Listed below are the collections housed at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater. To view digitized items, click on the collection's title(s) below.

  • The Miami Times Newspaper Collection

    The Miami Times is South Florida's African-American newspaper. The paper was established in 1923 by a Bahamian immigrant, Henry E. Sigismund Reeves. Sigismund Reeves founded the weekly paper, which he printed on a small hand press in his home. His son, Garth succeeded him as editor and publisher in 1970, and passed the mantle to his daughter and Sigismund's granddaughter, Rachel Janie Reeves in 1994. The current publisher is Rachel's son, and Sigismund's great-grandson, Garth Basil Reeves III. After becoming publisher in 1994, Rachel instituted changes to the paper's format, a business decision that enabled it to compete with other local papers like the Miami Herald. She also raised the pay of her staff to attract talent. The change from a tabloid to broadsheet is credited with keeping loyal readers and gaining new ones.
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    Finding Aids

    A list of finding aids for the digitized collections held at the The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida.
  • A Chance to Learn : a history of race and education in the United States

    Civil Rights Book Collections

    A collection of rare books written about or by people of African descent.
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