UM’s Historical Image on the Cover of “Preservation Today”!

The University of Miami’s two most iconic historical images were featured in the inaugural issue of “Preservation Today” published by Date Heritage Trust in May 2017.

We were pleasantly surprised when we saw the cover of the inaugural issue of “Preservation Today,” which was published in May by Dade Heritage Trust. On the cover is the iconic historical image of the University of Miami taken on January 14, 1925 at the groundbreaking ceremony of Solomon G. Merrick Administration Building.

The elegantly dressed dignitaries gathered here are (from left to right) Phineas Paist, architect for Coral Gables; Denman Fink, artist, artistic advisor to George Merrick, and Professor of Architecture and Art at UM ; Frederic Zeigen, Managing Regent of the University of Miami; Myrtle Zeigen; Bertha M. Foster, Regent and first Dean of the School of Music; and Clara Price, wife of Regent Judge Mitchell D. Price.

Also, the feature story of the publication “How to Succeed in Business: Miami’s Oldest Businesses Share their Secrets of Survival” written by Karen Buchsbaum displays the another iconic image of the University “Keep the World Coming to Florida, Build the University of Miami” illustrated by Denman Fink circa 1925. The author contacted the UM’s University Communications for assistance in April, we provided her introduction to UM history and offered her available images on the early days of the university, and she selected the two impressive images for the publication.

The promotional poster “Keep the World Coming to Florida, Build the University of Miami” was illustrated by Denman Fink circa 1925. He was a nationally known artist, artistic advisor to George Merrick, and Professor of Architecture and Art at UM.

This informative and educational publication advocates preservation of architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage of the Miami-Dade County. We look forward to assisting them again in the near future because we think Richter’s distinctive collections (Cuban Heritage Collection, Special Collections, and University Archives) could contribute to their mission by providing research assistance and historical materials.



Research Assistance for 2016 Ibis Yearbook

2016 Ibis Yearbook just came out!

2016 Ibis Yearbook just came out!

Have you seen the 2016 Ibis Yearbook just came out? University Archives provided research assistance and historical images for the special tribute to President Foote (pp. 138-143) who passed away in February 2016. Also, our contribution to the University event “First at UM,” which took place in January 2016 to celebrated President Frenk’s inauguration, was mentioned on p. 95.

Thank you for the Ibis editors who researched and wrote stories on President Foote's accomplishments as well as President Frenk's inaugural celebrations!

Thank you for the Ibis editors who researched and wrote stories on President Foote’s accomplishments as well as President Frenk’s inaugural celebrations!



American Football in Cuba

A reporter from the prestigious NCAA magazine “Champion” contacted us last week. She asked us a permission to use our image for their future story about the 50-year history of playing American football in Cuba. Here is the image they wanted to use.

UM vs. University of Havana game was held on November 25, 1926 on CG campus.

UM vs. University of Havana game was held on November 25, 1926 on CG campus.

Unfortunately, we do not have the original item in print in our collection, but I am very hopeful to discover it when we start processing the University of Miami Athletics Collection later this academic year. We will incorporate our existing collections of athletic programs, organizational records, and old video tapes into one comprehensive collection which ranges from the 1920s to the early 2000s.

(Click here for the collection record “University of Miami Athletics Collection”)

I got interested in the subject, searched the Internet, and found the two blog stories below. I am very happy to discover Richter’s Cuban Heritage Collection and Univeristy Archives contributed to the two online publications.

American Football in Cuba: A Brief Introduction

Cuba: 50 Years of Playing American Football

A visual history of Miami Hurricanes football stadiums: from the Orange Bowl to Miami Gardens

UM’s athletic program has a huge following, so I anticipate that the Athletics Collection will attract lots of sports journalists as well as sports fans when processed.



Research Assistance for The Palm Beach Post

Athletic field and a stadium were part of the main features of the original proposal of the Coral Gables campus in 1925.

Athletic field and a stadium were part of the main features of the original proposal of the Coral Gables campus in 1925.

Earlier this month we provided research assistance for a reporter from The Parm Beach Post. He had already researched our digital collections and found good materials on the early history of the Miami Hurricanes and the unfulfilled football stadium on the Coral Gables campus. I was able to provide additional materials from the Historical Photograph Collection, the Campus Architecture Collection, and the Office of the President Records.

Please go to the link below to read the thorough article on the past stadiums used the Miami Hurricanes as well as their new home in the blog story below.

A visual history of Miami Hurricanes football stadiums: from the Orange Bowl to Miami Gardens



Historical images for the President’s office

Three clusters of historical images represent Medical, Coral Gables, and RSMAS campuses (left to right)

Three clusters of historical images represent Medical, Coral Gables, and RSMAS campuses (left to right)

The University Archives was delighted to provide research assistance and high-resolution images over the last summer for the Campus Planning & Development colleagues, who were asked to select iconic images of the University of Miami to decorate President Frenk’s office. Please see the three clusters of the images selected by the Office that represent the Medical Campus, Coral Gables Campus, and RSMAS Campus (left to right).

We hold more than half a million images of the University from the 1920s to late 1970s. A small portion of the collection (approximately 78,000 images) was digitized and made accessible to the public in 2010 at our website UM Historical Photo Collection for the first time. Today, you can see those historical images everywhere at several prominent places on the Gables campus as well as in many University publications.

Lots of colleagues in the university know we are good at “old” stuff, but soon we will announce a new massive collection of more recent materials from the 1980s to the early 2000s, which was donated by the University Communications in 2013. The collection contains images, videos, publications, and press clippings, which will be a tremendous help for the schools and departments to research their organizational history. Please contact us for further assistance for the new collection.



Research assistance for the video “Tribute to President Foote”

Official portraits of the past five presidents, which are kept at the University Archives, are one of the most important historical materials of the University of Miami.

Official portraits of the past five presidents, which are kept at the University Archives, are one of the most important historical materials of the University of Miami.

The University Archives is proud to have provided research assistance and materials for the University Communications to create the compelling video “Tribute to President Foote.” Please go to the links below for the article and the video.

eVeritas article “Tad Foote Remembered”
Video “Tribute to President Foote” on Youtube

Two colleagues from the office visited us several times in April and spent hours to film our historical memorabilia, such as the Presidential Medal worn by the first four presidents and the official portrait of President Foote, as well as researched our vast collection of historical images for the project and for the Foote family, which are shown throughout the presentation.

We used to tell patrons until recently that research assistance for Foote and Shalala years was not possible, but that is not true anymore because of the newly processed “UM University Communications Collection” in approximately 130 linear feet. You can expect a wide variety of materials in the collection, such as images, video recordings, university publications, and press releases generated by the University Communications on 4,000 topics from the 1980s to the 2000s.

This massive collection is going to be as important as the UM Historical Photograph Collection and UM Office of the President Records for the University of Miami when our patrons will research for U’s centennial celebrations as well as anniversaries and celebrations at the schools and departments of the university. We would like to thank the colleagues of the University Communications, who trusted us and let us archive their invaluable materials.

The collection, donated in 75 large moving boxes in 2013, is now neatly organized by approximately 4.000 topics and housed in acid free archival folders and boxes.  Richter provides optimal environment for storage of our archival collections in the library as well as the offsite storage facility.

The collection, donated in 75 large moving boxes in 2013, is now neatly organized by approximately 4.000 topics and housed in acid free archival folders and boxes. Richter provides optimal environment for storage of our archival collections in the library as well as the offsite storage facility.



New sign at Lake Osceola

New Sign at Lake Osceola

New Sign at Lake Osceola

A colleague of mine just told me there is a new sign at Lake Osceola, which is informative and looks very attractive! We would like to thank the Energy & Conservation Organization of the University of Miami for the recognition they provided for our research assistance.

Lake Osceola and new sign

Lake Osceola and new sign



Ask the Archivist: What does the Seal of the University mean?

The Miami Hurricane, August 5. 1966 article on UM's New Seal

The Miami Hurricane, August 5. 1966 article on UM’s New Seal

Last week, an alumnae contacted me to find out the meaning of the palm tree and the sun in the University Seal. My immediate guess was they stand for subtropical weather and year round sunshine of Miami, but I was wrong! They represent “tree of knowledge” and “sun of wisdom” according to a trusted historical resource of the University.

How did I find the answer? I searched The Miami Hurricane Archive Online with keywords “seal,” “palm,” and “sun,” and I was able to find the answer right away. Please click here to read the full article about the meaning of the Great Seal.

Instruction for Usage of the University Seal

Usage of the University Seal is restricted. source: http://www6.miami.edu/umidentity/logos.html



Research Assistance for the Miller School of Medicine’s Anniversary Video

First Graduation Ceremony for the 26 students of the School of Medicine took place on June 11, 1956 at Dinner Key Auditorium.

First Graduation Ceremony for the 26 students of the School of Medicine took place on June 11, 1956 at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove. University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection

Our predecessors provided research assistance for the Miller School of Medicine’s golden anniversary commemorative publication “A Tradition of Caring: Discovery, Knowledge, and Healing” published in 2003. 12 years later, we assisted two colleagues from the Medical Development Office in December 2015 and January 2016 research our materials on their first graduating class of 1956.

Last week, we received an email from the colleagues informing that they finished creating a video titled “Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Graduation of the Class of 1956.” Please go to the link below to watch the video. The moving video makes us proud to be part of the University of Miami, and the archivists and the librarians at the University of Miami Libraries hope that the school will continue archiving with us to celebrate their anniversaries and achievements in the future.

Video Presentation “Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Graduation of the Class of 1956”
(*University Archives received the Office’s permission to share the video with our patrons.)

1956 IBIS and Commencement Program

1956 Ibis yearbook and June 11, 1956 Commencement Program are a few examples of the materials available on the subject at the Archives. The UM Office of the President Records and the School of Medicine Records provide in-depth historical information on the School. We can also offer excellent collection of historical images from the UM Historical Photograph Collections (1920s to 1970s) and the UM University Communications Collection (1980s to 2000s)

Miller School of Medicine's golden anniversary publication "A Tradition of Caring: Discovery, Knowledge, and Healing" published in 2003

Miller School of Medicine’s golden anniversary publication “A Tradition of Caring: Discovery, Knowledge, and Healing” published in 2003



Research Assistance for Library Research Scholars

Aerial View of the Orange Bowl, 1964, The UM Historical Photograph Collection

Aerial View of the Orange Bowl, 1964, The UM Historical Photograph Collection

Richter Library started a new innovative program “Library Research Scholars” this academic year, which offers UM’s undergraduate students a unique, librarian faculty-mentored learning experience involving a deep and active engagement with the University of Miami Libraries’ research collections and service programs.

Library Research Scholars Program
2015-16 Library Research Scholars

Although none of the seven scholars picked university history as their research subject, we have been able to assist four of them with our collections and expertise. For the two research scholars who researched on the Orange Bowl, the best resource is available at the Special Collections. However, the Office of the President Records can provide unique materials about early history and UM’s involvement in the legendary bowl game. We do not have computer skills to help the scholar who has been developing a campus walking tour app, but she also needed historical content, such as UM buildings and landmarks as well as images for the program. The fourth scholar did not need UM’s historical resources, but I was asked to assist him with my knowledge of Japanese history and art as well as Richter’s collection on Japanese subjects. We are also offering exhibition assistance for the the scholars who will curate exhibitions later this summer.

Through this engaging program, we hope more faculty and students of the University will discover that historical resources of the University of Miami can be excellent research and teaching material on subjects, such as local history, architecture, diversity, social movements, Cuban exiles and their experience in the U.S., and origin of cultural institutions in Miami.

Water Skiers on Lake Osceola, 1930, UM Historical Photograph Collection

Water Skiers on Lake Osceola, 1930, UM Historical Photograph Collection