The Oldest Memorabilia of the U

The oldest memorabilia of the U is the finial from the Anastasia Building.

A few years ago, a colleague at the Newman Alumni Center pointed the finial in the picture and told me that it is the only remnant of the Anastasia Building. I was happily surprised by the discovery so I have been meaning to share it with our patrons. The signage reads “Concrete finial salvaged by Walter W. Watt, BBA ’45 from the demolition of the Anastasia Building (aka the “Cardboard College”) home to the University of Miami during the 30’s and 40’s. Donated to the university by The Honorable James L. Watt, AB ’66 and Susan J. Schlemm Watt, BED ’67.”

I wonder where the finial was placed in the Anastasia Building. Please see the picture below, which I think is the oldest image of the University of Miami because of the sign “Class of 1930” over the entrance. The Anastasia Building was the first campus of the University of Miami which was located in downtown Coral Gables.

I think this is the oldest image of the Anastasia Building because of the sign “Class of 1930” over the entrance.

The finial is placed in a quiet corner of the courtyard so please look for it when you visit the Center next time.



Sonny Capone, the only son of Al Capone, was a Cane!

Last December, we received an inquiry for pictures of Sonny Capone from a researcher in Europe who was writing a biography of the only son of the legendary gangster Al Capone. The Office of the President forwarded me the inquiry, I was able to tell my colleagues at the Office that it is a well-documented fact that Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone graduated from the U, and then they agreed for us to provide a permission for the author to use the image from the 1941 Ibis yearbook on the cover of the publication.

Below is the image the author selected, which is one of the only two pictures (both from Ibis) we could provide him from our collection. He kindly sent us a copy of the biography and we will add it to our permanent collection.

See the image below from the 1941 Ibis.

Albert Francis Capone (left) in the 1941 Ibis

See also the image below from the 1940 Ibis. He is listed as “Al Capone(!)”

He is listed as “Al Capone” in the 1940 Ibis

Go to the link below for The Miami Hurricane articles, where he appeared as “Sonny Capone” in 1938 and 1940 who loved golf and infatuated with Rosemarie Neil (could this be a new discovery?).

(Sonny Capone in TMG)

He appeared once as “Albert Capone” in the May 22, 1941 issue of TMG. (link below)

(Albert Capone in TMH)

I hope this example convinces the University community that the historical publications of the University of Miami are invaluable resources for genealogy research! Also, I would like to point out that the patron was able to discover our collections from thousands of miles away. It is the result of the successful collaboration of Richter departments to digitize the UM’s historical resources and make them accessible online.



The U’s Memorial Ceremony for Dr. King

The current media spotlights on Dr. Martin Luther King after 50 years of his death made me think we should repost the image below of the University of Miami’s memorial service held after 5 days of assassination we hold in our historical photo collection. The image was also exhibited at our February 2017 exhibition “We Were Pioneers,” which contained a display case on Dr. King’s historic visit to the University of Miami in 1966 as well as the memorial service for his tragic death in 1968.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the U’s diversity history including Dr. King’s historic visit to the University in 1966.

“Services Will Be Held for King”
The Miami Hurricane, April 9, 1968

Upon Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, the United Black Students and President Stanford organized a memorial service for Dr. King at the Whitten Student Union patio on April 9. Guest speakers included Senator Harry Cane, Rev. Theodore Gibson, Robert Sims, Cecile Rolle, and Archie Hardwick. Fourteen years after Dr. King’s death, President Stanford introduced Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. King, when she spoke at Gusman Hall on October 29, 1980.

The Miami Hurricane Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

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Also, read The Miami Hurricane article on the subject below:


(April 9, 1968 article on the service – the picture is the only image we could find from Dr. King’s historic visit to the U in 1966.)



Reading Room is Now Open!

We would like to inform our patrons that The Kislak Center Reading Room is now open as of March 16th, Monday. This is one of the proudest moments of the University of Miami Libraries from the University Archivist’s perspective! Below are the pictures of the beautiful space with the first patron I took this morning. FYI, I received a permission from the patron to share the image on social media.

Please come visit us (registration required at the entrance) to look at the Center as well as our exhibits on 1) The History of the Kislak Center Venue and 2) Pan-American Concept under the Past Administrations and the Frenk Administration. We will post a story shortly on the 2nd theme of our exhibition shortly.

Kislak Center Reading Room

Another View of the Reading Room



The History of the Kislak Center Venue

March 20, 2018 became one of the most important dates for the Otto G. Richter Library to remember. To help celebrate the dedication of the Kislak Center, the University Archives is offering two exhibitions in the beautifully renovated space. The first theme is “The History of the Kislak Center Venue,” and the other is “Pan-American Concept in the Past and Present Administrations.” Below, please see the text and exhibits from “The History of the Kislak Center Venue.”

  

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The History of the Kislak Center Venue

The opening of the Kislak Center’s Reading Room signals the triumphant return of the University of Miami Libraries’ premier scholarly and cultural presentation space.

Originally, this portion of the Library was built as Phase One of a central library for the University. When opened in 1960, it housed collections brought together from multiple storage locations and provided workspace for a few technical staff members. It was not open to students or faculty. Over the following two years, above and beside the structure that houses today’s Kislak Center, the main library was built and named for the benefactor Otto G. Richter.

In 1963, the University named the first floor of the Phase One facility in honor of George A. Brockway, who was the first significant donor to the University’s construction fund for a library building.

Over the next three decades, Brockway Lecture Hall was used for conferences, poetry and theatrical presentations, concerts, and exhibitions. It was also the gathering space for the very successful Friends of the University of Miami Library. Founded in 1960, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas served as the Friends’ first president.

Beginning in 1993, this space was used for other purposes, including collection storage. From 1999 until 2003, Brockway also housed the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Today’s opening of the Kislak Center brings the mission of this space full circle – once again celebrating a mission of scholarship, culture, and community engagement.

  

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Exhibits:

  

President Ashe (Left) Receiving a Donation from George A. Brockway
1943

Brockway was an upstate New York “Gentleman Farmer” who wintered in Miami. He made the first major gift toward construction of a central library. In recognition, the University named the Kislak Center venue the “George A. Brockway Lecture Hall” in 1963.

University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

  

Phase One of the Construction of the Otto G. Richter Library Completed in August 1960
1960

The stand-alone Phase One structure was primarily used for collection storage. There was no public access.

University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

  

Interior View of the Lecture Hall
ca. 1963

University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

  

Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy holds a press conference in the Lecture Hall
1967

The Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation provided a grant and the land toward construction of the Mailman Center for Child Development.

University of Miami University Communications Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

  

Richter Exhibition in the Lecture Hall
1984

Richter Library’s Open House was an annual event in the 1980s to welcome the University family and showcase its services and collections. The Lecture Hall was the focal point of the festivities for the guests to browse historical materials and rare books.

University of Miami Historical Photograph Collection
University Archives, University of Miami Libraries

  

Dr. Josephine Johnson’s Poetry Recital held in the Lecture Hall
1984

Dr. Josephine Johnson is Professor Emeritus of the University of Miami School of Communication, former Chair of the Department of Communication, and an alumna of the University. Her scholarship extended from W. B. Yates to post-modern British poets and she was a recognized solo performer throughout the country.

Josephine Johnson Papers
Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries