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

Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection

by Jay Sylvestre and Steve Hersh, Special Collections Washington DC resident Guy Noffsinger has made several trips to Miami to conduct research on Special Collections’ Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records. He made sure to time his most recent visit with the “Cleared to Land” event on January 29, in which Special Collections celebrated the completion of a two-year effort in reprocessing the collection. The visit … Continue reading Life in an Archive: A Visit to the Pan Am Collection

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Train Approaching UM’s Student Union

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Marcia Heath, University Archives technician A recent and generous donation from the University of Miami’s Office of Communications and Marketing has provided us with several boxes of captivating photographs which hail as far back as the mid-1900s and capture the essence of university life from UM’s formative years to the present. The growth and … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Train Approaching UM’s Student Union

The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection

The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection includes videos and outlines of oral history interviews conducted with individuals of Haitian ancestry that are well renowned in the world of culture and the arts, education, community activism, civic leadership, and many professional organizations. In these interviews, musicians, artists, dancers, and writers explore the creative process, often through the lens of the diaspora experience, while showcasing the … Continue reading The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection

COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Miscellaneous Photographs from the Ruth and Richard Shack Papers

A Pick of the Week from Special Collections of the UM Libraries By Bea Skokan   Former Dade County Commissioner, Ruth Shack, recently donated her and her husband’s papers to the University of Miami Special Collections, which offer a lot of history and insight into her political career that began in the 1970s. She was a noted social rights and women’s rights activist, and she was also … Continue reading COOLCRAZYBEAUTIFUL: Miscellaneous Photographs from the Ruth and Richard Shack Papers

Politics, Literature, and Culture in Brazil: The Leila Míccolis Collection

Politics, Literature, and Culture in Brazil: The Leila Míccolis Collection by Tatiana Faria Over the last several months, I have had the privilege of working with an extensive collection of alternative press materials from Brazil. Most of the pieces—in the form of newspapers, magazines, newsletters, books, and comics—are from 1968-1990, a time of political unrest and oppression for Brazil. From 1964-1985, Brazil was under a … Continue reading Politics, Literature, and Culture in Brazil: The Leila Míccolis Collection

A Welcome Addition to the World Wings International Records

In addition to the records of Pan American World Airways, UM Libraries Special Collections is home to the records of World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am Flight Attendants. Their most recent donation includes uniforms, scrapbooks and the World Wings 50th Anniversary DVD, “World Wings Presents.” The DVD is a nice complement to the collection as it captures the elegance, grace and … Continue reading A Welcome Addition to the World Wings International Records

Exploring the Collections: April Staff Finds

Every month, the librarians and staff at Special Collections and University Archives gather for a “Show and Tell” to present rare and interesting items we have come across on the job. We have decided to expand our audience and showcase these finds in a monthly post. We invite everyone to stop by the 8th floor of the Otto G. Richter Library to take a glance … Continue reading Exploring the Collections: April Staff Finds

An Early Developer’s South Florida Photographs from the Matheson Family’s Collection

The Finlay B. Matheson Collection, digitized from the holdings of the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections, offers a unique visual representation of life in South Florida from the 1900s through the 1930s, with photographs and albums depicting the Matheson family, their residences, boats, activities, and travels. The Florida landscape, with a focus on Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove, is captured throughout the photographs and … Continue reading An Early Developer’s South Florida Photographs from the Matheson Family’s Collection