Special Collections

Mizner Scrapbooks:  Addison Cairns Mizner (1872-1933) was a renowned architect known for his Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style interpretations that left an indelible stamp on South Florida, most notably Palm Beach and Boca Raton, where it continues to inspire architects and land developers. The Mizner Collection at the Society of the Four Arts consists of his 25 personal scrapbooks which include his thoughts, travels, and inspirations, and are organized by subject matter.  A list of his available scrapbooks and links to their digitized counterparts can be found by clicking here.

Mizner Library:  Mizner’s private working library consists of his collection of books mostly topics of European Architecture and decoration.  The collection consists of more than  200 volumes, many of which have been digitized and are searchable.  You can find a list of his books in our collection by clicking here.

Florida Collection: The King Library Florida collection contains over 500 books covering subjects ranging from Florida’s history prior to statehood, to native plants and wildlife, to biographies of notable Floridians and more.  There is a large emphasis on South Florida with many books covering the Flagler Era and the Gilded Age. Several books also focus on architecture and its significance throughout the Town of Palm Beach.  The collection is housed on the first floor of the King Library.

Elliot Collection:  The Elliot Collection consists of 8 rare books written by The Society of the Four Arts founder Maud Howe Elliot.  Much of the collection was authored by her and her sisters, Laura E. Richards and Florence Hall about their mother Julia Ward Howe for which they won a Pulitzer Prize.  The collection was given to The Four Arts at the start of its first library by Elliot. 

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