Vizcaya’s Archives

About the Archives

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Archives is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to information about the construction of Vizcaya, James Deering and his family, and early Miami history.  Our holdings include over 3,000 historic architectural drawings, over 30,000 pieces of historic correspondence, and over 5,000 historic photographic prints. Collection items range from the 1870s to the present, with the bulk of collections dating from 1910 to 1925.

Letters, photos, drawings and blueprints

In our manuscript collections, correspondents include James Deering, Paul Chalfin, F. Burrall Hoffman, Jr., Diego Suarez, Phineas Paist, William Jennings Bryan, Elsie de Wolfe, Carl Fisher, Ralph Munroe and John Singer Sargent. Photograph collections include images by Mattie Edwards Hewitt, Alice Wood, F.E. Geisler, Richard Trowbridge, and Richard B. Hoit. Four thousand architectural drawings and blueprints cover every aspect of Vizcaya from elevations of the Main House to soap dishes and everything in between, most of which are available electronically to on-site researchers.

Due to Capital Projects improvements, the Archives are currently unavailable. The museum is upgrading environmental controls as part of our preservation work. If you have a research request that requires access to the archives, please submit your request online by clicking below.

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