In fall 2016, the University Libraries will host a high-profile exhibition on the history of the Orange Bowl and the myriad Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) events that have promoted Miami tourism and boosted the local economy since 1935.

The Libraries invite a Foote Fellow to serve as co-curator of the exhibition. Using the OBC papers and UM’s University Archives, the co-curator will:

  • Conduct research on the connections between the University and the Orange Bowl in the 1920s and 30s,[1] the expansion of OBC events throughout the decades, and the impact of Orange Bowl public relations and national TV broadcasts on Miami.
  • Assist in shaping sub-themes for the exhibition.
  • Participate in the curated selection of documents, artwork, and photographs to be displayed; provide leadership for curation of the football materials.
  • Investigate the Orange Bowl’s economic impact on Miami and South Florida.
  • Update Bowl football game documentation since the year 2000.
  • Write interpretive materials to educate audiences on the significance of the Orange Bowl to Miami, the University, and South Florida; participate in the creation of original graphics.
  • Create a digital companion / publication and/or conceive a digital humanities project.

In 2012, the OBC donated its archives to the UM Libraries. This unique, highly important primary source material records a number of events that were part of the fabric of the city from the 1920s through the 1990s. The archive is rich in administrative files and contracts, correspondence, detailed planning documents, and scripts for the King Orange Jamboree, Queen festivities, halftime shows, and other sports including tennis championships, regattas, and fashion shows.

The co-curator will be acknowledged in the Libraries’ promotional materials for the exhibition. At the completion of the project, and depending upon the work and activities undertaken, the participating Foote Fellow will have resume-building achievements in community relations, academic research using primary source materials, and exhibition curation.

[1] Many UM Trustees were also founders of the Orange Bowl