The Sunshine State Digital Network (SSDN) is proud to announce the inclusion of over five thousand records from the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) now discoverable in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). MDPLS’s Digital Collections portal provides access to selected materials from its Special Collections found in the Helen Muir Florida Collection, the Permanent Art Collection, and the Vasari Project. They aim to provide access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature and social sciences.
Highlights from their collections include:
Florida Promotional & Tourism Ephemera
This collection includes a varied selection of Florida ephemera mostly from the 1900s. Printed items include brochures, cards, promotional booklets, pamphlets, newsletters, timetables, and more. The information centers on tourism, trade, real estate and business opportunities in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Miami Beach Real Estate Listings
The Miami Beach Real Estate Listings collection consists of photographs used by real estate companies and agents to list and sell properties spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s. The back of each photograph contains listing details such as the date, address, type of property, owner, price, and lot size. The user can search images by location, date or date range, or by type, including duplexes, guesthouses, and commercial or residential properties.
Gleason Waite Romer Photographs
Photographer Gleason Waite Romer arrived in Miami in 1925 and proceeded to work for a newspaper, later for an awning company documenting residences, and then as a freelance photographer recording major events, people and places around the city. He created a body of work that is said to uniquely capture the “changing face of Miami” and has been praised as a very valuable historical record documenting the growth and development of all aspects of the city of Miami, Florida, from the 1880s to the 1950s.
Other highlights from the collections include: Christo and Jeanne-Claude Projects & Exhibitions, Historical Records of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Emilio Sanchez Artworks, Agnew Welsh Scrapbooks, and Florida-based dime novels published in the 19th century.
The addition of these materials to the DPLA are a valuable contribution to the collections submitted by other SSDN partners. They allow researchers to explore the rich history of the physical, cultural, and economic development of Miami, Florida, as well as its architecture, arts, and tourism.