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Helen Muir Papers

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Helen Muir Papers, 1934-1995 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Laura Capell

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Collection Overview

Title: Helen Muir Papers, 1934-1995Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: ASM0471

Creator: Muir, Helen (1911-)

Extent: 31.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I : Correspondence

Series II : Topical Files

Series III : Robert Frost

Series IV : Miami, U.S.A. Files

Series V : Scrapbooks

Formats/Genres: Clippings, Letters, Photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Helen Muir Papers include correspondence, drafts of writings, research notes, topical files, publications, photographs, clippings, materials relating to Robert Frost, and other items documenting Muir’s life, career, and service.

The correspondence dates from 1927-1995, and includes both personal and professional correspondence. Intermixed with the correspondence are notes, clippings, writings and other materials relating to the correspondent. Noteworthy files include Marjory Stoneman Douglas, former Florida governor Bob Graham, Richard and George Merrick, Eunice Peacock, and Janet Reno.

The collection also contains drafts of Muir’s articles and columns, research notes, and several magazines containing published articles. Also included are notes for her book The Biltmore: A Beacon for Miami, and extensive notes and chapter drafts for her book Miami, U.S.A.

In addition, the collection contains topical files on various subjects, including libraries, awards, photographs, and speaking engagements. Also included are scrapbooks documenting Muir’s life and career, as well as her 1929 class yearbook.

Biographical Note

Helen Muir was a prominent Miami journalist and author who actively supported libraries in south Florida.

She was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1911, and moved to Miami in 1934. She married William Muir, who worked as a lawyer in Miami, and the couple had three children. Helen Muir passed away in 2006.

Muir worked as a columnist for the Universal Service Syndicate from 1935-1938, and wrote for the Miami News and Miami Herald newspapers until 1965. In addition to writing columns, she was the children’s book editor for the Miami Herald and the drama critic and women’s editor of the Miami News. She also wrote for national magazines, such as the Saturday Evening Post, Nation’s Business, and Women’s Day.

She authored several books, including Miami, U.S.A., which was first published in 1953 and revised in 1990. Another book, The Biltmore: Beacon for Miami, was published in 1987 and updated in 1993 and 1997. Her third book, Frost in Florida: A Memoir, was published in 1995, and details the friendship she and her family developed with Robert Frost while he wintered in Miami.

Helen Muir was also active in the local community, especially libraries. She served on the boards of the Miami-Dade County Public Library System and the Friends of the University of Miami Libraries, and she also chaired the State Library Advisory Council. She won numerous awards for her work and service, and was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 17 linear ft.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Helen Muir Papers Finding Aid © 2010 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Related Materials: The Helen Muir Papers Digital Initiative For more information please see http://merrick.library.miami.edu/specialCollections/asm0471/.

Processing Information: Processed by William Brown. Container list by Marcia Evanson.

Finding Aid Revision History:

Laura Capell, 2010.

Beatrice Colastin Skokan, 2009.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-1995],
[Series 2: Topical Files, 1940-1995],
[Series 3: Robert Frost Files, 1941-1994],
[Series 4: Miami, U.S.A. Files, 1941-1994],
[Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1929-1972],
[All]

Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-1995Add to your cart.

Arranged alphabetically by name.

This series contains personal and professional correspondence of Helen Muir.  Also included are notes, clippings, writings and other materials relating to the correspondents. The majority of the materials date from the 1940s through the 1990s.  Noteworthy files include Marjory Stoneman Douglas, former Florida governor Bob Graham, Richard and George Merrick, Eunice Peacock, and Janet Reno.

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Adams, Walter, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Albury, Bert & Nola, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Aldridge, Virginia, 1964-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Alexander, Selma and Picot, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Allen, Henry, 1942-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Allen, Hervey, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Allen, Hervey, 1974-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Allen, Richard, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Anderson, Marie, 1979-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ashley, Roberta, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Baggs, Freck, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Baker, 1984-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Baker, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Baker-Johnson, 1972-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Baker-Johnson, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Baker-Johnson, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Ball, Zachary, 1953Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Batten, James K., 1988-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Beggs, Donnie, 1966-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Bellows, Jim, 1959-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Betts, Henry B., 1982-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Bitter, John & Barbara, 1972-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Blair, John & Cora, 1980-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Blakenship, Gerry, 1983-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Bolle, Winnie, Rev., 1981-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Botta, Valerie & Ettore, 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Brickell, Mertz, 1986-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Brogan, Frank D., 1969-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Brooks, Avery, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Brutch, Francios & Sheila, 1981-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Burton, Naomi, 1953-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Butler, 1973-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Butler, 1980-1985Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Butler, Courtney & Catherine, 1971-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Cabassa, 1966-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Carpenter, Miss Hattie, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Carrol-Ilsey-Berckmans, 1955-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Chekey, Mrs. Nello, 1968-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Clark, Mae Knight, 1948-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Clark, Mayor Stephen P., 1984-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Clifton, Douglas, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Cole, Nancy, 1965-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Commette, Nikki, 1968-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Commette, Nikki, 1980-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Cosgrove, Emelene, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Cudahy, Kitty, 1967-1980Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Curtis Brown Ltd., 1950-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Curtis, Sally & Raymond, 1956-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Cushman, John, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Danielson, 1979-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 51: De Garmo, 1978-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 52: De Garmo, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Donohue, Marjorie & Frank, 1983-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Douglas, Marjory Stoneman, 1958-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Ellison, Dorothea, 1969-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Ellison, Dorothea, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Engle, George & Dorothy, 1956-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Engle, George & Dorothy, 1990-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Eppes, William D., 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Ewell, 1970-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Ewell, 1990-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Fair Letters, 1954-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Fairbairn, Douglas, 1975-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Ferre, 1981-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Field and Fite, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Firestone, George, 1979-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Fisher, Jane, 1952-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Florida Women's Consortium, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Fox, Sen. Roberta Fulton, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Frisbie, Louise, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Gaiter, Dorothy J., 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Gill, John, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Gores, Joseph N., 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Graham, Gov. Bob, 1985-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Grosvenor, Anne, 1984-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Gugg, Virginia & Charlie, 1987-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Haggard, Edith, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Haggard, Edith, 1968-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Harman, Jeanne Perkins & Harry, 1954-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Harman, Richard Lee M.D., 1974-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Harman, Richard Lee M.D., 1972-1983Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Hendry, Mary & Pat, 1979-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Herreshoff, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Hodges, Lucy & Jim, 1944-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Holhein, Peg, 1977-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Hurd, CW 4 Joe H. & Ceisela, 1971-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Jackson, Faith, 1988-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Jacobson, Emille, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Johnson, Nunally, 1965-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Jones, Demaris, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 91: Jurney, Dorothy, 1977-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Jurney, Dorothy, 1983-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Kahn, Jeanne & Donald, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Keeler, Eldsie, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 95: King, Annette, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Kirn, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Kleinberg, Howard, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Knight, Ralph, 1951Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Latham, Jean Lee, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 100: Lavin, Mary, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Lindbergh, Karen & Wylie, 1980-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Link, Ed & Marion, 1963-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Link, Ed & Marion, 1956-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Lonas, Trammel Manly, 1983-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 105: Mackaye, 1952-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Mackaye, 1970-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 107: Manly, Mrs. Cox, 1975-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 108: Manly, Mrs. Cox, 1969-1974Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 109: Matheson, 1957-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 110: McCabe, Robert & Bonnie, 1984-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 111: McDonnell, Ellen, 1974-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 112: McFee, William, 1957-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 113: McHale, Joan Neilson, 1971-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 114: Merrick, Richard & George, 1927-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 115: Molitor, Ann Valentine, 1981-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 116: Morris, Allen, 1973-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 117: Morris, Allen, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 118: Morris, Allen, 1985-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 119: Morrison, Kay, 1961-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 120: Morrison, Kay, 1962-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Moxley, J. Claude, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 122: Muir, Toby, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 123: Munroe, Mary, 1963-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 124: Murphy, George & Doris, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 125: Noble, Nancy Lee PhD., 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 126: Norgaard, Noland, 1973-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 127: Norton, Edward W.D., 1994Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 128: O'Gara, 1968-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 129: O'Gara, 1973-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 130: Pancoast, Mr. & Mrs., 1953-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 131: Panos, Ted, 1954-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 132: Parker, Robert & John, 1979-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 133: Peacock, Eunice, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 134: Peilmutter, Edith, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 135: Pierce, Gertrude, 1974-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 136: Perdue, Jean Jones M.D., 1981-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 137: Plummer, Richard & Mary, 1969-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 138: Posnak, Paul, 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 139: Price, Olga, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 140: Prott, Ursula Von, 1973-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 141: Redford, Polly, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 142: Reed, W. Maxwell, 1946-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 143: Renick, Ralph, 1972-1992Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 144: Reno Family, 1942-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 145: Reno, Janet, 1978-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 146: Richards, Glenn, 1985-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 147: Rinehart, Fay, 1969-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 148: Rooney, Andy, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 149: Rosner, George, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 150: Ross, Helen, 1970-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 151: Ryden, Hope, 1976-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 152: Ryden, Hope, 1980-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 153: Seibel, Mark, Kelly, Andrew, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 154: Selinsky, Paula, 1978-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 155: Shaara, Michael, 1976-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 156: Silver Knight Awards, 1976-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 157: Silver Knight Awards, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 158: Sintz, 1976-1990Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 159: Skinner, John L., 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 160: Skinner, Leone & Jack, 1970-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 161: Society of Women Geographers, 1980-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 162: Society of Women Geographers, 1981-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 163: Sosey Family, 1970-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 164: Stewart Family, 1951-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 165: Stewart Family, 1971-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 166: Stierheim, Merrett R., 1980-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 167: Sukerman, Nellie, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 168: Theta Sigma Phi, 1958-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 169: Thompson, Larry, 1962-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 170: Toomey, Gail, 1975-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 171: Trask, Elsie Barber, 1980-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 172: Virrick, Elizabeth, 1979-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 173: Voltz, Jeanne A., 1972-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 174: Voltz, Jeanne A., 1984-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 175: Wardlow, Jean, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 176: Washburn, Katherine, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 177: Wilcox, Collin, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 178: Wilkins, Barratt, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 179: Williams, Willie Lou, 1952-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 180: Williams, Willie Lou, 1966-1992Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 181: Wilson, Joan, 1973-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 182: Wohlforth, Mildred G., 1953-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 183: Wolfson, Mitchell, Jr., 1984-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 184: Wolfson, Mitchell, Jr., 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 185: Women in Communication, 1972-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 186: Women in Communication, 1972-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 187: Wylie, Philip, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 188: Wylie, Ricky, 1961-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 189: Young, Barbara, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 190: Zimmerman, Klaus, 1971-1994Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1927-1995],
[Series 2: Topical Files, 1940-1995],
[Series 3: Robert Frost Files, 1941-1994],
[Series 4: Miami, U.S.A. Files, 1941-1994],
[Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1929-1972],
[All]



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