Visual Materials

Photographs

The HistoryMiami photography archive contains 1.5 million photograph prints and negatives of southeast Florida, the entire state, and the Caribbean dating from 1883 to the present. This archive forms the foundation of the HistoryMiami Center for Photography.

Looking for digital images? There are several ways to search and browse through our digitized content, including our Online Catalog and these resources:

Digital Photo Archives: research images from various photograph collections, download low-resolution copies for personal use, and conduct picture searches for your personal, professional, and commercial projects. These images have been selected as representative examples from our various photo collections, and are linked to the respective collection guides. 

Photo Store: shop online for framed photographs, mouse pads and mugs. Reproductions of some of our most popular images may be purchased here.

Photo Essays: explore curated selections of pictures from our collections, with each essay exploring a different topic.

Some of the most significant photography collections include:

Claude Matlack Photographs

Black-and-white photographs of South Florida places, people and events, 1896-1943 (bulk 1918-1942). Browse the finding aid.

Miami News Collection

Photographic prints and negatives of people, places and events in Miami-Dade County and, to a lesser extent, Florida and the Caribbean area, 1896-1988 (bulk 1940-1988). Learn more

Ralph Munroe Photographs

Views of Coconut Grove (Miami, Fla.); people; coastal places, such as the Miami River; and maritime activities on Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. 1883-ca. 1915.

Rudi and Annette Rada Photographs

Architectural photographs of exteriors and interiors of houses and buildings in Miami-Dade County and Florida, 1946-1974 (bulk 1952-1956). Also includes some photographs of Seminoles, Havana, and other topics. Browse the finding aid.

South Florida Photograph Collection

Photographs mainly of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, but also of South Florida and the Caribbean area. 1870-present. 20,000+ items.

Maps

The maps collection includes maps and charts of the region, from the 1500s to the present.

Prints

Illustrations

The Research Center houses many illustrated books, as well as magazine illustrations.

Postcards

South Florida has been a tourist destination for more than a century. As a result, the postcard collection confounds the mind. Learn more

Prints

Engravings, lithographs, posters, advertising, etc. Prints range from spectacular first and second editions of The Birds of America, by John James Audubon, to commemorative postage stamps.