Welcome to the South Florida Resources Guide! On this guide, you will find links to several digital collections from our University and also some other online resources. If you would like to make an appointment for research consultation, please contact Martin Tsang.
Cuban Heritage Collections
Click on the link belowâ€š to access the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) digital collections with digital manuscripts, photographs, letters, maps and other resources held in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection.
The following are the digital collections available at the University of Miami.
Bob Simms: An Activistâ€™s Life and Legacy This exhibit offers a snapshot of the life and legacy of Robert H. Simms and an overview of some of the research resources available in his collection. The online exhibit contains photographs, maps, a timeline, a bibliography and information on the collection held in Special Collections, Otto G. Richter Library.
The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Experience in Miami The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Experience in Miami is the online companion of the Special Collections exhibit located on the 2nd floor of the Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami (February 18 - May 1, 2009). The selected images tell a story of struggle, community challenges, and hope for Black Miami in the 20th century.
Memory and Record Memory and Record previews Cuban and Cuban exile resources in the Cuban Heritage Collection. Categories include The Colonial Era, U.S. Occupation, The Republic, Revolutionary Cuba, Cuban Exiles, Postcards, and Havana 1900.
Treasures of Florida Libraries The Treasures of Florida Libraries offers a wide ranging and diverse look at books, manuscripts and artifacts from Floridaâ€™s leading libraries. The materials show the depth and strength of institutional and private holdings. Florida libraries collect in expected and unexpected areas.
Souvenirs of Miami, Florida: 100 Years of Promotional Literature The Special Collections Division of the University of Miami Libraries has joined the celebration of the City of Miami's Centennial with a presentation of promotional literature selected from the Florida Collection. Promotional literature offers an important and colorful avenue to explore the historical development of Miami and its environs.
The Helen Carmichael Purdy Foundation Collection The Helen Carmichael Purdy Foundation Collection contains an outstanding collection of rare and unique research materials on Florida and its vast history. The items presented here in the Purdy Foundation worldwide web exhibition cover a wide span of time, and encompass most of the classic formats of archival material.
Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records The Pan American Records include administrative and financial files; technical, mechanical and research reports; extensive public relations and promotional materials; internal publications including newsletters, journals and press releases; and other materials.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Writer & Conservationist This digital exhibit highlights the literary accomplishments and social activism of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a unique personality in Florida history. The materials include a timeline, bibliography, photographs, maps and information that document Ms. Douglas' life, conservationist involvement and her profound regional interest in Florida.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Papers The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Papers (1890-1998) at the University of Miami Libraries document the literary work and social activism of the "Lady of the Everglades". The collection includes manuscripts, essays, correspondence, photographs, maps and audio visual materials about Florida's history and development.
UM Libraries Digital Initiatives Digital Initiatives features a growing collection of digital objects, projects, and publications developed to preserve and support digital scholarship and the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University. These initiatives feature materials from the collections at University of Miami Libraries, and from collaborative projects and publications developed with faculty and Students.
Click on the following links to access postcards, scrapbooks, and other digital resources available at UM.
Charles Deering Collection The Charles Deering Collection at the University of Miami Libraries consists of albums and photographs from Florida, Spain and Portugal, including images of his homes and family members.
Coral Gables Garden Club Scrapbooks Organized in 1925, the Coral Gables Garden Club has promoted gardening and community beautification in Coral Gables for over 80 years. The Coral Gables Garden Club Scrapbooks provide information on Club activities from 1925 through 1944.
Democracy in Miami: A Work in Progress Local experts, activists and officials participate in a series of video-taped panels discussing the state of democracy in contemporary Miami and ways that the quality of life can be improved for area residents. The project was developed and hosted by Professor Gregory Bush, History Department.
Florida Photograph Album Collection Florida's natural wonders, landscapes and historic landmarks provided much visual interest for travelers and settlers at the turn of the twentieth century. The Florida Photograph Album Collection contains photographs of scenic Florida from St. Augustine to Key West, dated primarily from the late 1800s to the 1920s.
Florida Photograph Collection A selection of 156 photographs focusing on the Miami area from The Florida Photograph Collection held in the University of Miami Special Collections Division.
Florida Promotional Materials A selection of 139 promotional booklets and flyers covering places and activities in South Florida from The Florida Promotional Materials Collection.
FSA Photographs in Florida This web site provides a guide and curriculum activities for teachers and students interested in using the photographs taken by the Farm Security Administration (an American "New Deal" Federal government agency).
Helen Muir Papers The Helen Muir Papers consist of Mrs. Muir's personal as well as professional correspondence including letters to poet Robert Frost and his daughter, Leslie, Janet Reno, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
The Jesse S. Wooley Florida Photographs Late in January of 1896, Jesse Sumner Wooley, a well-known photographer from Ballston Spa, New York, took passage to Florida on the S.S. Algonquin. Equipped with a hand-held Eastman Kodak Bulls-Eye camera, Wooley used his trip to St. Augustine to create a stereopticon or lantern-slide lecture about Florida. Wooley subsequently returned to Florida in the 1920s and 1930s. The photographs and text which make up this web site are the result of both his trips in 1896 and three decades later.
Mark F. Boyd Collection The Collection contains materials relating to Florida and United Staties history as well as to natural history and medicine.
Model Land Company Henry Flagler founded and became president of the Florida East Coast Railroad (FECR) after becoming inspired by Florida's potential for prosperous expansion while on a winter vacation trip to the tropical state. Flagler then created the Model Land Company (MLC) in 1896 to manage his rapidly increasing real estate holdings in Florida.
Munroe Family Papers The Munroe Family Papers consists of a diverse grouping of letters, diaries, household accounts, journals, and photographs' chronicling the activities of one of South Florida's pioneering families.
Old Florida Maps Old Florida Maps tells the story, using digital reproductions of maps from monographs and private collections held locally in South Florida, of how Florida came to be represented in the current geographic form familiar to us all. The author of this scholarly endeavor is Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald, founder and chairman of the Miami International Map Fair at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.
Reclaiming the Everglades Examine documents on the establishment of the Everglades National Park; the growth of the modern conservation movement; the treatment of Native American Indians and related materials from the University of Miami Libraries, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and Florida International University.
Richard B. Hoit Photograph Collection Photographer Richard Hoit came to Miami in 1914 when he was 27. Already an experienced movie and aerial photographer, his collection of photographs includes scenes from regions as far apart as Vermont, Florida, and South America.
South Florida Postcards A selection of postcards from the Florida Postcard Collection covering South Florida from the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections Division.
Special Collections Books Selected items digitized from the Special Collections holdings including local promotional materials and a work of historical and pictoral information on the Alhambra Palace.
Travel, Tourism and Urban Growth in Greater Miami This archive contains selected images from eight collections in the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections Division and narrative that examine the variety of elements that have shaped travel, tourism, and urban growth in Greater Miami. It was developed by Dr. Robin Bachin, Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor in the University of Miami History Department, in collaboration with the University of Miami Libraries.
Voices of Andrew This web site provides an online archive of approximately seventy oral history interviews with people who not only lived through Hurricane Andrew, but also experienced the subsequent recovery process in the first months after the storm. The interviews were conducted by undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Miami under the supervision of Professor Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. Department of Teaching and Learning, School of Education, University of Miami.
Florida International University (FIU) Digital Collections
The following digital collections are available from Florida International University (FIU).
Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM)
"Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM) is a cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. PALMM projects may involve a single university or may be collaborative efforts between a university and partners within or outside of the state university system. PALMM projects create high-quality virtual collections relevant to the students, research community and general citizenry of Florida." Directly quoted from http://palmm.fcla.edu/
The following digital collections are available from the State Library & Archives of Florida.
Florida Folklife Collection "The Florida Folklife Collection is a rich collection of folklife records documenting the ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity reflected in the communities of our state." - Directly quoted from http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/
Florida Photographic Collection & Video Clips "Featuring over 160,000 digitized photographs from the State Library and Archives of Florida, the Florida Photographic Collection is the most complete online portrait of Florida available--one that draws its strength from family pictures, the homes of Floridians, their work, and their pastimes." - Directly quoted from http://www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/
Florida Broadsides and Other Ephemera, 1800-2000 "Before television, radio, and the internet, Florida society communicated widely and often through broadsides, advertisements, flyers, and other ephemera. This online collection consists of more than 200 broadsides and forms of paper communication from the State Library and Archives of Florida." - Direclty quoted from http://www.floridamemory.com/Collections/broadsides/