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Kenneth A. Megill Papers

Identifier: Ms Coll. 010

Scope and Content

This collection documents some of Dr. Megill's political interests as well as his philosophical outlook. Also included are materials on his tenure case and correspondence he received while he was on the faculty.


  • Creation: 1967-1973



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Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth A. Megill was a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy from 1967 through the Spring of 1973. Dr. Megill's controversial views on the structure, purpose, and role of the university, as well as his political activism, prompted a motion for his dismissal in the Florida Senate in 1969. In 1971, President O'Connell rejected a recommendation by the Philosophy Department for Dr. Megill's tenure promotion and he was subsequently denied tenure by the Board of Regents. In June of 1972 Dr. Megill was dismissed by O'Connell on the grounds of "unprofessional behavior."

Dr. Megill was the first Florida faculty member to hold a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and was the author of The New Democratic Theory (1970). He was active in the anti-war and civil rights movements and a supporter of several left student groups. His unsuccessful struggle for tenure--based on his excellent academic record--was a key factor in the creation of the United Faculty of Florida of which Dr. Megill served as President.


1 Linear feet (3 boxes)

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Materials on Megill's tenure case at the University of Florida, his political interests, and his scholarly work.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

A Guide to the Kenneth A. Megill Papers
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
March 2005
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Repository Details

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

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America