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Research Center
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130

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Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Collection

The Historical Museum’s Research Center houses the archives, library and documentary collections of the Historical Association of Southern Florida. The collections include the Charlton W. Tebeau Library of Florida History and the Woodrow W. Wilkins Archives of Architectural Records.

The Research Center contains extensive materials on the history of Florida, especially from Lake Okeechobee south, and including related fields such as folklife, archaeology and historic architecture. Other holdings include selected materials on the history of the Caribbean (especially as it relates to South Florida) and publications on museum studies.

Visual Materials

The picture archives contain about 1,000,000 images of southeast Florida, the entire state and the Caribbean. The extensive photograph and postcard collections include views of Dade County from the 1880s to the present. Other holdings range from maps, prints and illustrated books to stereographs and lantern slides.

Archives and Manuscripts

The manuscripts collections contain the papers of individuals and the records of organizations and businesses in Dade County and Florida. Some examples are family letters, diaries, minutes, personal correspondence, and oral history tapes and transcripts.


Publications include books, periodicals, dissertations and city directories. Other paper objects range from brochures and pamphlets to ticket-stubs and advertisements. Less extensive newspaper clipping files date from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

Guide to Manuscripts and Visual Materials
Inventories and Registers

Charlton W. Tebeau
Library of Florida History

In 1976 the Association named its library in honor of historian Dr. Charlton W. Tebeau, to recognition of his many years in support of the Association and local history research. The Tebeau Library contains books and manuscripts pertaining to South Florida.


Woodrow W. Wilkins
Archives of Architectural Records

The Wilkins Archives contain archival records, especially architectural drawings, pertaining to the built environment of Dade County. The Wilkins Archives is a joint project of several local organizations, including Dade Heritage Trust. It is named in honor of professor Woody Wilkins, who taught many to appreciate southeast Florida's architectural heritage.


Reproduction of
Photographs and Materials

A photocopier is located in the Research Center.

Visitors may purchase photographic reproductions (contact prints to photomurals) and laser prints (color photocopies) of most images in the photo archives. Allow one to three weeks for an order to be filled, depending on the size of the order and the amount of custom work it involves. The fee schedule is available upon request. Payment or a purchase order must be received in advance.

More about ordering reproductions

Visitors may photograph most materials in the photo archives, providing an appointment has been made in advance and provisions have been made to pay any reproductions fees incurred.

Permission must be obtained in writing prior to the publication or public use of any materials.



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