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Nankin, Max M., collector.
Dinner Key, Dade County and environs : photograph album, 1918-1935 (bulk 1918-1922).
1 v. (359 photographic prints).
Many photographs pertain to Dinner Key Naval Air Station, and include pictures of personnel, buildings, airplanes, and a captured German U-boat. Also contains views of the Miami area, including hotels, casinos, street scenes, Seminoles, the 1921 Palm Fete, and the 1928 Shrine convention; and of the Nankin family and their shoe stores. The few scenes from outside Dade County include Havana (Cuba), Bok Tower (Lake Wales), Newport (Rhode Island), and Niagara Falls.
Founder of Nankin Shoes stores. Served in U.S. Navy during World War I.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nankin, in memory of Max M. Nankin, 1986.

Nash, Charles Edgar.
Correspondence regarding The Magic of Miami Beach, 1937-1974.
3 items.
Photocopies of three letters about Nash's book, The Magic of Miami Beach (Philadelphia, David McKay, 1938).
Gift of Elizabeth Nash, 1992.
MS Box 53

Newell, Natalie.
Guest book, 1926 June 1-1949 April 5.
1 v. ; 16 cm.
Second entry, 1926 December 3, lists a "surprise household shower on Marjory Stoneman Douglas, given at 3768 Stewart Avenue." Some of the 1936 entries pertain to the Federal Writers' Project in Miami. The 1919 March 27 entry, "Civic Theater Group."
A handwritten note on the inside front cover identifies Natalie Newell as an author and literary agent living in Coconut Grove.
MS Box 59

Newell, Natalie.
Legend of Black Caesar and Gasparilla : typescript, 1940s?
21 leaves.
Narrative about two Florida pirates; includes discussion of slave trade.
"This version [of the Black Caesar/Gasparilla legend] was given to Miss Natalie Newell by Charlie Frow, a native Floridian who resides in Coconut Grove, Florida, and whose ancestors date back to early settlers." -- p. 20.
Copied and given to museum by Mrs. Walter C. Gibson.
MS Box 20

Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (Big Pine Key)
Preservation of the maritime heritage of the Florida Keys: grant proposal and correspondence, 1979.
Grant proposal: 39 leaves.
Correspondence: 3 leaves.
Grant proposal requested funds to create teaching curricula for junior and senior high school students on shipwreck archaeology and other aspects of Florida Keys history, as well as a regional maritime cultural center and teaching museum. Includes brief histories of Seacamp Association (founded 1966) and Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (founded 1969).
Proposal was submitted to the Maritime Heritage Preservation Grants Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
MS Box 37

Newman, T. Stell.
Biscayne National Monument : preliminary historical studies plan : typescript (photocopy), 1975 March.
vi, 85 leaves.
"This study was prepared to provide cultural resources data for the Biscayne National Monument master plan and environmental impact document." -- Preface.
MS Box 59

Nills, E. A., Mrs.
The Story of the thirty years of reform work in Florida : manuscript, 1918 December.
10 leaves.
Autobiographical account of Mrs. E. A. Nills' involvement in the Temperance Society and other civic organizations.
Mrs. E. A. Nills, a Florida reform activist, served in various capacities in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union both at the state and national levels. She lobbied for prohibition in Florida and helped established a newspaper and telephone services to further the cause. She served as secretary and State Superintendent for social condition for the Federation of Womens Club. In Orange City, where she resided, Mrs. Nills served on various civic committees.
Manuscript is fragile and should be handled with care.
Purchased from Stan Cooper, 1990.
MS Box 56

Norton, Joy.
Ponce de Leon and Miami High School records, 1941-1948.
1 folder (ca. 25 items)
Report cards, clippings, programs and other school memorabilia, especially relating to Miami High School and its band program.
Though Joy Norton graduated in 1945, the collection includes material from her younger sister June's years there as well.
Gift of Joy Norton McGarry, 1986.
MS Box 29

Ocean Beach Realty Company (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Abstract of title for Miami Beach land, 1920?
1 item.
MS Box 7

Opa Locka exposition, 1927.
3 leaves.
On letterhead paper with heading: "Midwinter Southern States exposition. Opens Jan 1st., 1927; closes Mar. 1st., 1927. Site covers 100 acres at Opa Locka, Miami, Florida."
Gift of Robert S. Carr, 1993.
MS Box 53

Osborn, Ezra.
Letters to Dick Carney (Biscayne Bay), 1887-1888.
6 items.
Includes references to a Miami Beach coconut plantation.
Beginning in 1886, Ezra Osborn and Elnathan T. Field planted coconuts on land owned by Henry Lum, from Key Biscayne to Jupiter. Within a few years the plantation failed, and worker Richard Carney moved to Coconut Grove. One investor, John S. Collins, bought out Osborn and Field, and in later years, began developing Miami Beach.
MS Box 18

Osceola, Seminole chief, 1804-1838.
Letters pertaining to the reburial of Osceola's remains in Florida, 1950-1951.
10 items.
Eight letters from various sources and two copies of a resolution (1951 March 13) by the Board of Directors, Historical Association of Southern Florida, all relating to the proposed return of Osceola's remains from Moultrie, South Carolina, to Florida.
MS Box 34

Owen, Ruth Bryan.
Letters of Ruth Bryan Owen, 1928-1932.
3 items.
Autograph letter to the Greater Miami Airport Association (1928 January 5); a Christmas poem, signed and dated 1932; and a printed greeting card from the Danish embassy with envelope addressed to Reginald Waters, Miami, Fla.
Ruth Bryan Owen, daughter of William Jennings Bryan, was the first woman elected from Florida to the United States Congress. She also served as a diplomat to Denmark.
MS Box 8

Owre, J. Riis, 1908- , editor.
Alonso Gregorio de Escobedo : La Florida : typescript and related articles, 1964-1984.
Typescript: 343 leaves.
Articles: 2 items.
This abridged (8,744 lines out of 21,000) and annotated edition of an early 17th century Spanish heroic poem concentrates on its Florida material. Collection also includes reprints of two articles by Professor Owre on Escobedo and "La Florida."
Text of poem is in Spanish. Preface, notes and articles are in English.
Typescript of manuscript and one article are photocopied.
Copyright by J. Riis Owre. "Proper credit should be given for any quotations beyond a few lines." -- Preface to typescript.
Gift of the author, 1985.
MS Box 25



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