Florida History in Motion


F

ounded in 1984, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives houses over 35,000 hours of video tape and 23 million feet of film. A local television news collection dates to the late 1940s, with footage from landmark television station WTVJ (first in Florida, 16th in the nation) as well as WPLG, WCKT, WCIX, and WINK. A television documentaries collection covers the topics of immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Program, presidential elections, and many more global events and trends that have played out on the Florida stage. Finally, home movie holdings of over 3000 reels dating to the 1910s bring long-gone buildings, attractions, and folkways alive for new generations. Read More Here

 

 

lasky home movies daytona beach   2015-11-12 at 2.13.59 PM
NOV 13 2015

“A Sound Trip through the Florida Film Archives” at the Miami Book Fair’s SWAMP

Uncategorized

Come to Miami Book Fair’s The Swamp for the beer and bites; stay for a sound-and-image trip through Florida — a multidisciplinary installation presented by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and Obsolete Media Miami. Unseen films, including South Florida and Caribbean-centric home movies and amateur film…

Read the rest

OCT 27 2015

Coming November 4: Media Makers’ Mashup

Uncategorized

In downtown Miami millions of feet of film and thousands of hours of videotape are sitting in a climate-controlled room waiting to become new media. Much of the film and video in that climate-controlled room can be searched and seen online, with more available all the time. And that same climate-controlled room can become a…

Read the rest

YouTube: A Summer “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace
FEB 26 2015

YouTube: A Summer “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace

Uncategorized

Overtown and other predominantly black Miami neighborhoods came about because of racial segregation, but many have warm memories of the close-knit feeling of these neighborhoods. Here’s a story that records a typical “hometown” event: The George Washington Carver Branch of the YMCA’s “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace Motel, later renamed the Hampton House. This video…

Read the rest

YouTube: Overtown From Overhead
FEB 20 2015

YouTube: Overtown From Overhead

Uncategorized

Miami’s Overtown neighborhood was under assault when these aerial shots were taken in 1965. Interstate 95 had plowed through the middle of the neighborhood and a variety of other forces were breaking up a cohesive, albeit disadvantaged, community. This video is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives. Subscribe to…

Read the rest

FEB 13 2015

WTVJ Tape X154: Watch It All!

Uncategorized

“Mobile telephones are in your future!” Our NEWLY DIGITIZED Valentine’s Day story from 1985 came from WTVJ archive tape X154, which you can see in its entirety right here on the Wolfson Archives’ website. Highlights include preparations for Super Bowl XIX and Alan Mendelson’s story on cell phones, rapidly becoming more portable. See it all…

Read the rest

YouTube: The Back of the Bus
FEB 12 2015

YouTube: The Back of the Bus

Uncategorized

African-American passengers sit in the back seats of a Miami bus in this January 1957 story, aired just weeks after the end of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Black riders would be stuck in the back of Miami’s buses for more than a year, until April 1958. Visit the Wolfson Archives’ YouTube channel to see a news…

Read the rest