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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: 107.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

Series I. Simms Family

Sub-series A. Photographs

Sub-series B. Correspondence and other documents

Sub-series C. Audio Recordings

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

Series VIII. General "Chappie" James and family

Series IX. Negatives

Series X. Awards & Exhibits

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

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

Processing Information: Audio-visual descriptions added by David Rodriguez, May 2016

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Simms Family],
[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.
8 small photograph albums and 1 wallet-insert with chromogenic prints of family members. AARP card of Aubrey Simms included
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: Audio RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 16: AudiocassettesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Excerpt - Board Meeting, June 20, 1989Add to your cart.
Label: "Partial - Anger"
Item 2: Zoning Hearing - Myron Swat Miami Movie Studio, April 21, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 3: Side A - Griffin, GA Oct. 17, 1970 / Side B - Polk County February 16, 1971 "Spirit of America"Add to your cart.
Item 4: CRB Luncheon: Gen. "Chappy" James / Audrey FinkelsteinAdd to your cart.
Item 5: [Unlabelled Cassette - "Bob Simms Collection"]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Presentation before Dade County Media Representatives during Community Assertainment, July 1978Add to your cart.
Item 7: Housing Conference - Homestead, May 11, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 8: Gainesville PresentationAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Mobile Seminar, March 16, 1977Add to your cart.
Item 10: Presentation to Gainesville Civic, Political, Business Leadership re: The Miami Model, March 26, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 11: Macon, GA ESSAP Conference, August 9, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 12: ECL - Session Bob Simms & GroupAdd to your cart.
Item 13: ESL ClosingAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Reverend Walter T. Richardson - The Half Has Never Been Told, A Black History Sermon, 1993Add to your cart.
Commerical cassette
Item 15: Interview - Staff, CBS News Rick Cohen - B. Simms, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 16: Bob Simms RetirementAdd to your cart.
Item 17: AMAWC (Copy for Bob Simms), May 5, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 18: Mrs. Jones Syndrome / Introduction (Non-Verbal Presentation) / Music VTR ProductionAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Victory Homes / KKK Victory HomesAdd to your cart.
Item 20: Emergency Follow-Up Liberty City Disturbance, March 15, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 21: Slide PresentationAdd to your cart.
Box 17: AudiocassettesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Anne Dixon - Tuskegee, Ala., September 8, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 2: Ame DixonAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Bob Simms & Audrey Finkelstein, WLRN Radio, November 1983Add to your cart.
Item 4: J.A. Watkins Oral History / Inheritence, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 5: Graduation Excercises / Speaker, Dade Community College, May 6, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 6: A.L. Simms - Negro SpiritualsAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Audiocassettes: A.L. Simms  singing spiritualsAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Alberta Lillian sings Negro spiritualsAdd to your cart.
Item 9: A.L.Simms spiritualsAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Side A - Commencement Speech & MVS A.L. Simms / Side B- Simmons HeritageAdd to your cart.
Item 11: J.A. Warkins - Summer 1973, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 12: Side A - A Visit to Grandma Simmons Home / Side B - A Visit to Noble's; GershwinAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Oral History - Poppoo (J.A. Watkins)Add to your cart.
Item 14: Side A - A Visit to Grandma Simmons Home / Side B - A Visit to Nobles; GershwinAdd to your cart.
Item 15: Alberta Lillian sings Negro spirituals, February 1954Add to your cart.
Item 16: Noble's Birthday PartyAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Hattie S. Kelly - Early Childhood 1896-1911Add to your cart.
Item 18: Hattie S. Kelly - Early Years cont. + 1911 - high schoolAdd to your cart.
Item 19: A.L. Simms - Negro SpiritualsAdd to your cart.
Item 20: Promenade on the Mall, April 19, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 21: Straight Talk, WLRN, guest Bob Simms, February 13, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 22: Straight Talk, Audrey Finkelstein, 1982Add to your cart.
Item 23: Hattie S. Kelly - High School - onwardAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Oral Histories - J.A. Watkins + Aunt Annie, cousins, August 1973Add to your cart.
Item 25: MICME MasterAdd to your cart.
Box 18: AudiocassettesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: University of Miami Teacher Interns - Star Power Procession, February 1, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 2: [Unmarked Tape]Add to your cart.
Item 3: General Chappie James Jr. - CRB LuncheonAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Chappie - J-105, J-110, J-114, J-115, J-145, J-149Add to your cart.
Item 5: General James Press Conference, January 27, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 6: [Unlabelled Cassette - "Bob Simms Collection"]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Robert's SpeechesAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Col. James Speech on "Americanism", December 10, 1968Add to your cart.
Item 9: General "Chappie" James - CRB Luncheon, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 10: University of Miami Student LOBs Final Session, November 17, 1974Add to your cart.
Item 11: The National Conference of Christians and Jews, Temple Israel of Greater Miami, November 19, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 12: Black Vietnam Veteran's Coming HomeAdd to your cart.
Item 13: School & Community Speech, May 31, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 14: Narration Slide Presentation - Non-Verbal Communication: A Cross Cultural Phenomenon,  Mrs. Jones SyndromeAdd to your cart.
Item 15: Orientation - Opening SessionAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Planning Conference re: Back PaperAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Conference re: Indigenous family visit to state penal insitution hosted by Simms & FreemanAdd to your cart.
Item 18: [Unlabelled Cassette - "Bob Simms Collection"]Add to your cart.
Item 19: Bob Simms CBS News Interview Summer 1980, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 20: Project Involvement Meeting, January 1971Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Simms Family],
[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],
[All]



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