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Title: Erl Roman papers, 1935-1964Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1935-1964

ID: ASM0164

Creator: Roman, Erl

Extent: 14.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE contains letters and records dated 1947-64. The majority of the papers in this series, dated 1956-64, involve the Cat Cay Key International Tuna Tournament. Letters, various tournament programs and several issues of a tournament newsletter "Cat Cay Key Hole" document this event.

The remaining correspondence concerns other fishing tournaments, a proposed fishing school at the University of Miami, and Roman's publicity of the University of Miami Marine Laboratory and football team. Information on Roman's angling classes, "fan mail," inquiries about fishing, and business correspondence are also included in this series.

SERIES III, PRESS RELEASES consists of news releases prepared for newspaper and magazine publication and occasionally for radio and television broadcasting. Numerous articles, dated 1951-58, concern the University of Miami Marine Laboratory. Others dated 1947-48 promote Roman's "Angling Class" offered through the

university, and those dated 1949-52 publicize various other facets of the University of Miami. This series also contains records and press releases from 1948-54 regarding The Quarterback's Club, and a description of the proposed Gulf Stream Aquarium to be located on Key Biscayne.

SERIES III provides information about the University of Miami, the curriculum, student activities, efforts to meet the needs of working students and veterans, and the university's expanding community role. The majority of the press releases involve topics with which Roman was personally connected, such as the polo team, the Marine Laboratory, the University of Miami Adult Division and the football team. Other subjects covered include the library, fraternities, commencement and homecoming, registration and orientation, construction, and the G.I. Education Bill.

Press releases also relate to special course offerings such as television courses and stewardess training classes. Performances and shows including Ring Theater productions, University of Miami symphony performances, music school recitals, and art gallery shows are described. Several articles involve academic topics such as the hiring of faculty, research projects, university publications and new departments and schools.

Press releases describe the contributions of The Quarterback's Club. Additional documents such as minutes of meetings and membership cards record club activities, and club records include photographs (contained in box 10, folder 85) of the football team's "Touchdown Tommy."

A "Report on the Proposed Gulfstream Aquarium, Virginia Key, Dade County Florida," also appears in this series. The report, written in 1949 by the project's consulting engineers, describes the aquarium and predicts its role in the community. A plot plan of the area, and letters from "prominent citizens" including the mayor, city manager, and Eddie V. Rickenbacker are also included.

 

SERIES IV: SCRAPBOOKS consists of twenty-five scrapbook albums dated 1935-42. Daily entries in each book cover a 2-4 month period. Contents include newspaper clippings of Roman's Miami Herald column "Angler's Notes," later entitled "Ocean, Bay and Stream." In addition to Roman's articles, the books contain cartoon strips dealing with sport fishing; others illustrate a "world championship fisherman," possibly modelled on Roman. Clippings from various magazines and newspapers provide coverage of Roman's fishing activities.

Roman's Miami Herald column reported fishing news, covered tournaments and other events, and noted celebrities who fished in Miami. The column also notified sport fishers of new regulations and presented views on the issues of fish conservation, boat liscencing and salt water fishing laws. Roman often discussed the contribution of angling to Miami's tourist industry. In a 1940 article, Roman asserted that "Fishing has proved to be a great attraction to this area. That Miami has grown to such fine proportions, is largely due to the excellent salt water angling available here..."

A 1948 issue of Ashaway Sportsman Magazine also appears in this series. Roman's article, "Angling Now Accepted College Course" explains the objectives of Roman's University of Miami class. In addition to fishing technique Roman taught students "how fishing camps are operated, how to became a successful fishing guide, how to qualify for work in a ...summer camp or for a job as public playgrounds manager." He also emphasized the importance of conservation and tried to cultivate an appreciation of the outdoors.

Formats/Genres: Articles, Letters, Photographs, Press releases, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Erl Roman, well known sport fisherman and skilled writer and publicist, provide information about the sport of angling and about the University of Miami's early years. The records, dated 1935-64, are divided into four series. SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE and SERIES IV: SCRAP BOOKS, document Roman's fishing career as well as laws and events influencing the sport. SERIES II: TOPICAL FILES relate to fishing and to Roman's involvement with the University of Miami. SERIES III: PRESS RELEASES contains the press releases issued by Roman for the University of Miami Office of Public Information.

Biographical Note

Before working at the University of Miami, Erl Roman established a reputation as a fisherman and writer. He fished throughout the United States, in Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and the West Indies, and held several fishing records. Roman also launched a crusade for fresh water conservation in Florida and

contributed to the passage of state conservation game and fish laws. Roman also played a key role in promoting the University of Miami. He held a public relations position in the University's Office of Public Information from 1946-64, promoted the University of Miami football team and publicized the Marine Laboratory. Roman also taught a fishing course, coached the polo team and contributed to the university in numerous ways.

Roman's knowledge of sport fishing led to a successful writing career. After graduating from Baltimore City College, he wrote Fishing for Fun in Salty Waters. Numerous outdoor magazines also published his articles. For 17 years, Roman was fishing editor for the Miami Herald, and he held positions as second fishing editor of America and editor of Outdoorsman Magazine.

In addition to fishing, Roman displayed an avid interest in college football. He first supported the University of Miami team during the early 1930's, initiating a lifelong connection with the University. In 1933 Roman helped organize and promote the first "Palm Festival" game which brought the school national publicity and set the precedent for what became known as the "Orange Bowl Game." Roman also aided the team through his donation of the mascot "Touchdown Tommy"--a small canon decorated in school colors.

In 1935, a University of Miami cheerleader originated the practice of firing a canon whenever the football team scored. Two years later Erl Roman painted a salute gun and presented it to the team. The canon, named "Touchdown Tommy," was fired "...on the opening kickoff, on the advent of all scores, at the opening of the second half, and at the end of the game, steadily building up a tradition..."

He also organized "The Quarterback's Club" in 1938, to garner financial support for the team. The Club familiarized Dade County residents with the University of Miami, increased game attendance, raised funds for the football team, and provided aid for players.  An "Entertainment Committee" planned events for visiting squads, and organized dinners and awards banquets. The "Publicity Committee" advertised the club, and the "Block Membership Committee" focused on soliciting large donations from "business firms, movie houses, et cetera...to be used in obtaining outstanding football talent." The club paid for players' hospitalization insurance and trips home, and for coaches' scouting expenses. Club members entertained and acquainted players with the Miami area, and placed them in jobs during school vacations and after graduation.

Roman actively promoted University of Miami football in his capacity as a publicist and in personal and business correspondence. In his letters Roman often discussed attendance at football games and described the excitement of the crowds. In an attempt to interest a journalist in Miami football, Roman wrote that "Football enthusiasm here really is excessive. It's the damndest thing I've ever seen anywhere...I'll get busy and dig up dope for the article on the football games and crowds, and I'll predict that it will make the most interesting football story ever carried in the Post."

In 1946, University of Miami President Bowman F. Ashe requested that Roman work for the University's Office of Public Information. Roman accepted the public relations position which involved the promotion of numerous aspects of the university including those with which he was personally involved: polo, football, the Marine Laboratory and Adult Division Courses. He also wrote or obtained press releases covering university news.

While at the University of Miami, Roman introduced a "Fresh and Salt Water Fishing Class" offered through the Physical Education Department and by the Adult Education Division. For ten years Roman taught this two credit course which drew Dade County residents and tourists as well as students. The polo team, organized in 1947, became another of Roman's projects. He coached the team, leading it to a number of National Championship victories and issued press releases to popularize the sport. Roman also played an instrumental role in the establishment of the first chapter of a national fraternity on campus, and he founded the Symphony Club to aid the developing orchestra.

In his official capacity as publicist, Roman concentrated on public relations in two areas. In correspondence dated 1953 Roman  reported that he was "...mainly concerned with the Marine Laboratory and the athletic department..." two areas he "always sort of specialized in." Using his organizational and publicity skills as he had on behalf of the football team, Roman increased financial backing of the Marine Lab and promoted the institution When the lab was founded in 1942, it lacked funds, buildings and staff. Roman introduced the lab's director to donors who funded the construction of three buildings as well as numerous research projects. Roman participated in and advertised much of this research. The lab, originally staffed by two scientists and housed in an abandoned boathouse on Miami Beach, rapidly became a productive research center with a forty member team. Following his retirement in 1964, Roman continued to raise money for this facility, later known as the Marine Institute, and to promote the University of Miami.

Subject/Index Terms

Fishing
Fishing - Florida
University of Miami - Football - History
University of Miami - History
University of Miami. Marine Laboratory

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: Erl Roman Papers finding aid © 1991 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Rudo Kemper.

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0164CL.pdf


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Series I: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Box 2: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12: 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Box 3: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 14: 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1956-1958Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Cat Cay International Tuna Tournament, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Series II: Topical FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Angling ClassAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Biographical SketchAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Fourth Annual International Tuna Match, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Cat Cay Tuna Tournament CatalogAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Cat Cay, Hatteras Venezuela, Panama, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Contributions, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Dormitory, 1943-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Fishing Class Pictures, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Honorary Degrees: Commencement, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 39: International Light Tackle Tournament, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 40: International Light Tackle Tournament, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Marine Laboratory, 1953-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Marron, Louis E.Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Nova Scotia Tuna HistoryAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Novel: unpublishedAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Polo, 1948-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Polo Program, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Preliminary Sketches of Aquarium and Marine Lab: Virginia Key, 1944Add to your cart.
Series III: Press ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Box 7: Press ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Jan 1948-1949Add to your cart.
Box 8: Press ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Feb 1949-Apr 1951Add to your cart.
Box 9: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: Marine Laboratory, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Marine Laboratory, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Marine Laboratory, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Marine Laboratory, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Marine Laboratory, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 76: The Quarterback's Club: Touchdown Tommy, 1948-1954Add to your cart.
Box 10: Press ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 77: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 78: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 79: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 80: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 81: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 82: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 83: May 1951-Aug 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Angling Class, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Publicity, 1953Add to your cart.
Series IV: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Box 11: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 86: Apr 1935-Dec 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Apr 1935-Dec 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Apr 1935-Dec 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Apr 1935-Dec 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Apr 1935-Dec 1936Add to your cart.
Box 12: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 91: Jan-Aug 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Jan-Aug 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Jan-Aug 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Jan-Aug 1937Add to your cart.
Box 13: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 95: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Sep 1937-Jun 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Ashaway Sportsman Magazine, 1948Add to your cart.
Box 14: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 104: Jul 1940-Feb 1942Add to your cart.

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