Vacation photograph album, 1929-1930.
1 album (200 photographic prints).
Snapshots, with original captions and comments, of a trip from Richmond,
Va., to Miami Beach, Havana, Mexico, and the southern U.S. Includes Miami
Beach, Miami, fishing, and Musa Isle. Album covers are made of wood (walnut?).
Photo albums. Box 1
Cachita y el Che : Patron saints of revolutionary Cuba : typescript, 1989.
Examines the importance and popularity of Che Guevara and Cachita (La
Carida del Cobre) as patron saints of Cuba. Narrator Nelson Valdes analyzes
through his experience with santaria the contradictions and syncretisms
within contemporary political, religious and social life in Cuba.
Gift of Tina Bucuvalas, 1994.
Narrated to Nan Elsasser.
MS Box 55
View-Master reels depicting Florida scenes, 1949-1950.
4 items (21 stereoscopic color slides).
Contents: Everglades National Park. -- Highway U.S. 1, Daytona Beach to
Key West. -- Overseas Highway and Key West. -- Scenes of Florida.
View-Master stereoscopes are located in the Objects Collection.
Papers of the Vihlen family, 1897-1992.
Most of the material consists of correspondence, essays, notes and clippings
relating to the settlement of Swedes in Upsala (today's Sanford). Other
papers pertain to the Vihlen family, who moved to the Miami area in the
1890s. Includes a letter from Julia Tuttle (written by her daughter) offering
employment in her household to Magnus and Ida Vihlen.
During the 1870s a group of Swedes migrated to Florida to work in the
citrus groves around today's Sanford. A disastrous freeze in 1894-1895
saw the disintegration of the community, with many of them moved to other
parts of Florida including Miami.
Gift of Dr. Arthur Chapman, 1993.
Chapman, Arthur. Swedes "Discover" Florida, South Florida History Magazine,
vol. 21 no. 1 (Winter 1993).
Villegas Perez, Octavio.
Address before Miami's mayor and City Commissioners : speech, ca 1947.
Speech requesting that diplomatic immunity privileges be extended to the
consular staff in the state of Florida.
Octavio Villegas Perez was Consul General of Colombia and Dean of the
Miami Consular Corps.
MS Box 36
Virrick, Elizabeth Landsberg, 1897-1990.
9 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Files are organized by subject. Magazines and newsclippings, originally
interfiled with the papers, have been boxed separately for conservation
Correspondence, memos, reports, magazines and clippings reflect Mrs. Virricks's
extensive involvement with housing and urban life issues in Coconut Grove
and Dade County. Collection provides a unique social history of Miami,
especially rich in information on the black community. Includes material
on the founding and evolution of the Coconut Grove Citizens for Slum Clearance
and other boards on which she served. Correspondents include: Marjory
Stoneman Douglas, Claude Pepper, Lawton Chiles, Rubin Askew, Dante Fascell,
Elizabeth Landsman Virrick was a civic activist who battled for a better
life for residents of black Coconut Grove and eventually, all Miami. 1897
January 10: born in Winchester, Ky. 1925: with architect husband moves
to Miami area. 1948: co-founds, with Father Theodore Gibson, the Coconut
Grove Slum Clearance Citizens Committee. After great efforts they achieve
sanitation, zoning, and housing improvements in Coconut Grove's long neglected
black residential area. Changes in Miami's municipal ordinances benefit
all areas of the city. 1963: Elizabeth Virrick Park opened. 1967: program
changes its name to Coconut Grove Cares, and emphasizes opportunities
for youth of the community. 1974: Virrick Gym is opened. 1990 May: Elizabeth
Virrick dies in Miami, much honored.
Inventory in the repository : folder level control.
Gift of Tatiana Duttenhofer (Mrs. Virrick's daughter), 1991.
Voelter, Karl B., collector.
Aviation scrapbooks, 1927-1982.
Materials are arranged generally in chronological order. The smaller scrapbook
begins with a preface by Voelter, and covers 1927-1936. The larger one
contains some earlier papers but mainly covers 1936-1972. Some later clippings,
including his obituaries, are in a separate folder.
Clippings, correspondence, club and meeting programs, telegrams, photographic
prints, awards, pins, brochures and other memorabilia trace Karl Voelter's
wide ranging interests in the field of aviation, especially within the
Karl B. Voelter was active and respected in Miami aviation circles for
over 50 years. 1929: came to Miami as Chief Timer for the first meeting
of the All-American Air Races; worked for Curtiss-Wright. 1930: appointed
Southern Manager for Curtiss-Wright, to be based in Miami. After 18 successful
months is transferred to Pittsburgh. 1932: left Curtiss-Wright, returned
to Miami to open his own flying school. Married Mary Louise Bright. Involved
in a variety of aviation-related businesses. Mid-30s to 1962: joined Marines;
attached to original Miami Naval Air Base. Served overseas during war;
retires with 23 years' service as a combat and command pilot. Joined CAA:
retired in 1962 to the Miami / Coral Gables area. Active in Ox5 and other
aviation organizations. 1982 November 1: dies in Miami.
Vogt, Gayle Anderson.
The McGregor Smith scout reservation : a brief historical sketch : typescript
Survey of the natural history and human history of the Withlacoochee River
valley in Citrus County, where in 1970 the South Florida Council of Boy
Scouts bought 6,000 acres for a boys' summer camp.
The author taught history at the University of Miami.
Gift of Dr. Ione Wright, 1976.
MS Box 37
Warner collection papers, 1862-1939 (bulk 1900-1930).
Family papers: 3 boxes (1.2 cubic ft.)
Warner House papers: 7 folders.
Arranged in folders by topic. Seven folders for Warner House papers are
Correspondence, personal and business records, manuscripts, postcards,
advertisements and other memorabilia from the J.W. Warner family, who
were Miami's first florists, establishing the Miami Floral Company in
1906. Includes records for Warner House, their home and place of business;
promotional material for the Magnetic Comb Company; a first-day cover
conmemorating the start of air mail service to Tallahassee; diaries of
George H. Griffin ("Uncle George"), and an autobiographical narrative
by Lena Clarke, Mrs. Warner's sister.
J.W. Warner and Susan E. Clarke Warner moved to Miami in 1905. They and
their son and daughter operated the Miami Floral Company from 1906 to
1972. Warner House, at 111 SW 5th Avenue, was built in 1912, sold to the
Magic City Restoration Company in 1981, and in 1983 placed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Register available in repository ; folder level control.
Gift of the Magic City Restoration Company, 1981.
M28C, MS Box 32
Warner, Susan E.
Warner House insurance, etc., 1935-1939.
Six of the seven items deal with insurance for Warner House (111 SW 5
Avenue, Miami); the other is a statement for Miami Floral Company, which
the Warner family operated at that location.
MS Box 37
Warranty deed for Venetian Islands : deed, 1923 December 28.
Deed conveys title of lands comprising the Venetian Islands in Biscayne
Bay from the Venetian Islands Bridge Company to the Biscayne Bay Improvement
Gift of Nancy Harrington.
MS Box 53
Waters, Reginald Van.
R. V. Waters papers : 1922-1969.
10 cubic ft.
Arranged topically by series : aviation and Islandia.
Correspondence, radio addresses, clippings, and publications pertain to
aviation, Islandia (Elliot Key), political campaigns, and real estate.
Aviation series includes Miami All American Air Maneuvers, Naval bases,
jetport, proposed airports, and Greater Miami Airport Association. Islandia
materials include City of Islandia, Seadade port and refinery, and Biscayne
National Monument, now Biscayne National Park.
Relator. President Greater Miami Airport Association, 1927-1937, and chairman
of the Miami All American Air Maneuvers, 1920s-1930s. Campaigned for elections
of J. Mark Wilcox and Wendall Wilkie, 1930s-1940. Promoted development
of Elliott Key as Islandia and opposed creation of Biscayne National Monument,
Inventory in the repository.
Gift of R.V. Waters.
Letter to the Revd. John G. Herman, from Key West, 1830 June 7.
Written by a soldier stationed at Key West. The letter, primarily about
his son's welfare, refers also to the danger and loss of life during the
ongoing fighting with the Indians in the territory.
Location of original not determined.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1978.
MS Box 37
Whitney, A. H.
Trip to Florida : scrapbook, 1903.
1 v. ; 30 cm.
Hotel and train brochures and menus, tickets, postcards, photoprints,
newspaper clippings, programs, pressed leaves and flowers, greeting cards
and other memorabilia trace the journey of the Whitney family from Boston,
down the coast to Miami, and on to New Orleans. They traveled by railroad,
in a private car, and stopped off at a number of cities. In Florida, at
St. Augustine (Hotel Granada); at Seabreeze (Hotel Colonnade); Palm Beach
(Royal Poinciana); Miami (Royal Palm); Jacksonville (Hotel New Windsor).
Provides a picture of well to do tourists at the turn of the century,
and of popular taste at the time.
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Whitney, their teenage daughter and younger son Harold
Whitney, of White Avenue, left Boston's South Station on February 5, 1903,
for a trip "through Florida, the southern states and California." This
scrapbook is full and ends at New Orleans, so there may well have been
Purchased from Mickler's Antiquarian Books, 1988.
Punishing cop killers : an historical perspective : photocopy of typescript,
18 leaves ; 28 cm.
Ninety-five law enforcement officers were killed in Dade County from 1895-1992;
this research report summarizes material to be included in a proposed
monograph, covering information on victims, assailants, court and prison
Report was presented by Dr. Wilbanks, of Florida International University's
Department of Criminal Justice, at the meeting of the American Academy
of Criminal Justice Sciences, 1992 March 13.
Gift of William Wilbanks, 1992.
MS Box 52
Wilkins, Woodrow W., 1915-1982.
6 boxes (8.5 cubic ft.)
Clippings, correspondence, photoprints, slides, maps, reports and teaching
outlines are included in the career papers of this long time Professor
of Architecture and Planning at the University of Miami. Collection also
contains a number of his files on the Historic American Buildings Survey
(HABS), including one on the Barnacle, the Munroe family's home in Coconut
Grove. There is a wealth of written and visual material on Coral Gables
architecture. Clippings, arranged separately in folders by topic, are
primarily about buildings and preservation issues within Florida communities.
Trained as an architect, he began teaching architecture in 1949, with
special interest in historic architecture. Though his work had brought
him to South Florida many times, in 1967 he became a resident and began
teaching architecture at the University of Miami. At his retirement the
student chapter of A.I.A. initiated a new award for excellence in teaching,
to be known as a "Woody," and presented annually to an outstanding teacher.
At the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the Woodrow W. Wilkins Archives
of Architectural Records now collect, preserve and give access to graphic
and written records of the built environment of South Florida.
Partial inventory available in library: folder level control.
Gift of Leta Wilkins, 1983.
Wilkins, Woodrow W.
Lists of maps in Historical Museum's collection : typescript, 1975?
Separate lists for Coral Gables; Miami; areas concerned with the development
of civil and military aviation facilities; Homestead and Perrine; Coast
and geodetic maps; Florida Keys; drainage district maps, and miscellaneous
Gift of Woodrow W. Wilkins.
MS Box 14
Williams, Wilma, collector.
Archaeological papers, ca. 1945-1987.
11 cubic ft.
Research, correspondence, and publications relating to archaeology in
Broward County and Florida.
Archaeologist. Active in the Broward County Archaeological Society for
Partial inventory in the repository.
Bequest of Wilma Williams, 1987.
Williams, Wilma, collector.
South Florida archaeology : photocopies of articles and reports, 1966-1983.
ca. 300 leaves.
Collection of articles and reports by Williams, Dan Laxson, Robert Carr,
and other South Florida archaeologists. Includes information on Dade and
Broward counties, and Arch Creek.
Gift of Dan D. Laxson, 1992.
MS Box 53
Williamson, Thomas R., collector.
Pan Am pilot papers, 1939-1967.
2 boxes (3 cubic ft.)
This is a Pan American Airlines pilot's collection of flight, operating,
training and other manuals, memoranda, maps, charts, and related documents
issued from 1940 to the late 1960s.
Thomas R. Williamson was one of twelve Army Cadet graduates who were employed
by Pan Am's Eastern division as Junior Pilots on August 20, 1941. By 1943
he was a Captain; in 1961 he had risen to 29th on the pilots' seniority
Container list available in library.
Gift of Mrs. T.R. Williamson, 1976.
Rosemary Hubbell Wirkus and Leonard V. Wirkus passports, 1968-1981.
Gift of Rosemary Hubbell Wirkus.
MS Box 41
Wirkus, Rosemary Hubbell.
Report cards of Rosemary Hubbell, 1937-1940.
Most of the report cards are from Ponce de Leon Senior High School.
MS Box 37
Women's Panhellenic Association of Miami, Fla.
Miami Women's Panhellenic records : scrapbooks, 1919-1969.
News clippings, photographic prints, programs, members' handbooks and
other memorabilia record the activities of the Women's Panhellenic Association
of Miami. There is a list of past presidents on the flyleaf of the 1941-1944
scrapbook. The 1953-1969 scrapbook has retirement notices and funeral
eulogy for Mary B. Merritt, longtime historian for the Association. Miss
Merritt was Dean of Women at the University of Miami from 1926-1955.
The Women's Panhellenic Association of Miami had its first meeting 1919
December 20. The first meeting had 25 members representing ten national
sororities. It aimed to welcome women who were members of sororities belonging
to the National Panhellenic Conference, and to promote college education
for women. The group developed a scholarship program for young women studying
at Florida State University and at the University of Miami, raising funds
through members' donations and by holding bridge tournaments and fashion
Front endpaper of the 1919 scrapbook has this note: Lovingly compiled
by Billie F. Bivins, 1970.
Woman's Relief Association of Miami, Fla. vs. Garden Party and Bazaar
Fund Board of Trustees : court transcripts, 1917 March-1917 July.
Transcripts include complainants' bill, the defendants' response, and
Judge Branning's decree, given in July 1917. The Woman's Relief group
petitioned to be allowed to use funds held in trust by the ad hoc Garden
Party Trustees, for "a Free Clinic for white and colored children and
a day nursery for white children."
A bazaar to raise funds for a general hospital was held in Royal Palm
Park, Miami, on February 24, 1912. Approximately 5,000 dollars were raised,
and an ad-hoc Board (J.E. Lummus, E.C. Romfh, J.A. McDonald, F.B. Shutts,
F.T. Budge and Gaston Drake) was put in charge of the funds. In 1917 the
money had not yet been spent. When the Woman's Relief Association wanted
to use it to fund the clinic and nursery, the Garden Party Board "did
not care to assume the risk of incurring personal liability ... and desired
that said trust be judicially construed by a court of equity." The Women's
Relief group did get the money, and several City Directories list a maternity
home and day nursery under their name at 419 1st Street (later 27 N.W.
MS Box 34
Wood, Alice, photographer.
Bahamas, Cuba and Florida photographic prints, 1920s.
Arranged alphabetically by place and subject.
Photographic prints from the studio of Alice Wood. Views include: Nassau
(Bahamas), Cuba, Dade County, dredges, fishing, Florida East Coast Railway,
real estate development, Palm Beach, Miami, Vizcaya, cemeteries, sunset
Alice Wood purchased the Miami studio of Fred Hand in 1915.
Gift of Mary Alice Wood, 1994.
Wood, Gar Jr.
Awards for sports fishing, 1953-1956.
Two certificates presented to Gar Wood, Jr., one from the Miami Beach
Rod and Reel Club and the other for competing in the 18th annual Metropolitan
Miami Fishing Tournament.
Wood, Raiford J.
Notes for a speech on museums : manuscript, 1946 December.
Handwritten notes for a speech "to such an impressive group...on one of
the subjects close to my heart, that of the need for museums."
Raiford J. Wood was from Savannah; his speech was to be to an audience
MS Box 37
Woodruff, James A.
History of the Miami Air Depot : typescript, 1944 June 1 / prepared under
the direction of Colonel James A. Woodruff.
2 v. (looseleaf)
Detailed account of the construction of the Army Air Corps Depot, an extension
to the west of Red Road of the 36th Street Miami Airport (now Miami International
Airport). Construction took place between 1943 February and 1944 May.
Narrative includes information on the wartime roles of the Biscayne Jai-Alai
fronton, Hialeah Park race track, and other Miami area enterprises.
Photographic prints of construction, buildings and personnel originally
housed in volume 2 are now in the photograph files under "World War, 1939-1945.
Miami Air Depot."
MS Box 17
WQAM University Hour (radio program)
John Thompson and the Cape Florida Lighthouse : radio script, 1949
Typescript of a radio program on Florida history (one of a series?) aired
1949 November 27, from 10:30 - 11:00 pm., on WQAM.
In 1836, a band of Seminole Indians attacked the Cape Florida Lighthouse,
killing one man and wounding John Thompson, the lighthouse keeper. After
several days he was rescued and taken to Key West.
MS Box 1
Volunteer Port Security Force papers, 1945-1947.
Materials pertain to Myron Zeintz's service as a member of the Volunteer
Port Security Force in the Miami area. Also includes clipings and pamphlets
of the activities of the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
The Volunteer Port Security Force was a temporary unit of the United States
Coast Guard Reserve. Members performed guard duties at docks and piers
in communities where there were maritime shipping facilities engaged in
the transportation of vital war materials.
MS Box 56
Zonta Club of Greater Miami.
Scrapbooks: 4 boxes.
Photo album: 1 box.
Each scrapbook covers one year, with material often arranged by member
as well as areas of general information.
Clippings, photographic prints, programs, awards and other memorabilia
document the history and activities of this service club for business
and professional women. Material provides information on careers of women
in the Miami area, as well as on individuals who were members of the club.
Zonta Clubs are designed as classified service clubs, with members representing
different professions and types of business. 1937: Zonta Club of Greater
Miami (Chapter 149), with a membership of 17. Club growth is steady; members
active in war work during World War II. 1958: Zonta starts the Miami chapter
of Recording for the Blind. 1963: the club begins sponsoring an annual
Directory of Volunteer Interpreters. Also works to raise funds for the
Burn Ward at Jackson Memorial Hospital. 1971-1972: a second Miami club
is established - Zonta Club of Miami II. 1978-1979: Zonta Club of Coral
Gables is established. 1987: in its 50th year, Zonta Club of Greater Miami
publishes its history, written by club historian Elizabeth Peeler.
Gift of Zonta Club of Greater Miami I, 1987.
The Zonta Club, 1937-1987: a history / Elizabeth H. Peeler. -- Miami (Fla.)
: The Club, 1987.