Call Us Before Your Visit

As announced earlier this month, the University of Miami Libraries has begun the first phase of renovations of the public and storage spaces for the Special Collections and University Archives. The project will be carried out throughout 2015.

In order to prepare for the renovations, we had to move our less frequently researched collections from Brockway Hall to our offsite storage facility in Miami Lakes. Examples of collections relocated include the Office of the President Records, University of Miami Press publications, bound volumes of The Miami Hurricane, and several organizational records of the university’s schools and departments.

Please call us before you visit us at the Special Collections Reading Room, as some of the items we used to be able to retrieve while you waited may no longer be available on site. We will do our best to retrieve requested items, such as a book and organizational records in 1-2 boxes, in a few working days. We may need more time to retrieve larger collections. Please note that delivery service from Miami Lakes to Richter will not be available from April 20 to May 6, while Richter Library stays open 24/7 during the final exams.

During the renovations from June to December 2015, the Special Collections and University Archives remain fully open at the Cuban Heritage Collection’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor of Richter Library. Our frequently researched materials, such as IBIS and other university publications, Historical Photograph Collection, and Campus Architecture Collection are still available in the temporary reading room. We apologize for the inconvenience during the renovations.

Looking for a Trace of Sylvester Stallone

It is a well-known fact that Sylvester Stallone studied at the University of Miami in the late 1960s. However, we have never seen pictures of him anywhere in our collections. Digitization of the University’s historical publications, such as The Miami Hurricane, Veritas, Historical Photograph Collection, and Tempo, makes it possible to search content with keyword searches, but my search of “Sylvester Stallone” came up empty.

Why can’t I find anything on the legendary alumnus? That is because his name was not Sylvester Stallone when he was a student at the U. He was Michael (or Mike) according to my research in the historical resources. After this discovery, I was able to search our digitized collections and quickly found mention of the actor in reviews of two student plays, “The Trial” (1968) and “Calvary” (1969), in The Miami Hurricane. Please go to the links to read the articles.

(April 1, 1968 issue on The Trial. See p. 6)

(May 9, 1969 issue on Calvary. See p.7)


Do you think he was in the picture of the May 9, 1969, article? I will contact Dr. Josephine Johnson, director of the performance, who is an alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences and former Chair of the Department of Communications. She has donated her papers and significant materials on William Butler Yeats and his circle to the Richter Library. While teaching at UM, Dr. Johnson also directed and participated in poetry performances in the Miami area.