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Coconut Grove (Miami, 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

Biscayne Bay Yacht Club records - 1909-1970s

  • HMA0167
  • Collection
  • 1909-1970s

Bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks with dated newspaper clippings, club announcements and invitations. The older of two minute books is in Kirk Munroe's handwriting, with dates from 1909 April 3 to 1911 February 14. The other minute book covers 1921-1926; the first four months again in Munroe's handwriting; later entries are typed. Scrapbook clippings are about activities and obituaries of club members as well as club events and yacht races. Years covered by scrapbooks: 1937-1959, 1961 and 1964. Club handbooks included are from 1910, 1926 and 1948

Biscayne Bay Yacht Club

Charles J. Peacock Family Papers - 1891-1979

  • HMA0079
  • Collection
  • 1891-1979

The bulk of the papers consist of legal documents and tax receipts pertaining to Charles John Peacock family's extensive real estate holdings and transactions in Dade County. Also included are newspaper clippings, photographs and personal papers.

Coconut Grove Association records - 1963-1975

  • HMA0424
  • Collection
  • 1963-1975

Records include the minutes of the association; and newspaper clippings, pamphlets and ephemera pertaining to the events the association organized:  the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, the Coconut Grove Centennial and the Coconut Grove Pioneers Chowder Luncheon.

Munroe, Mary

Elizabeth Virrick Papers - 1948-1994

  • HMA0077
  • Collection
  • 1948-1994 (predominant: 1948-1968)

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.

Virrick, Elizabeth, 1897-1990

Miami Real Estate Agency records - 1946-1960

  • HMA0392
  • Collection
  • 1946-1960

Informational sheets on residential and commercial property for sale. Listings include a picture of the building, location, accommodations, taxes, asking price, etc. Mainly for structures in Miami, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach, with some listings for Coconut Grove, Hialeah, Kendall, Key Biscayne, and Miami Springs.

Miami Real Estate Agency

Olga Kent papers - 1947-1978

  • HMA0331
  • Collection
  • 1947-1978

Newspaper clippings, correspondence, newsletters and notes on Coconut Grove, Miami, and South Florida. Topics include parks, libraries, people, churches, schools, Coconut Grove centennial (1973), and Coconut Grove civic organizations.

Kent, Olga

Paul George photograph collection - 1960-1990

  • HMA0394
  • Collection
  • 1960-1990 (predominant: 1970s-1980s)

The bulk of the collection consist of black and white (8 x 10) photographs. They document economic activities, transportation, infrastructure, area attractions, sports, places and events. Also included are images of several county and city commissioners. Of note is a photograph of President John F. Kennedy holding a plan for the proposed Torch of Friendship monument to be erected on Biscayne Boulevard.

A very small number of the photos are stamped on the back with the date and name of the photographers.

Miami-Metro News Bureau

Ralph Munroe Family collection - 1916-1971

  • HMA0045
  • Collection
  • 1916-1971

Correspondence, school reports, Miami High School yearbooks, the Adirondack-Florida School Christmas letters, club membership directories, photographs, newspaper clippings, Eleventh Judical Circuit grand jury report and other ephemera mostly pertaining to the interests and pursuits of Ralph Munroe and his son, Wirth. Of interest are two letters from an Associate at the American Museum of Natural History asking Ralph to provide data on the capture of a Whale Shark in off the Florida Keys.

Tea Chest correspondence, invoices and guest book. The Tea Chest was a Coconut Grove tea room and gift shop. Material reflects a wide variety of items for the shop, many handcrafted, and includes letters from the United Society of Shakers, Cowan Pottery, and enterprises run by women across the country, as well as invoices from Miami area businesses.

Ralph M. Munroe photographs, 1883-1915: Views reflect Munroe's nautical and family interests.

Munroe, Ralph Middleton, 1851-1933

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-