Archives & Research Center

The HistoryMiami Archives and Research Center collects, safeguards, and makes accessible materials that document the Miami region, South Florida and the Caribbean. It houses HistoryMiami’s archives and non-circulating library, and is open to the public.


Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm

Closed holidays:  New Year's Day, Veterans Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Please make an appointment to view architectural drawings.


Archives & Research Center Researcher Pass $8.

Free admission for HistoryMiami members.

Collection Highlights

Visual Materials

The picture archives contains 1.1 million images of southeast Florida, the entire state and the Caribbean. Photographs of Miami-Dade County date from 1883 to the present. Holdings include photographs, maps, prints, postcards, illustrated books and stereographs. Learn more

Photo Store

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

Digital Photo Archives

Browse images from various photo collections, download low-rez 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 Essays

Explore curated selections of pictures from our collections, with each essay exploring a topic.

Archives and Manuscripts

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

Finding aids and guides

Books and Publications

Publications include books, periodicals, dissertations, city directories, brochures, pamphlets and ephemera. Less extensive newspaper clipping files date from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

Online catalog

Named Collections

The Archives & Research Center  It contains two named collections of research materials, the Tebeau Library and the Wilkins Archives.

Charlton W. Tebeau Library of Florida History  

In 1976 the Association named its library in honor of historian Dr. Charlton W. Tebeau, in recognition of his many years in support of the Association and local history research. The Tebeau Library contains visual materials, books, archives and manuscripts pertaining to South Florida and the Caribbean area.

Woodrow W. Wilkins Archives of Architectural Records

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