Category: Business & Reference, Text, Florida
Florida Promotional Materials Attracting people to Florida has always been an integral part of the state's developmental goals. The Florida Promotional Materials collection consists of a variety of promotional materials designed to draw tourists and settlers to the state. Included are numerous brochures, maps, and clippings that highlight historical sites such as the Barnacle Museum. Also featured are hotels, important for their historical and practical value, and recreational opportunities.
Organized in 1925, the Coral Gables Garden Club has promoted gardening and community beautification in Coral Gables for over 80 years. In recent years, the club helped preserve George Merrick's vision for his city, raising funds for new entrances to Coral Gables at Douglas and Red roads and Miracle Mile; commissioning a statue of Merrick recently dedicated in front of Coral Gables city hall; and supporting the preservation of the George Merrick house on Coral Way.
Helen Muir Papers Helen Muir wrote for the Universal Service Syndicate and reported for newspapers such as the Miami News and the Miami Herald. The Helen Muir Papers consist of Mrs. Muir's personal and professional correspondence, and features correspondence with Robert Frost, his daughter Leslie, and attorney general Janet Reno, among others. The collection also includes drafts of Muir's writing and research files, photographs, and clippings that relate to her career, which began when she moved to South Florida in 1934. Muir's devotion to Miami and its history can be gleaned from the numerous books she authored on the city, including Miami, USA and Biltmore: Beacon for Miami . The collection consists of twenty-nine boxes that span the years 1934 through 1995.
Henry Flagler, founder and president of the Florida East Coast Railroad (FECR), created the Model Land Company (MLC) in 1896 to manage his rapidly expanding real estate holdings in the state of Florida. The growth and expansion of the FECR was crucial to the development of Florida, and the Model Land Company, with its three subsidiary companies - Fort Dallas Land Company (FDLC), Perrine Grant Land Company (PGLC) and the Chuluota Land Company (CLC)- managed Flagler's "land empire" until its demise in 1967. The Model Land Company Records constitute a large portion of the surviving records of the Model Land Company. The files consist of the administrative and financial records of the MLC's Miami-based land agent, Frederick S.