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William Straight Collection

Identifier: SPC6040

Scope and Contents

The Dr. William Straight Collection held in the Special Collections and University Archives Department at Florida International University is an extremely fascinating and well researched collection that contains an extensive history of the first and founding doctors in Miami beginning in the late 1800’s. This collection was the personal research of his collection is the result of years of comprehensive research about individuals, organizations, and topics such as James M. Jackson, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Victoria Hospital, various medical societies throughout the state of Florida, epidemics, military medicine, South Florida memoirs, and other unique and interesting memorabilia and ephemera relating to Florida doctors, history and medicine. This collection contains personal research and papers, photographs, antique medical cases, and index cards with historic and biographical information on each topic that Dr. Straight researched.


  • Created: 1763 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights: In copyright. Standardized rights statement:

Special Collections & University Archives provides copies of materials in our collections for private study, scholarship, or research. Patrons are responsible for determining the proper copyright holder and securing permission to publish, quote, broadcast, exhibit, or perform that work. FIU Special Collections will provide all available information about the copyright holder of materials found in our collections.

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Biographical / Historical

Dr. William Straight was a prominent cardiologist and internist for over 40 years in Miami, FL, as well as a published historian and enthusiast of Florida medical history. Dr. Straight was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Miami in 1924. Distinguishing himself early he became an Eagle Scout, graduated with honors from the University of Florida, received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University Medical School, and served a tour in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp during WWII.


30 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in 3 series. 1: Manuscripts and Printed Material. 2 Artifacts. 3 Photographs.

Method of Acquisition


Source of Acquisition

Sara Jane Koperski donated her father's work and items



William Straight Collection
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Gena Meroth, Annia Gonzalez, and Stephanie Gambill
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida International University Repository

Green Library
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 422
Miami FL 33199 US