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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

Berning Family Papers - 1926-1945

  • HMA0059
  • Collection
  • 1926-1945 (predominant: 1943-1945)

Mostly pamphlets, photographic prints, correspondence, newsletters and clippings pertaining to the Miami Power Squadron.

Includes a personal account of the 1926 hurricane written by Cyril Berning and an oversized newspaper page describing the aftermath of the hurricane, including the mounting death toll (cataloged separately).

Berning, Cyril

Freeland Family papers - 1885-1950s

  • HMA0148
  • Collection
  • 1885-1950s

Articles, clippings, pamphlets on Florida subjects, as well as on the activities of William Leonard Freeland, attorney and judge, and his wife Helen Elizabeth Comstock Freeland. Includes papers on Florida history, and full newspaper coverage of the 1926 hurricane. Photographs include the Orange Grove Elementary School and family portraits

Freeland family

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce records - 1919-1984

  • HMA0053
  • Collection
  • 1919-1984

Minutes, annual reports, publications and periodicals. Highlights include: minutes of the Board of Directors, 1919-1967, in ten bound volumes; committee meetings, 1939-1954, in four bound volumes; newsletters primarily from the 1960s; and the Chamber's publication, Miamian, from 1958 to 1971.

Twelve scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings selected by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. These clippings document private and public sector growth and development in the city, and issues that affected the community during that period. The Chamber's role as a catalyst for civic improvement is also documented. Topics include: the controversy surrounding the legalization of casino gambling, tourism, the proposed north Dade jetport, Interama, the Greater Miami Foreign Free Trade Zone, the role of Afro-Americans and Cuban Americans, race relations and the Miami riot of 1980 following the acquittal of the police officers charged with the murder of Arthur McDuffie.

Hurricane file, 1926 September 22-30. Correspondence, primarily from other cities, offering sympathy and help (25 items).

Slide views of Miami-Dade County places, commerce and industry, 1980-1990s.

Photocopy of program for ceremony sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with E . L. Lasher of the Musa Isle Indian Village and Alligator Farm. Includes speech by Lon Worth Crow, Chamber of Commerce president, and Seminole Chief Tommy. Also includes sales pitch for Everglades muck land.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Pioneer Voices - 1969-1972

  • 1973-016
  • Collection
  • 1969-1972

Reminiscences, mainly of 1896-1926, of pioneer life, the 1920s boom, and the 1926 hurricane. Junior League members and journalist Nixon Smiley interviewed people who lived in Dade County prior to the 1926 hurricane.

Narrators are: Adam G. Adams, Maude Richards Black, Jewel H. Blanton, Janet Watson Carson, Patty Munroe Catlow, C.W. Pete Chase, Charles Franklin Cushman, Dorothy Dean Davidson, James Donn, Hoyt Fraser, John J. Fritz and Carolina Fritz Collins, S.M. Greene, Mrs. Maurice R. Harrison, Frederick M. Hudson, J. Newton Lummus, Alice MacVicar, John Pickett Miles, Stanley Mott, Louisa Oxar, Russell Pancoast, Mrs. C. Boyton Reese, Jack Sewell, Henry Overstreet Shaw, William and Jane Sutcliffe, Cecil Van Landingham, Peter Van Vox, Mrs. Sidney Weintraub, Jessie Weiss, Rose Weiss, and Helen Budge Wright.

Interviewers include Arva Moore Parks and Nixon Smiley.

Junior League of Miami

Southerland Papers - 1931-1962

  • HMA0218
  • Collection
  • 1931-1962

Correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks and photographs covering the Southerlands' activities. The bulk of the materials pertain to the International Tropical Flower Show and document Mrs. Southerland's extensive travel throughout Latin American and the Caribbean to promote and procure exhibits for the show. Mr. Southerland's papers cover his work on behalf of the South Florida Crippled Children's Hospital.  Information on Kotaro Suto who served as Carl Fisher's gardener on Miami Beach is also included

Southerland, J. Julian