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ASM0399 William C. Baggs papers, 1950-1968Add to your cart.
The William Calhoun “Bill” Baggs Papers includes thirty-one boxes of correspondence, memoranda, clippings, photographs, diaries and other materials relating to the professional career of Baggs, a newspaper journalist, editor, and political commentator from the 1940s until his death in 1969. As a columnist and editor for the Miami Daily News, Baggs developed relationships with many prominent figures. The Baggs Papers, arranged in six series, totals thirteen cubic feet of materials. In addition to incoming correspondence, the files include hundreds of carbon copies of outgoing correspondence from Baggs to a variety of local, regional, state, national, and international politicians, journalists, and others.
ASM0022 José Agustín Balseiro papers, 1917-1976Add to your cart.

Dr. José Agustín Balseiro (1900-1991) was an award-winning author, poet, and scholar of Latin American Studies and Hispanic literature. He was professor of Hispanic Literature at the University of Miami from 1946 to 1967.

Throughout his career, Dr. Balseiro exhibited a strong interest in Latin American and Hispanic-American studies, Latin American and Spanish literature, and Puerto Rican history and literature. His papers, donated to the University of Miami, reflect all of these interests and range in date from his earliest activities as a writer in Spain to his final days working as a consultant to the University of Miami Libraries starting in 1974. Much of the content consists of correspondence, clippings, typescripts, and periodicals in which Balseiro’s writings were featured.

Also included is sheet music belonging to his father, Rafael Balseiro who was a Puerto Rican composer.

Of special notice are three bronze medallions: (1) from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena, commemorating el primer Centenario del Natalicio de Luiz Muñoz Rivera (the centennial of the birth of Luiz Muñoz Rivera); (2) from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena, commemorating el Centenario de la Abolición de la Esclavidud in Puerto Rico (the centennial of the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico); and (3) from the University of Panama commemorating the first 25 years of the University’s existence.

ASM0023 Virgil Barker papers, 1899-1964Add to your cart.
The Virgil Barker Papers document the career of an influential critic and historian, and provide a interesting record of American art history from 1920-60.  The papers contain Barker's writings on art history, American culture, literature, his own life and critical perspective, the post-World War I generation and other topics.  In addition to Barker's writings and correspondence, programs from European and American art exhibitions, newspaper and magazine clippings, prints, sketches and other materials appear among the papers.
ASM0041 J. Carlton Barnette papersAdd to your cart.
The J. Carlton Barnette Papers include two book-length manuscripts, two notebooks with research material, five short manuscripts with accompanying photographs, the contents of a photo album, and various other loose photographs, all related to Peru. The photographs in the manuscripts and those found loose in the collection are appendixed at the end. Those photographs in the photo album were not appendixed due to their organization in the album.
ASM0293 E. G. Barnhill papersAdd to your cart.
The E. G. Barnhill Collection contains negatives of Florida homes and birds, as well as glass plate negatives of Florida scenes. The collection also contains hand-colored postcards by Barnhill depicting Florida scenes (ca. 1910s-1930s), early Florida ephemera,  several biographical pages and scrapbooks put together by Barnhill with many resourceful historical clippings from the early half of the 20th century on pirates, Native Americans, archaeological exploits, early technology, and treasure hunting.
ASM0292 Barrett, John Photograph collection, 1913-1920Add to your cart.
John Barrett (1866 – 1938) was a United States diplomat and journalist and one of the early directors general of the Pan American Union (currently known as the Organization of American States). This collection consists of photographs of Latin American delegates to the Pan American Union.
ASM0200 Basil Rowe Papers, 1940-1950Add to your cart.
This collection consists of the personal papers of Captain Basil Rowe. Rowe flew for the airline West Indian Aerial Express (WIAX) before being hired by Pan American World Airways, Inc. His papers include: correspondence, news clippings, short stories, reocords of nomination into the aiviaton hall of fame, operations bulletins, photographs, a cockpit checklist, an examination on keeping fit for flying, maintenance bulletins, Martin M-130 information, instructions for the use of the Boeing 247-D Circular Balance Computer, and memoranda concerning emergency landings.
ASM0025 Harold Bauer papers, 1925-1976Add to your cart.

The Harold Bauer Papers consist primarily of correspondence between the University of Miami School of Music and Bauer regarding his master piano classes. The letters are primarily between Bauer and Bertha Foster, Dean of the School of Music until 1944, and Joseph Tarpley, School of Music Secretary from 1944 to 1951 and Assistant Dean until 1967. Correspondence files also include memoranda amongst University administration regarding Bauer's classes as well as with prospective students.

The collection also contains a few photographs, concert programs, and clippings.

ASM0322 James Baxter collection, 1883-1967Add to your cart.
The James Baxter collection contains Florida related materials. Included are a deed of sale and title of a house in Flagler; theater publications from the Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Miami Summer Star Theater, and the Dade County Auditorium Playgoer; postcards from Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Fort Myers, Palm Beach, and Miami Beach; a series of photographs of historic sites in Florida, largely lighthouses; a 1903 periodical titled "Liberty Boys of '76: The Liberty Boys in Florida, 1903"; an 1883  Vol XIX issue of Dime Beadle's New York Library, subtitled "Alligator Ike; or The Secret of the Everglade. A Tale of the Outlaws of the Okeechobee"; and a photocopy of the latter periodical.
ASM0435 Jack Beeson papersAdd to your cart.
A copy of American composer Jack Beeson's sheet music with corrections for the opera, "Hello out there" (1953). The papers also include  a letter from the composer.
ASM0026 Ross Beiler papers, 1958-1979Add to your cart.
The Ross Beiler papers include published studies and research files on politics in south Florida, 1958-68.  The papers, which include polls, articles and papers, newspaper clippings, political advertisements, correspondence, course outlines, and other materials, consist of five series.
ASM0028 John W. Bennett collection, 1948-1980Add to your cart.
The John W. Bennett collection contains two audiocassettes titled "Alistair Cook speaks of H. L. Mencken from the tape of Mrs. R. R. Bennett, 6/15/80" and "Conversation - H. L. Mencken and Dr. Donald Kirkley. June 30, 1948," two newspaper clippings on H. L. Mencken, and a photocopy of a book titled "Roosevelt and the Republic" by John W. Bennett.
M0559 Berke, Judith PapersAdd to your cart.

A local poet who grew up in Manhattan and resided in Miami Beach, Florida for the latter years of her life, Judith Anne Berke (Sep 9, 1931 - Jul 24, 2013) wrote and published several works that embody the spirit of Florida, its unique history and its people. She attended Smith college in her youth and began writing when she was 49 years of age then published her first book in 1989. Outside of writing, she studied painting at l'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris and was a skilled scuptor. She also studied acting, designed puppets, and sang in the Opera Guild of Greater Miami, demonstrating a huge breadth of talent that spanned many disciplines.

Her papers include her manuscripts, drafts, and poems either in notebooks or in typescripts. Also included are some of her scrapbooks and a sculpted bust.

ASM0375 Charles Bicking papers, 1930-1988Add to your cart.

Dr. Charles A. Bicking was an award-winning mechanical engineer active in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Industrial Statistics, Engineering Statistics, Operations Research, and Quality Control. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Techology, Bicking has held numerous posts as an engineer, consultant, and lecturer in a number of countries. Bicking also published and presented dozens papers in the above fields. Bicking was an official U.S.A. delegate for the 1953 session of the International Statistical Institute in Rome. He won the ASTM Award of Merit in 1962. Some of the organizations, corporations, and associations that Bicking worked with include the American Society for Quality Control, the American Statistical Assocation, A.S.Q.C., Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, White Sands Missile Range, Carborundum Company, Hercules Powder Company, NASA, Nashua Corporation, Tracor Jitco, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Control Data Corporation.

The Charles Bicking Papers contains documents spanning across the entirety of Dr. Bicking's career, as described above.

ASM9980 Biltmore Hotel blueprints, 1924-2002Add to your cart.
This collection contains the original 1924-1925 blueprints used by Schultze & Weaver to design the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel, as well as a 1981 reconstruction blueprint. Also included is an essay by Andrew E. Colsky titled "The History of the Miami Biltmore Hotel and Country Club," a 1989 report titled "The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida, Operating Results 1989 January Through September & Full Year Outlook, 1990 - 1993 Projection," and a 2002 Biltmore News bulletin.
ASM0029 Dr. John Bitter collection, 1923-1971Add to your cart.
The Dr. John Bitter collection contains materials documenting Bitter's career as a conductor and composer. The collection includes sheet music for several compositions by Bitter, as well as publications about the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and a 1953 photograph of the University of Miami Orchestra at the Miami Beach Auditorium. Also included are numerous programs from the 1940s-1960s, including ones from the UM Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Miami Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
ASM0030 Mabel Blake papers, n.d., 1967-1972Add to your cart.
The Mabel Blake Papers document the activities of Mabel Blake, a member of the National Council of Negro Women from 1967-1972. The papers include copies of the NCNW constitution of 1967, correspondence, pamphlets and programs, materials from a regional conference, and notes and clippings. Financial records, membership lists, and information on the founder of the NCNW, Mary McLeod Bethune are also arranged in these files.
ASM0031 Ruth Blanch papers, 1965-1976Add to your cart.
The Ruth Blanch Papers contains photographic slides, some purchased and some original, depicting a number of major cities in Europe as well as some in the United States and Mexico. Particularly represented in the collection are Italian cities and provinces, such as Rome, Venice, Caserta, Pompei, Naples, Padova, Milan, as well as the Vatican. Interspersed are purchased slides of famous European artworks and personal family slides.
ASM0405 W.A. Blount papers, 1910-1911Add to your cart.
The W.A. Blount Papers consist of the correspondence of 1910 and 1911 between W.A. Blount of the Pensacola, Florida, law firm of Blount, Blount and Carter and R.E. Hall, superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction of Dade County, Florida. Blount's law firm was retained to review the Dade County school board's warrants issue of 1910.
ASM0034 Theodore Bolton papers, 1861-1977Add to your cart.

The Theodore Bolton Papers contains materials that span from across the entirety of Bolton's life. Bolton was active as a book illustrator and as an art historian, and so there are typescripts, manuscripts, reprints, and periodicals, as well as sketches, prints, drawings, engravings, and sketchbooks.

Bolton's sketches are primarily illustrations for books or Christmas Card designs. Also among the sketches are several done by other illustrators. These include an original illustration by Timothy Cole, as well as a number of original sketches by James Daugherty. Many of these sketches are on Christmas cards sent to Theodore Bolton and Helen, his wife.

Beside his manuscripts and illustrations, of special notice are travel journals by Bolton spanning across several decades, each of which contain illustrations of the places that he visited, and 20 Confederate States of America Banknotes.

ASM0035 Natale Bongiovanni papers, 1950-1952Add to your cart.
Natale Bongiovanni was a Field Captain with the U.S. Army. The Natale Bongiovanni Papers contains six notebooks in which Bongiovanni defines and provides context and etymology for every word of President Harry Truman's State of the Union Address to Congress on January 4, 1950.
ASM0374 Books Are Nice collection, 2013-2014Add to your cart.
This collection documents Book Are Nice, and the organization's involvement in the literary culture of Miami. The collection currently includes materials from two editions of Pages & Spreads, a series of pop-up reading room events that Books Are Nice has helped organize.
ASM0003 John G. Borger papers, 1929-1984Add to your cart.
This collection consists of the technical files and papers of John G. Borger, Pan American World Airways, Inc. Vice President and Chief Engineer. The materials document the development of: the Boeing aircraft, including the 707 and 747; Pratt and Whitney and Rolls Royce engines, inlcuding the JT9D; supersonic transport aircraft; and Dassault Aviation, Lockheed and Airbus aircraft. Types of records in the collection include: pamphlets, studies, evaluation reports, and manuals.
ASM0037 Mark F. Boyd collection, 1493-1953Add to your cart.
The Mark F. Boyd Collection contains materials relating to Florida and United States history as well as to natural history and medicine.  The collection, arranged in six series, includes maps, newspapers, prints, photographs, pamphlets, original documents, copies of historical documents, reprints of articles and other materials.
ASM0039 Florence Brigham papers, 1791-1957Add to your cart.

The Florence Brigham Papers consist of four boxes of material totalling two cubic feet of files.  The Papers include research materials Brigham compiled from numerous primary and secondary sources including articles and books, diaries, notes and other materials.  Brigham also conducted interviews with early Keys residents, including many employees of the Federal East Coast Railroad Company.  Newspaper clippings dated 1935-69 detail local history, "pioneers," hurricanes and other topics.  In addition to these records, the files include correspondence with a number ofarchives and libraries, and photostats of original documents and maps.  Brigham also collected prints of Marathon dated 1906-1960.

The Papers include notes on Keys deer, birds, reptiles and other animals, as well as clippings and notes on schools, churches, fishing, libraries and other institutions and activities in the Keys.  Historical material includes copies of early maps, records tracing the title of Keys lands, and materials documenting the construction of the "Overseas Railroad" and the development of Marathon.

ASM0042 British and American Social History Pamphlet collection, 1686-1860Add to your cart.
The pamphlets, published in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, consist of political essays, economic commentaries, treatises on the poor, religious sermons, speeches on current events of the time, reports to government, notes on history, almanacs, plays, music and literature.
ASM0217 Phil Brodatz Photogrammetry papers, 1988Add to your cart.
The Phil Brodatz Photogrammetry papers consist of photographs of historic Miami buildings with the geometric and architectural properties of the buildings described on the photographs, a practice known as photogrammetry. The collection includes photographs of well known landmarks such as the Freedom Tower and Dade County Courthouse, with the geometric and architectural measurements used to help in historic preservation and architectural restoration.
ASM0018 Dr. John O. and Marie Faulkner Brown papers, 1950-2000Add to your cart.
The papers consists of correspondence, photographs, clippings, publications, awards, certificates and medals, speeches and various other materials documenting the life and work of Dr. John O. Brown, first African American Ophthalmologist in Florida and the first African American President of the American Medical  Association. The collection also includes clippings, sermons, speeches and photos of African American folklorist, Rev. William Faulkner.
ASM0483 Franklin Q. Brown papers, 1898Add to your cart.
The Franklin Q. Brown Papers consist primarily of letters written by railroad executive Brown in 1898 while he served as colonel of the Florida State Militia during the Spanish-American War. The collection also contains clippings, photographs, and a dinner menu.
ASM0363 J. H. Brown papers, 1940sAdd to your cart.
The J. H. Brown Papers contains eight photographs of pilots training at the University of Miami during World War II.
ASM0534 Burrows Family papers, 1822-1842Add to your cart.
Correspondence between the Burrows family of Key West and Charleston.
ASM0033 Gregory Bush Florida Community Studies Oral HistoriesAdd to your cart.

Professor Gregory Bush (History Department) and the Institute for Public History (IPH) have recorded a series of interviews around the issue of public spaces in South Florida. Participants, who are representative of the diverse cultural milieu of the region, reflect and provide insights on migration, gentrification, the history of individual neighborhoods, housing, and community services.

These voices help to articulate the ongoing discourse on public space as it applies to South Florida’s History of development. The recordings and accompanying transcripts of the oral history collection document the unique experiences of the region’s inhabitants. In addition, the collection serves as a repository of primary source materials for students, faculty and the general public.

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