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Vacation photograph album, 1929-1930.
1 album (200 photographic prints).
Arranged chronologically.
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

Valdes, Nelson.
Cachita y el Che : Patron saints of revolutionary Cuba : typescript, 1989.
15 leaves.
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.

Vihlen family.
Papers of the Vihlen family, 1897-1992.
50 items.
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.
Papers, 1940s-1970s.
9 boxes (5 linear ft.)
Files are organized by subject. Magazines and newsclippings, originally interfiled with the papers, have been boxed separately for conservation purposes.
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, Maurice Ferre.
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.
2 v.
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 Miami area.
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 (photocopy), 1973.
23 leaves.
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 family.
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 housed separately.
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.
7 items.
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.
1 sheet.
Deed conveys title of lands comprising the Venetian Islands in Biscayne Bay from the Venetian Islands Bridge Company to the Biscayne Bay Improvement Company.
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, 1950s-1960s.
Inventory in the repository.
Gift of R.V. Waters.

Whatton, John.
Letter to the Revd. John G. Herman, from Key West, 1830 June 7.
1 item.
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 others.
Purchased from Mickler's Antiquarian Books, 1988.

Wilbanks, William.
Punishing cop killers : an historical perspective : photocopy of typescript, 1992.
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 actions.
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.
Papers, 1930s-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?
12 leaves.
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 Florida maps.
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 many years.
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 list.
Container list available in library.
Gift of Mrs. T.R. Williamson, 1976.

Wirkus family.
Rosemary Hubbell Wirkus and Leonard V. Wirkus passports, 1968-1981.
7 items.
Gift of Rosemary Hubbell Wirkus.
MS Box 41

Wirkus, Rosemary Hubbell.
Report cards of Rosemary Hubbell, 1937-1940.
24 items.
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.
6 v.
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 shows.
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.
14 leaves.
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. 11th Street).
MS Box 34

Wood, Alice, photographer.
Bahamas, Cuba and Florida photographic prints, 1920s.
586 items.
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 and sunrise.
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.
2 items.
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.
7 p.
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 in Miami.
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
12 leaves.
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

Zeintz, Myron.
Volunteer Port Security Force papers, 1945-1947.
20? leaves.
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.
Records, 1937-1987.
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.



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