A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SEMINOLE TRIBE AND EIGHT ICONIC PORTRAITS

On exhibit in the Kislak Gallery It is one of the ironies of US history that the person charged with the removal and relocation of the tribes was also the person responsible for creating a monumental record of their lives and customs.   Thomas Loraine M’Kenney was the first superintendent of Indian Affairs, part of the War Department, from 1824 to 1830. In that capacity he saw the traditional lifeways of the North American tribes was threatened and committed his office to making … Continue reading A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SEMINOLE TRIBE AND EIGHT ICONIC PORTRAITS

The Magic of Miami

Many cites have well-known monikers, so instilled into their public identity that we barely have to think about the association when we hear “the Windy City” or “the City that Never Sleeps”, or even “Sin City”. Oddly enough, you’d be hard-pressed to find even some native Miami residents who know that Miami is called “the Magic City” and why. Miami is among some of the … Continue reading The Magic of Miami

Earth and Archives

Spring is here, along with a plethora of Earth-related holidays to celebrate our planet and bring us together, including International Day of Forests (March 21), World Water Day (March 22) Manatee Appreciation Day (March 25), Arbor Day (April 10) and Earth day (April 22). Working here in Special Collections, it’s easy to wonder what a library devoted to rare books and manuscripts of the past … Continue reading Earth and Archives

Now Accepting Applications: The World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant

The World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant The World Wings International, Inc. (WWI) Research Grant, is an annual grant which is open to advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members who are interested in conducting research on the organizational records of WWI, a historic association of former Pan Am flight attendants. Priority will be given to research proposals that will result in publication in … Continue reading Now Accepting Applications: The World Wings International, Inc. Research Grant

Handle with Care | Preservation Strategies for Pan Am’s Digital Archive

Repair and conserve: a phrase that drives a vast and complex component of University of Miami Libraries’ (UML) mission. Primary source materials and books are handled over years, decades, and even centuries; room conditions fluctuate, humidity falls and rises, and critters occasionally find their way to them for a snack. For the specialists that manage UML’s Preservation Strategies Department, “repair and conserve” holds a significance … Continue reading Handle with Care | Preservation Strategies for Pan Am’s Digital Archive

25 Years Ago – Hurricane Andrew and a School Project That Went Far

As the extremely powerful Hurricane Irma made its way towards Florida on September 10 this year, it stirred some depressing memories in many residents of Miami and the South Florida regions – memories of Hurricane Andrew, which had struck 25 years ago with devastating consequences. In the early morning hours of August 24th, 1992 Hurricane Andrew, the biggest storm to hit Miami in over 60 … Continue reading 25 Years Ago – Hurricane Andrew and a School Project That Went Far

THIS JUST IN: Dissecting Gender Roles through Greeting Cards

By Yvette Yurubi, Special Collections Archives Assistant According to the Greeting Card Association, greeting cards have their recorded origins dating as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, who would often include messages of goodwill on papyrus scrolls. Greeting cards had a prolific growth in use with the advent of the printing press and the rise of systemic, government-operated mail delivery that made it easier to … Continue reading THIS JUST IN: Dissecting Gender Roles through Greeting Cards