Preserving and Presenting Florida’s History
The Wolfson Archives is devoted to preserving film and video that records the history and culture of Florida – from bathing beauties of the 1920s to civil rights crusaders of the 1950s; from Cuban exiles of the 1960s to disco dancers of the 1970s, continuing into the 1990s and 2000s. The Archives’ preservation program includes presenting these historic images, and many more, to the public – ensuring their place in the cultural memory of all Floridians.
Images from the Wolfson Archives can be seen online, onsite and on television and movie screens. Anyone with internet access can view selected clips at the Archives’ YouTube page (youtube.com/user/wolfsonarchive) or at Learning From Miami (learningfrommiami.org), a website produced by the Archives in collaboration with Miami Dade College’s School of Architecture and Interior Design and HistoryMiami. Followers of the Archives’ activities can also connect on Facebook at facebook.com/wolfsonarchives and all of these resources can be accessed through the Archives website at wolfsonarchives.org.
Onsite, at its purpose-built facility on the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College in downtown Miami, the Archives offers public access to its collections through Rewind, a program of informal, twice-weekly public screenings. Screenings range beyond the Archives’ holdings, presenting film and video shot for television news, travel films, home movies, industrial films and more. Onsite viewing of materials is also available by appointment. A specially designed gallery displays materials related to the Archives’ collections, including vintage cameras and projectors, videotapes in a variety of formats, publications, and related ephemera.
Special events at the Wolfson Archives invite an ever-widening audience to examine history through the lens of historic film. Home Movie Day, the international celebration of home movies and amateur cinema, is an annual tradition at the Archives. Invasion of the Historians is a series of informal talks featuring a local historian exploring topics in Florida history and presenting film and video from the Archives that documents the topic at hand.
Images from the Wolfson Archives find their way onto the big screen and television screens through the Archives’ research and licensing service. Nationally broadcast documentaries as varied as Eyes on the Prize (PBS), Cocaine Cowboys (Magnolia Pictures) and Latino Americans (PBS) have featured footage from the Archives’ collections. The list of feature films making use of Wolfson Archives material includes Milk (2008) and The Cove (2009). Television stations across Florida have incorporated footage from the Archives into documentaries, newscasts and entertainment programs. Licensing inquiries may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Our public programs are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.|