Sanders, Della K.
Contracts and deed : poll tax receipts, 1924-1930.
Real estate contracts, a Dade County property deed and two Dade County
poll tax receipts. Contracts were for the purchase of land in Little River,
Hialeah and Hollywood, as follows: 1924 January 20, from Curtiss-Bright
Company, lot 17, block 175, Hialeah Subdivision, Dade County; 1924 August
15, from Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Harvey, lot 12, block 3, Hillsdale Subdivision,
Dade County; 1926 June 25, from Home Seekers Realty Company, lot 9, block
7, Central Beach #3, Hollywood, Broward County.
Gift of Della K. and Martha Rose Sanders, 1988.
MS Box 41
Papers of the Santini family, 1849-1966.
2,000 items (4 linear ft.)
Letter, photographic prints, newspapers, publications, diaries and memorabilia
pertain to the Santini family of Chokoloskee Island and to the related
Munson and Carter families. A significant item is the diary of Adolphus
Santini, 1887 July to 1892 May.
Adolphus Santini was a pioneer of Chokoloskee Island, Florida. He obtained
nearly half of the island from John Weeks, its first recorded settler.
Eventually most of the island was owned by Adolphus Santini and his brother
Nicholas. Adolphus kept a daily record of life on the island from ca.
1875-1900. In 1901 he moved to Buena Vista, a suburb of Miami. In 1910
Joseph Charles Santini married Cora Munson, daughter of F. W. and Dell
Munson. The Munsons were founders of the Georgiana Methodist Church in
Brevard County. Cora was also a descendant of the Carters, whose letters
and memorabilia are included in this collection.
Inventory available in repository ; folder level control.
Gift of Marguerite Santini, 1984.
Sapp, Neil C.
The Federal expedition in Northeast Florida, 1864 : typescript, 1962.
Chronological account of the Civil War campaign, and discussion of its
Includes bibliographical references.
Neil C. Sapp was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, when
he wrote this research paper.
MS Box 20
Schwartz, Ida, collector.
The Girl graduate's journal : scrapbook, 1924-1928.
Clippings, autographs, photographic prints, cards and other memorabilia
pertain to Ida Schwartz's student years at Miami High School and especially
her graduation in 1927.
Gift of Clara Fine, 1989.
Scrapbook Box 5
Scrapbook relating to Florida hurricanes, 1947-1950.
1 v. (ca. 120 items).
Newspaper clippings pertain primarily to the hurricanes that hit South
Florida from 1947 through 1950. Last 10 pages of the scrapbook are filled
with clippings of comic strips of the time.
Scrapbooks. Box 3
Scrapbook relating to transportation, 1937-1944.
1 v. (40 items) ; 29 cm.
Newspaper clippings on railroads in Florida, the Port of Miami, the Overseas
Highway to Key West, and related topics.
Scrapbooks. Box 1
Scurry, J. E.
Letter of recommendation from the Halcyon Hotel, 1935 April 6.
Envelope and letterhead paper, both with picture of the Halcyon Hotel.
Contents recommend Herbert Morris as a desirable employee; signed by J.
E. Scurry, Manager.
The Halcyon Hotel, at Flagler Street and 2nd Avenue, Miami, was one of
the Florida Collier Coast and Associated Hotels. Opened in 1906, in 1935
it had 160 rooms and an impressive facade. It was demolished in 1939.
Gift of Herbert Morris, 1989.
MS Box 44
Seiden, Marcella Maurene, 1908- , collector.
Scrapbook and autograph book, 1926-1929.
Brochures, photographic prints, postcards, clippings, greeting and invitation
cards, menus, maps and other paper memorabilia record the activities of
a young woman as a member of the first University of Miami freshman class,
and in an adventurous 1929 motor trip with two sorority sisters. The trip
took them across the United States, with side trips to Mexico and Cuba.
Scrapbook materials include University of Miami student rules, a 32 page
color booklet of Havana (ca. 1915?) and a handsome New Year's Eve menu
for the McAllister Hotel in Miami (1927?). Collection also includes an
autograph book with an Upsilon Lambda Phi paper label, containing handwritten
messages from fellow students and family members.
Around 1925 Marcella Seiden and her parents moved to Miami. A year later
she enrolled in the new University of Miami for their opening 1926-1927
term. Her selection of memorabilia includes student guides for the young
campus, and show her to have been a member of the Junior Council of Jewish
Women and of the Upsilon Lambda Phi sorority, with bridge playing, concerts,
the theater and UM football games well represented. With her cousin Gertrude
Huebsch and her future sister in law Rose Shayne, also UM students, she
went on a motor tour in the summer of 1929, driving to Pensacola, New
Orleans, Houston; on to the western national parks and San Francisco;
down to Juarez, Mexico, and by ship to Havana, Cuba.
Gift of Marcia J. Kanner, 1987.
Seward, William H.
Letter to J. W. Reckley, Plainfield, New Jersey, 1846 March 22.
William Seward was "in Florida with my father" when Samuel Seward received
a real estate trade offer, which this letter turns down.
MS Box 18
Sewell, Everest George, 1874-1940.
Papers pertaining to E.G. Sewell, 1920s-1940.
Collection of papers about Sewell, including a seven-leaf typescript headed:
First President of Chamber of Commerce, and outlining his activities in
many fields; a citation; campaign leaflets for Sewell as City Commissioner,
a 2-leaf list of his work in the field of aviation, on City of Miami,
Aviation Department letterhead; and promotional releases for Miami as
a tourist and residential location.
Three times mayor of Miami, civic activist and promoter, Ev Sewell came
to Miami in 1896 and remained a leader until his death in 1940.
MS Box 8
Shaw, Edwin W.
Papers pertaining to Kirk Munroe, 1907-1911?
Invitation card from the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, letter to Shaw from
Kirk Munroe, and photographic print of Munroe with his autograph for Shaw.
Gift of Edwin W. Shaw.
MS Box 1
Shelley, Betty Lou.
Letters to Betty Lou Shelley of South Miami, 1944-1945.
Most of the letters are from Bruce, a tail gunner on a bomber, written
either from the Pacific war zone or from various training camps in the
Gift of Patricia Fenner, 1989.
MS Box 44
Shenandoah Junior High School scrapbook, 1926-1949.
1 v. ; 48 cm.
Material is arranged by subject: school band, theater group, PTA, etc.
Two page typescript; Early history of Shenandoah Junior High School, by
Violet Barker, traces the history of the school and the activities of
students and faculty from 1926 through the 1940s.
Photographic prints, newspaper clippings, schedules, programs, and a 2-page
typescript: Early history of Shenandoah Junior High School, by Violet
Barker, record the history of the school and the activities of students,
groups and faculty, from 1926 through the 1940s.
Shenandoah Junior High opened in portables in 1926: its PTA was organized
that February. The three story building was ready for occupancy by September
1927. Rapid population growth soon required more use of portables. With
assistance from the WPA and with the passage of a special bond issue in
1941, two wings were added and opened for use December 11, 1942, with
the current address, 1950 SW 19 Street.
Gift of Jackie Biggane, 1981.
Shoe merchant's cash journal, 1761 February 1 - 1789 March 15.
1 v. ; 36 cm.
Entries are not entirely chronological, as the shoemaker kept most of
his records by family, entering several transactions under the name of
the head of household, and running a line through the account when that
group of items was settled. Families, therefore, may have several account
Cash journal entries include not only the shoemaker's trade accounts,
but also the money he made on hauling goods (he had an ox and cart which
were rented out), on lot clearing and other farm work. Purchases of goods
are also entered. From journal entries it appears that his name was Richard
Tenney, a resident of Rowley, Mass., near Newburyport. Prices are expressed
in pounds, shillings, pence, in the earlier entries, and later shift to
"paper dollers." Inserted between journal pages are loose slips in the
The period of history covered by this journal includes the American Revolution.
Economics, local history and genealogical researchers, especially in the
New England area, should find it a good source of information.
MS Box 36
Shutts, Frank B., 1870-1947, collector.
Photographs of prominent men, ca. 1910-1945.
81 photographic prints.
Autographed studio portraits of journalists, politicians, businessmen,
and celebrities. Includes William Jennings Bryan, Doyle E. Carlton, Glenn
Curtiss, Jack Dempsey, Duncan Fletcher, Johnny Gruelle, William Randolph
Hearst, Herbert Hoover, Claude Pepper, Eddie Rickenbacker, Frank B. Stoneman,
S. Davies Warfield, Gar Wood, and others.
Attorney and publisher of the Miami Herald, 1910-1937. "The walls of Shutts'
office were adorned by scores of autographed photographs of important
national figures, including presidents and cabinet members." [Nixon Smiley,
Knights of the Fourth Estate, p. 12.]
Finding aid in repository.
Gift of Mrs. Frank B. Shutts, 1954.
Shutts, Frank B. (contact prints) and Artifact Photographic Prints (originals)
Signatures of volunteers to build a road connecting Allapattah School
to "Miami Rock Road" : list, 1925?
Handwritten entries include volunteer's name and whether cash or work
MS Box 36
Simmons, Eleanor Galt.
Papers of Eleanor Galt Simmons, 1886-1890.
ca. 30 items.
Correspondence, notes, brochures, drafts of letters and sketches pertain
to Dr. Simmon's interest in nature and her career and a physician. Material
predates her arrival in South Florida. Includes notes on the dissection
and study of amphibians, prepared for the U.S. National Museum.
Physician. Eleanor Galt Simmons came to Coconut Grove in the 1890s, and
for many years was the only woman doctor in the area.
Gift of Marion Fairchild, 1954.
MS Box 22
Simpson, Charles Torrey.
Papers of the Simpson family, 1912-1949.
Collection includes an unsigned letter about the 1949 hurricane, Flora
Gertrude Simpson's 1935 passport, and a 1912 electric power deposit receipt.
MS Box 14
Singleton, W. L.
Papers relating to dredge work in Biscayne Bay, 1897-1898.
Account book, which includes log notes, drafts of telegrams and correspondence,
pertains to the work of W. L. Singleton.
Singleton oversaw the dredging of Biscayne Bay for the Florida East Coast
Railway Company near the railroad's new terminal.
MS Box 38
Sisters of the Holy Names School (Key West).
Certificate for 3rd class, 1870 June 26.
Gift of Jeanne Harper, 1991.
MS Box 50
Scenic Florida : scrapbook, 1920s-1930s.
1 v. (171 photographic prints and postcards).
Pictures of buildings in Dade and Palm Beach counties, many of which designed
by Walter DeGarmo.
Skipton worked for architect Walter DeGarmo.
Finding aid in repository.
Gift of C. Frazure Knight, 1985.
Smiley, Nixon, 1911- , collector.
Research papers 1940s-1972
1 box (0.5 cubic ft.)
In 11 folders: Biscayne National Monument - Flood control - Florida East
Coast Railway, Key West - Hanna, Alfred J. - Koreshan - Miami - Miami
Herald - Miami, Key Biscayne, etc. - Seminole Indians (3 folders)
Newspaper clippings, typescripts, notes, brochures and other research
material on topics of South Florida interest. Information on Charlie Brookfield
is found in Biscayne National Monument folder; A. C. Richards' Reminiscences
are in the folder headed Miami, Key Biscayne, etc.
From 1940 to 1973 Nixon Smiley was columnist, editor and feature writer
for the Miami Herald. Though well known for his gardening books (he was
garden editor from 1947-1963, and later appointed director of Fairchild
Tropical Garden), most of his books and articles were about South Florida
and its people.
Gift of Nixon Smiley, 1988.
Tropical horticulture : gardening columns from the Miami Herald : scrapbook,
Clippings on horticulture in South Florida, especially of a feature series
from the Miami Herald called: Gardening scrapbook for sub-tropical Florida.
Nixon Smiley was gardening editor for the Miami Herald for many years.
His book, Subtropical Gardening in Florida, published by the University
of Miami Press, also appeared in 1951.
Gift of Leonard Wirkus, 1987.
Scrapbooks. Box 3
Smith, Josephine, d. 1968.
As I saw Miami : January 1923 to July 15, 1925 : typescript, 1959.
Visitor's account of Miami and Miami Beach in the boom years.
Gift of Gordon J. Thompson, 1978.
MS Box 37
Property in the proposed town of Poinciana, Monroe County : papers, 1925-1929.
Correspondence, warranty deed, stock certificate, and other legal documents
relating to the purchase of a lot in the proposed town of Poinciana in
The Tropical Florida Development Corporation, based in Miami, platted
an ambitious development on Onion Key and Lostman's River, in present-day
Everglades National Park. They sold lots throughout the country, and erected
a few portable buildings. The 1926 hurricane destroyed the buildings,
and the company dissolved a few years later.
Gift of Glenn L. Smith, 1981.
MS Box 36
Smith, Loren E.
Papers of Loren E. Smith, 1922-1937.
Collection includes 1922 letter to his wife, 1929 City of Miami tax notice,
and 1937 City of Miami driver's license.
Gift of Glen Smith, 1981.
MS Box 37
Smith, Robert Fitch.
Letter recommending J. G. Buddington, builder, 1937 June 28.
Buddington had been the contractor for Dr. and Mrs. Orton Lowe's Coconut
Grove residence, for which Smith was the architect.
Gift of Thomasine Morrison, 1986.
MS Box 33
Smith, Wadsworth Ramsay.
Letters from Winter Park, Cutler, and Vermont, 1896-1915.
Letters are to family members; one goes into some detail on tomato growing
in the "prairie lands" south of Cutler.
Farmer; winter resident in Florida. Wadsworth Smith grew citrus in Winter
Park, which became his Florida home; he tried tomatoes in Cutler, where
his mail was c/o Easterling Brothers.
Gift of Robert Rickshafer, 1989.
MS Box 44
Snap shots : Palm Beach (Fla.), ca. 1940.
1 album (29 photographic prints).
Views from a trip to Florida, particularly of Palm Beach and Coral Gables.
Includes Venetian Pool and Afromobiles. Leather cover, with hand-painted
scene of coconut palms and water.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1989.
Photo albums. Box 12
South Florida Archaeological Museum.
Records of the South Florida Archaeological Museum, 1970.
Correspondence, museum inventory, and agenda for 1970.
At this time the Miami/West Indies Archaeological Association sponsored
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1986.
MS Box 31
South Florida Garden Club.
Clippings, yearbooks, minutes, correspondence, typescripts, certificates
and other memorabilia trace the activities and interests of the South
Florida Garden Club and its members. Included is much material on parks
and gardens in the Miami area, especially Fairchild Tropical Garden; on
Dr. Fairchild himself and other noted botanists and horticulturists who
spoke to or worked with the club; on the Metropolitan Miami Annual Flower
Show. Also includes a typescript history of the club, written ca. 1966
by Mrs. Marion Evans Holdstrom, club historian.
Mabel White Dorn, pioneer Dade County gardener and author of three gardening
books for South Florida, began the South Florida Garden Club with a meeting
at her home in April 1926. Later that year the new club would help to
replant the also new University of Miami campus, which had been badly
defoliated by hurricane winds. Over the years the club was active in a
variety of community projects, assisting with plantings at schools and
at Variety Children's Hospital (now Miami Children's Hospital), and in
helping fund a scholarship in horticulture at the University of Florida.
Gift of Margaret Pace Burton, 1977.
Information on the Moos residence is in the smaller of the two notebooks.
South Miami (Fla.)
Precinct register, town of South Miami, Dade County: ledger, 1925-1929.
1 v. ; 39 cm.
List of electors, grouped by first initial of last name, with applicable
tax receipt numbers for the years 1925-1928. Some personal information
included. Statement on Dade County letterhead, mounted on the first page
of the ledger and signed by Carl Holmer, Supervisor of Registration of
Dade County, is dated 1929 January 22, and gives details of the process
of collecting the tax information.
Gift of Sylva G. Martin, 1987.
MS Box 34
South Side Civic Association.
South Side Civic Association minutes : photocopy of manuscript, 1911-1919,
Residents of the area just south of the Miami River joined to press for
school services, street lights, sewers and other city services. Minutes
were kept fairly steadily until 1919, when they ceased. An attempt was
made to revive the association in the 1930s.
Location of original not determined.
MS Box 60
1 cubic ft.
The bulk of the collection consists of certificates from the Treasury
Department pertaining to mergers, acquisitions, and authorization to conduct
banking activities, etc. Minutes, some early records and newsletters of
First National Bank of Miami are also included.
Southeast Bank, founded as the First National Bank of Miami in 1902, became
one of the nation's largest financial organizations. However, during the
recession of the 1980s the bank experienced financial reversals which
led to its takeover and subsequent sale to First Union Bank by the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Finding aid in the repository.
Southerland, Julian, J., Mrs.
International Tropical Flower Show papers, 1931-1962.
Papers: ca. 150 items.
Scrapbooks: 2 v.
Arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically therein.
Correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks and photographs covering the Southerlands'
activities. Materials relate chiefly to the International Tropical Flower
Show and document Mrs. Southerland's extensive travel throughout Latin
American and the Caribbean to promote and procure exhibits for the show.
Mr. Southerland's papers cover his work on behalf of the South Florida
Crippled Children's Hospital.
Mrs. J. Julian Southerland served as president of the Miami Beach Garden
Club during the 1930s. During her tenure she organized the International
Tropical Flower Show. Mr. Southerland, a lawyer, served as mayor and city
judge of Bal Harbour.
Inventory in the repository.
Gift of Billie McWilliams, 1993.
Newspaper clippings have been photocopied as a preservation measure.
Related artifacts are located in the Objects Collection.
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. Canal Office, Miami Springs.
Police and fire calls log, 1931-1937.
1 item (54 p.) ; 17 cm.
Havee "worked on installation of new dial office."
Gift of Justin P. Havee, 1950.
MS Box 18
Souvenirs from a trip to Havana on the SS Florida, 1939.
Memorabilia includes trip itinerary; Thanksgiving dinner menu from the
Florida; customs information pamphlet; photograph and menu from the Sans
Souci Restaurant; Cuba postcard folder; photograph taken at El Morro;
envelope from the Hotel Lincoln; and 10 adverting cards to night clubs,
perfume and souvenir stores, and the Trocadero rum distillery.
The P & O Steamship Company's SS Florida was the first passenger ship
to make regular trips between Havana and Miami. She sailed from 1931 to
1966, to Nassau rather than Havana during the 1960s, and with a break
during World War II. Tourists often traveled aboard her, disembarking
in Havana or Miami (depending upon point of departure) for a few days
A maraca from this trip is located in the Objects Collection. It is decorated
with a view of the lighthouse on El Morro and the legend, Habana 1935.
MS Box 58
Spach, Helen, compiler.
Miami High art students scrapbooks, 1947-1960 (bulk 1950-1957).
Brochures, forms, newspaper clippings, photographic prints, cards and
other memorabilia document activities of art students at Miami Senior
High School, their Pen and Sable honorary art club, and several art contests,
especially the Southern Florida Regional High School Art Exhibition.
Helen Spach was Art Instructor for Miami Senior High during the 1940s
and 1950s. She was active in organizing the first Southern Florida Regional
High School Art exhibition in 1950, and officiated in several subsequent
ones. This exhibition was locally sponsored by Burdines and was part of
the national program conducted by Scholastic Magazine.
Gift of Ann Chesney, 1990.
Speakman, R. W.
Papers pertaining to the Graf Zeppelin and to philatelic first day cachets,
1929-1937 (bulk 1933-1936)
Correspondence, newspaper clippings and sketches reflect Speakman's interest
in aviation, especially the visit of the Graf Zeppelin to Miami in 1933;
a chronological journal of cachet stamps records his work on philatelic
first day covers for Miami area events. Collection includes a letter,
1934 June 4, from the City of Miami's Dept. of Aviation, with an outline
of aviation history in the Greater Miami area up to that date; and maps
of airports in Dade County for 1933 and 1935.
Philatelist; cachet director for the Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Gift of Jack Speakman, 1985.
MS Box 27
Spector, Aaron, collector.
Miami and Florida scrapbooks, 1950s-1986.
2 v. ; 29 cm.
Each of the two albums has a number (#6 and #23), and a partial list of
topics on its spine. In some cases articles have been grouped by topic
(Key West railroad, Cubans in Miami, etc.)
Newspaper clippings, primarily from the Miami Herald, on Miami and South
Florida topics. Also includes correspondence, and handwritten notes by
Leo Hauser and Aaron Spector, usually connecting events in Hauser family
history to events described in the newspaper articles.545 A According
to notes in Scrapbook #6, the Hauser family moved to Detroit, Fla. (now
Florida City) in 1914. Later they moved to Miami, where Leo and his father
helped build the Julia Tuttle Apartments and the Miami Country Club clubhouse.
Luellen Hauser taught in area high schools and at the University of Miami.
Spenser, Lucien A.
A Brief history of the Florida Indians : typescript, 1928.
211 leaves ; 28 cm.
In three folders.
"A compilation of facts drawn from the reports of the War Department,
Office of Indian Affairs, and investigations by the Bureau of Ethnology
of the Smithsonian Institution, to which are added [the author's] own
observations..." -- Preface.
Lucien Spenser worked with the Office of Indian Affairs as Special Commissioner
to negotiate with Indian groups.
Library holds two copies of the typescript.
Forms part of the Literary Manuscripts collection.
LMS Box 2
Spinsters Club of Miami (Fla.)
Clippings and other memorabilia are arranged in rough chronological order.
Scrapbooks are in poor condition.
News clippings, invitations, menus and other memorabilia chronicle the
social activities, engagements and weddings of the members of the Spinsters
Club. Clippings usually have been dated, and go from 1941 to March 1970.
The Spinsters Club of Miami was organized in February 1941, in response
to the creation of a Bachelors Club. Members are young, single women in
the Miami area. The club's purpose is social--to host events where eligible
women meet eligible men--though during the war years there was some involvement
in defense work.
Gift of the Spinsters Club of Miami, 1988.
Sprague, John T., 1810-1878.
Signature of John T. Sprague, 1865-1870?
Cut out signature with rank as Colonel, U.S. Army, mounted on cardboard
along with a biographical clipping on Sprague.
John T. Sprague was brevetted Colonel in June 1865 and stationed in Florida
that year, where he also acted as military governor. He retired in 1870.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1989.
MS Box 44
Hurricane effects on Miami and Cuba : 1926-1927.
1 album (141 photographic prints).
Views of damage and relief efforts, including emergency hospital at the
McAllister Hotel and relief food suppliers. Scenes of Miami, Miami Beach,
Hialeah, Coral Gables, other parts of Dade County, and Havana. Some clippings
and memorabilia at back of album.
Newspaper and publicity photographer. Steiglitz shot views of two major
hurricanes--the September 1926 storm that hit Miami and the October 1926
storm that struck Cuba.
Gift of Jack Smith, 1989.
Photo Albums. Box 17
Straight, William M., collector.
Photographs of Boy Scouts, 1929-1935.
3 albums (155 photographic prints)
Views of Boy Scouts from the Miami area camping in South Florida, near
Gainesville (Florida), and near Brevard (North Carolina).
Mainly 5 x 7 in. photographic prints, some with original negatives. Some
photographic prints are separate from the albums.
Physician, historian, and Eagle Scout.
Gift of Dr. William M. Straight, 1984.
Street-railroads in Dade County, 1920-1940 : research notes, 1940?
12 pages : diagrams.
Manuscript trace sequence ordinances on buses, jitneys, and the various
street car lines that served Miami, Coral Gables and Miami Beach. Includes
1 diagram of routes.
MS Box 37
Summit of the Americas (1994 : Miami, Fla.)
Greater Miami Media Resource Book : bound transcript, 1994.
The Greater Miami Media Resource book, compiled for attendees of the Summit
of the Americas, gives an overview of Miami's economy, cultural resources,
neighborhoods and its relationship with the economies of Latin America
and the Caribbean.
The Summit of the Americas, held in Miami on December 9-11, 1994, was
the first hemispheric summit hosted by the United States. It brought together
33 democratically elected leaders of North America, the Caribbean and
Central and South America. Summit themes focused on democracy, trade and
MS Box 56
Sumner, M. L., collector.
Miami and Coral Gables development : scrapbook, 1925-1926.
1 v. (100 items).
Newspaper clippings and notes pertain to real estate and banking matters
at the height of the Florida land boom. Collection also includes letters
of recommendation for M. L. Sumner.
Scrapbooks. Box 3
Surf Club (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Surf Club party invitations, 1930s.
Invitations for seasonal or thematic parties (St. Patrick's Day, Parnassus,
Gift of John Reese, 1986.
MS Box 31