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Florida Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) records


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Florida Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) records, 1936-1940 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Diana Gonzalez Kirby

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Title: Florida Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) records, 1936-1940Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1936-1940

ID: ASM0319

Extent: 3.0 Boxes


Box 1 (folders 1-2) contains correspondence of the W.P.A.-Rare Books Project and the University of Miami, 1940. Box 1 (folders 3-10), box 2 (folders 11-20), and box 3 (folders 21-25) contain transcribed copies of rare Florida books, including transcriptions of British Colonial Office Records, ca. 1765-1783 (folders 21-25). 

Of interest is the typewritten manuscript of D.L. Reichard, W.P.A. archaeologist and field supervisor who, in 1936, conducted excavations of several Tequesta burial mounds throughout Miami and Miami Beach.  His summary and notes provide insights on the life and material culture of Tequesta Indians prior to the arrival of European explorers. 


Box 2, (folder 20) contains a promotional pamphlet describing the W.P.A. American Guide series of guidebooks and box 3 (folders 26-27) contain an incomplete untitled manuscript.

Formats/Genres: Bibliographies, Clippings, Documents, Letters, Reports, Transcripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Florida Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Records document activities at the University of Miami in the Rare Books Project, a statewide effort initiated by the W.P.A. in 1940 to provide every library in the state with copies of rare books pertaining to Florida.

The Florida W.P.A. Records contain correspondence and transcribed copies of 13 monographs prepared by W.P.A. personnel.  Most of the typewritten manuscripts bear the name of the W.P.A. worker that transcribed the monograph, along with information on the source library or sponsor.  Some books that are represented in this collection may have been given to the University of Miami Library by the source library in exchange for books the University made available to the Rare Books Project. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, bibliographies, reports, transcripts, and public records.

Subject/Index Terms

Rare books - Florida
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
United States. Works Progress Administration (Fla.)

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Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Florida Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Records Finding Aid© 1993 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Preferred Citation: Florida Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Records, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

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

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Folder 1: Correspondence, W.P.A., Federal Works Agency Historical Records Survey, May-August 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, W.P.A. Rare Books Project, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bellamy, Jeanne. "A Tale." Newspaper or magazine clipping. Unidentified periodical, ca. 1936Add to your cart.
Highlights of findings from W.P.A-sponsored archaeological excacvations of Indian burial mounds in Miami and Miami Beach, ca. 1936. Reichard, D.L., W.P.A. archaeologist and field supervisor. Typewritten manuscript containing summary and notes on the W.P.A.-sponsored excavation of Tequesta Indian burial mounds located in Dade County (Miami  Beach, Opa-Locka, North Central Miami), 1936. Includes three pages of "brief general remarks," 63 pages of film exposures and descriptive captions (photos missing); list of specimens allotted to the Smithsonian Institution and list of specimens allotted to the State of Florida.
Folder 4: Description of City of Saint Augustine, East Florida, 1788, 1790. Prepared by Hisotrical Records Survey W.P.A., Jacksonville, 1939Add to your cart.
Recopied by the Statewide Rare Books Project from manuscript found in the Florida State Library, Tallahassee, 1940, ii, 78 pp. Translated from the Spanish by the Historical Records Survey. Original in Department of Agriculture, Tallahassee. In two parts: (1) Description of the private plan of the City of Saint Augustine of East Florida: Year of 1788 by Mariana de la Rocque, pp. 1-30; and (2) Florida, Year of 1790: Inventories, assessments, and sale at public auction of the houses and lots of the King by Juan Cantillo and Martin Herandez, head master mason and head master carpenter, by order of Don Juan Nepomucono de Quesada, Governor of East Florida, pp. 31-78.
Folder 5: Guide to depositories of manuscript collections in the United States - Florida, 1940Add to your cart.
Prepared by the Historical Records Survey. Division of Professional and Service Projects. W.P.A. Sponsored by Florida State Library Board, Jacksonville, 1940. Typewritten copy, 28 pp. Describes public and semi-public depositiories with brief histories and description of methodsof housing, arranging and cataloging manuscripts, holdings and conditions under which interested person may deposit their manuscripts or examine the contents of the depositiories. Manuscript collections only. Includes entries for depositories in Daytona Beac, Deland, Gainesville,Jacksonville, Lakeland,Pensacola, St. Augustine, St. Leo, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Winter Park. Index.
Folder 6: Canova, Andrew P. Life and adventuresin South Florida, 1940Add to your cart.
Assisted by L.S. Perkins with an introduction by Hon. Robert W. Davis. Tampa, Tribune Printing Co., 1906. Copied by Statewide Rare Books Projects. W.P.A. University Library, Miami, March 1940. Typewritten copy, 184 pp.
Folder 7: A Preliminary short-title check list of books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in Florida, 1784-1860Add to your cart.
Compiled by Douglas C. McMurtrie. Issued for checking and amplification by the Florida State Office of Historical Records Survey, Division of Women's and Professional Projects, W.P.A., Jacksonville, 1937. Typewritten copy, [ii], 15 pp. Legislative materials, records of the Florida Fremasons, journal of the Protestant Episcopalian Church, records of the Florida Baptists Association.
Folder 8: Bibliography of books relating to music as found in the followign local libraries: Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Flagler Memorial, Miami Beach, Miami Public. Compiled by Coral M. Taylor, W.P.A. Recreation Division. Mimeographed copy, 10 pp.Add to your cart.

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