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Topics covered include: aviation, bridges and causeways, churches and synagogues, geographic places, hotels and motels, hurricanes, Orange Bowl Festival, parks, schools, Seminoles and Miccosukees, ships, sports, streets and roads, theaters, University of Miami, World War II, and so on.

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Jay Spencer Collection - 1927-1960s (bulk 1941-1959)

8x10 black-and-white photographic prints made from negatives collected by News photographer Jay Spencer after the Miami News had discarded them. Spencer made several sets of prints, one of which was interfiled in the prints series and one of which was given to the archives.

Topics include World War II in Miami-Dade County, celebrities and U.S. presidents in Miami, and construction sites.

Contains 381 items.

Our Sunday Portrait, various subjects and World War II in Miami area - 1941-1965

Photo portraits of prominent men and women in Miami-Dade County during the late 1950s and early 1960s, photographs of army activities in Florida during World War II, and a small group of various subjects.

Accession number: 1984-001

1.4 cubic feet (6,677 images in 241 groups).

Groups 1 through 189 are of portraits taken for the weekly Miami News series, Our Sunday Portrait, mainly by Alice Bixler.

Groups 190 through 242 comprise various negatives of members of the Florida Dairy Council; famous people, especially when visiting Dade County; and World War II army activities in Florida, 1941-1943.

The negatives range in size from 35mm to 4x5 inches. Reference prints have not been made for this collection.

Arranged numerically by accession and negative number. The third part of the accession number gives the group number and the number of images in that group. For example, 1984-1-1/1-33 means that group 1 contains 33 views. Our Sunday Portrait negatives are also arranged alphabetically by surname of subject. Other negatives are in the order in which they were received.

General events

Various events and people, including drowned Haitian refugees, Bay of Pigs prisoners release, Viking Princess cruise ship fire survivors, presidential visits to the Miami area, and the Eastern Airlines jet crash in the Everglades.

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