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Jackson McDonald Scrapbook

Identifier: Ms Coll. 081

Scope and Content

Jackson McDonald's scrapbook contains 238 black and white photographs mostly depicting people and events at the University of Florida, the Florida State College for Women (known today as Florida State University), and several cities in south Florida including Stuart, Palm Beach, and Fort Myers.

The scrapbook, created by Jackson McDonald, Class of 1924, contains photographs that were professionally made, as well as images created privately by McDonald and others. Many of the latter are of friends and family. There are also several pieces of memorabilia in the scrapbook. Of note are the images of the Student Army Training Corps, the University of Florida Band, and the Stuart High School Class of 1918. Of special note are images of the New York Giants at spring training at the University of Florida in 1919. These include photos of manager John J. McGraw and pitching coach and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson. Other players are identified in the contents list.

The scrapbook documents a number of trips taken by McDonald. Included is a band trip to the Florida State College for Women and perhaps other trips to Florida State College for Women to visit friends and relatives enrolled there. McDonald continued his military training after World War I and there are shots of maneuvers and barracks at Fort Lee, Virginia. There are also images of Washington, D.C., and Spring Lake, New Jersey, and a photograph of Florida Governor Sidney Catts. The scrapbook ends with images of McDonald, his wife (Ruth Chaffee McDonald), and his son.

A number of people from the Stuart and Palm Beach area are identified. These include high school classmates and other friends such as Merle Smith, Loris "Doc" Eurit, Darrel G. Smith, Leeson "Slim" Hogarth, Lawson "Dottie" Zeigler, Shelby McCulley, W. Jack Dyer, Laura Wright, Mary Witham, Gladys Parks, Florence Dyer, Hazel Dyer, Myrtle Dyer, Alfreda Fuge, and Bertha Gram.

Some images were removed from the scrapbook before it was acquired by the University of Florida. All images, except one, are glued onto the pages.


  • Creation: 1917-1925



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Biographical/Historical Note

Jackson Henson McDonald graduated from Stuart High School in 1918 and entered the Students' Army Training Corps at the University of Florida on October 16, 1918. He was discharged on December 11, 1918. McDonald enrolled at the University of Florida the following year as an engineering student. He graduated in the spring of 1924 with a B.S. in Education and returned to Stuart to teach manual training at the high school. McDonald was also a member of the marching band at the University of Florida.


1 Linear feet (1 album: 98 pages)

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A scrapbook created by Jackson McDonald, University of Florida Class of 1924. The scrapbook contains 238 black and white photographs, mostly depicting people and events at the University of Florida, the Florida State College for Women (Florida State University), and several cities in south Florida including Stuart, Palm Beach, and Fort Myers.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jack McDonald, Jackson McDonald's son.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

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February 2012
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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