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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


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[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],
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Series 4: Miami, U.S.A. Files, 1941-1994Add to your cart.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

This series contains drafts, notes, and research compiled by Muir while writing her book Miami, U.S.A. Included are drafts of chapters and notes on various topics relating to Miami history.

Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Aftermath of Summer, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: A Is For Art.  C Is For Culture: Chapter 36, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: A Is For Art.  C Is For Culture: Chapter 39, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Boom-Boom '81: Chapter 37, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Coral Gables Revisited: Chapter 42, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Corrections: 1st Edition, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: A Decade For Progress: Chapter 35, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Downtown Crime, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: A Dream Within A Dream: Chapter 33, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: The 80's Had It All, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: 4th of July Miami Style, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: The Grove: Chapter 36, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Happy Birthday, Miami: Chapter 35, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Happy Birthday, Miami: Chapter 36, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Inserts for all chapters, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Is Anybody Listening?: Chapter 38, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Last Days of Summer, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Let's Hear is for Miami: Chapter 37, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Little Havana, USA: Chapter 34, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: The Lull Before the Storm: Chapter 33, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 21: The Main Port of Entry: Chapter 36, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: The Main Port of Entry: Chapter 37, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Miami is on Fast Forward: Chapter 33, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Miami: See it Like a Native, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: The Mix and the Mix-Ups: Chapter 34, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 26: The Mix and the Mix-Ups: Chapter 35, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Nature Did Not Change: Chapter 35, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: The Rains of August: Chapter 40, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Research Materials: Crime and South Beach, 1981-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Research Materials: Cubans, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Research Materials: Dade County Council of Arts & Sciences, 1968-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Research Materials: Environment, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Research Materials: Miscellaneous, 1968-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Research Materials: Miscellaneous, 1986-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Research Materials: Riot and Opinions of Miami Scene, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Research Materials: Wright, Don, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 37: September, Remember: Chapter 41, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Some of My Best Friends Are Ethnics: Chapter 35, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Some of My Best Friends Are Ethnics: Chapter 37, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Super Boom: Chapter 33, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Table of Contents, Part 6: The New World Center, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: There Goes the Neighborhood: Chapter 36, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Time Marches On, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Unidentified Pages, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Unidentified Pages, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Untitled Chapter, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: The Year of Education, undatedAdd 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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