Collection ASM0039 - Florence Brigham papers

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Florence Brigham papers


  • 1791-1957 (Creation)


4 boxes (2 linear feet)

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Florence Brigham researched and collected materials on the Florida Keys and wrote articles on the history of Marathon and Key Vaca. While a student at the University of Miami, Brigham completed a History of Key Vaca, published in the Southern Florida Historical Association journals for 1957 and 1958. She presented a paper "They Chose Key Vaca," before the Association in 1957, and another of Brigham's articles later appeared in Tequesta magazine.

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The Florence Brigham Papers consist of four boxes of material totalling two cubic feet of files. The Papers include research materials Brigham compiled from numerous primary and secondary sources including articles and books, diaries, notes and other materials. Brigham also conducted interviews with early Keys residents, including many employees of the Federal East Coast Railroad Company. Newspaper clippings dated 1935-69 detail local history, "pioneers," hurricanes and other topics. In addition to these records, the files include correspondence with a number ofarchives and libraries, and photostats of original documents and maps. Brigham also collected prints of Marathon dated 1906-1960.

The Papers include notes on Keys deer, birds, reptiles and other animals, as well as clippings and notes on schools, churches, fishing, libraries and other institutions and activities in the Keys. Historical material includes copies of early maps, records tracing the title of Keys lands, and materials documenting the construction of the "Overseas Railroad" and the development of Marathon.

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This collection is open for research.

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Items from this collection are kept on-campus and may be requested from the first floor Kislak Center in the Otto G. Richter Library at University of Miami.

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Florence Brigham Papers Finding Aid© 1992 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

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  • English

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