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Illustrated Daily Tab: photograph album, 1925-1926.
1 album (250 photographic prints).
Photographs pertaining to the Illustrated Daily Tab and Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. Includes facilities and staff, and newsworthy events and scenery in the Miami region. Events include Ku Klux Klan activities, motor boat races, Hialeah Park horse races, and the airship Los Angeles. Disasters include the burning of the Breakers, the capsizing of the Prins Valdemar, a tornado at White Belt Dairy (Lemon City), a seaplane wreck in Biscayne Bay, and a Kress 5 & 10 fire on Flagler Street (Miami). Places include Cape Florida, Coral Gables, Miami (downtown, Brickell Point), Miami Beach, and a trip to southwest Florida (Ft. Myers, Captiva, Everglades City, and Marco Island). Snapshots of and aboard the Collier County, a yacht.
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., published the Illustrated Daily Tab, a Miami tabloid, 1925 January 12-1926 June. One of his managerial staff compiled this album.
Photo albums. Box 14

Indian Key State Park groundbreaking cachet, 1978 October 14.
1 item.
Cachet on letterhead envelope issued by the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys.
Gift of Robert Carr, 1986.
MS Box 31

Irwin, Orval M.
Mr. Can't is dead : photocopy of typescript; letter, 1992.
57 leaves.
Biography of Edward Leedskalnin, the creator of Coral Castle, a massive display of stone sculpture and engineering executed solely by Leedskalnin and located in Homestead, Fla.
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1992.
MS Box 53


Jaudon, James Franklin, 1873-1938.
Correspondence of James Franklin Jaudon, 1916 Dec.-1917 Feb.
9 items.
Five letters and four copies relating to the sale of land and the expansion of Snapper Creek Canal for drainage. Jaudon correspondents include Thomas F. West, Attorney General, and F. C. Elliott, Chief Drainage Engineer.
MS Box 37

Jaudon, James Franklin, 1873-1938.
Papers of J. F. Jaudon, 1900s-1950s (bulk 1914-1938).
3,500 items (7 linear ft.)
Collection contains a large amount of business correspondence, some personal correspondence, brochures, financial papers, newspaper clippings, photographic prints, maps, blueprints, etc. Much pertains to land sales in Dade, northern Monroe, and Collier counties; sugar, tomato and produce farming; timber and oil interests in Florida and Tennessee; the Tamiami Trail; and complex loan and refinancing negotiations in the 1920s and 1930s.
Miami pioneer, entrepreneur and developer, who was called the "Father of the Tamiami Trail" because of his great efforts to construct the highway. Among his business interests were the Chevelier Corporation, Tamiami Railway, Royal Palm Sugar Cane and Planting Company, and the Heitman Estates/Bonita Springs development.
Inventory available in repository; folder level control.
Approximately 200 related photographic prints are filed separately in the South Florida Photographic Collection under heading: Jaudon, James Franklin.
M29A-C, M53F

Jeffries, J. T.
Scrapbook, 1918-1929 (bulk 1926-1929).
1 scrapbook.
Newspaper clippings pertain to Miami social and news events (particularly the 1926 hurricane), and jokes and poems.
Photo albums. Box 8

Jennings, William Sherman, 1863-1920.
Letter to Hon. W. B. Hare, Oct. 3, 1902.
1 leaf.
Letter forwarding a request from Wing & Son requesting a recommendation on a piano they gave to a St. Augustine institution.
William Sherman Jennings was Florida's 18th governor and served from 1901 to 1905.
MS Box 8

Jesup, Thomas Sidney, 1788-1860.
Letter to the Secretary of the Navy, 1827 January 26.
1 leaf.
Letter recommends James Shaumburgh, or Shaumbaugh, for the post of midshipman.
General Jesup led U.S. army forces in Florida during the second Seminole War, 1836-1838.
Gift of Justin P. Havee, 1950.
MS Box 19

Johnson, Byron H.
A possible paleoecology for the Brewster Mine area, Cyanimid Phosphate Corporation, Mulberry, Fla. typescript (carbon copy), 1971?
27 leaves.
Analysis of fossils (primarily vertebrate) found in a 100-yard stretch of a pit at Brewster Mine (Cyanimid Phosphate Corporation).
The phosphate mines in and around Polk County, including the Brewster Mine area, are the source of many fossils.
"A project for: GEOS 125."
MS Box 59

Johnson, George, wrecker.
Receipt for salvage from a Spanish wreck in Florida, 1786 July 21.
1 leaf ; 12 x 18 cm.
Receipt for "70 boxes sugar saved from on board a Spanish brig on shore at Florida ..."
George Johnson was master of the schooner Spring Bird. This receipt in his hand is dated at New Providence, which may have been his home port in the Bahamas.
Gift of Mrs. George Deedmeyer, 1974.
MS Box 38

Johnson, James Gibson, 1871-1957?
Myths, legends, miracles, and mysteries related by the first historians of Florida typescript (carbon copy) and related correspondence, 1947.
3 items (13 leaves).
Handwritten note on top leaf: from Georgia Historical Quarterly, vol. XIII, pp. 292-303. (1924)
Two letters between the Historical Association of Southern Florida (David O. True) and the University of Georgia (Elizabeth La Boone) document the request for the typescript.
MS Box 59

Johnson, William Gray.
Archaeological investigations at the Kendall-Coleman site : typescript, 1986.
35 leaves.
The Kendall-Coleman site (8Da2131) investigations were conducted by the Archaeology Society of South Florida, with Johnson serving as project director.
Gift of William Johnson, 1986.
MS Box 33

Jones, Edgar, Mrs., collector.
Family memorabilia, 1894-1930s.
5 items.
Collection includes a paper recording the marriage of Thomas R. Jones and Sarah B. Daitt in Manatee, Fla., in 1900; a certificate for Mrs. Sarah B. Jones from the Good Shepherd Church in Punta Gorda, 1908; a 1908 piano recital program; a wedding book with front leaf recording the marriage of Ben Wilson and Beatrice Meshaw in Miami, 1913; and a 1930s "memories" notebook recording the likes and dislikes of a group of high school friends in Miami.
MS Box 14

Junior League of Miami.
Historic preservation of the Barnacle : proposal album, 1969.
1 v.
Proposal with supporting photographic prints, correspondence, newspaper clippings, maps, appraisal report. Includes descriptive list of other Junior League projects, including the origin of the Museum of Science, and the preservation of the Princeton, Florida railway station.
Proposal was made to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. It was one of several attempts to save the 1891 Munroe home, which in 1979 became a State Historic Site.
Gift of the Junior League of Miami, 1978.
MS Box 6

Junior League of Miami.
Pioneer Voices : oral history interviews, 1969-1972.
31 interviews.
Reminiscences, mainly of 1896-1926, of pioneer life, the 1920s boom, and the 1926 hurricane. Junior League members and journalist Nixon Smiley interviewed people who lived in Dade County prior to the 1926 hurricane.
Narrators are: Adam G. Adams, Maude Richards Black, Jewel H. Blanton, Janet Watson Carson, Patty Munroe Catlow, C.W. Pete Chase, Charles Franklin Cushman, Dorothy Dean Davidson, James Donn, Hoyt Fraser, John J. Fritz and Carolina Fritz Collins, S.M. Greene, Mrs. Maurice R. Harrison, Frederick M. Hudson, J. Newton Lummus, Alice MacVicar, John Pickett Miles, Stanley Mott, Louisa Oxar, Russell Pancoast, Mrs. C. Boyton Reese, Jack Sewell, Henry Overstreet Shaw, William and Jane Sutcliffe, Cecil Van Landingham, Peter Van Vox, Mrs. Sidney Weintraub, Jessie Weiss, Rose Weiss, and Helen Budge Wright. Interviewers include Arva Moore Parks.
Pioneer Voices was the first of a series of projects during the 1970s-1990s, sponsored by the Junior League of Miami, that promoted local history and historic preservation.
7 in. reel-to-reel audiotapes with duplicate audiocassettes. Most interviews have been transcribed.

Junkin, Carolyn E.
Another tomorrow : the story of the life of Frank T. Budge, Miami's first hardware merchant / Carolyn E. Junkin (as told to her by her mother-in-law, Stella Budge Junkin), 1900s-1980?
Typescript: 61 leaves.
Papers: 9 items.
Narrative account includes Budge's career in retail hardware, civic activities, his family life, as well as providing a view of life in the early years of Miami. Miscellaneous papers include early Miami news clippings and a program for the first concert of the Miami Conservatory of Music, dated 1904 April 6.
In 1896 Frank T. Budge moved to Miami from Titusville (Fla.) and started his retail hardware business. He died in 1940.
Gift of Carolyn Junkin, 1987.
MS Box 41

Keegin, William C.
Papers of William Keegin, 1896-1911.
16 items.
Correspondence and deed pertaining to the Perrine Grant in southern Dade County. The deed is an 1896 agreement between the Perrine heirs and the Florida East Coast Railway, H. Reiman Duval and Curtis Holcomb, whereby the Perrine heirs granted half their land in order to obtain clear patent from the U.S. government.
William Keegin and Curtis Holcomb were partners in a law firm and involved in the proceedings on the Perrine Grant.
Gift of William C. Keegin, 1977.
MS Box 22

Kellogg, John Harvey.
Miami-Battle Creek (Miami Springs) scrapbook, 1920s-1930s.
1 v. ; 32 x 54 cm.
Newspaper clippings pertain to a fashionable sanitarium and convalescent home in Miami Springs. Many clippings refer to the health aspects of orange juice, papaya and other tropical fruit, soy flour and sunlight.
Dr. Kellogg directed sanitariums at Battle Creek, Michigan, and at Miami Springs, Florida. Invented corn flakes. Miami-Battle Creek Sanitarium operated in the Pueblo Hotel building, 201 Curtiss Parkway, 1929-1962.

Kelly, Thomas J.
Thomas Kelly collection, 1940-1961.
Scrapbooks: 3 v.
Papers: 150 items.
Papers include annual reports, photographs of police work and community involvement. Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings of Kelly's military career, his tenure as sheriff, political campaigns for Sheriff's office, and his involvement in the Florida National Guards and his local branch of the American Legion.
Thomas Kelly moved to Miami in 1919 and established an insurance business. In 1950 he was appointed Dade County Sheriff after the indictment of popular sheriff Jimmy Sullivan on charges of neglect of duty and failure to enforce gambling laws. After Sullivan's reinstatement, Kelly ran successfully for the office in 1952 and 1956.
Inventory in the repository.
Gift of Mrs. Thomas J. Kelly, 1990.
M73C, M93C

Kent, Olga.
Newspaper clippings and personal papers of Olga Kent, 1930s-1970s.
ca. 600 items.
The folder headings and arrangement in the three boxes donated in 1981 were established by Olga Kent.
News clippings, correspondence, newsletters and notes are arranged by topic, concentrating on South Florida communities, particularly Coconut Grove.
Teacher, home economist, agriculture extension service agent and plants woman.
Inventory available in repository; folder level control.
Gift of Olga Kent, 1981 and 1982.

Key West Cigar Manufacturing Co.
Invoice, 1907 February 7.
1 leaf ; 18 x 21 cm.
Invoice made out to A. C. Reid & Co. of Virginia for 500 Key West Rothschilds. Total cost, including a 3 percent discount, $19.50.
Cigar manufacturing had existed in Key West since the 1830s, as it was close to Cuba's tobacco fields. Though many firms moved to the Tampa area in the late 1880s, the industry still was continued by this and other companies.
MS Box 35

Key West, Cuba & Nassau, 1908.
1 album (54 photographic prints).
Unlabeled views include shipboard life, coasts, Key West, Nassau, Dry Tortugas, Sand Key Lighthouse, and fishing. Street scenes are conspicuously absent.
Photographs were apparently taken by someone cruising on a small yacht.
Platinum prints post-bound in a leather album. Gilt edged and intaglio.
Photo albums. Box 19

Kirst, James W.
El Paso Hotel, Fifth Street (Miami Beach) : blueprints, 1920s.
6 items.
Elevations and plans for the El Paso Hotel, Miami Beach.
Building was constructed in the Mission Revival style.
Gift of Janice M. Carpenter, 1994.

Kirst, James W.
Labor and material for two apartment buildings on Miami Beach : specifications, 1920s.
17 leaves.
Specifications detail materials and instruction for their use in the construction of the apartment buildings.
Gift of Janice M. Carpenter, 1994.
Plans for the buildings are in the collection: 1994-239 & 240.
MS Box 54

Kirst, James W.
Plans for apartment buildings for Wasserman and Tilzer (Miami Beach), 1920s.
6 items.
The architect incorporated elements of the Mission Revival and Mediterranean revival styles in the building designs.
Gift of Janice M. Carpenter, 1994.

Knerr, Hugh J., 1887-1961.
The vital era [memoirs] : typescript (photocopy), 1887-1950.
194 leaves ; 28 cm.
Memoirs of a Major General who was active in the development of aviation as part of the Armed Forces, and retired as Inspector General of the Air Force after 45 years of service.
Gift of William Herin, 1986.
MS Box 35

Knight, C. Frasuer, collector.
Matchbook collection; clippings about the U.S. Navy: scrapbooks, 1940s.
Scrapbooks: 2 v.
Matchbooks: ca. 200 items.
Clippings: ca. 100 items.
About half the matchbooks were issued by Miami area businesses. The others pertain to Georgia, North Carolina, etc., or were issued by nationally marketed brands. Clippings show the U.S. Navy in action, primarily during World War II, and appear to have come from magazines of the time.
Some clippings (about the USS Arizona?) have been removed.
Gift of C. Frasuer Knight, 1990.
Scrapbooks. Box 6

Knox, Solomon.
List of slaves, Worchester, MD : manuscript, 1799 August 22.
1 leaf ; 37 cm.
Part of an inventory of the estate of Solomon Knox.
MS Box 1

Kozla, Anthony, photographer.
Ft. Lauderdale area stereographs, 1941-1948.
28 stereographs.
7 envelopes.
Views of Ft. Lauderdale and environs include downtown from building roof, swimming pool, a streetcar, a locomotive, a circus, the Presidente Trijillo (ship), automobile and truck accidents, and fires at an ice plant and warehouse. The Stereoscopic Society envelopes are annotated with technical details pertaining to seven of the photographs and comments from other photographers.
Newspaper photographer. Kozla apparently lived in Ft. Lauderdale and shot and made stereographs as a hobby.

Krome, William J.
Cutler expedition and Cape Sable survey : letters (photocopies of transcripts), 1902-1904.
76 leaves.
Letters to E. Ben Carter, FEC general roadmaster, to Miami merchants (Sewell, Budge, etc.) for supplies and to prospective workers describing duties and work conditions. Also includes report: Field methods in the Florida Everglades.
Location of originals unknown.
William J. Krome was Assistant Engineer for the Florida East Coast Railway and headed the survey team that worked on the railroad extension south of Miami.
MS Box 38

Kuykendall, J. D.
Letter to George E. Merrick, 1921 December 8.
1 leaf.
Letter congratulates Merrick on his design for Coral Gables and suggests adding a college to the plan.
Minister of Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove.
MS Box 1



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