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A Guide to the Raymond Mohl Research Papers

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson (with additions by James Cusick)

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2009


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mohl, Raymond A.
Title: Raymond Mohl Research Papers
Dates: 1951-2009
Abstract: Research materials created or collected by historian Raymond Mohl on civil rights in the South, especially Florida, city planning in West Palm Beach, and Hispanic immigration into the southeastern United States.
Extent: 2 Linear feet. 5 boxes.
Identification: MS 236
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond A. Mohl is a historian of modern America and professor of history at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His research focuses primarily on urban, ethnic, and social history. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Urban History in 1974, and he is a past president of the Urban History Association. He is author and/or editor of a dozen books, including South of the South: Jewish Activists and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960 (2004), Searching for the Sunbelt: Historical Perspectives on A Region (1990), The New City: Urban American in the Industrial Age, 1860-1920 (1986), and Poverty in New York, 1783-1825 (1971). Mohl's research related to Florida has focused on race relations and urban planning, particularly in Miami and Dade County.


Scope and Content

The first box of research papers includes information on Harry T. Moore, leader of the Florida branch of the NAACP from the 1940s until 1951, when he was killed by a bomb on Christmas day. Some of the files are from Jim Clark, a reporter with a special interest in the Moore case. The majority of the files, however, are photocopies of unedited FBI reports about the investigation of the bombing. These files include interviews as well as reports of physical evidence obtained from the scene of the crime. The FBI case ended in 1955 with no arrests. There were attempts to reopen the case in 1978 and 1991, but the case was not put to rest until 2005 when Attorney General Charlie Crist announced the results of his investigation implicating four violent members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The second box includes research materials related to a thesis by one of Mohl's students, John Eades, about the noted Florida city planner John Nolen. Nolen was responsible for creating the master plan for development of West Palm Beach in 1922. He created this plan in 1923 but the plan was never implemented. This box contains early drafts of Eades' paper on the matter as well as photocopies of his research on Nolen and the City Planning Board of West Palm Beach.

Boxes 3-5 contain research files that Mohl assembled for his book South of the South, for general research into relations between Jews and African-Americans in the South, especially during the Civil Rights era, and for a series of articles about Hispanic immigration and culture in the Gulf South. These materials were selected from a much larger collection of reprinted journal articles and census data retained by Mohl. They came primarily from those materials that pertained to Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. The folders in these boxes included early papers and articles developed during the writing of South of the South, talks and re-prints of articles on Hispanic immigration into the South, and related subject files.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

For more information on Harry T. Moore, consult the Office of the Attorney General of Florida web site (http://myfloridalegal.com/HarryMoore) and Ben Green's Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore, America's First Civil Rights Martyr (New York: The Free Press, 1999).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Raymond Mohl Research Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Prof. Raymond A. Mohl (2006-2009). Additions are expected.


Contents List

Box
1 Harry T. Moore Case- General. 1951, 1993, 2007
1 H.T. Moore Case- Jim Clark Materials. 1992-1994
1 H.T. Moore Case- News Clippings. 1992-1994
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 1-2. 1952-1953
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 3. 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 4. 1951-1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 5 (1 of 2). 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 5 (2 of 2). 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 6 (1 of 2). 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 6 (2 of 2). 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 7. 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 8. 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 9. 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 10. 1952
1 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 11. 1952
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 12. 1952
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 13. 1952
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 14. 1952
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 15. 1952
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 16. 1952
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 17 (1 of 2). 1952-1978
2 H.T. Moore Case- FBI 17 (2 of 2). 1952-1978
2 West Palm Beach: City Planning Board, John Nolen Report. 1923, 1991
2 West Palm Beach: Planning/Urban Growth, News Clippings. 1918-1924
2 John Nolen Papers. 1920-1921
2 John Nolen Papers. 1922
2 John Nolen Papers. 1923
2 John Nolen Papers. 1924-1925
2 John Nolen Papers- Clippings. 1917-1932
2 John Nolen- News Clippings. 1922-1925
2 John Nolen Papers- Maps and Plans. 1921
2 Wagg Organization- Clippings. 1919-1936
3 "Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960," Florida Historical Society talk. 1999
3 "Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960," Civil Rights talk, SLU.
3 'South of the South?' "Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960," Civil Rights Talk, FSU.
3 "Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960," Southern Jewish Historical Society talk. 1993
3 'South of the South?' "Jews, Blacks, and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960," Submission and correspondence with the Journal of American Ethnic History.
3 Subject file: Florida Civil Rights
3 Subject file: Jews in Civil Rights
3 Subject file: Jews in Civil Rights
3 Subject file: Jews in Civil Rights
3 Subject file: Black/Jewish Relations
3 Subject file: Black/Jewish Relations
3 Subject file: Black/Jewish Relations
4 Subject file: Black/Jewish Relations
4 Subject file: Black/Jewish Relations
4 Subject file: Communism and Civil Rights
4 Subject file: Communism and Civil Rights
4 Subject file: Communism and Civil Rights
4 Subject file: CORE meeting minutes (typescripts). 1959
4 Subject file: Black Activism
4 Subject file: Black Activism
4 Subject file: Black Activism
5 "Globalization and Latin American Immigration in Alabama," in Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South, edited by March E. Odem and Elaine Lacy, University of Georgia Press, 2009, pp.51-69.
5 "Blacks and Hispanics in the Modern South," paper for OAH. 2004
5 "Hispanic Migration to Alabama: The Latinization of Dixie," paper read at Ethnic Studies Meeting, New Orleans. 2001
5 "Immigration Policy and Politics," The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 10: Law and Politics, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2008, pp. 207-213.
5 "Mexican Immigration/Migration to Alabama," in Mexican Immigration to the U.S. Southeast: Impact and Challenges, Proceedings from the Symposium, edited by Mary Odem and Elain Lacy, 2005, pp. 85-107.
5 "The Nuevo New South: Hispanic Migration to Alabama," Migration World, Vol. XXX, No. 3. 2002
5 "The Latinization of the Deep South," UAB Magazine, Summer. 2001
5 Subject file: Newspaper clippings, Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. 2005-2006
5 Subject file: Newspaper clippings, Hispanic immigration into Alabama
5 Subject file: Newspaper clippings, Hispanic immigration into Alabama
5 Subject file, Newspaper clippings, Hispanic immigration into Georgia

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

African American civil rights workers -- Biography.
City planning -- Florida -- West Palm Beach.
Florida -- Race relations.
Moore, Harry T., d. 1951.
Nolen, John, 1869-1937.



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