Gate lodge for Charles Deering at Buena Vista (never built). Clinton MacKenzie, architect. HistoryMiami, 1985-218-1Promotional photograph, General Development Corporation model home, 1960. HistoryMiami 1989-011-6363
Map of Pan American World Airways routes of the flying clipper ships, ca. 1942. HistoryMiami 1995-654-6-1

HistoryMiami Museum collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that document the Miami region, South Florida and the Caribbean. The Research Center houses HistoryMiami’s archives and non-circulating library and offers a reading room in which researchers can consult the archives and object collections.  



As of Monday, April 25, 2016, the Research Center is open to the public as follows:

Monday-Thursday, 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm 

HistoryMiami Museum and the Research Center are closed on select holidays.


The Research Center is open to the public. Please make an appointment to view architectural drawings or objects. If you are traveling from out-of-town to do research with our collections, please contact us in advance of your visit.

One-Month Researcher Pass: $10.00.

Admission is free for HistoryMiami members.

Search Tools

The Research Center staff are the most valuable effective tool available to researchers and are ready to help make your research experience a success. Please contact us at 305-375-1623 or for assistance. 

Researchers can learn more about our holdings using the following digital search tools:

Online Catalog: includes information about our holdings, including visual materials, manuscripts, books, magazines, and recordings.  

Finding Aids: these guides describe archives and manuscripts in our collections, including personal and family papers, business and organizational records, and format-based collections of photographs, maps, prints, historical and literary manuscripts, recordings, and ephemera.

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.

Collection Highlights


Visual resources are a signature feature of the Research Center. The picture archives contains 1.5 million photograph prints and negatives of southeast Florida, the entire state, and the Caribbean dating from 1883 to the present. Additional visual holdings include maps, prints, posters, and postcards. Learn more


The manuscripts collections contain the papers of individuals and families and the records of organizations and businesses in the Miami region and Florida. Some examples are family letters, diaries, minutes, personal correspondence, and oral history tapes and transcripts.


The Wilkins Archives contain archival records, especially architectural drawings, pertaining to the built environment of Miami-Dade County. The Wilkins Archives is a joint project of several local organizations, including Dade Heritage Trust. It is named in honor of professor Woody Wilkins, who taught many to appreciate southeast Florida's architectural heritage. Learn more 


The Research Center houses a non-circulating library pertaining to South Florida and the Caribbean. It holds books, pamphlets, brochures, city directories, yearbooks, ephemera, magazines, and newspapers, including a selection of scarce local newspapers. The library was named in 1976 in honor of Florida historian Dr. Charlton W. Tebeau, in recognition of his many years in support of local history research. 


Objects from the Museum's artifacts collection may be consulted in the Research Center. Artifacts held by the Museum range from pre-Colombian pieces to contemporary items, such as tools, furniture, boats, aviation materials, clothing, musical instruments and religious objects. The collection includes over 37,000 items, mostly from the twentieth century, and an additional 550 cubic feet of archaeological material.

Consultation of artifacts require advanced notice and will depend on the size, location, and condition of the objects. HistoryMiami Museum reserves the right to limit or deny access to an artifact should such access be deemed detrimental to the object. Please contact us for more information. Learn more