Hialeah History Collection

The Hialeah History Collection at the Hialeah Public Libraries (HPL) collects, preserves, and provides access to research resources about the City of Hialeah and its history, from the times preceding its foundation to the present. 

Accessing the Collection

The Hialeah History Collection is a valuable resource for students, scholars, and anyone interested in learning about the history of the city and its people.

The Collection is housed at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library and consists of primary and secondary source materials that can be accessed for study and research with the help of our dedicated Collection librarians. 

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Goals of the Collection

Our goals are to support research, teaching, and learning, encourage dialogue and informed understanding of Hialeah´s rich history, and engage our community in ways that foster pride and civic participation.

Composition

The Collection spans over 90 years and is comprised of:

  • Audiovisual resources
  • Books
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs

HPL plans to add digital resources soon as part of a digitization and oral history project that will make existing physical resources accessible online as well as capture and preserve personal stories for generations to come.

Becoming a Contributor

Everyone can be a contributor. We welcome and encourage donations of books, documents, photographs, personal and corporate libraries and archives. Gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations will contribute to the growth of our Collection and the success of our programs, including exhibitions and events.

Examples of Materials in the Collection

Original photographs

  • Aerial view of Hialeah, 1923
  • Auto race at Curtiss field, 1924
  • City advertisement, 1921
  • Curtiss aviation field, 1921
  • Curtiss-Bright ranch and railroad tracks, 1920
  • Curtiss-Bright real estate publicity flyer, 1921
  • Dog track after hurricane of 1926
  • First building, 1920
  • Glenn Curtiss' house
  • Greyhound track opening, 1921
  • Harry Ewing
  • Hialeah Cash Store and auto pump, 1921
  • Hialeah Drug Store, 1922
  • Jai Alai Fronton after hurricane of 1926
  • James Bright, one of the city's founders
  • Lua Curtiss' house after hurricane of 1947
  • Triangle Park, 1921

Original Documents / Manuscripts

  • City of Hialeah's 50th Anniversary poster, 1975
  • Deed of land, May 28, 1910
  • Henry Milander political campaign bumper sticker, 1971
  • Hialeah city advertisement in Miami Daily Metropolis, 1921
  • Hialeah Park official program, 1944
  • Hialeah poster, 1926
  • Hialeah Racetrack original postcards and publicity brochures
  • Hialeah traffic codes, 1931
  • History of the Woman's Club of Hialeah, 1960
  • Letter of acceptance of official appointment and sworn in office of judge Martin Whelan, 1931
  • Letter to Hialeah property owners from Curtiss-Bright Co., 1926
  • Original document of incorporation of the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce, 1925, with signatures
  • Original sheet music of "Hialeah song" composed by Harry Ewing in 1935
  • Rawlings Grocery Digest, 1931

Books

  • City of Hialeah's 75th Anniversary, 2000
  • Curtiss-Bright Cities, by Seth Bramson
  • Memoria / Memories 1925 to 2000, 2000

Periodical Publications

  • The Dade County Courier
  • Hialeah High Sports
  • Hialeah News
  • Hialeah Times
  • Hialeah-Miami Springs Journal
  • Hialeah-Miami Springs News
  • Imagen Hialeah
  • El Semanal de Hialeah
  • El Sol de Hialeah

Digital Collections