Florida History in Motion


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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

 

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

YouTube: A Summer “Aquacade” at the Booker Terrace

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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…

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YouTube: Overtown From Overhead
FEB 20 2015

YouTube: Overtown From Overhead

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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…

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FEB 13 2015

WTVJ Tape X154: Watch It All!

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“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…

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YouTube: The Back of the Bus
FEB 12 2015

YouTube: The Back of the Bus

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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…

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YouTube: Overtown Street Scenes, 1952
FEB 11 2015

YouTube: Overtown Street Scenes, 1952

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News film shot from the window of a WTVJ news car captures street scenes in Overtown, home to most of segregated Miami’s African-American residents. Residents of Overtown created a vibrant, tightly-knit community, despite myriad legal, social and physical disadvantages, and today the neighborhood is remembered for the African-American stars who stayed in Overtown while they…

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REWIND: “Steps On Freedom’s Road”
FEB 10 2015

REWIND: “Steps On Freedom’s Road”

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Today REWIND begins its celebration of Black History Month with the debut of “Steps On Freedom’s Road,” featuring vintage footage of African-Americans making news by doing things — sunning at the beach, playing golf, swimming in a public pool — that seem ordinary today. In the segregated Miami of the 1950s and 1960s these simple…

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YouTube: Overtown’s Christian Hospital
FEB 04 2015

YouTube: Overtown’s Christian Hospital

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We begin Black History Month with a glimpse of segregated Miami: Overtown’s leading citizens launch a funding drive to replace Christian Hospital, described as an “overcrowded wooden fire hazard” by The Miami News. This clip provides a rare glimpse of the hospital, from its exterior to its maternity ward.