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Barbara G. Schindler photographs - 1990-1999

  • HMA0115
  • Collection
  • 1990-1999

Photographs by Barbara G. Schindler of people and places in Miami-Dade County. The bulk of the images are of Miami's ethnic neighborhoods, including Little Haiti, Little Havana and the Jewish enclave on South Beach. Views show advertising signs, exteriors and interiors of houses and hotels, lawn ornaments, objects associated with Santeria and Voudou, store fronts, street scenes and restaurants. Other views show the Coconut Grove Cemetery, farm laborers in South Dade, and personalities including Eli Weisel, Senator Bob Graham and Janet Reno.

Schindler, Barbara Gladsden

Bob Edelson Photograph Collection - 1985-1994

  • HMA0431
  • Collection
  • 1985-1994

This collection documents the photography shot by Bob Edelson in his retirement from 1985 and onward of South Beach, Fla. The photographs, negatives and slides pay special attention to the South Miami Beach Art Deco District, in particular, the exteriors of buildings, hotels, businesses, and street scenes. While the collection also includes typical beach images of the sea, sand and sunbathers, these are not the focus.

Also included are a number of clippings and publications that show a sampling of Bob Edelson's Art Deco photography in print.

Edelson, Bob

Caribbean cruises and South Florida slides - 1968-1992

  • HMA0409
  • Collection
  • 1968-1992

Slides of travel by cruise ships around the Caribbean and Key West. Excursions were made to the Netherlands Antilles, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and the Grenadines, St. Croix, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Key West. Also include views of Everglades National Park, the Port of Miami, Miami and Miami Beach. A set records a trip aboard the Windjammer Barefoot Cruises schooner, Fantome.

Carl Fisher Papers - 1896-1958

  • HMA0064
  • Collection
  • 1896-1958 (predominant: bulk 1914-1939)

The Fisher papers document Carl Graham Fisher's contributions to activities that greatly influenced American life in the 20th century, namely urban development, automotive transportation, publicity, and sports. The collection's greatest strength is the almost day-to-day picture it draws of the building of Miami Beach from a wilderness into a world-famous resort city (1912-1926). The papers also include materials pertaining to the development of Montauk (Long Island, New York).

The collection consists mainly of business and personal correspondence. The papers include clippings, photographs, legal documents, financial reports and statements, memoranda, telegrams, pamphlets and brochures, blueprints, and patents.

Fisher, Carl G. (Carl Graham), 1874-1939

Donn Whitehead Collection - circa 1945-1981

  • HMA0175
  • Collection
  • circa 1945-1981

The collection contains  a series of Whitehead’s diaries spanning the period of 1938 to 1981 (1941-1949 are not included). The diaries are filled with detailed, if taciturn, descriptions of Whitehead’s daily activities; every action, from eating breakfast to getting his car serviced, is given attention in the diaries’ pages. For example, each trip to and from Miami Beach is described, as well as Whitehead’s trips to South Florida’s restaurants and attractions.

The two photo albums in the collection are the product of a 1951 trip through Florida and the Keys; they offer interesting views of typical tourist destinations during the period. A series of color photographic slides from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s are concentrated solely on South Florida. Subject matter include views of Miami International Airport, Crandon Park, Hialeah Park, Lincoln Road, and a fashion parade along Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road.

Whitehead, Donn

Highleyman Family Papers - circa 1900-1990

  • HMA0041
  • Collection
  • circa 1900-1990

The papers belonged to Daly Highleyman, and pertain to his family's business and social activities in Miami. Contents include correspondence, photographic prints, clippings, magazines and directories. Of particular interest are photographic prints documenting the dredging, land development and building activities of Locke Highleyman. Also included is an autobiographical account by J. W. Greenleaf, who during his engineering career worked on the Miami Airport in 1948, and on the Asuncion, Paraguay, water system; and genealogical information on the DuVal family.

Barton, Alfred

Miami Beach papers and record books - 1914-1931

  • 03/
  • Collection
  • 1914-1931

Record books are missing many pages; remaining information pertains to Miami Beach sales figures, use of electricity, water and so on for varying years. Papers include a proposal addressed to the Miami Beach City Commission, for improvements to be made in 1926, two maps showing these proposed sewers, paving and water mains; and a report from the Miami Beach City Auditor for August 1931

Floyd, C. B

Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority photograph collection - 1926-1984

  • HMA0021
  • Collection
  • 1926-1984

Photographs commissioned by the Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority (MBVCA) to promote Miami Beach as a tourist destination. Views include Miami Beach and Dade County, scenic landscapes, people enjoying the region, etc. While the collection mainly consists of black-and-white negatives, photographic prints and color slides are also represented.

Photographers include Richard Hoit, Chris Hansen, George Hamilton and others.

Hamilton, George

Mirror Poster Printing Records - circa 1965

  • HMA0036
  • Collection
  • circa 1965

Advertising samples for Miami area businesses created by Mirror Poster Printing. Posters, car cards, decals, information signs, window cards, etc. Firms include: August Bros., Belcher Oil Company, Holsum Bakery, Hollywood Kennel Club, Hotel Algiers, Love 94 FM, McArthur Dairy, Metropolitan Dade County, City of Miami Beach, Miami News, Miami Transfer Co., Miracle Mile (City of Coral Gables), Model City, National Airlines, Pan Am, Ranch House [restaurant], Seminole Transport Lines, City of South Miami, Tropical Park, WAIA, WQAM, and Welt/Safe-Lock.

Scrapbook contains testimonal letters from satisfied clients, product samples, newspaper clippings and photographs. A separate set of photographs includes images of Spiegel's art work and the company's office and employees at work. Also includes a potato chip bag and images of the delivery truck for Dee-Licious Products, the potato chips processing business that Spiegel started soon after his arrival in Miami in 1945.

Mirror Poster Printing, Inc

Pancoast Family Papers - 1777-1982

  • HMA0044
  • Collection
  • 1777-1982 (predominant: (bulk 1911-1941))

The Pancoast family collection comprises both personal papers and business records.

Business records include account books; advertisements; contracts; correspondence; pamphlets; maps; blueprints; reports; tax returns;scrapbooks;  receipts and photographic prints. The majority of these business records relate to the growth of  land development and tourism in Miami Beach.

Personal papers include correspondence, photographs, wills and estate papers, tax returns, receipts and ephemera, with the majority of the material consisting of  letters written by, and received from, Thomas Pancoast. A portion of the correspondence, thirty-four files, was generated and received by other family members, including Irving A. Collins, John S. Collins, Lester Collins, Russell T. Pancoast, and J. Arthur Pancoast.

A separate series, which comprises two boxes, exists for the records created by Russell Pancoast. The first box of this series contains business and personal papers, while the second box houses files of historical data.

An additional box holds correspondents include Carl G. Fisher, Everest G. Sewell, Irving A. Collins and J. B. McCrary (Tamiami Trail contractor). Also included is a ledger book with the minutes of the Miami Beach Improvement Company from 1930 until its dissolution in 1951; and material on the Pancoast Hotel. The oldest document is a New Jersey land grant deed from 1777, but the bulk of the collection belongs to the 1920s.

Miami Beach Improvement Company financial statements and bonds, 1920-1922

Letters from John S. Collins to George F. Cook pertain to the building of the Collins Bridge (Bay Biscayne viaduct). Also included is a typed sheet of specification for the Bay Biscayne Viaduct. John Collins contracted with the George F. Cook Company to build a causeway connecting Miami Beach with the mainland.

One box of scrapbooks includes one each on the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce; the Bakers Haulover pier and Thomas Pancoast; general topics; and the Everglades. Newspaper clippings in the Everglades scrapbook date to 1937-1938 and relate to the creation of the national park. "Pier" has clippings on the Miami Beach fishing pier, opened in 1938 at Bakers Haulover, and a substantial collection of news reports on Thomas J. Pancoast's death and funeral in September 1941. The other two scrapbooks in this box overlap in coverage: they include activities of Pancoast family members and of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and other groups.

The other scrapbook box comprises clippings about Miami Beach and the Collins and Pancoast families. Two of these scrapbooks may well have been compiled at least in part by Collins; part of the second and all of the third were made after his death. A green scrapbook headed History Miami Beach has news clippings from 1923 to 1927 about a variety of local topics; there is a partial index at the front. A black scrapbook with pasted-on label: In Memory of John S. Collins also has clippings from the 1920s about Miami Beach. It ends with Collins' obituary notices. A partly filled black scrapbook has 1933-1938 clippings about Collins, Miami Beach, and members of the Pancoast family.

Collins, John S., 1837-1928

Walter C. DeGarmo architectural drawings - 1906-1950

  • HMA0114
  • Collection
  • 1906-1950 (predominant: 1906-1926)

Elevations, renderings, plans, and details of houses, stores, churches, schools, office buildings, hotels, club houses, and apartments. Many of the drawings are notable for their draftsmanship. Structures represented in these drawings were built in Belle Isle, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale, Homestead, Key Largo, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Shores, and Star Island.

Significant buildings designed by DeGarmo and represented in these records include: Miami City Hall (1907) Demolished. -- McAllister Hotel (1916) 10 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Demolished. -- Miami Beach Community Church (1921) 500 Lincoln Road. -- Coral Gables Bank and Post Office (1924) Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables. -- St. Teresa (Convent) School (with Phineas Paist, 1924) Coral Gables. -- Colonnade Building (collaborator) Coral Gables. -- Douglas Entrance (collaborator) Coral Gables.

DeGarmo, Walter C., 1876-