Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) led a long, extraordinary life, and established herself as one of South Florida's premier personalities of the twentieth century. Douglas' importance as a female writer and reporter of both local and national significance is further impacted by her pioneering role as an environmental and political activist. As a writer and reporter, she enjoyed a distinguished career first as an assistant editor for the Miami Herald and later as an O. Henry Award winning short story writer and novelist. Her most popular and acclaimed work, the Everglades: River of Grass, a Natural and Historical Guide to the Famed Florida Wetlands, raised public consciousness about the need to conserve and reclaim the Everglades as a priceless and critically balanced natural environment.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Papers include book manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, diaries, newspaper articles, videos, awards, and other primary source material documenting her life and work.
Selected photographs, correspondence, and other materials have been digitized and are available online.