Marjory Stoneman Douglas collection, 1964-2006

By Steve Hersh

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Collection Overview

Title: Marjory Stoneman Douglas collection, 1964-2006

ID: ASM0158

Creator: Douglas, Marjory Stoneman (1890-1998)

Extent: 9.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into series based on the source of the donations. If a donation of materials is large enough, it will constitute its own series. However, many items will be placed in an additional, "miscellaneous" series as well.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of archival materials acquired that relate back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the well known environmentalist who was a major force in the fight to preserve the Everglades.

Biographical Note

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was born April 7, 1890 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was raised in Taunton, Massachussets after the divorce of her parents. Marjory attended the public school in Tauton, and Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she majored in English composition, graduating in 1912 with an A. B. degree. After her mother's death and the end of her brief marriage, Douglas moved to Miami to work with her father, Frank Stoneman, then the editor of The Miami Herald. Douglas left the Herald in 1923 after many years working on the Galley, a daily column that always included a poem. As an assistant editor on the paper, Douglas also wrote editorials urging protection and development of Florida's unique regional character in the face of rapid commercial development.  After leaving the paper, she devoted herself to her literary career, writing of short stories, forty (40) of which were published in the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines between 1923 and 1938, many winning O. Henry and other awards.  In 1947, Douglas published "The Everglades: River of Grass", a best-selling guide and natural/political history that not only raised public consciousness regarding the Everglades but also helped to diminish the national misperception of wetlands in general as swamps.  Douglas also became a leader of the successful campaign for the establishement of Everglades National Park and in 1969 helped to found the conservation organization, Friends of the Everglades. Marjory Stoneman Douglas died in her home in Coconut Grove, Florida, on May 14, 1998 at the age of 108.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 boxes

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Due to this collection being a combination of materials from a variety of sources, we cannot assign a blanket rights statement to the entire collection. Any questions regarding copyright will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Related Materials: Marjory Stoneman Douglas papers

Preferred Citation: Marjory Stoneman Douglas collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries

Processing Information: Arranged by Steve Hersh (2014).

Finding Aid Revision History: Audiovisual descriptions by David Rodriguez, May 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Series 1: Martha Hubbart papersAdd to your cart.
This series comprises the materials donated by Martha Hubbart, personal secretary to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Correspondence dominates the series, including letters to Marjory Stoneman Douglas from former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The series also includes photographs, newspaper clippings and articles, primarily related to either Marjory Stoneman Douglas or the Everglades. There are also files from the Friends of the Everglades organization.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1972-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1982-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence, 1997-1998, 2003Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence: Birthday Cards, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Birthday Cards, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Birthday Cards, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence: Birthday Cards: Carrollton School, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence: Birthday Cards: Coral Springs Middle School, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence: Birthday Cards: Gratigny Elementary 4th Graders, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence: Birthday Cards: Home-schooled Children, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence: Birthday Card: Marathon Cub Scouts, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence: Birthday Cards: Seminole Middle School Hearing Impaired Students, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence: Birthday Cards: Silver Ridge Elementary 4th Graders, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence: Bush, Barbara, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence: Bush, George, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence: Butterworth, Robert, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence: Cadbury, Jack and Tessa, 1973, 1978, 1983-1989, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence: Chiles, Lawton, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence: Christmas Cards, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence: Christmas Cards, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence: Christmas Cards, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence: Christmas Cards, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence: Clinton, Bill, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence: Clinton, Hillary, 1994, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence: Connie Mack, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence: Graham, Bob, 1988, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence: Gulliver Academy 4th Graders, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence: Hoffman Estates High School Students, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence: Invitation to Florida Women's Hall of Fame Reception, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary School Play Invitation, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence: Miami-Dade Public Library Budget Cuts, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence: Muir, Helen, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence: North Dade Center for Modern Languages, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence: Pattern Letters, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence: Paul Palmer, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Correspondence: Pleasant Grove Elementary, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence: Program: Wellesley College National Girls and Women in Sports Day Auction, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Correspondence: Publishers and Copyright Records, 1973, 1975-1976, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Correspondence: Reintjes, John, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Correspondence: Roseborough Elementary School Students, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Correspondence: Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Correspondence: Sample Letters, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Correspondence: Sample Letters, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Correspondence: Sample Letters, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Correspondence: Silver, Barbara H., 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Correspondence: Skycrest Elementary 4th Graders, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Correspondence: Tropical Elementary School 4th Graders, 1990Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Article: "Marjory Today", 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Committee for Acquisition of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Property for Museum, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Copyright and Royalties Files, 1987, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Coral Reef Book, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Everglades Restoration (Michael Grunwald), 2002-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Financial Documents, 1972, 1985-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Friends of the Everglades Files, 1986-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Friends of the Everglades Legal Files, 1977, 1985-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Inventories of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Possessions, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Joan and Hy Rosner Environmental Education Fund of the Friends of the Everglades, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Legal Files: Don Dehut Case, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Legal Files: Will and Funeral Arrangements, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 13: List of Gifts to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Achievements and Honors, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Contacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Contacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Miscellaneous FilesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Newspaper Clippings, 1964, 1986-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Newspaper Clippings, 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Newspaper Clippings, 1996-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Photographs, 1975, 1987, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Photographs, 1989-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Photographs: Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Photographic Slides, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographic Slides from Lecture, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Presidential Medal of Freedom Citation, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Publication: "Animal Extinctions and the Future of Biodiversity", 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Publication: "Calypso Log", 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Publication: "The Case For Buying the Everglades Agricultural Area", 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Publication: "Everglades Reporter", 1981, 1983, 1990-1991, 1996-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Publication: "Everglades Reporter", 2002, 2005-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Publication: "For the Future of Florida, Repair the Everglades", 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Publication: "Florida Water", 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Publication: "In Every Generation, Action Frees Our Dreams", 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Publication: "Los Viejos Amigos y Otros", 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Publication: "National Parks", 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Publication: "Parks and Preserves", 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Publication: "Resident Guide to Local Services", 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Publication: "The St. Lucie Conservationist", 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Publication: "Water for South Florida Teacher's Guide", 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Publication: West German Radio Station Program, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Script: "The Everglades: A Wetlands in Peril", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Song Lyrics, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Wellesley Award, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Weekly Planner, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Weekly Planner, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Weekly Planner, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Weekly Planner, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Weekly Planner, 1997Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Calendar: Coconut Grove Bank, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photograph: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs: Unknown Subjects, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Posters: Florida Women, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Poster: United Way, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Subject Files: Ernest Coe, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Stamps, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, Slides, and Negatives: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Everglades, n.d.Add to your cart.
Materials in this folder were donated by Catherine Thurman.
Box 6: Audiovisual Materials - Audiocassettes and VHS tapesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: AudiocassettesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Lady of the Glades - The Life Story of Marjory Stoneman DouglasAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Interview with Mrs. Douglas (Briet)Add to your cart.
Item 3: MSD Interviews, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
10/24/1991: Outsider Magazine / 11/27/1992 USA Weekend Magazine
Item 4: MSD Interviews, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
3/11/1991 - Willow Ann Soltow of KIND News; 3/14/1992; Holly Hays of Florida Living; 12/22/1993 - more questions from W.A. Soltow; 1993 - Clintion reception at the Fountainbleu; 1/4/1994 - questions for Dina Pimentel; 2/3/1994 - Maria Allen reads her letter to MSD
Item 5: Ken Skeens - Florida Spirit, 1994Add to your cart.
Sealed. Commerical album, produced by BMI.
Item 6: Sunrise Fable - T.L. Read, C.E. Long, Vermont Youth OrchestraAdd to your cart.
Item 7: "To Ms. Stoneman Douglas. From Kelley Sams"Add to your cart.
Item 8: God's Reluctant Servant - The Personal Testimony of Steve Brown, Bible TeacherAdd to your cart.
Produced by The Faith Ministry. Note inside cassette case reads: "From a friend" presumably written by the sender. Additional writing reads: "Received by MSD 8/18/1992. She listend to ca. 2 minutes of it and said 'No, that's enough," and expressed mingled puzzlement and indignation that people would have the nerve to thrust their religious beliefs on other people in this way. MAH 8/19/1992"
Item 9: "For-Ever-Glades!" by Lillian Naruns, August 14, 1990Add to your cart.
An opera for children by Lillian Naruns. Presented by Key Biscayne Elementary School students and staff [signed] Lillian Naruns, music teacher
Item 10: Channel 17 News - Special Assignment, May 24, 1983Add to your cart.
Includes Joe Podgor & Maureen Harwitz
Item 11: MSD remembers Balkan experiences, August 1983Add to your cart.
Item 12: A Message to Hassan Bog - a short story by M.S. Douglas, February 11, 1939Add to your cart.
First appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Read by Martha Hubbart, with comments (on side 1 only) by Mrs. Douglas
Item 13: The Hand is Quicker - a short story by M.S. Douglas, March 5, 1938Add to your cart.
First appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Read by Martha Hubbart, with comments by Mrs. Douglas
Item 14: Far Up the Black Mountain - a short story by M.S. Douglas, January 7, 1939Add to your cart.
First appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. Read by Martha Hubbart, with comments (on side 1 only) by Mrs. Douglas
Item 15: Interview with MSD for Gloria Bucco, Delicious Magazine, February 18, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 16: Radio Interview with MSD by Gretel Rieber, April 6, 1991Add to your cart.
Aired on WDR 4, Cologne, Germany
Item 17: Hudson Letters to Ranee of SarawakAdd to your cart.
Item 18: Steve Scheider, October 29, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 19: Side A: MSD on Balkans, etc / Side B: 2 Letters, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 20: Side A: MSD + M. Hubbart, Balkans, Bleak House / Side B: Wellesley + Medal of Freedom, September 1, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 21: "To Mrs. Douglas, From: Barbara Stephenson", April 1, 1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: VHSAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Loxahatchee Environmental Institute, October 17, 1988Add to your cart.
RT: 9:05, cassette label peeled off
Item 2: Episode of "The Simpsons" with mention of MSD, November 1990Add to your cart.
Label: Sent by Bonnie Pietila (works with show) to Dawn Goldman and given to MSD by her
Item 3: MSD and Helen MuirAdd to your cart.
WUFT Channel 5 Program
Item 4: Lady of the Glades - The Life Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1994Add to your cart.
Commerical casstte with packaging. RT 28 minutes. Short documentary on the life of MSD, produced by WPBT 2. Directed by David Counts.
Item 5: World Monitor - TV Presentation of the Christian Science MonitorAdd to your cart.
Label: "MSD is in a segment re: Everglades at the end of this program"
Item 6: Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Birthday Resolutions, Senate and House Floor, April 12, 1990Add to your cart.
Produced by Florida Public Television
Item 7: Marjory gives Medal of Freedom to Diana Chapman Walsh of Wellesley, March 10, 1995Add to your cart.
Label: "From Channel 4"
Item 8: 1 - MSD receiving Medal of Freedom 11/30/1993; 2 - Presentation of Medal at Wellesley 3/10/1995, 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Item 9: MSD Television Interviews + News Reports, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 10: The Everglades Rain Machine (NATURE series)Add to your cart.
Label: MSD isn't in this but her name is in the end-credits
Item 11: Alumnae Acheivement Awards, September 24, 1994Add to your cart.
Label: Linda Dann presenting MSD's Medla of Freedom to Wellesley
Item 12: Florida Water Story, January 12, 1989Add to your cart.
Label: Taped Jan. 12 1989. MSD is close to the end. 2 hours.
Item 13: Everglades - Channel 4 NewsAdd to your cart.
Label: Tx 28.2.90
Item 14: MSD on Channel 4 -"A Matter of Pride" campaign, July-August, 1983Add to your cart.
A Matter of Pride was an environmentalist campaign inititated by WTVJ Channel 4 and endorsed by MSD. Ch. 4 Press Release included in cassette sleeve. Hand written note at bottom of release reads: "Received 8/3/89 - Included a video tape of passage cited above made by MSD & subsequently used on WTVJ promotional broadcast. - GR
Item 15: Cider with Rosie - MSD profile w/ E. MayersonAdd to your cart.
Item 16: "Program on MSD done by Florida Public TV", 1981Add to your cart.
Item 17: Multiple MSD programs, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Label: 1) MSD Person of the Week, Peter Jennings 1/13/89. 2) MSD w/ Sally Fitz 1/19/90. 3) MSD - Attitudes program March 1990. 4) MSD CBS Sunday Morning w/ Charles Kurall 7/29/90