New Exhibit Explores Gender and Social Justice in Vintage Board Games

By Yvette Yurubi, Reference Assistant, Special Collections Long before video games came along, board games dominated as a common pastime for adults and kids. With their 2-D platforms, simple narratives, and easy, straightforward objectives, they were a hit among friends, during parties and family gatherings. So what can we learn today from this historic national pastime? After Special Collections recently acquired a series of vintage … Continue reading New Exhibit Explores Gender and Social Justice in Vintage Board Games

Florida Menu Collection: A New Taste of Florida History

By Yvette Yurubi, Reference Assistant, Special Collections There is much to be learned about a region’s culture and economy through looking at something as commonplace as a simple restaurant menu. Some of the world’s oldest menus trace back to clay tablets written by the Sumerians who devoted time to listing out foods that they would serve their gods. Since then, menus have become a daily … Continue reading Florida Menu Collection: A New Taste of Florida History

This Just In: Pan Am Memories

By Yvette Yurubi A few months ago, we were honored to have former Pan Am stewardess, Daniele Desmoulins Perez-Venero, visit us to donate some of her papers to supplement our Pan American World Airways, Inc. records and our World Wings International, Inc. records. When asked to enrich her donation with some biographical tidbits about her time in Pan Am, she shared with us a few … Continue reading This Just In: Pan Am Memories

Notes from the Miami Zine Fair

By Jay Sylvestre, Special Collections Librarian On Saturday, April 30, Special Collections and the UM Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Studies Collective shared a table at the 3rd annual Miami Zine Fair. The Zine Fair, organized by Exile Books and hosted by HistoryMiami, featured 140 tables of zine makers, artists, and poets. The event drew more than 1,500 people who came to purchase and swap zines, … Continue reading Notes from the Miami Zine Fair

This Just In: Celebrating and Preserving Urban Art in Florida

By Yvette Yurubi A unique collection generously donated by Barbara Young in honor of her late husband, artist and teacher Robert Huff, is now available for research. The Robert Huff Collection includes a vast array of exhibit catalogs dating back from the 1980s to the present. Of interest are the sheer number and variety of exhibits that cropped up all around Miami, showcasing different artists … Continue reading This Just In: Celebrating and Preserving Urban Art in Florida

Class Project Breathes Life into Historical Documents

In her own academic career, English professor and PhD candidate Allison Harris has spent a significant amount of time in archives, using records dating back to the historical periods she’s studying to support research and to breathe life into her writing. Taking her African-American Literature students to the archives for a project focused on the era of slavery, however, was an idea actually inspired in a cemetery, … Continue reading Class Project Breathes Life into Historical Documents

A Most Excellent Adventure

Exploring the Pan Am Archives in Miami By Rebecca Snider Sprecher with Dian Groh After writing a novel about Pan Am flight crews and giving a number of history presentations on our airline for various community organizations, I was anxious to visit the Pan Am archives at the University of Miami’s Richter Library. I’d read many books on the history of Pan Am, but I … Continue reading A Most Excellent Adventure

Now Available: The Lenny Kaye Science Fiction Fanzine Collection

We are happy to announce the acquisition of the Lenny Kaye Science Fiction Fanzine collection at the Special Collections Department of the University of Miami Libraries. The Kaye collection constitutes a very rich and unique trove of science fiction fanzines from the 1940s to the 1970s, and represents a significant addition to our ever-growing zine holdings. The zines were originally collected by Lenny Kaye, who … Continue reading Now Available: The Lenny Kaye Science Fiction Fanzine Collection

Looking for Ezra Pound, Finding a Local Treasure

Guest Writer: Barry Devine, Ph.D., English Graduate Student Researching in the archives is a slow, often labor-intensive process, but one that rarely leaves me disappointed. Each rare book or box of documents is a world waiting to be explored; sometimes you will find something once thought to be lost, sometimes you will find documents that either confirm or contradict previously held notions about a particular … Continue reading Looking for Ezra Pound, Finding a Local Treasure