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Florida Agricultural College Records

 Series
Identifier: Series 162

Scope and Content

Series 162 contains the correspondence of President Thomas H. Taliaferro of the Florida Agricultural College at Lake City. Also included are miscellaneous documents from that institution and the correspondence of W. P. Jernigan, who served as the college's auditor and bookkeeper and was clerk of the college's Board of Trustees. Documents for 1894-1898 are few and include several letters of President W. F. Yocum. Correspondence with W. E. French at the Narcoosee cattle ranch station was found in the papers of Raymond Becker. The correspondence is continued in Series P3, Administrative policy records of Andrew Sledd. Sledd served as the last president of the Florida Agricultural College (renamed the University of Florida in 1903) and the first president of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dates

  • 1870-1905
  • Majority of material found within 1899-1905

Creator

Access

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Biographical / Historical

Florida Agricultural College (FAC) was established in Lake City, Florida in 1884. FAC was the first land grant college in the state of Florida, and as such received federal and state funding. Because of its land grant status, the FAC also had an agricultural experiment station as a part of the college. FAC was a co-educational school, with a military component required for all male students. In 1903, the FAC’s name was briefly changed to the University of Florida.

In 1905, the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in the state of Florida, and four of the state’s institutions were merged to form the University of the State of Florida (now the University of Florida). The four institutions that were merged were the East Florida Seminary, the Florida Agricultural College (University of Florida at Lake City), the St. Petersburg Normal and Industrial School, and the South Florida Military College.

Extent

1.8 Linear feet (4 boxes, 1 volume)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Correspondence of President Thomas H. Taliaferro of the Florida Agricultural College at Lake City, as well as correspondence of W. P. Jernigan, the college's auditor and bookkeeper and was clerk of the college's Board of Trustees.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Title
A Guide to the Florida Agricultural College Records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Dept. Staff
Date
February 2010
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
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Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755