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Eastern Air Lines.
Employee benefits handbook : loose leaf notebook, 1974-1980.
ca. 100 pages ; 22 cm.
Notebook contains information for employees on medical insurance, employee stock purchase, retirement, and other benefits.
Gift of Silvia Rushton, 1994.
MS Box 55

Eastern Airlines, inc.
Records, 1926-1939.
9 boxes (8 cubic ft.)
Topical folders and three scrapbooks.
Financial records of Pitcairn Aviation, Eastern Air Transport and Eastern Air Lines between 1926 and 1936 make up the bulk of the collection. Also included are board minutes, correspondence and personnel directories; civic activities scrapbooks, advertising artwork and personnel uniform sketches, newsletters, photographic prints and video and film recordings. These records represent only a portion of Eastern's holdings, as some were retained by the company or given to other institutions.
National, international, passenger and mail airline, 1926-1991. Began as a small mail carrier, Pitcairn Aviation, inc., which flew from Atlanta to Miami. Renamed Eastern Air Transport, inc., in 1930. Passenger service inaugurated that year, and extended to Miami in 1931. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and a group of associates expanded its routes and services and made it a world leader in commercial aviation. 1970s-1980s economic recession and airline industry deregulation led to Eastern's decline. The airline declared bankruptcy January 1991.
Inventory in repository; folder level control.
Gift of Eastern Airlines, 1991.
Related artifacts are located in the Objects Collection.
M94, M95

Edward G. Gerrits, inc., collector.
The Pope in Miami : souvenirs, 1987.
l box (12 items)
Memorabilia pertaining to the papal visit to Miami include admission tickets, schedules and programs, bumper stickers, and the September 7, 1987 issue of Time magazine.
Pope John Paul II visited Miami on September 10-11, 1987. The visit included meetings with President Reagan and Jewish leaders as well as with Catholics. Edward J. Gerrits, inc., was one of the corporate sponsors for the occasion.
Gift of Edward J. Gerrits, 1987.

Emerson, William Canfield, 1893- .
Belle of the Everglades : typescript, 1957?
284 leaves ; 28 cm.
In two folders.
Novel set in the western Everglades, about Bunny, daughter of a family of "Swampies."
Gift of Dr. William C. Emerson, 1959.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
No title on typescript.
Published as: Belle of the Everglades. New York : Pageant Press, 1958.
LMS Box 1

Emerson, William Canfield, 1893- .
The Hunted / by Dr. William C. Emerson : typescript, 1960?
335 leaves ; 28 cm.
In three folders.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
Published as: The Hunted, a novel of Florida. New York : Vantage Press, 1961.
Folder one includes a handwritten note on Vantage Press stationary, with directions to forward the manuscript to Justin P. Havee, and dated 1961 September 22.
Gift of William C. Emerson, 1961.
LMS Box 1

Emerson, William Canfield, 1893- .
The Seminoles : dwellers of the Everglades : typescript, galley proofs and page proofs, 1953-1954.
Typescript: 60 leaves ; 28 cm.
Galley proofs: 48 leaves ; 55 cm.
Page proofs: 24 leaves ; 56 cm.
In two folders.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
Gift of Dr. William C. Emerson, 1954.
Published as: The Seminoles : dwellers of the Everglades. New York : Exposition Press, 1954.
LMS Box 1

Emerson, William Canfield 1893- .
The Sunny land : stories and pictures of the Florida Everglades : typescript, 1962.
103 leaves ; 28 cm.
In one folder.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
Published as: Land of beauty and enchantment: stories and photographs of the Florida Everglades. New York: Exposition Press [1963]
LMS Box 1

Engle, Dorothy J, collector.
Coconut Grove Playhouse and the Miami Theater group scrapbooks, 1955-1990 (bulk 1955-1965).
2 v.
Newspaper clippings, playbills, correspondence and art show programs document the history of the Coconut Grove Playhouse from its purchase by George Engle in 1955 until 1990. Most of the material covers the ten years of Engle's ownership. Included in the correspondence is an ALS from Victor Borge and two TLS from Lyndon Johnson, then Democratic Leader for the Senate. In 1959 in connection with the newly formed Miami Theater Group, Dorothy (Mrs. George) Engle produced Claire Booth Luce's play The Women. As the cast was drawn entirely from local well-known women, it received wide publicity, collected here in a second scrapbook.
1927 January 1: Coconut Grove Theater, a Paramount movie theater, opens. 1943: George Engle, an oil millionaire originally from Berea, KY, moves to Coconut Grove. 1955: Engle buys old movie theater building, rebuilds it on a lavish scale, and names it Coconut Grove Playhouse. 1956 January 3: opens with Waiting for Godot. 1956 April: Victor Borge plays for a two-week sellout. 1959 January: Playhouse Art Gallery opens on 2nd floor. 1959 June 29: first meeting of Miami Theater Group, inc., "formed to help sponsor theater in Miami."
1959 October 19-24: performances of The Women (producer Dorothy Engle). 1960: George Engle hires Owen Phillips as producer. 1963: Zev Bufman leases Playhouse. 1965: Engle spends 265,000 dollars to build balcony; Bufman buys Playhouse.
Gift of Dorothy J. Engle, 1991.

Eppes, William.
Closing statement and certificate, 1974-1975.
7 items.
Closing statement and sales information pertaining to the purchase of a unit in the Almeria Gardens Condominium, Coral Gables. Also includes certificate for contribution to Merrick Manor restoration project.
Merrick Manor has been renamed Coral Gables House. It was built by Solomon and Althea Merrick and named Coral Gables, from which George Merrick derived the city's name. W. L. Philbrick purchased the property in 1966 and formed the Merrick Manor Foundation. The foundation maintained the site until the City of Coral Gables acquired it in 1976. The city restored the house 1977-1978.
Gift of William Eppes, 1993.
MS Box 54

Estate Life (radio program, Virgin Islands)
Selections from program on life and lore of Blacks who worked on sugar plantations, 1950?
2 leaves.
Brief first person recollections, including two songs (no music).
U.S. bought the islands from Denmark in 1917. These recollections come from the era when Danes were in charge of the sugar plantations.
MS Box 49

Ewan, J. W.
Letters to Hon. P.N. While pertaining to land prices : photocopies, 1883.
2 items.
Two letters request information on status of state lands and price of land in Dade County.
Originals in the possession of the Florida State Archives.
MS Box 51

Exotic Gardens.
Ledger, 1915-1917.
270 p.
Landscaping firm. Entries include James Deering, Carl Fisher, William Burdine, M. Gratigny, etc.
Gift of Exotic Gardens, 1984.
MS Box 26


Fairchild, David, 1869-1954.
In the islands of the great East : typescript, 1942?
387 leaves ; 28 cm.
In loose-leaf notebook.
Inside front cover has a 3 x 5 in. card pasted in with handwritten note: Presented by Mrs. David Fairchild. On lower line: Justin Havee.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
Published as: Garden islands of the great East: collecting seeds from the Philippines and Netherlands Indies in the Junk "Cheng Ho." New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1943.

LMS Box 4

Faus, Joseph.
Papers, 1943-1963.
25 items.
Letters, school records and typescripts pertaining to the writing career of Joseph Faus and the teaching career of Lena Butler Faus. Most of the letters are from readers of Joseph Faus's Miami News articles.

MS Box 14

Faus, Joseph.
Papers, 1947-1952.
18 items.
Manuscripts of short articles on Florida and Dade County history, and letters received from historical agencies on questions of 19th century Dade County history.
Joseph Faus was active in the Lemon City Library and Improvement Association.
Gift of Billee Pearce, 1983.
MS Box 18

Federal Writers Project (Miami, Fla.)
Typescripts, 1936-1938.
ca. 100 leaves.
Individual papers on a variety of South Florida topics. Some of this material was used for the WPA Guide to Miami (1940).
MS Box 6

Fine family.
Fine and Goldman families papers and photographic prints, 1890s-1987.
2 boxes.
Magazines, letters, photocopies, postcards, photographic prints, a book and other memorabilia document the activities of two pioneer families who played a major role in the Jewish communities of Key West and Miami. Includes an unsigned typescript letter from Theodore Roosevelt, several photographs of turn of the century stores in Key West and Miami, material on the congregations of Rodeph Sholom in Key West and Beth David in Miami (first called B'nai Zion), and photographs of Cuban leaders of the late 1800s, including Jose Marti.
Credit to: Historical Association of Southern Florida, Goldman-Fine collection.
Central figure is that of Louis Fine, whose daughter Ida married Nathan Goldman. 1866 November 27: Louis Fine born in Smorgon, Vilna. 1887: marries Caddie Shwirsky; they come to America, settling in Vyseport, Pa. Ca. 1890: Fine now in retail trade in Key West, Fla.; is active in establishing a Jewish congregation, and for 18 years is President of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. He is also supportive of the Cuban independence movement, and becomes a friend of several of its leaders. Ca. 1908: LF moves to Miami. His family now includes two sons, Joseph M. and Isidore, and his daughter Ida. Again works towards strengthening the Jewish community; in 1912 the new B'nai Zion congregation meets in borrowed quarters, but by 1917 has purchased its first building and becomes Beth David.
Inventory in the repository ; item level control.
Gift of Lois L. Cowan, 1990.

Finlan, Colleen Mary, collector.
Reubin Askew campaign, 1983-1984; 1982. Orange Bowl Queen contest papers, 1981-1984.
1 box.
Arranged in folders by topic.
Orange Bowl Queen material includes a letter, pin and some printed items. Also included is a playbill for Stompin,' a '40s-inspired revue that opened at La Ronde, Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach, on 1982 October 13. Askew campaign memorabilia is far more extensive and includes several folders with correspondence, press releases, schedules, speeches, film script, photographic prints, photocopies of newspaper clippings, statements and position papers.
Colleen Finlan was an Orange Bowl Queen candidate and Askew campaign worker. In 1981 she took part in the beauty contest; in 1983, while working in a Miami law office, she became a volunteer for former Florida governor Reubin Askew's presidential campaign. In April 1983 she was given a full time salaried position with the campaign staff.
Gift of Colleen Finlan, 1987.

Fisher, Carl Graham, 1874-1939.
Papers of Carl Fisher, 1896-1958 (bulk 1914-1939)
Papers: 16 boxes (7 cubic ft.)
Photographic prints: 1 box (0.4 cubic ft.)
Newspaper clippings: 1 box (1.5 cubic ft.)
Letters and printed materials, except for news clippings, are grouped by individual correspondents and topics. Topical headings appear to have been established by Polly Redford, rather than Fisher.
Collection consists mainly of business and personal correspondence. It also includes clippings, photographic prints, financial reports and statements, pamphlets, blueprints, patents, and memorabilia. Its great strength lies in the detailed picture it gives of the building of Miami Beach, 1912-1926. It also reflects Fisher's involvement with the automobile industry, highway development (Lincoln and Dixie Highways), sports and publicity.
Gifted entrepreneur and real estate developer with a flair for publicity, Fisher made a fortune in automobile-related enterprises. From 1912 on he was deeply involved in the creation of Miami Beach. In 1925, when Miami Beach was flourishing, he began a similar project in Montauk, NY. The Florida land bust, the 1926 hurricane and the Depression brought him to financial collapse; in 1935 his personal property was sold to meet obligations. He married twice: Jane Watts in 1909, Margaret Collins in 1927.
Register available in repository; folder level control.
Bequest of Jane Watts Fisher, 1968.
Redford, Polly. Billion Dollar Sandbar. New York: Dutton, 1970.
Heilig, John. "Montauk's master planner." On the Sound (May, 1974)
Material on Kotaro Suto and Shigezo Tashiro filed under heading: Japanese Gardens.
R, M91F

Fisher, Jane Watts.
Miami Beach pioneers : radio script (WKAT), 1946 March 14.
14 leaves.
Reminiscences of Carl Fisher, John Collins, the building of the Collins bridge, etc., by Jane Fisher.
Jane Fisher was developer Carl Fisher's wife.
MS Box 37

Flagler, Henry Morrison, 1830-1913.
Letter, Palm Beach, Fla., to C.O. Richardson, 1903 January 31.
1 item.
Letter enclosing an article: "Cultivation of Bananas" [not in repository] for Richardson, whose place had "quite a patch of bananas."
Richardson operated a fruit grove at Musa Isle on the Miami River, near present-day 27th Avenue, 1897-1908.
MS Box 28

Florida and Havana (Cuba): ca. 1890.
1 album (121 photographic prints).
Views of Indian River, Captain Bravo and the steamboat St. Sebastian, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Titusville, St. Johns River, Winter Park, Steamer John Sylvester, Punta Gorda, Tampa Bay Hotel (exterior and interior), Port Tampa Inn. Havana views include street scenes, Inglaterra Hotel, El Prado, Palace of the Captain General, Cathedral, Cerro, and a bullfight
Gift of Mrs. George Deedmeyer, 1974.
Photo albums. Box 8

Florida, as described in Spanish writings of the sixteenth and seventh centuries, 1950s?
298 leaves ; 28 cm.
In two folders.
"The first two divisions concern Ponce de Leon, the reasons for and circumstances of his discovery, the Fountain of Youth, and the naming of Florida. The remaining four divisions concern the physical stature of the Indians, his prodigious archery, his physical prowess, and the Florida of Cabeza de Vaca" - p. 4.
Typescript lacks p. 1: title supplied.
Authorship unknown.
Typescript is annotated and there are references to galleys. Most recent work in bibliography is dated 1950.
Includes bibliography (leaves 285-290) and glossary of geographic names.


Florida Cities Finance Co.
Fulford-by-the-Sea : photo album, 1924-1926.
1 album (53 photographic prints ; 7 x 10 in.).
Views of buildings, houses, streets, entrances, tour bus, and tour boat. Photographers include Richard B. Hoit and M. Brower.
The Fulford-by-the-Sea Company sold lots beginning in 1922. Florida Cities Finance Company bought the development in 1924, and continued building until it went bankrupt after the 1926 hurricane. The area was renamed North Miami Beach in 1931.
Gift of the Museum of the City of Lake Worth, 1992.
Photo Albums. Box 12

Florida scrapbook : 1937-1940.
1 v. (ca. 200 items) ; 32 cm.
Clippings of newspaper articles on South Florida, especially early Miami history; also includes material on a proposed canal between Stuart and Fort Myers (later called the Cross-Florida Barge canal?).
Scrapbooks. Box 1

Florida Week program, New York World's Fair booklet, 1939 August 27- September 2.
6 p.
Detailed list of events and Florida personalities involved, including Governor Fred P. Cone, Commissioner Nathan Mayo, Eddie Rickenbacker, Billy Rose, Caesar LaMonaca, etc.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1989.
MS Box 44

Foster, Bertha M., 1880?-1961.
Papers, 1906-1933.
1 folder (ca. 50 items)
Letters, pages from a 1928 diary, concert programs, clippings and postcards reflect Bertha Foster's long career as musician, director of the Miami Conservatory, and dean of the University of Miami's School of Music. The diary and other papers give insight into the tense financial times that hit the new University and city of Coral Gables after the 1926 hurricane and land bust. Programs are for concerts at Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Miami. Also included is the contract between Arnold Volpe and the Conservatory that brought Volpe to Miami in 1926 to set up the University Symphony Orchestra.
Bertha Foster was a leader in the field of music in Miami for over 40 years. Ca. 1880: she was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Cincinnati College of Music in early 1900s, taught music at Florida State College for Women, Tallahassee (later Florida State University), and for 12 years directed the School of Musical Art in Jacksonville (closed in 1923). 1921 October: she establishes Miami Conservatory of Music. 1926: Conservatory merges with the new University of Miami and in effect forms its School of Music. In the early 1930s the two organizations separated. Bertha Foster remained Dean of the University School of Music, while appointing Mrs. Merle Sergeant to head the Conservatory. 1943: Dr. Foster retired as Dean Emeritus. 1956: she sold the Conservatory. 1961: Bertha Foster died (in Miami?).
Gift of Miami Conservatory, 1975.
MS Box 38

Foster, Chris.
Letter to Laura Foster written from a military camp in Cuba : ALS, 1899 May 29.
2 p. ; 21 cm.
Penciled letter to his mother in upper New York State from a young U.S. foot soldier, describing living conditions for his troop which was stationed near Santiago, Cuba.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1989.
MS Box 44

Frazure family.
Guest books of Cornelia and Jack Frazure, 1918-1953.
2 v. ; 26 x 38 cm. and smaller.
The larger book has signatures dated from 1918 June to 1937 October; the smaller covers from 1943 April to 1953 March.
Some signatures carry addresses and compliments for the Frazures' hospitality. Guests included out of town visitors, Miami Beach neighbors and local notables such as Jane Fisher.
John Clark (Jack) Frazure was the second son of C.M. Frazure, who moved to Florida in 1882, and came to Dade County from Kissimmee in 1905. Jack Frazure was in real estate; he and his wife Cornelia lived primarily in Miami Beach during the time covered by their guest books.
Gift of Mrs. Edgar Jones, 1975.
Many pages from the years 1918 and 1919 have had signatures cut out.
Scrapbooks. Box 5

Freeland family.
Papers, 1885-1950s.
1 box (1.5 cubic ft.)
In folders by topic.
Articles, clippings, pamphlets and photographic prints on Florida subjects, as well as on the activities of William Freeland, attorney and judge, and his wife Helen Freeland, educator and active in the Red Cross. Residents of Coral Gables since 1926, their collection includes material on the hurricane of that year; articles by Mrs. Kirk Munroe, Charles Brookfield, and Carl Taylor; a pamphlet on the Florida East Coast Railway; and another listing the witnesses (which included W. L. Freeland) for Judge Ritter's trial of impeachment in 1936.
William Leonard Freeland was born in Charleston, S. C., in 1884. He came to Florida with his parents when he was four--first to Tavares, then to Jacksonville, where he grew up. Helen Elizabeth Comstock was born in Dayton, Ohio. Her father, John Terrell Comstock, had served for 30 years on the Dayton Board of Education; moved to Miami in 1909. Helen went to Lebanon University in Ohio, the University of Chicago and the University of Florida. 1911: William Freeland received his law degree from Washington & Lee Law School, and was admitted to practice in Virginia and Florida; he set up practice in Jacksonville. The same year, Helen Comstock was granted a Florida State Certificate to teach second grade. 1915: William Freeland moved to Miami.
1918 August 20: Helen Comstock and William Freeland were married in Washington, D. C. She had been working as a clerk for the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and he served as attorney for the Federal Fuel Administration from September 1918 to January 1919. 1922: Helen Freeland is principal of Orange Glade school in Miami. 1926 June: William Freeland appointed Circuit Court Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit. In August 1926 they purchased a house on Santa Maria in Coral Gables, which would be their home for many years. Judge Freeland died in Miami, March 30, 1951. During World War II Helen Freeland was Vice Chairman of the Dade County Red Cross Motor Corps, and volunteered five days a week with them. A member of several national historical societies, she was one of the group instrumental in planning and organizing the Historical Association of Southern Florida.

Friends of Miami Chamber Music, Inc.
Records pertaining to musical programs, 1955-1992.
Records: 75 items.
Scrapbook: 1 v.
Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, Inc., was organized in 1955 for the sponsorship of musical groups in the community.
Gift of Friends of Chamber Music, Inc., 1993.
M92F & Scrapbooks. Box 8

Friends of the Everglades.
Scrapbooks and reports, bulk 1970-1974.
2 boxes (3 cubic ft.)
Most clippings are arranged in general chronological order within dated scrapbooks; some material is loose within scrapbooks. Most reports and articles are in Box 1. Box 1 also has scrapbooks for 1973 and 1974; Box 2 has scrapbooks for 1970-1973.
Substantial collection of clippings, mainly from South Florida newsletters, on environmental issues: the condition of the Everglades, droughts, the 1970 jetport and Turkey Point controversies, Key deer, development and preservation projects. Though it covers the activities of the Society and its president, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the bulk of the collection deals with four years of ongoing and often emotional public debate on the well-being of South Florida's ecology and economy.
Friends of the Everglades, a nonprofit group, was formed in 1970 to promote the ecological and environmental health of the region. Its president, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, is Florida's best known environmental defender.
Inventory in the repository.
Gift of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Frohock family.
Papers, 1890s-1950s.
4 boxes (4 linear ft.)
Topical folders are in Box 1; ledgers and account books are in boxes 2, 3 and 4.
Collection includes family papers; Sheriff's ledgers and receipt book; details on grapefruit grove costs, and business expenses for construction and rental properties. Family papers include bills, tax notices, game licenses, warranty deeds, greeting cards, pamphlets on china painting, a brochure on U.S. Power Squadron rules, a 1940s war map of the world, a PlanePacket (silhouettes of combat planes for the use of ground observers); and in headings under John M. Frohock, information on Little River Bank and Trust. Grapefruit groves involved are: Southwest (or Diamond F) Grove, ca. 1914-1917; Fulford Grove, ca. 1919.
John Frohock, early Miami settler and Sheriff for Dade County from 1900 to 1908, was also instrumental in developing the citrus fruit industry in the area. Active in real estate, in 1921 he owned seven buildings leased to nine businesses. 1872 April 3: John Frohock born in Brunswick, Ga. Attended public schools there and in St. Marys, Ga., where his father was a city court judge and member of the Georgia State Legislature. Ca. 1890: JF moves to Fernandina Beach, Fla., serves on police force. 1892: living in Deland; serves as deputy sheriff. 1894: moves to Palm Beach; deputy U.S. Marshall. 1895: first visit to Miami: camps in a tent. 1896: becomes a resident of Miami; is one of the original 370 who voted to incorporate. 1899: elected City Marshall. This was the year of the yellow fever epidemic. Is instrumental in moving the county seat from Juno to Miami--rode over Dade County (then stretching from Key Largo to Stuart) collecting signatures.
1900: elected Sheriff for Dade County, the first one to serve from the new county seat. 1904: re-elected. 1909: retires from public office : devotes attention to citrus groves and real estate. Ca. 1911: marries Myrtle Ann Ford Hawkins (second marriage for both). 1918: business holdings include Dade Apartments on Miami Avenue (Avenue D). 1963 January 1 : dies in Miami. Organizations : Knights of Pythias, Elks, Methodist Church.
Gift of Jacqueline Biggane, 1990.
M90A, M88A

Frohock, John.
Business records : correspondence, bills, stock certificate, 1916-1958.
3 folders.
Correspondence, bills and receipts for John Frohock's real estate and personal property in Miami. Also includes stock certificates.
Gift of Jacqueline Biggane, 1994.