The Special Collections Department houses primary resource materials for scholarly research in the form of Manuscript & Archival Collections. These collections consist of the personal papers of individuals, historical photographs, official records from corporations, brochures and promotional materials of regional importance, original artwork, and other materials. The Special Collections Department organizes and maintains these materials to create access for students, scholars, and researchers.
Researchers can now browse through and request materials from a selection of Manuscript and Archival Collections Finding Aids online. Finding Aids are tools designed to help researchers understand a collection by describing its creator(s), the materials included in a collection, and how it is organized. Finding aids also provide the historical context for a collection and describes its content. They are indexes to the contents of collections. Once you find a Finding Aid to a Manuscript and Archival Collection in the database, you can request materials from individual collections. A link in the Finding Aid will redirect you to a materials request form in Aeon, the new special collections electronic request system.
Digital Collections include materials that have been digitized from select manuscripts and archival collections held in the Special Collections Department. Photographs, letters, maps and other resources that have been digitized can be searched across all collections or can be browsed within specific collections.
Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records
Special Collections is home to the Pan American World Airways, Inc. (Pan Am) Records. From PanAm’s founding in 1927 through its closing in 1991, the airline served as an international leader in aviation transportation of persons, property and mail. The collection is available for research and consists of approximately 1,500 cubic feet of files.
Dante B. Fascell, a South Florida congressman and 1938 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, served in the United States House of Representatives for 38 years (1955-1993). His papers contain approximately 1,200 boxes (containing 12 million pieces of paper) of legislative and committee files, including information on bills and resolutions sponsored by Congressman Fascell.
The Map Collection includes approximate 5,000 maps with a focus on Florida and the Caribbean. The Collection includes several major gifts and donations from individual collections in addition to single item gifts and purchases.
Oral History Program
The Oral History Program (OHP) exists to facilitate the efforts of individual researchers and organizations involved in the preservation of South Florida’s rich history and culture through the collection of oral sources.