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Bob Simms collection

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Simms Family

George Washington Carver School Photographs and Yearbooks

Metro Dade County Community Relations Board

Miami Inner City Minority  Experience / Defense Race Relations Institute

Minority Inner City Marine Project

Bob Simms Daily Logs

Judge Leah A. Simms Campaign Material

General Daniel "Chappie" James Family

Negatives

Awards and Exhibits



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Bob Simms collection, 1907-2006 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Beatrice Colastin Skokan and Jameatris Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: Bob Simms collection, 1907-2006Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: ASM0650

Creator: Simms, Bob (1927-)

Extent: 105.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

Series I. Simms Family

Sub-series A. Photographs

Sub-series B. Correspondence and other documents

Sub-series C. Audio Cassettes

Series II. George Washington Carver School Photographs and Yearbooks

Series III. Community Relations Board

Series IV. Miami Inner City Minority Experience / Defense Race Relations Institute

Series V. Minority Inner City Marine Project

Sub-series A. Photographs

Sub-series B. Correspondence

Series VI. Bob Simms Daily Logs

Series VII. Judge Leah A. Simms Campaign Material

Sub-series A. Photographs

Sub-series B. Correspondence and Financial Reports

Sub-series C. Clippings

Series VIII. General "Chappie" James and family

Series IX. Negatives

Series X. Awards & Exhibits

Formats/Genres: Appointment books, Audiovisual materials, Civil rights - Florida - Miami-Dade County - Periodicals, Discrimination - Florida - Miami-Dade County - Periodicals, Negatives, Photographs, Slides (Photographs)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Bob Simms Collection documents the life and activities of Robert H. Simms in the black communities in Coconut Grove and Miami and reflects his work with the Community Relations Board and the Defense Race Relations Institute. The Collection also contains  campaign materials from Leah Simms, the first African American female judge in the state of Florida, and the "Glory in the Grove" photographs of people and events at the George Washington Carver elementary and high schools in Coconut Grove before desegregation. A final component of the collection includes photographs, correspondence and clippings of General "Chappie" James and his family. General James was the first four star African American General and married Dorothy Watkins.

Biographical Note

Bob Simms was born in Snow Hill, Alabama in 1927. Shortly after his birth, Bob Simms' parents Alberta (1888-1970) and Harry Simms (1884-1949) relocated to the community of Tuskegee, Alabama, as members of the music faculty.  Harry Simms was one of Dr. Washington Carver's students in the class of 1907 and often took his youngest son Bob with him on visits to Dr. Carver's home.

Bob Simms moved to Florida in 1953 to join the faculty of the George Washington Carver schools in Coconut Grove and later served as Executive Director of the Metro Dade Community Relations Board from 1968 to 1983. Mr. Simms developed the Miami Inner-City Minority Experience (MICME) for the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1970s and led efforts to create and implement the Inner City Marine Project - now known as Mast Academy. With his wife Aubrey Watkins Simms, he was a founding member of the Church of the Open Door in Liberty City and is the father if the first black woman to serve as judge in Florida, Leah Simms. Mr. Simms is Emeritus Member of the University of Miami, Board of Trustees.

Subject/Index Terms

African American generals
African American judges - Florida
African American leadership
Generals - United States
James, Daniel, 1920-1978
Judges - Selection and appointment - United States
Metropolitan Dade County (Fla.). Community Relations Board
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Tuskegee Institute
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University. General Chappie James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Bob Simms Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Robert H. Simms, 2007.

Related Materials: Bob Simms : An Activist's Life and Legacy (online exhibit) For more information please see http://scholar.library.miami.edu/bobsimms/index.html.

Preferred Citation: Bob Simms Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Other Note: The attached container list is specific to "Series 9: Negatives."  It is an inventory of the negative file for BobSimms' photographic collection and features people, organizations, activities and events from Coconut Grove, South Miami and Richmond Heights from 1953 to 1964.

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0650Series9CL.pdf


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[Series 2: George Washington Carver School Photographs and Yearbooks],
[Series 3: Metro Dade County Community Relations Board],
[Series 4: Miami Inner City Minority  Experience / Defense Race Relations Institute],
[Series 5: Minority Inner City Marine Project],
[Series 6: Bob Simms Daily Logs],
[Series 7: Judge Leah A. Simms Campaign Material],
[Series 8: General Daniel "Chappie" James Family],
[Series 9: Negatives, 1953-1964],
[Series 10: Awards and Exhibits],
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Series 1: Simms FamilyAdd to your cart.

The Simms Family moved to Miami during the fall of 1953 when Bob Simms (b. 1927) accepted the position of chair of the physical education department at George Washinton Carver, Jr. and Sr. High School. It ws during this time that he began to take pictures of various school events, organizations and individuals to serve as a visual documentation of a segregated school.

He later served as the Executive Director of the Dade County Community Relations Bard, an organization created to mediate ethnic conflicts.

Aubrey Watkins Simms (1924-2006) worked as the assistant to two University of Miami presidents, Henry King Stanford and Edward T. Toote II.  She was very active in various community organizations and served on the board of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Mr. and Mrs. Simms' son David Michael Simms (b. 1954) is a radiologist and classical bassist. He played in the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Symphony while attending Williams College. Their daughter Leah A. Simms (b. 1949) became the first black woman to serve as judge in the history of Florida. She was appointed by Governor Bob Graham in 1981 and elected to the post in 1982.

Sub-Series A: Correspondence and family documentsAdd to your cart.
Box 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 2: Simms and Thompson familiesAdd to your cart.
Box 3: Simms and Watkins familiesAdd to your cart.
Box 4: Simms familyAdd to your cart.
Box 5: Covington, Simmons and Simms familiesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series B: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 6: Photo albums : weddings and special tributesAdd to your cart.
Note: Tuskegee Army Flying School photo album.
Box 7: Photo albums : grandchildren (Simms and Graham)Add to your cart.
Box 8: Photographs (various) : Simms, James, Lancasters, Barrys and Gunns familiesAdd to your cart.
Box 9: Photographs : General Daniel "Chappie" James Aerospace CenterAdd to your cart.
Note: 1. Photos of the dedication by then President  Ronald Reagan of the General Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education dedicated on May 10, 1987. 2. Race Relations conference in Garmische, Germany.
Box 10: Photographs : Judge Leah A. Simms investiture ceremonyAdd to your cart.
Box 11: Photo albums : Tanglewood, Nassau and Jamaica and TuskegeeAdd to your cart.
Notes: Includes functions of the Dade County Community Relations Board featuring Gen. "Chappie" James, Mayor Steve Clark, Mrs. Audrey R. Finkelstein, UM President Henry King  Stanford, Dr. John O. Brown, Monsignor Walsh and George McGovern.
Box 12: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Notes: Bob Simms at Xavier University
Box 13: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Note: includes pictures of Simms' grandchildren
Box 14: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 15: NegativesAdd to your cart.
Box 19: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 20: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 21: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 22: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 23: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 24: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 25: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 26: Family photographs (various)Add to your cart.
Box 27: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 28: Photographs (oversize)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series C: RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 16: Audio recordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 17: Audio recordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 18: Audio recordingsAdd to your cart.

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[Series 2: George Washington Carver School Photographs and Yearbooks],
[Series 3: Metro Dade County Community Relations Board],
[Series 4: Miami Inner City Minority  Experience / Defense Race Relations Institute],
[Series 5: Minority Inner City Marine Project],
[Series 6: Bob Simms Daily Logs],
[Series 7: Judge Leah A. Simms Campaign Material],
[Series 8: General Daniel "Chappie" James Family],
[Series 9: Negatives, 1953-1964],
[Series 10: Awards and Exhibits],
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