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Digital objects selected from the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections, including a rich collection of photographs, documents, letters and memorabilia covering the history and development of south Florida.

Alan Crockwell Collection

Correspondence, documents, and photographs chiefly pertaining to Ralph M. Munroe, his family, and friends.

Aldemaro Romero Archive

Musical scores and photographs of Aldemaro Romero, including works for symphonic orchestra, chorus and orchestra, solo concerts for wind and string instruments with orchestra, and chamber music.

Bernhardt E. Muller Collection

Architectural drawings, renderings, sketches and photographs related to the design and construction of Opa-Locka, Florida, the nation’s largest concentration of Moorish Revival architecture.

Bob Simms Collection

Documents and photographs of the Simms family, the local community, and George Washington Carver Senior High School, and campaign materials for Leah Simms.

Calvin Shedd Papers

Civil war letters written by Calvin Shedd, a Union Army solider from New Hampshire who was stationed in Florida from 1862-1863.

Canary Islands Collection

Twenty-six bound and paginated 16th-century manuscripts describing contemporary conditions and military operations in the Canary Islands, including a series of letters (15 items) and an assortment of other official documents (11 items). Twelve letters bear the imprimatur of King Philip II of Spain.

Caribbean Diaspora Oral Histories

The Caribbean Diaspora Oral History Collection documents and makes accessible the contributions of people of Caribbean ancestry who share stories of migration to the United States and the challenges inherent in such displacements.

Caribbean Documents Collection

Correspondence, legal and financial documents from the various islands of the Caribbean such as Antigua, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Christopher, Trinidad and Tobago from the 16th to the 19th century.

Charles Deering Collection

Photographs of Charles Deering, the Deering estate, the Richmond Hotel, and the 1926 hurricane.

Coral Gables Garden Club Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks documenting Coral Gables Garden Club members and activities from 1925-1944.

Finlay B. Matheson Collection

Photographs dating from the 1900s through the 1930s depicting the activities, travels, houses, and boats of the Matheson family, South Florida landscapes, and the development of Key Biscayne.

Florida Culinary History Collection

The Florida Culinary Collection oral histories document the rich and diverse history of how food is cultivated, marketed, and consumed in Florida.

Florida Documents Collection

Correspondence, diaries, reports, and other materials dating from the 1770s through the 1920s that document various aspects of Florida history, life, business, culture, politics, and military affairs, including the Seminole Indian Wars.

Florida Photograph Album Collection

Albums depicting Florida scenes from the 1910s and 1920s, as well as images of Miami and the Hialeah race track.

Florida Photograph Collection

Photographs depicting Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Overtown, the Biltmore Hotel, the Everglades, and the 1926 hurricane.

Floyd and Marion Rinhart Photograph Collection

Photogravures, engravings, and stereographs depicting various views of Florida's build environment and natural landscapes from the  towns and landscapes from the 1860s -1930s.

Gregory Bush Community Studies Oral Histories

Interviews with South Florida residents about public spaces, covering topics such as migration, gentrification, class, ethnicity, and community services.

Haitian Diaspora Oral Histories

Videos and outlines of oral history interviews conducted with musicians, artists, and writers of Haitian ancestry.

Helen Muir Papers

Correspondence between Helen Muir and Richard Merrick, George Firestone, Mary Munroe, and others.

Hilgard O'Reilly Sternberg Photography Collection

Photographic slides of Hilgard O'Reilly Sternberg documenting landscapes and cultures around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, with an emphasis on Brazil, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Historical Documents Collection

Letters, deeds, bonds, receipts, orders, position appointments, and other documents from 1642 to the 1920s from prominent figures in the areas of art, literature, music, science, scholarship, business, law, military, politics, diplomacy, and religion.

Historical Florida Brochures, Pamphlets, and Promotional Materials

Brochures, pamphlets, and other promotional materials related to tourism and development in Florida.

Hurricane Andrew Collection

Photographs, writings, and artwork made by Southwood Middle School children representing their experiences after the 1992 hurricane that hit South Florida.

Jackson Memorial Hospital Centennial Oral History Project

Oral history interviews with African American doctors, nurses, and storytellers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2018.

Latin American and Caribbean Photograph Collection

Photographs and albums depicting life, culture, tourism, business, and missionary work in the Caribbean and Latin America in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Lillian Frow Peacock and Eunice Peacock Merrick Collection

Photographs showing the Frows, Peacocks, and other families at recognizable landmarks in historic Coconut Grove.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Papers

Photographs, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life and work of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Mark F. Boyd Collection

Promotional pamphlets featuring South Florida tourist attractions and a selection of other materials related to Florida history.

Michael L. Carlebach Photograph Collection

Photographic prints, primarily in black and white, taken and hand developed by Professor Michael L. Carlebach.

Model Land Company Records

Correspondence, plats, and other documents from the Model Land Company, which was founded by Henry Flagler in 1896.

Orange Bowl Committee Archives

Sketches of float designs for the Orange Bowl parade once held on New Year's Day in Miami.

Pan American World Airways Records

Annual reports, brochures, directories, periodicals, and timetables documenting Pan Am's operations around the world from 1929 to 1991.

Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers

Photographs taken by Ralph M. Munroe, including images of the Barnacle, friends and family, boats, and numerous South Florida scenes.

Richard B. Hoit Photograph Collection

Photographs by Richard B. Hoit depicting South Florida scenes.

Seymour Samet Papers

Correspondence, conference papers, reports, photographs and other materials from the 1940s to the 1980s that document Mr. Samet’ s work in community relations with the American Jewish Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service.

South Florida Postcards

Postcards depicting South Florida scenes, including Miami, Miami Beach, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables.

Special Collections Books

Selected titles, including publications relating to the African diaspora in the Caribbean, architectural books, and a work on the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

Theodore Bolton Papers

Prints and pencil sketches by Theodore Bolton depicting scenes of urban life, including on the train, in a café, at the theatre, and his travels to the Caribbean.

Thomas Jefferson Collection

Four letters written and signed by Thomas Jefferson, dating from 1790 to 1823.

Walter Tennyson Swingle

Correspondence and articles by Walter Tennyson Swingle, as well as photographs of Swingle from the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Archives.

Woman's Club of Coconut Grove Records

Scrapbooks, architectural plans and photographs documenting the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove’s history and activities from 1896 to 1923.

Zine Collection

Selected zines from the UM Special Collections zine collection, which holds over 5000 items. These zines cover a variety of topics, including LGBTQ issues, anarchism, feminism, art, and the environment.