Name and location of repository
Level of description
Tim Chapman Collection - 1968-2012
- 1968-2012 (predominant: 1972-2012) (Creation)
Name of creator
Tim Chapman spent 40 years working as a photographer for The Miami Herald. He covered wars, hurricanes, riots, earthquakes, mass exoduses from Cuba, kidnappings, plane crashes, death and mayhem, including Guyana’s Jonestown massacre in 1978.
Chapman moved to Hialeah when he was eight. He attended Hialeah High, Miami Dade College and the University of Miami (UM). After graduating from UM in 1972, he went to work at the Miami Herald as a lab tech processing film and making prints. He shot spot news in his spare time and was promoted to staff photographer after a few months.
During his career, Chapman covered events and conflicts in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Beirut, Cuba, and Haiti. Back in Miami, he photographed hundreds of events, including the Mariel Boatlift and the cocaine cowboy era of the 1980s.
Chapman retired from the Miami Herald in 2012.
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Scope and content
The Tim Chapman collection consists of photographs and related materials shot or collected by photojournalist Tim Chapman during the second half of the twentieth century. While most materials pertain to people, places, and events in the Miami area, Latin American and world events are also represented.
The collection includes his professional work as a photojournalist as well as his photography for personal interest. Photographic media include 35mm negatives and slides (mainly black-and-white), photographic prints, and born-digital, color images. Supporting material includes newspaper and magazine articles containing illustrations by Chapman.
Photography pertaining to people, places, and events in the Miami area includes crime scenes; politics; the Mariel boatlift; the upheaval of the 1980s, including the Cocaine Cowboys; and Hurricane Andrew. The shots also include images of ordinary and famous people.
During 2013, Chapman filled a series of notebooks with handwritten notes identifying the most significant images. Entries are chronological, to coincide with the arrangement of the collection.
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Conditions governing access
The collection is in process. For access to this collection, please contact the Research Center at email@example.com for further information and to make an appointment.
Access to the born-digital materials is limited to the public and requires assistance from archives staff.
Conditions governing reproduction
Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Gift of Tim Chapman, April 2013.
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Related archival materials
The Miami Herald collection contains a few additional Tim Chapman photographs. The Miami Herald and Miami News collections contain many examples of other Miami area photojournalists’ work.
Information about related materials is available at http://historymiamiarchives.org/guides/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=1224
2013-376 (Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston fight on Miami Beach, 1964)
2013-391 (Big Stories and Special Assignments)
2013-395 (Born-Digital Images)
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Finding Aid Authors: Kristen Lachterman, Rebecca A. Smith, Maria R. Estorino, and Archives staff.
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