Edgar Hay papers, 1920-1977

By Karen Hudson and William E. Brown, Jr.

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Collection Overview

Title: Edgar Hay papers, 1920-1977

Predominant Dates:1928-1958

ID: ASM0094

Creator: Hay, Edgar

Extent: 14.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

SERIES I: WRITINGS includes articles from Hay's personal experiences as a newspaper reporter, as well as promotional material on Miami for tourism publications. One of Hay's stories deals with the hanging of a smuggler. Although the judge issued a ruling that barred press from the hanging, Hay disguised himself as an undertaker and covered the story for the Miami Herald. In 1945 Hay was invited to Caracas to supervise a tourism campaign, and he

arrived in the midst of a revolution. The articles "Revolution with a Bomb--Venezuela Style" and "Revolution with a Sense of Humor," describe his experiences in Venezuela. Hay's books, Gators and Crocs of Florida and Masonic Power in the United States, as well as his stories, plays, songs and other works also appear in the papers.

SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE, dated 1930-77, concerns business activities, the publication of Hay's works, criticisms of his writings, and articles written for the University of Miami Office of Public Information. Correspondence also relates to the production of Hay's play "Rhapsody in Two Flats," by the Works

Progress Administration. Programs and other materials document the Miami Federal Players performances and clippings from the Miami Herald contain favorable reviews.

SERIES III: TOPICAL FILES, includes files on a variety of Hay's experiences, and contain photographs, programs and other materials from his trip to Europe in 1931 with the Beaux Arts Society. Clippings dated 1931-35 detail. Hay's appearances in theater productions. Programs and pamphlets document many University of Miami events during the years 1953-58. Photographs illustrate Hay's trip to Caracas and the uprising he witnessed in 1945. Others photos contain views of actors and productions of the Civic Theater of Miami, as well as the theater's reopening in the 1950's. Photographs of Hay, his family and others are also

arranged in this series.

Scrapbooks in SERIES IV, dated 1928-38, contain newspaper clippings from the Miami Herald column "Show Folks."

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edgar Hay Papers contain articles, short stories and other writings, correspondence, photographs and scrapbooks with clippings of the column "Show Folks" which he wrote for the Miami Herald.

Biographical Note

Actor, writer and publicist Edgar Hay moved to Miami in 1920 and entered the local theater scene. Before coming to Miami, Hay embarked on a brief stage career and also served in World War I. Although he lacked formal training, Hay obtained roles in several musical plays, and returned to Broadway for a short period after the war. In Miami, Hay acted in plays and wrote newspaper columns about local productions. The Federal Theater Project of the Works Progress Administration produced his play, "Rhapsody in Two Flats," in the 1930's. Hay also wrote a number of other plays, articles and short stories, and held several public relations positions. 

  Hay joined an order of Freemasons while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1918, and in 1920 "through the Masonic friendship of ...Frank B. Stoneman editor-in-chief of the Miami Herald," Hay obtained employment in Miami. Hay wrote his first column for the Herald, "Miami Rambles" between 1920 and 1924. During the 1920's, Hay also became active in Miami theater, performing with the original Miami Community theater and Parkway Playhouse.

  From 1925 to 1928 Hay worked as publicist for the City of Coral Gables, and then resumed work with the Herald writing a column "Show Folks." Hay also worked as a copywriter and account executive for Loomis and Hall, Inc. In 1939, he left the Herald to devote full time to advertising and accepted public relations positions at the Florida Power and Light Company and Pan American World Air Ways, Inc. In 1944 he joined the Office of Special Information for the Air Service Command at the Miami Air Depot. After leaving his position as an associate of Arthur E. Curtis, Hay joined the University of Miami Office of Public Information where he remained until 1961.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research, but is kept in an off campus storage facility. Please allow up to 72 hours for delivery of requested materials.

Use Restrictions: Edgar Hay Papers Finding Aid © 1993 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Finding Aid Revision History:

Container list by Marcia Evanson.

Revised by Rudo Kemper.

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0094CL.pdf


Box and Folder Listing


Series I: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Advertising Copy: Loomis and HallAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles: "Brides of Space"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles: "Crocodiles and Alligators"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Articles: "Does God Answer Prayers"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles: "How to Change a Typewriter Ribbon"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Articles: "How to Remove Plastic..."Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Articles: "How to Stop a Conversation"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Articles: "I've been Riding on the Railroad"Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles: "Love, Life and a Sandspur"Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Articles: The Mechanical Mind"Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Articles: "Memo to Precocious Children"Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Articles: "The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met"Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Articles: "Musing the News"Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Articles: "Negro Freemasonry..."Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Articles: "Profile of a Proofreader"Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Articles: "Revolution by Bomb..."Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Articles: "Revolution with a Sense of Humor"Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Articles: "Romping Round the Mediterranean"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Articles: "Tell it Like it is, Man"Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Articles: "Theodore Bolton: In Memorium"Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Articles: "They even Train Professors to be TV Performers"Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Articles: "Those Other Precious Stones"Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Articles: "UM Climbs the Mountains"Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Articles: "Villages are Part of University," Coconut Grove: Village within a CityAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Articles: "We Remember Shorty"Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Articles: "Well I Never"Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Articles: "The Wire Coat Hanger"Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Articles: "Your Host Believes in Make-Believe"Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Articles: Alderman, James HoraceAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Articles: Alderman, James HoraceAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Articles: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Articles: Spicer-Simson, TheodoreAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Published: "The City That Never Sleeps"Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Published: "The Condemned Traveler"Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Published: "For Love of the World"Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Published: "Hangers that Go Haywire"Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Published: "Helen Inside Miami"Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Published: "Laziness -- A Florida Virtue"Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Published: "Romping Round the Mediterranean"Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Published: "Living Test Tubes"Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Published: "Science Show Windows..."Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Published: "The Mechanical Mind"Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Published: "Theatre in the Mountains"Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Published: "Your Host Theatre: A Profile"Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Published: "You Too Can Learn to..."Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Biography: Ashe, BowmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Book: Gators and Crocs of FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Book: Gators and Crocs of FloridaAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Book: Gators and Crocs of FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Book: Gators and Crocs of FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Cartoons: "Goofy Divers"Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Column: "In the Hayrick"Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Column: "In the Hayrick"Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Column: "In the Hayrick"Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Dialogues: "The Game of Chess"Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Dialogues: "Government Man"Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Dialogues: "Psychoanalysis on the Hoof"Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Diary: 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Manuscripts: "Masonic Power in American Life"Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Manuscripts: "White Temple Methodist Church"Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Manuscripts: "Youth Conquers All in Venezuela"Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Notes: "Miami's Water Supply Facilities"Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Outlines: "History Makes Scents"Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Outlines: "Out for Blood"Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Outlines: "What Do You Know about Your Birthstone"Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Plays: "Dr. Christian and the Hermit"Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Plays: "Dr. Christian and the Hermit"Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Plays: "Dr. Christians Magic"Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Plays: "Dr. Christians Magic"Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Plays: "My Heart is an Artichoke"Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Plays: "My Heart is an Artichoke"Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Plays: "My Heart is an Artichoke"Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Plays: "Gesundheit"Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Plays: "The Janitor", 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Plays: "Love Upstairs"Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Plays: "Love Upstairs"Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Plays: "Rhapsody in Two Flats"Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Plays: "Rhapsody in Two Flats"Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Plays: "Reincarnation"Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Plays: "Where's My Necktie"Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Plays: "Where's My Necktie"Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Plays: "Where's My Necktie"Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Plays: "Where's My Necktie" Act II and IIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 84: Plays: "Where's My Necktie" Directors Copy Act IIIAdd to your cart.
Folder 85: Plays: (Incomplete)Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Radio Script: "The Medal of Honor"Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Sheet Music: "Rose Noire"Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Short Stories: "Contest"Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Short Stories: "Death Beam"Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Short Stories: "Decision"Add to your cart.
Folder 91: Short Stories: "Fortune Finder"Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Short Stories: "Innocent in Bed"Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Short Stories: "Little Character"Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Short Stories: "Joe's Green Day"Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Short Stories: "Minnie and the 5-and-10"Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Short Stories: "The Story of the Three Bears"Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Short Stories: "Now Where's the Pain"Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Short Stories: "Dependable as Your Best Friend"Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Short Stories: "Green Peas and Baloney"Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Short Stories: "Kidnap Job"Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Skits: "Thirsty Mary"Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Skits: "All God's Chillun Got Shoes"Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Skits: "Momens with Marie"Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Skits: "MV Day"Add to your cart.
Folder 105: Song Lyrics: "Song Without Music for Tap Dancer"Add to your cart.
Series II: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Book: "Gators and Crocs"Add to your cart.
Folder 107: BusinessAdd to your cart.
Folder 108: Carl ReinerAdd to your cart.
Folder 109: Cotton, JosephAdd to your cart.
Folder 110: "Dr. Christians Magic"Add to your cart.
Folder 111: Free MasonryAdd to your cart.
Folder 112: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 113: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 114: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 115: "My Heart is an Artichoke"Add to your cart.
Folder 116: "Rhapsody in Two Flats"Add to your cart.
Folder 117: "Rhapsody in Two Flats"Add to your cart.
Folder 118: Real EstateAdd to your cart.
Folder 119: "Thirsty Mary"Add to your cart.
Folder 120: "Where's My Necktie"Add to your cart.
Series III: Topical FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Beaux Arts Society Trip, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 122: Biographical MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 123: Calendar 1950, United Nations PictorialAdd to your cart.
Folder 124: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 125: Florida Public Relations AssociationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 126: Free MasonryAdd to your cart.
Folder 127: Free MasonryAdd to your cart.
Folder 128: Hay, Mrs. FrankAdd to your cart.
Folder 129: Hay, Josslyn Victor: Clippings, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 130: Miami Telephone CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 131: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 132: Personal Records and PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 133: Personal Records and PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 134: Photographs: Venezuela, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 135: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 136: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 137: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 138: Programs: Miami TheaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 139: "Qautre Mois en Florida, 1851-1852"Add to your cart.
Folder 140: Travel PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 141: University of Miami: Parkway PlayhouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 142: University of Miami: Language Week ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 143: University of Miami: Law School HOmecoming Breakfast, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 144: University of Miami: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 145: University of Miami: Ring Theatre ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 146: University of Miami: Report: "Alumni of the Graduate School", 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 147Add to your cart.
Series IV: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 147: Dec. 16, 1928 - Aug. 17, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 148: Jun. 22, 1932 - Aug. 7, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 149: Sep. 24, 1932 - Nov. 9, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 150: Nov. 10, 1932 - Dec. 23, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 151: Dec. 24, 1932 - Feb. 3, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 152: Feb. 4, 1933 - Mar. 19, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 153: May 5, 1933 - Jun. 16, 1933Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 154: Jun. 17, 1933 - Jul. 30, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 155: Jul. 31, 1933 - Sep. 14, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 156: Oct. 30, 1933 - Dec. 1, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 157: Dec. 4, 1933 - Jan. 7, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 158: Jan. 8, 1934 - Feb. 26, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 159: Feb. 27, 1934 - Mar. 31, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 160: Apr. 1, 1934 - Apr. 30, 1934Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 161: May 1, 1934 - Jun. 18, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 162: Jun 1, 1934 - Jun. 30, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 163: Jun. 20, 1934 - Aug. 7, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 164: Aug. 8, 1934 - Sep. 23, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 165: Oct. 30, 1934 - Dec. 2, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 166: Dec. 3, 1934 - Dec. 31, 1934; Dec. 5, 1933 - Jun. 11, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 167: Jan. 1, 1935 - Feb. 3, 1935Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 168: Mar. 12, 1935 - Apr. 16, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 169: Apr. 17, 1935 - May 23, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 170: May 24, 1935 - Jun. 26,1935Add to your cart.
Folder 171: Jul. 2, 1935 - Aug. 17, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 172: Nov.12, 1935 - Mar. 7, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 173: Mar. 11,1936 - May 6, 1936Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 174: May 7, 1936 - May 19, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 175: May ? 1936 - Jan. 14, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 176: Jan. 15, 1937 - Jul. 14, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 177: Jul, 15, 1937 - Jan. 7, 1938Add to your cart.