Florida Photograph Album collection, 1884-1970

By William E. Brown and Rudo Kemper

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Collection Overview

Title: Florida Photograph Album collection, 1884-1970

Predominant Dates:1884-1970

ID: ASM0286

Extent: 26.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The container list contains item-description for individual photographs within the photograph albums.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Florida Photograph Album Collection collects assorted photograph albums in which the content predominantly depicts Florida. The photographs range from the 1880s into the 1970s, and depict St. Augustine, Palm Beach, the Everglades, Miami, Nassau, Key West, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lake Worth, Pensacola, Coconut Grove, and Palatka. Several photographs were taken in Havana, Cuba as well.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Florida Photograph Album Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Preferred Citation: Florida Photograph Album Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Container list by Marcia Evanson and Cassandra Ruiz.

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0286CL.pdf


Box and Folder Listing


Box 1: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 2: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 3: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 4: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 5: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 6: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 7: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 8: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 9: Miami Graffiti Photograph Album, 1990-2000Add to your cart.
"An archive of 172 photographs documenting the graffiti scene in Miami between 1990 and 2000. The photographs highlight both legal and illegal pieces in a variety of locations throughout Miami-Dade County, with a few taken in Ft. Lauderdale. The vast majority of the non-commissioned pieces were done in abondoned buildings know as 'penits' - a term adopted by graffiti artists in the city referring to any abondoned or condemned building or area where a high concentration of illegal graffiti activity took place. Most of the areas shown in the photos no longer exist, the majority of them torn down and turned into housing developments. With very few exceptions, all photographs feature work done by Miami artists and graffiti crews. While a small graffiti scene existed in Miami during the late 1980s, it was mostly propelled by a small contingent of dedicated writers and crews. The scene really hit its stride between 1990-2000, a period during which illegal activity spread throughout the city quite rapidly. Each photograph has the name of the writer, crew affiliation, and location of the piece (when known) written on the verso in Sharpie. All photos taken with either disposable cameras or shot with a Nikon and 35mm film." -- Descriptions from Captain Ahab's Rare Books, bookseller.
Box 10: Photograph AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph Album of Miami and Miami Beach, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photograph Album of St. Augustine, ca. 1890sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Photograph Album of Fort Myers, 1913Add to your cart.
Box 11: West Palm Beach Photo Album from the first Florida real estate boom, ca. 1920Add to your cart.
"The album contains 109 photographs, 47 are 20 by 25 cm., 72 are 8 by 13 cm. 27 bear the embossed stamp of 'W.E. Landes, Photgrapher, West Palm Beach, Fla. Fine unfaded images of downtown, beaches, construction, agriculture, public works projects and others taken through this boom period. Bound in black fabrakoid, photos are laid down on linen cloth. Typed slip pasted on front cover.' A view of part of the business section of West Palm Beach, Florida county seat of Palm Beach County, which is situated on the mainland just across Lake Worth from the resort of Palm Beach. The town is connected with the resort by bridges and West Palm Beach with a population of approximately 12,000 and showed the remarkable increase of 396% from 1910 to 1920 while Palm Beach County showed an increase of 234% in the same period and the State of Florida 28%. The banks had deposits of a few hundred thousands in 1910, but now have over seven millions. Building activities have run into the millions each year and continued to increase through the recent business depression." -Bartlby Books
Box 12: Tomato Pickers of Immokalee, Florida, 2003Add to your cart.
"Fukada, Shiho. Quarto. Leatherette binder. 25 leaves, all but one (the title-page) on photographic-quality paper, many images are captioned in text, sleeved into a binder. Photojournalist's study of the conditions in the Florida tomato farm fields, which was completed in 2003. The editiorial captions extoll the virtues of the CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) as it aids the workers in obtaining fair wages and a better quality of life. Fukada is a Japanese-born photographer based in China, she was nominated by the New York Times for a Pulitzer Prize and won Photo of the Year award from Editor & Publisher Magazine,  and UNICEF Photo of the Year." -Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc.
Box 13: Photo Album: Birds of the Everglades, 1979Add to your cart.
An interesting photo montage of the divers species of birds found in Florida's everglades. The photographer is Jose Alvarez Diaz, from Miami, Florida.
Box 14: Photo Album: Deep Sea Fishing off of Florida and North Carolina, 1937-1941Add to your cart.
Photographs from Manteo and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and Miami, Daytona, Stuart, and St. Augustine, Florida. Images of deep sea fishing and related scenes.
Box 15: Photo Album: 1930s Miami Snapshots, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Box 16: Destruction in Miami, Florida Caused by the 1926 Hurricane, 1926Add to your cart.
Album compiled by Sylva G. Martin. Contains many images illustrating the vast destruction of private homes, businesses, and public buildings, downed foliage, and Miami's downtown section with beached boats. Some of the photos are attributed to Verne Williams, who was a Miami News photographer.
Box 17: Photo Album: Cruise around Central America as well as Train Journey in the Unites States, Photo Album: Hand Colored FLorida Snapshots, 1923Add to your cart.
Box 18: Photo Album: Quebec and Miami, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Photo Album: Quebec and Miami.String-tied black leather over paper boards with "Photographs" stamped in gilt on the front board. Contains 316 sepia toned gelatin silver and 18 color photographs measuring between 3"x3" and 3"x4" affixed to stiff black paper, with captions.  An album kept by a woman and her sister on a boat trip that began in Montreal, Canada, in what appears to be the 1940ss. The photographs show "views along the St. Lawrence River" which include the Jaques-Cartier Bridge as well as Capes Trinity and Eternity on the Saguenay River.  One page shows the mountains on the Canadian leg of their travels with a visit to Quebec's Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls. After four empty pages the second half of the album continues with a trip to Florida, including Miami, (captioned here as "the Magic City") and Naples, with views of the cityscapes, palm trees, and the beach. The women pose around the docks, with tropical plants, visiting with friends, and posing with fish they have caught.  There are a few pages of snapshots from a trip to a circus with photos of animals including elephants and giraffes. An extensive album documenting travel in Canada and Florida in the late 1940s
Box 19: Photo Albums: Snap-Shots, De Land, Florida, 1923-1924Add to your cart.
Two leather-bound albums: Snap-Shots, De Land, Florida. Small sepia-colored photographs on sheets of black paper. Photos depict women amid several Florida backdrops. Photos include palm trees, alligators, old cars, an ostrich, beaches and Florida estates. Includes a plastic pouch of pictures that have come off of various pages in the albums.
Box 20: Photo Album: "Pictures of Our Trip to Florida and Cuba", 1946Add to your cart.
"A photo album compiled in 1946 of a family's trip to Miami Beach, Florida and Cuba. The album begins in North Carolina where the family began their travels south, and details trips to plantation houses and along the Ocean Highway. The family traveled to various places including St. Augustine, Beach Colonial Hotel, Miami, Musa Isle Indian Village, Miami Beach, Havana, Mono Castle, Silver Springs, Tatum Estate, and Washington D.C. Pan American Airlines was also displayed in one picture as the family took a picture with the plane." -Between the Covers Rare Books
Box 21: Photo Album: "Florida Overseas Railroad", ca. 1907-1908Add to your cart.
"[Florida]. Original Photograph Album Recording The Constuction Of The Florida Overseas Railroad, ca. 1907-08. Oblong photograph album bound in red cloth boards, 10^(7/8) x 7^(3/8) in., containing approximately 102 black & white photographs on 48 black album leaves. The majority of the photos measure 3^(1/4) x 4^(1/4) in., with several others measuring 3^(1/2) x 5^(1/2) in. to 5 x 7 in. A number of photographs have been identified in small ink captions below the image. Joints of the album are cracked and the covers are worn. The photographs have been pasted onto the album pages, causing some rippling, and several of the images have been darkened with age. One of the small photographs has been clipped causing loss to a larger photograph on its verso, another appears missing. Minor spotting on some images, otherwise very sound. Housed in custom cloth slip-case." -- "Flagler's Folly" by Bartleby's Books
Box 22: Photo Album: "Photographs of Florida: Crescent City, Oakwood, Lan Lui, and Lake Worth", 1892-1902Add to your cart.
"A very large and heavy oblong album ... Contains 51 stiff card album leaves. Only 14 of those leaves contain photographs. 9 leaves contain 113 images on both the rectos and versos of Florida. 1 leaf contains 5 large images of the Adirondacks on both recto and verso, and 4 leaves contain images of scenes along the Canadian Pacific Line, Manitoba, California, and Colorado ... The most prominent section of this album is that devoted to the images from Florida. Photographs include early images of houses, groves, rural scenery, and people. It appears that this must have been a wealthy family that compiled this album. There are also a suite of images which look to be an African American family who worked a local farm. A very early compilation of Florida before it was significantly developed." --Denning House
Box 23: 93 Frank Geisler Photographs: Properties Designed and Built by Addison Mizner, 1920-1928Add to your cart.
43/93 photographs in this box were donated by Edward J. Cohen (19th Century Photographic Images, Manuscripts, and Rare Documents)
Folder 1: Mizner ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: El Sarimento: Residence of Drexell Biddle Jr.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Playa Riente: Residence of Mrs. Hugh DillmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: El Mirasol: Edward T. StotesburyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: La Guerida: Residence of Rodman WanamakerAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Residence of William Gray WardenAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Casa Florencia: Residence of Dr. Preston Pope SatterwhiteAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Munn Estate: Charles or GurneeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Louwana: Residence of Gurnee MunnAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Amado: Residence of Charles MunnAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: La Bellucia: Residence of Dr. Willey Lyon KingsleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Collado Hueco: Residence of Paul MooreAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Sin Cuidado: Residence of Edward S. MooreAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Residence of H.P. McGinleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: El Salano: Residence of Harold VanderbiltAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Casa Bendita: Residence of John S. PhippsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Residence of Joseph SpeidelAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Concha Marina: Residence of George SloanAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Via MiznerAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Casa De Leoni: Residence of Robert GlendinningAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Residence of Orator Frank WoodwardAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Singer Building on Royal Palm WayAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Residence of Arthur B. ClaflinAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Apartment of Paris Singer in Everglades ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: The Cloisters at Boca RatonAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Administration Building at Boca RatonAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Everglades ClubAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Residence of Gerome GedneyAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: La Ronda: Bryn MayrAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Unidentified ImagesAdd to your cart.
Box 24: Photo AlbumsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Scenes of Homestead, Sunny Isle, Miami, and Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Tahiti Beach, and vicinity, etc., in Florida, 1925-1926Add to your cart.
The album obtains 180 photographs, many of which have caption titles. "The unnamed photographer, probably one of the three older couples often pictured in the snapshots, records their trip to Florida." --Bartleby's Books
Item 2: The Trip Beautiful, n.d.Add to your cart.
"The Trip Beautiful on the Boat Nikko, Roney Plaza Hotel Dock, Miami Beach, Florida"
Box 25: Mishler Photo Albums, ca. early 1900s-1950sAdd to your cart.
Collection of two albums from Melvin J. Mishler and Samuel L. Mishler of Little River, Florida (Dade County). There are roughly 80 images from the earlier half of the 20th century, depicting picnics, cars, family photos, farming life, and local houses and buildings.
Folder 1: Little River, Florida #1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Little River, Florida #2Add to your cart.
Box 26: Photo Album: Florida and Silent Movie Shoot, 1922Add to your cart.
"Oblong small octavo measuring 5.5" x 7.5." Black cloth cover stiff paper boards. Contains 98 sepia-toned or black and white gelatin silver photographs measuring around 3" x 4" with captions...A photo album compiled by vacationers in Miami, Florida in 1922. The album opens with views of the Deering Estate which included the 'villa,' 'coconut grove,' and 'royal palms.' They stayed at their friend's house, a bungalow named 'Glenwood.' One photo shows them 'feeding turkeys' with a photo of a woman holding a turkey named 'young tom.' A photo of a field with palm trees in the distance reads, 'typical Florida suburban.' A photo of people doing calisthenics on the beach reads 'physical torture at Miami Beach.' They went fishing with Captain Jasper B. Vreeland and their catch is seen here displayed on a dock. There are also photos from a trip to Sunny Isles Beach and the 'Floridian jungle.' which includes photos of foliage and palms. A lake is dredged in a photo as well as a wonderful photo of a sea turtle crawling on a beach. The vacationers are seen posed with a dead alligator and playing leapfrog. Towards the end of the album there are photos from the filming of the 1923 D. W. Griffith movie, 'The White Rose' with Mae Marsh which was shot on location in Florida. These include 6 photos showing the director and his leading actress on the beach and 'in the jungle.' Following this are photos from the President Harding's trip to Florida on the Pioneer. Three photos show the president, two candid and one posed for the photographer with the caption 'posed for me.' The album ends with a photo taken 'after trip to the Glades.' A unique album of a Florida trip with 1920 celebrity sightinings." -Between the Covers
Box 27: Photo Album: "Motoring through the Depression to Florida & New England by House Car", 1930-1931Add to your cart.
Album entitled "Motoring through the Depression to Florida & New England by 'House Car.'" Markham, Winfield L. [Lakewood, NY. 1930-1931] "Original hand-made album with 95 photographs, documenting Markham's three trips -two through the American south and Florida and one to New England -the first trip with a male friend and other two trip with Mother Markham and friends aboard his custom-built 'House Car' -by all appearances, a small bus converted into a sleeper/touring car. Markham had a knack for catching the odd image -e.g., pulpwood piled in a river, Seminole Indian Camp on Tamiami Trail- as well as the usual group photo of the voyagers or of friends, and many pictures of the House Car, especially in locations in Florida (e.g., on the beach at Daytona)." -Mark Selvaggio