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Ross Beiler papers, 1958-1979 | University of Miami Special Collections

By William E. Brown, Jr. and Karen Hudson

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Title: Ross Beiler papers, 1958-1979Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0026

Creator: Beiler, Ross C

Extent: 14.0 Boxes. More info below.


SERIES I: URBAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT FILES contains University of Miami studies and research files.  Polls, questionnaires, notes, and a published report pertain to a 1968 federally funded study of ethnic groups in south Florida and their interaction with local government.  Beiler collected data from 6 persons in 110 white, 43 black and 43 Latin neighborhoods and reported to the Florida State Planning Agency and Budget Commission in 1969.

     The University of Miami Urban Studies Center conducted a

second study appearing in SERIES I.  The 1958 interdisciplinary study on the "The Creation of Metropolitan Government in Greater Miami" explores the forces affecting the demand for metropolitan government in Miami, centralizing and decentralizing forces affecting its implementation, and the impact of metro decisions and administration on the economy and on socio-political relations.  The papers include project outlines and proposals, questionnaires, results and analysis of polls, newspaper clippings, notes and reports. 

     Files in this series also relate to a 1968 study on urban unrest conducted by the University of Miami and eight other universities, supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Memos and correspondence, a project proposal and drafts of Beiler's report on the seminar detail the study of "Psychosocial Dynamics in Miami."

The Dade County Data Sources Project, completed by University of

Miami graduate students in the government department, provides a

guide and evaluation of research facilities in Greater Miami. Materials relating to a 1965 University "Self Study" include a faculty questionnaire, tables of responses, and a final summary, as well as a student questionnaire and code key. 

Research files in SERIES I include bibliographies, papers, articles, and newspaper clippings dealing with general political and social issues such as African American sociology, urban politics, Mass Society, violence and other topics.  Files also concern local government including current Metro (Metropolitan Dade County government) administration and general attitudes towards metropolitan government, Miami city government, Miami Beach, local organizations, community leaders, and water and land management.

SERIES II: WRITINGS includes several of Beiler's articles on politics, media, and metropolitan government in greater Miami.

SERIES III: FILM REELS includes speeches recorded from Democratic

and Republican party national conventions for the years 1956, 1960, 1968 and 1972. 

Course outlines, articles and other materials from government courses appear in SERIES IV: TEACHING MATERIALS.

SERIES V: CORRESPONDENCE relates to the Better Government Association, headed by University of Miami professor Thomas Wood.

Correspondence also pertains to the Ford Foundation funding for University of Miami urban studies, well as to research on Metro government, publishing and the University of Miami government


Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ross Beiler papers include published studies and research files on politics in south Florida, 1958-68.  The papers, which include polls, articles and papers, newspaper clippings, political advertisements, correspondence, course outlines, and other materials, consist of five series.

Biographical Note

Professor Ross Beiler graduated from Allegheny College in 1937, and completed graduate study at the State University of Iowa in 1950.  He taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Vermont, Lawrence College, and joined the University of Miami

government department in 1945.  Beiler also acted as consultant to radio station WCKT, providing election predictions and analyses of returns, and also served as a panelist for the Florida Forum.

    Beiler's research interests included relations between social aggregates and government in southeast Florida as well as the role of media in politics.  Beiler published "Links to Government in

Greater Miami: The Experience of Three Ethnic Aggregates," a study conducted through the university of Miami Urban Studies Center. Beiler also wrote "The Use of Local Facilities in Political Science

Research" published in The Polls and Public Opinions, and several of Beiler's articles appear in journals and other publications.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans - Social conditions
City planning - Florida - Miami-Dade County
City planning - Political aspects - United States
Miami-Dade County (Fla.) - Ethnic relations
Riots - Florida - Miami
Urban policy - United States

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 linear ft.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research, but is kept in an off campus storage facility. Please allow up to 72 hours for delivery of requested materials.

Use Restrictions: Ross Beiler Papers Finding Aid© 1994 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Head of Special Collections.

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Series 3: Film ReelsAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 214: 1956 Democratic National Convention Nixon Acceptance speech, Stevenson acceptance speechAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 215: 1956 Republican ConventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 216: 1960 Presidential NominationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 217: Platform and soundtrack for some of the supporting film Democrats 1960 Governor Collins speech Introduction of Adlai Stevenson, Chester Bowles and platformAdd to your cart.
Folder 218: Lyndon B. Johnson nomination by Governor Lawrence of Pennsylvania demonstration, 5th session, speeches by Humphrey, acceptance of nomination, introduction of Kennedy by Adlai StevensonAdd to your cart.
Folder 219: 3rd session Democratic National Convention, 1960 other nominationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 220: Stevenson introduces Kennedy who gives acceptance speech July 15, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 221: Keynote speech 1960 Democratic National Convention SenatorAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 222: First ballot record-Democratic National Convention 1960 Kennedy nominated 4th session Democratic National Convention 1960 discussion of L.B. Johnson as Vice PresidentAdd to your cart.
Folder 223: 1968 Democratic National conventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 224: 1968 Republican National ConventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 225: 1968 Republican conventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 226: 1968 Republican ConventionAdd to your cart.
Folder 227: Presidential Convention July 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 228: 1968 Republican conventionAdd to your cart.
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Folder 229: 1968 Republican Convention-speech for Harold StassenAdd to your cart.
Folder 230: Democratic National Convention 4th night 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 231: Nomination of Julian Bond for Vice President by Ted WashofskyAdd to your cart.
Folder 232: Democratic-discussion prior to nominations-first balloting for presidentAdd to your cart.
Folder 233: Co-commission Program, Pepper Campaign SpeechesAdd to your cart.

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