice of the peace for choking a teacher who choked her child, from a northern investor who can’t sell  his Dade County bonds without a loss castigating the Commissioner for spending over four million dollars building that “awful tombstone” of a new court house, from Alligator Joe applying for a permit to kill  a manatee “for scientific and educational purposes,” from destitute widows eternally  grateful for a mother’s pension, etc., etc. There is wealth of material here on the quality of life at the time of an average citizen, on a day-to-day level. In order to make use of this source, however, the original arrangement of the material, which has been retained with minor changes, makes it necessary to peruse numerous “miscellaneous” folders, arranged only according to the initials of the correspondents and dates (Boxes 4,5, and 6).

Part of the correspondence is filed in folders numbered 1 to 106 (Box 7). This series is topically arranged, if somewhat arbitrarily. Some folders contain extensive exchanges of letters on a given subject, others but a single item of dubious importance. The container list gives a brief description of the contents of each numbered folder.

Dade County (Fla.)
HMA0046 · Collection · 1906-2001

Research materials pertaining to the history of the Florida Keys and the construction of the Florida East Coast Railway. Documents include letters from Key West pioneers, maps, engineers' notes, newspaper clippings, 35mm slides, photographs, cassette tapes, VHS tapes and copies of maps, blueprints and 1950s postcards.

Original materials include 35mm slides, handwritten notes and interviews with Marathon pioneers.

Gallagher, Dan