Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History, 1884-1934

About This Collection

Reclaiming the Everglades includes a rich diversity of unique or rare materials: personal correspondence, essays, typescripts, reports and memos; photographs, maps and postcards; and publications from individuals and the government. Major topics and issues illustrated include the establishment of the Everglades National Park; the growth of the modern conservation movement and its institutions, including the National Audubon Society; the evolving role of women on the political stage; the treatment of Native Americans; rights of individual citizens or private corporations vs. the public interest; and accountability of government as trustees of public resources, whether for the purposes of development, reclamation, or environmental protection. The materials in this online compilation are drawn from sixteen physical collections housed in the archives and special collections of the University of Miami, Florida International University and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.

View more information about this collection (external link) from the Everglades Digital Library at Florida International University.

The source materials for this collection are housed in libraries at the University of Miami (external link), the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (external link), and Florida International University (external link). The digital reproductions are mounted as part of the PALMM Initiative (external link) of the Florida Center for Library Automation. Please contact Gail Clement (external link), Everglades Librarian at Florida International University, with any questions or information about the original materials. Contact the owning institutions with requests for reproductions.

The digitization and presentation of these materials by three south Florida libraries, in collaboration with Thomas Photographic Imaging, was supported by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition.