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Research and Collections

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Scope of Collections
The Historical Museum’s collections relate to the history, cultures, folklife and archaeology of South Florida and the Caribbean area, including:

  • Southeast Florida (Greater Miami, the Everglades and the Florida Keys);
  • Caribbean areas that have influenced Florida history (Bahamas, Cuba, etc.);
  • Caribbean peoples living in Florida (Cubans, Haitians, Bahamians, etc.);
  • Native Americans (prehistoric, Seminoles, Miccosukees);
  • Aviation, maritime history, tourism and other trends that have shaped South Florida.

Research Center
The Research Center houses the museum's archives and library, and is open to the public. It contains two named collections of research materials, the Tebeau Library and the Wilkins Archives. Its visual materials--photographs, maps and pictures--are remarkable.

Object Collections
The object collections include Seminole and Miccosukee Indian objects; Pan American Airways artifacts; musical instruments and religious items from local communities; outboard motors and outboard boats; and archaeological materials from 10,000 years ago to the early 20th century. The collection is open to scholars by appointment only.

The Historical Museum has been publishing works on South Florida and the Caribbean since 1941. Its periodicals--Tequesta, South Florida History and Update--are essential sources for the study of the region's history. The books include reprints of local classics as well as a few original works.

South Florida & Caribbean History
This section contains illustrated excerpts from museum exhibitions and publications, as well as original works. Topics range from an introduction to Miami-Dade County's history to descriptions of southeast Florida's diverse cultures.


Research & Collections
Research Center

Object Collections


South Florida &
Caribbean History