Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus

Founded 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.

Within the Wolfson Archives, footage of Miami Beach from the last century can be found, covering everything from 1920s vacationers frolicking poolside through the transformations over the years of the Art Deco district. The historical impact and significance of the city is captured via unique newsfilm, newstape, travelogues, and home movies, much of which has been digitized and can be searched and viewed on our website: