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LaFontisee, Louis, collector.
Letter describing trip across Florida, 1886 November 12.
7 leaves.
Louis N. LaFontisee, writing to his daughter Ella, describes his journey from New York to Florida, and his plans to settle in Rutledge, after crossing the peninsula to Cedar Key. Includes details of travel conditions by train and boat, but most information is about Rutledge, where he contracts for purchase of land and goes to work for the sawmill.
Gift of Louis L. LaFontisee, 1989.
MS Box 44

The Lake Worth Historian : souvenir journal, 1896 [1974 repro.]
1 v.
Articles from The Lake Worth News pertaining to the history and social and recreational activities of the Lake Worth area.
The journal was published by the ladies of Palm Beach to benefit the Royal Poinciana Chapel.
Gift of Jacqueline Biggane, 1994.
Inscribed in volume is "published 1896 - first year of S. Bobo Dean's establishment of the Lake Worth News."
MS Box 34

Laxson, Dan D.
Hialeah, its prehistory : typescript, 1973.
81, [9] leaves, 4 leaves of plates ; 28 cm.
Surveys prehistory and history of the Hialeah area.
Gift of Dan Laxson, 1992.
MS Box 52

Laxson, Dan D.
History of Eastern Air Lines Amateur Radio Club : typescript, 1991.
226 p. ; 28 cm.
Narrative history incorporates minutes, correspondence and newsletter information on the radio club from its beginning in 1975 until the final winding down in 1989 and 1990 along with the dissolution of Eastern Air Lines. Appendix A is a chronological listing of quotes from Miami area newspapers covering the employee strike until the sale of the company.
Author of the history was Club Historian throughout the club's existence. First meeting was held 1975 January 21. Dues were collected for the last time in 1988; sporadic meetings continued to be held in 1988 and 1989.
MS Box 51

Laxson, Dan D.
Public archaeology papers, 1955-1990.
1 folder.
Newsletters, memoranda, correspondence, reports, offprints from archaeological journals, photocopies of newspaper articles, excerpts from Florida Statutes, on various aspects of Florida archaeology. Includes discussions on the role of amateur and professional archaeologists, attitude of native Americans towards digging up grave sites, and Florida salvage laws.
Gift of Dan Laxson, 1992.
MS Box 52

Laxson, Dan D.
The Tequesta Indians : report, 1975.
14 leaves.
Outline of man's traces found by Florida archaeologists, with emphasis on the Tequesta.
Gift of Dan D. Laxson, 1975.
MS Box 37

Laxson, Dan D.
Under your feet : typescript, 1974.
168 leaves, [10] leaves of plates ; 28 cm.
An introduction to amateur archaeology: "to enable the citizens of the Miami, Florida area to better understand their prehistoric heritage." Includes material on the Tequesta and other native American settlements.
Gift of Dan Laxson, 1992.
Suggested reading material: p. 167.
MS Box 52

Le Gro Properties, inc.
Biscayne Bay islands : papers, 1925-1939.
Ca. 50 items.
Contracts, correspondence, blueprints, deeds, indentures, certificates of incorporation all pertain to the development of islands created from submerged lands, primarily in Biscayne Bay. Besides Le Gro Properties, companies involved included the Bigelow Corporation, Air-O-Gas Holding Company, and Bay Biscayne Improvement Company.
MS Box 37

Lear School (Miami, Fla.)
Records, 1934-1939.
7 boxes (4.5 cubic ft.)
Box 1: papers, publicity scrapbooks, guest books. Box 2: Zephyr (yearbook). Box 3: Palm Breeze (newsletter). Box 4-5: photo albums. Box 6: photographic prints. Box 7: Slides, sound and video recordings.
Handbooks, clippings, promotional material, yearbooks, newsletters, photographic prints and other memorabilia record scholastic and recreational activities of the Lear School from the 1930's to its closing in 1989.
The Lear School, located first on Miami Beach and later on Biscayne Boulevard, was a college preparatory school run by the Lear family. 1934: Ida Lear takes in 8 boarding students at 17th Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 1939: school moves to 1010 West Avenue; this building is known as Coral Castle. Ida Lear is director; her son Richard becomes principal. 1941: Dorothy Freeman, an art instructor, marries Richard Lear. 1965: Ida Lear retires. Miami Beach property is sold for high rise apartment construction. Dorothy and Richard Lear purchase property at 11211 Biscayne Boulevard to continue school. 1972: Richard Lear dies; his wife, who has a doctorate, continues to run the school. 1988: Dr. Dorothy Lear dies; final commencement is held in the spring of 1989.
Inventory in the repository.
Gift of Susan Freeman, 1991.
M71D-F, M66G

Lee, James W.
Archaeology in Jamaica : Arawak burens, 1980 : typescript, 1980.
1 item (15 p.)
Discussion of fragments of burens or cassava griddles found at Arawak sites in Jamaica.

Lee, James W.
Radiocarbon sample sheets from Jamaica, 1972-1980.
3 items.
Requests for radiocarbon sampling for Arawak culture items from excavation at Cinnamon Hill, on the north coast of Jamaica.
MS Box 41

Lent, Louis Henry.
Diaries of Lewis Lent, 1860, 1863.
2 items.
The 1860 volume headed "My Log Book" is primarily a collection of essays. The 1863 diary pertains to his military service. 1863 diary has two newspaper clippings inserted on members of the Lent family.
Louis Lent was an officer with the 7th Regiment, New York volunteers. In 1863 they were stationed at Fort Pulaski, Georgia.
MS Box 19

Leposky, Rosalie.
Hotel press kits and restaurant menus, 1987-1991.
Press kits and menus: 2.62 cubic ft.
Newspaper clippings: 1 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Hotel press kits and menus represent a cross section of the hospitality industry in Dade County during the 1980s and 1990s, and document a period of intense growth in this sector. The newspaper clippings also cover night clubs.
The Leposkys collaborated on writing the Dade and Broward sections of Fodor's 89 Florida, and the Keys through Treasure Coast section of Fodor's 90 Florida. The material was collected as part of their research.
Inventory in repository.
Gift of Rosalie and George Leposky, 1993.
M94B & E

Leslie, Keith.
Nine days in Cuba : typescript, 1960.
[35] p. ; 28 cm.
First person account by a WTVJ (Miami television channel) reporter of his experiences in Cuba during Fidel Castro's first nine days in power.
Gift of Helen Leslie, 1992.
MS Box 52

Letter describing experiences during the 1926 hurricane : typescript
(carbon copy), 1926 September 26.
4 leaves.
Carbon copy of unsigned letter, on Sinclair Refining Company stationery. Writer stayed at a downtown Miami hotel and worked at Sinclair's plant in Little River. Relates storm and post-storm experiences, including demand for fuel.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1989.
MS Box 4

Letter to Orville Butcher describing Miami real estate practices, 1925
or 1926.
1 item (12 pages) ; 20 cm.
Signed by Glendon (?), this undated autograph letter describes the land boom fever in Miami.
Gift of Monroe County Historical Museum (Indiana), 1988.
MS Box 41

Letters regarding the building of the Overseas Highway to Key West, 1925.
2 items.
Letters by two different writers, praising the Overseas Highway Association's project of building an automobile highway to Key West.
MS Box 37

Lewis, George.
Deed, 1860-1888.
1 item.
1888 copy of an 1860 deed that conveyed from George Washington Ferguson and Hannah A. Ferguson, his wife, of Key West, to George Lewis, of Dade County, 40 acres in Dade County (S.E. quarter of the S.W. quarter of section 35 in TWP 53 south of range 41 East). The deed was originally recorded 1860 March 26 in Monroe County; transcribed from original record 1874 March 4 by W. H. Gleason, Clerk of County Court, Dade County; and the 1888 copy made by Henry T. Priest, who was clerk at the time.
George and Hannah Ferguson settled at the head of the Miami River, and in the 1840s operated the largest coontie starch mill on the river and in the area. The starch was shipped to Key West. The Fergusons were in Key West when they decided to sell this land, which, being close to the Miami River, may have been used for harvesting coontie.
Gift of Ruby Leach Carson, 1975.
MS Box 38

Lewis, I. W. P.
Sand Key Lighthouse drawing, 1917 [1927].
1 blueprint.
Measured drawing of the side elevation of the Sand Key Lighthouse.
Sand Key Lighthouse is situated approximately eight miles south of Key West. It lies near Southwest Channel, one of the main channels from the Gulf Stream into Key West. Ships using the port of Key West or continuing on in the Gulf Stream or the Florida Straits depend on the Sand Key lighthouse.
Gift of John Harrison, Jr., 1994.

Real property offers to George Merrick : letter, 1935-1939?
1 item.
Written in pencil on George E. Merrick, Inc. letterhead, this enthusiastic list of properties available in Brevard and St. Lucie counties may have been from a visitor or from one of his own salesmen.
MS Box 37

Link, Marion Clayton.
Sea diver : a quest for history under the sea : typescript (corrected), 1958 May 1.
340 leaves ; 28 cm.
In two folders.
Gift of Marion C. Link, 1959.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
Published as: Sea diver, a quest for history under the sea. New York: Rinehart, 1959. Reprinted, 1968.
LMS Box 2

A long delayed account of the hurricane : photocopy, 1926.
13 leaves.
An eyewitness account of the effects of the 1926 hurricane in Coconut Grove.
Gift of John Gilmore, 1995.
MS Box 53

Longmire, Rowena.
Letter to Mrs. George F. Cook regarding Florida Education Association speaker, 1924 January 17.
1 item.
Letter to Mrs. Cook (president of the Dade County Council of Parents and Teachers Associations) regretting the inability to add a speaker to the Florida Education Association program.
Gift of William F. Cook, 1988.
MS Box 37

Lum, Henry B.
Miami Beach land : abstract of deeds, 19??
5 leaves.
Traces Lum property on Miami Beach through Deed Books B, Y, I, and 14.
Henry B. Lum first visited South Florida in 1878, and headed a group of investors buying land for a coconut plantation on what would become Miami Beach.
MS Box 37

Lummus, J. E., 1867- .
Statements to Miami City Commission opposing bonding plan : bound typescripts, 1938 July 27 and August 10.
28, 4 leaves ; 34 cm.
Pages 1-14 of the July 27 typescript pertain to the history of the Lummus family, J. E. Lummus' life, and his recollections of early Miami; the rest concerns a proposal to refinance the City's outstanding debt.
MS Box 7

Lund, Lorena Jaudon Combs, collector.
Business and social activities in Miami : unbound scrapbook leaves, 1930s-1950s.
2 folders (ca. 300 items)
Newspaper clippings include activities of members of the Combs family, meetings of the Miami Pioneers club, social events and obituaries of prominent Miamians and especially of Miami women pioneers.
Daughter of Walter Hugh Combs, who came to Miami at the turn of the century, Lorena Jaudon Combs grew up in the world of pioneer Miami. Her interest in the people who helped shape the area is reflected in her scrapbook.
Gift of Lorena C. Lund, 1989 and 1990.