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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 2: Topical Files, 1940-1995Add to your cart.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series contains writings and subject files accumulated by Helen Muir over the course of her career.  Included are drafts and typescripts of articles and columns Muir wrote for the Miami Herald, Miami Daily News, and other publications; notes for her books The Biltmore: A Beacon for Miami; and several magazines containing her published articles. The series also includes files related to Muir's work with libraries, speaking engagements with local organizations, awards, and photographs, as well as her 1929 class yearbook.

Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Business Women's Association: Speaking Engagement, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Appointments and Awards, 1960-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "As I Remember Miami is Its Early Years": Manuscript, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Awards, 1990-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Background Themes, 1950-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Beaux Arts Cookbook, 1991-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Ben J. Fisher: Terminal Case": Letter to the Editor, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "The Biltmore: Beacon for Miami": Notes, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Binko, William: Ward's Quarterly, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Bird Man and the Blonde", 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 1967-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 1967-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Biscayne Study Club, 1953-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Book Review Material, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Broadway By the Bay": Introduction, 1956-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Burrell, Michael, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Can This Marriage Be Saved?", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "The Case Against TV": Miami Herald & Magazine Digest, 1951Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Chamber of Commerce: Speaking Engagement, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Clippings, 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Coconut Grove: Miami News, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Column Material, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Community Update: Chamber of Commerce, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Cooking Should Be a Lark": Miami Herald, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1940-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1940-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence: Unidentified, 1959-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 28: The Cosmopolitan Club, 1985-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Council for Continuing Education of Women, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "Cousin Clare", 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Current Work File, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Dade County Dental Research Clinic, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: "The Day the Train Came to Key West", 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 34: "Death of a Child", 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 35: "Death of a Child": Letters, 1950-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Detroit Stories, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Douglas, Marjory Stoneman: Photograph, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Downtown Miami:, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Engle, George: Miami Daily News, 1956Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Exotic Fruits Challenge, Old Favorites, Nation's Business, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Fiction, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Fiction, 1956-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Fisher, Carl & Charles Whited, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Florida Civilian Defense News, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Florida Senate, 1990-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Florida Unit of Registered Parliamentarians, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Florida Women Hall of Fame, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Florida Women's Press Club Contest, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Foxworth, Jo, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Friends of the Library: Dinner, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Friends of the University of Miami Library: Speaking Engagement, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Friends of the University of Miami Library: Speaking Engagement, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Frustration File, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Future Talks, 1989-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 55: "Gaudiest Things That Fly": Parrot Jungle, 1951Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 56: "Girl on a Sleigh ride": Fiction, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 57: "A Grove of Memories": Arthur Sandler, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Hamilton, George: Photoplay, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Harrison, John Cowles, Sr., 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 60: History Review: Miami Herald, 1957-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Hjort, Elmer & Nettie, 1936-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 62: "An Homage": Miami News, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 63: "The Human Female and Dr. Kinsey", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: Hurricane Andrew: Miami Herald, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 65: "The Husband": Grafton Case, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: "In Defense of the Snake", 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 67: "In Search of Noise", 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Interviews with Helen Muir, 1959-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 69: "In the Company of Women", 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 70: "Julia Fenton Says Goodbye Again", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: Kampong Fund, 1974-1993Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Lane Newspaper Articles, 1957-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Laurence, David: Miami Herald, 1979-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Libraries, 1982-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 75: "Libraries Looking to Legislature": Muir and Cooper, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Library Piece for Miami Today, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 77: "The Life of Your Party", 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 78: "A Love Letter to Miami", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Manz, Sarah Hambley, Patio Garden Dedication, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 80: McCormick, Dean: "The Net", 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 81: McNamara, Nedra, 1979-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Menniger, Karl: Miami Herald, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 83: "Miami: A Dream Come True": Hard of Hearing Magazine, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Miami and South Florida Access, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Miami Book Fair International, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Miami Dade Community College: Speaking Engagement, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Miami, U.S.A.: Material for Talks, 1989-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Miami, U.S.A.: Original Notes, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Miami, U.S.A.: B. Dalton Bookseller: Speaking Engagements, 1992Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Miami, U.S.A.: YMCA: Speaking Engagements, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 91: Miami Women's Club, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 92: "Military Call": Short Story, 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Miller, Charles, 1983-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 94: "Mommie Dearest", by Christine Crawford, Book Review, 1972-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 95: "Mr. Knight in Armor", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 96: "Mrs. Banbury's Cross": Ball, Zachary work, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 97: "Mrs. Banbury's Cross": First Outline, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 98: "Mrs. Banbury's Cross": Miscellaneous, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 99: "Mrs. Banbury's Cross": Revised Outline, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Muir, Helen: Articles, 1957-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Muir, Helen: Articles, 1983-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Muir, Helen: Awards, 1963-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Muir, Helen: Clippings, 1963-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Muir, Helen: Clippings, 1988-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 105: Muir, Helen: Photographs, 1941-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Muir, William Memorial Fund, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 107: "New Heart": Short Story, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 108: "New Man in Town": The Village Post, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 109: "The New Road": Coconut Grove Village Post, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 110: On Death, Where is thy Sting?, 1951-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 111: Owen, Ruth Bryan: Thesis by Sarah P. Vickers, 1990Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 112: The Palm Beach Post, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 113: Palmer School Invocation, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 114: "The People's Palazzo", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 115: "A Perspective of Miami": Lecture at the Center for the Continuing Education of Women, MDCC, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 116: Photographs, 1945-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 117: "Pictures from the Past", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 118: 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 119: "A Plea to the PTA": Miami Herald, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 120: Politithon, Channel 2, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Poor Woman's Almanac, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 122: Poor Woman's Almanac, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 123: Quel Horraur, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 124: Rainbow Pictures, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 125: Ransom-Everglades School Talk, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 126: "The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Biltmore": The Gables Paper, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 127: "The Sailmaker's Story", 1952Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 130: "Short Sketches From a Long Life": M.K. Clark, Part I, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 129: "Short Sketches From a Long Life": M.K. Clark, Part II, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 131: The Society of Woman Geographers, 1984-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 132: The Society of Woman Geographers, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 133: The Society of Woman Geographers, 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 134: "Spark": Miami News: Helen Muir Special Edition, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 135: Speaking Engagements, 1953-1966Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 136: Speaking Engagements, 1986-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 137: Spirit of Excellence Awards: Miami Herald, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 138: Spirit of Excellence Awards: Miami Herald, 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 139: Spirit of Excellence Awards: Miami Herald, 1989-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 140: "The Spirit of Joseph Jefferson", 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 141: Sterling, Jan, 1951-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 142: St. Patrick's Day Piece: Miami News, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 143: St. Patrick's Day Piece: Miami News, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 144: St. Stephen's Church: "The Messenger", 1967-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 145: St. Stephen's Church: Parish & Public Information, 1953-1965Add to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 146: St. Stephen's Church: Speaking Engagement, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 147: Tasker, Georgia, 1978-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 148: "Tea Party": Photographs, 1978-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 149: "Tea Party": Records, 1978-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 150: Thank You Notes & Letters, 1967-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 151: "That Crane Woman": Fiction, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 152: Theatre Controversy Drama Critic, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 153: "Thirst": Short Story in Draft Form, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 154: Toomey, Grace, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 155: "A Touch of History": Inside Miami, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 156: Tour Director Service of Florida: Helen Finlay, 1974-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 157: "Traffic School": Miami News, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 158: "Turn Back the Clock", 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 159: "Turn Back the Clock", 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 160: "Turn Back the Clock", 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 161: Visiting Committee: University of Miami, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 162: "The Vizcayans", 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 163: "We Remember Mrs. Justison": St Steven, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 164: "What Are You Going to Do?", 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 165: "What Christmas Means to Mother", 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 166: "Who Are These Children?": Turn Back the Clock, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 167: "Whose Library Is It, Anyway?": Miami News, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 168: "The Wife": Grafton, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 169: Women & Ethnicity Conference, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 170: Women in Communications, Inc., 1967-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 171: "The Way It Was": Women in Communication, Inc. Talk, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 172: "Write in Our Midst": Book Fair, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 173: The Blackboard Yearbook, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 174: Magazine Digest, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 175: Miscellaneous Letters and Writings, 1952-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 176: Nation's Business, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 177: Save for Bill Brown, 1942-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 178: The Village Post, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 179: Woman's Day, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 180: World War II Ration Books, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Helen Muir, Miami News, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Saturday Evening Post, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Saturday Evening Post, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 4: This Week Magazine, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Tropic & The Gondolier, 1936 and 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ward's Quarterly, 1965Add to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Binder containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs

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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