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Thomas J. Wood papers, 1943-1966 | University of Miami Special Collections

By William E. Brown, Jr. and Karen Hudson

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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas J. Wood papers, 1943-1966Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1953-1965

ID: ASM0209

Creator: Wood, Thomas J.

Extent: 36.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The Thomas Wood Papers contain, in SERIES I, Miami local government papers including political advertisements, correspondence, minutes of meetings of the Board of County Commissioners, Board of Public Instruction and of organizations such as the Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board, the Dade County Research Foundation and others.  Newspaper clippings, transcripts of radio broadcasts and other documents, survey forms and reports on the governments of greater Miami also comprise a portion of the papers.

The files contain correspondence, memos, financial and membership records of the Dade County Research Foundation, the 3M Board and other organizations, as well as forms and reports of data on cities including statistics on housing costs, and on local governments including information on services and expenditures. Drafts of bills, budgets, statements to the 3M board, propaganda, records of supporters and opponents of metro government and a record of metro government activities 1956-58 also appear in SERIES I.

SERIES II contains newspaper clippings from major and neighborhood newspapers and provides a chronological record of Miami local government and its development through the period 1953-65.

Formats/Genres: Clippings, Letters, Minutes, Reports, Transcripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Thomas J. Wood was professor of government at the University of Miami. The Wood Papers document the move to consolidate the city of Miami and Dade county governments.  Legislation introduced in 1945 represented the first effort to combine local governments and alleviate conflicts and confusion resulting from overlapping city and county functions.  The various municipalities, however, opposed the bill.  Although a similar effort was made in 1947, no change occurred until 1953 when the Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board organized to draft a new plan for municipal and county government in Dade County.  As the Board's initial step, it hired the University of Miami Government Department to supervise a survey of Greater Miami governments. The university contracted a firm of professional government consultants, the Public Administration Service of Chicago, to begin research.  Members of the Government Department reviewed the findings and reported to the 3M board.  A special Charter Board of the  3M board drafted a charter and legislation to reorganize local government and initiated a campaign to promote metro government.

The Wood papers include political advertisements, correspondence, minutes of meetings, clippings, transcripts of radio broadcasts, survey forms and government reports.

Biographical Note

Professor Thomas J. Wood graduated from Williams college in 1932 and completed graduate study at Harvard University in 1947. In the same year, Wood joined the University of Miami faculty as a professor of government.  As a member of the Government Department, Wood participated in the University of Miami "Impact Study" of local governments in Greater Miami which the University of Miami conducted for the Miami Metropolitan Municipal (3M) Board. The Board, founded in 1953, drafted legislation for the reorganization and consolidation of local county and city governments.

Subject/Index Terms

City planning - Florida - Miami-Dade County
Dade County (Fla.). Board of County Commissioners
Dade County (Fla.). Board of Public Instruction
Miami (Florida) - History - 20th century
Miami (Florida) - Politics and government - 20th century
Miami-Dade County (Fla.) - History
Miami-Dade County (Fla.) - Politics and government

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: Thomas J. Wood Papers Finding Aid © 1994 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Preferred Citation: Thomas J. Wood Papers, Special Collections Division, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised by Rudo Kemper, 2009.

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0209CL.pdf


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Series 1: Miami Local Government PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bibliographies, 1945-57Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: General, 1957-60Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: General, 1957-60Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Budget, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Budget, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Cities and Towns, 1957-60Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Health, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Hospitals, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Interama, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Metro Court and Public Defende, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Parks and Recreation, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Penal Code, 1958-59Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Personnel, 1957-58Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Planning, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Port Authority, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Public Safety, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Public Utilities, 1958-60Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Public Works, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Schedule of 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Traffic and Transport, 1957-60Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Transit Authority, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Urban Renewal, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Welfare, 1957-59Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Zoning and Building, 1957-62Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Zoning and Building, 1957-62Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Zoning and Building, 1957-62Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Resolutions, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Tax Districts, 1958-60Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Board of County Commissioners Ordinances: Traffic code, transport and auto tagsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Board of Public Instruction Minutes, 1957-65Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Board of Public Instruction Minutes, 1957-65Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Board of Public Instruction Minutes, 1957-65Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Dade County: Pre-consolidation move, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Dade County: Pre-consolidation move, 1947Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dade County: Pre-Consolidation move, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Dade County: Grand Jury Reports, 1952-59Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dade County: Grand Jury Reports, 1952-59Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dade County: Grand Jury Reports, 1952-59Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dade County: Grand Jury Reports, 1952-59Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Dade County Pre-Metro: Assessments, 1946-55Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Dade County Pre-Metro: Assessments, 1946-55Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Dade County Pre-Metro: Bond Issues, 1946-53Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dade County Pre-Metro: Criminal Court, 1953-54Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Dade County Pre-Metro: Finances, 1945-55Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Dade County Pre-Metro: Law Enforcement, 1943-57Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dade County Pre-Metro: Metropolitan Problems, 1953-55Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Dade County Pre-Metro: Planning and zoningAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Dade County Pre-Metro: Politics, 1946-54Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Dade County Pre-Metro: Roads and traffic, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Dade County Pre-Metro: Schools, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Dade County Pre-Metro: South Bay Causeway, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Dade County Pre-Metro: Miscellaneous Forms, 1953-55Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Dade County Pre-Metro: Miscellaneous Forms, 1953-55Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dade County Pre-Metro: Miscellaneous Forms, 1955-56Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Dade County Pre-Metro: Miscellaneous Forms, 1955-56Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dade County Pre-Metro: Miscellaneous Forms, 1955-56Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dade County Research Foundation: By-laws, 1947-57Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dade County Research Foundation: City Manager, 1947-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Dade County Research Foundation: City Manager, 1947-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Dade County Research Foundation: County home rule and metropolitan governmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Dade County Research Foundation: DeclineAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dade County Research Foundation: Finances, 1957-58Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Dade County Research Foundation: Membership, 1952-58Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dade County Research Foundation: Miami Government ScandalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Dade County Research Foundation: Minutes and committeesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Dade County Research Foundation: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Dade County Research Foundation: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Dade County Research Foundation: Reports and ScriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Dade County Research Foundation: ResignationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: McLeod Amendment: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: McLeod Amendment: League of MunicipalitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: McLeod Amendment Literature: Anti-AmendmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: McLeod Amendment Literature: Pro-AmendmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: McLeod Amendment Literature: PropagandaAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: McLeod Amendment Literature: WTVJ EditorialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Metro Activities: CommunicationAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Metro Activities: WelfareAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: County Manager: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: County Managers: CalendarsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: League of Women VotersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Metro CommissionersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Metro Legal CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Metro PersonnelAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Port AuthorityAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Metro Clipping Diary: AnnexationAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Metro Clipping Diary: Autonomy AmendmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Metro Clipping Diary: Budget and FinanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Metro Clipping Diary: Building and ZoningAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Metro Clipping Diary: CitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Metro Clipping Diary: CommissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Metro Clipping Diary: CourtsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Metro Clipping Diary: LegalAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Metro Clipping Diary: ManagerAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Metro Clipping Diary: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Metro Clipping Diary: OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Metro Clipping Diary: OrdinancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Metro Clipping Diary: ParksAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Metro Clipping Diary: PersonnelAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Metro Clipping Diary: PlanningAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Metro Clipping Diary: Port AuthorityAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Metro Clipping Diary: Public HealthAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Metro Clipping Diary: SafetyAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Metro Clipping Diary: UtilitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Metro Clipping Diary: WelfareAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Metro Clipping Diary: WorksAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Metro Clipping Diary: Road BuildingAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Metro Clipping Diary: Tax AssessmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Metro Clipping Diary: TransportationAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Metro Clipping Diary: UndesignatesAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board: CampaignAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board: MinutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Metropolitan Miami Municipal Board: GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Record of Minutes: 3M and Charter BoardAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Public Administration ServiceAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Metro Charter BoardAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Charter Board: Securing of AttorneysAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Charter Board: Comments on BoardAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Charter Board: FinancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Charter Board: FinancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Charter Board: General InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Charter Board: BiographiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Charter Board: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Charter Board: Home Rule and Charter StatementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Charter Board: Public Relations - Flynn and Fox ContractsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Charter Board: Revision SuggestionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Dade County Charter DraftsAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Division of Powers between County and CitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings: Charter Board, December 5, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Charter Board Minutes and Hearings: Letters of Recommendations for ManagerAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: First Charter Board Minutes, 07/1955-06/1957Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Propaganda/Evaluations - General: Favorable MetroAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Propaganda/Evaluations - General: Opposition MetroAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Propaganda/Evaluations - General: Public HearingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Propaganda/Evaluations - General: Speeches and ScriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Propaganda/Evaluations - General: SummaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Propaganda/Evaluations - Disinterested Parties: Other Cities and StatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Propaganda/Evaluations - Disinterested Parties: Experts and OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Propaganda/Evaluations - Interested Parties: Chamber of Commerce and other business organizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Propaganda/Evaluations - Interested Parties: SummaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: Civic OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: County CommissionersAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: Dade County Research FoundationAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: Dade League of MunicipalitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: Financial InstitutionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: IndividualsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: LaborAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: LawyersAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: OfficialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizations and Groups: Retail MerchantsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Propaganda/Evaluations - Other Organizatoins and Groups: Tax payers and civic improvement organizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Miami Impact Study - Chronologies: AdministrationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Miami Impact Study - Chronologies: BudgetAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Miami Impact Study - Charter AmendmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Miami Impact Study - County Manager: County CommissionAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Univeristy of Miami Impact Study - County Commission: AnalysisAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: University of Miami Impact Study - County Commission: BreakdownAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: University of Miami Impact Study - Count-City RelationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Miami Impact Study - McLeod AmendmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: University of Miami Impact Study - Metro courtAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Miami Impact Study - Public Safety DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: University of Miami Impact Study - Water and SewerAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: University of Miami Impact Study - Questionnaires and Dade County Research Foundation ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: AssessmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Home Ownership CostsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Bal HarbourAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Bay HarborAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Biscayne ParkAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Coral GablesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Dade CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - El PortalAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Florida CityAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Golden BeachAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - HialeahAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Hialeah GardensAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - HomesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Indian CreekAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - MedleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - MiamiAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Miami BeachAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Miami ShoresAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Miami SpringsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - North Bay VillageAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - North MiamiAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - North Miami BeachAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - OpalockaAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - PennsucoAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - South MiamiAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - SurfsideAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - SweetwaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - Virginia GardensAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Individual Cities - West MiamiAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: InsuranceAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Septic TanksAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: UtilitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: University of Miami Impact Study - Statistics -- Cities: Vital StatisticsAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 14: Apr 1953-Dec 1957Add to your cart.
Box 15: July 1957-Jun 1958Add to your cart.
Box 16: Jun 1958-Oct 1958Add to your cart.
Box 17: Oct 1958-Jan 1959Add to your cart.
Box 18: Jan 1959-Apr 1959Add to your cart.
Box 19: Apr 1959-May 1959Add to your cart.
Box 20: May 1959-Jul 1959Add to your cart.
Box 21: Jul 1959-Sep 1959Add to your cart.
Box 22: Oct 1959-Dec 1959Add to your cart.
Box 23: Jan 1960-Jun 1960Add to your cart.
Box 24: Jul 1960-May 1961Add to your cart.
Box 25: Apr 1961-Nov 1961Add to your cart.
Box 26: Dec 1961-May 1962Add to your cart.
Box 27: May 1962-Aug 1962Add to your cart.
Box 28: Aug 1962-Feb 1963Add to your cart.
Box 29: Mar 1963-Jul 1963Add to your cart.
Box 30: Aug 1963-Jan 1964Add to your cart.
Box 31: Jan 1964-Jun 1964Add to your cart.
Box 32: Jul 1964-Jan 1965Add to your cart.
Box 33: Mar 1965-Jun 1965Add to your cart.
Box 34: Jul 1965-Jan 1966Add to your cart.
Box 35: Feb 1966-May 1966Add to your cart.
Box 36: Neighborhood Newspapers, 1957-64Add to your cart.

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