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Coral Gables (Fla.)
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Ayars-McKibben papers - 1905-1960

  • HMA0236
  • Collection
  • 1905-1960 (predominant: 1920-1945)

Material reflects the life and interests of members of two connected Coral Gables families during three decades. Photographic prints, clippings, brochures, wedding, birth and death announcements, postcards, menus and programs trace professional and political interests as well as family matters. Also included: Dr. William McKibben's autobiography; Erling Ayars' account of the 1928 hurricane assistance provided by his American Legion post; poetry by Olive "Polly" Beatrice McKibben  and memorabilia from South Florida places and events: Orange Bowl, Miss Harris' School, University of Miami, Coral Gables Garden Club and others.

Ayars, Erling E

Coral Gables Times Guide Photograph collection - circa 1950-1979

  • 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

George Merrick Papers - 1899-1955

  • HMA0060
  • Collection
  • 1899-1955 (predominant: 1930-1942)

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.

Merrick, George Edgar, 1886-1942

Miami and Coral Gables development scrapbook - 1925-1926

  • 08/
  • Collection
  • 1925-1926

Newspaper clippings and notes pertain to real estate and banking matters at the height of the Florida land boom. Collection also includes letters of recommendation for M.L. Sumner

Sumner, M. L

William A. Fishbaugh views of Coral Gables - 1920-1929

  • HMA0379
  • Collection
  • 1920-1929

Views of Coral Gables on negatives. Includes land marks, commercial, government and residential buildings. Of note are interior shots of the Miami Biltmore Hotel and the Coral Gables Bank.

Fishbaugh, William A.

Woodrow W. Wilkins Papers - circa 1930-1982

  • HMA0042
  • Collection
  • circa 1930-1982

Clippings, correspondence, photographic prints, slides, maps, reports and teaching outlines are included in the career papers of this long time Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of Miami. Collection also contains a number of his files on the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), including one on the Barnacle, the Munroe family's home in Coconut Grove. There is a wealth of written and visual material on Coral Gables architecture. Clippings, arranged separately in folders by topic, are primarily about buildings and preservation issues within Florida communities.

Research notes on Miami City Hall (Dinner Key) trace the construction and subsequent alterations to the Miami City Hall buildings, 1933-1958. Cards list blueprints and other records in the Miami Public Works Department, architects, date and nature of construction or alteration, etc.

Surveys, site files, newspaper clippings, articles and correspondence, etc. relating to various architectural sites in Florida. The bulk of the materials pertain to the Old Spanish Monastery (St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church) in North Miami Beach. Also included is the Plymouth Church Congregational Church in Coconut Grove and studies of Miami and Miami Beach historic architecture and preservation issues.

Photocopy of typescript of The Seven Mile Bridge. History and description of the bridge, prepared for the Historical American Engineering Record.

Wilkins, Woodrow W., 1915-1982