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Klein H. Graham Papers

Identifier: Ms Coll. 104

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of his writings and speeches, several or which chronicle his long tenure at the University. Included in the collection is a History of the University of Florida Business Office that also provides his memories and comments on other aspects of UF history. A heavily edited earlier version of this manuscript had previously been misidentified as that of Dean of Students R. C. Beaty. The collection also contains a smattering of early university business documents that he retained as well as miscellaneous documents and correspondence. There is also a bound set of testimonial letters sent to him after his retirement in 1948.


  • Creation: 1919-1966



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Biographical/Historical Note

Klein Harrison Graham was employed at the University of Florida from 1906 to 1948. He was born in Deer Park, Maryland, on October 28, 1883. His family moved to Florida in 1888. Graham completed his secondary education at the East Florida Seminary in 1900 and then attended the University of Morganton in West Virginia. He returned to Gainesville, Florida, in December 1906 to take a position as the University of Florida's auditor and purchasing agent. He held that position until the office of Business Manager was created in 1927 and retired as such in 1948. He died in April 1972.


.42 Linear feet (1 Box)

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Personal and business papers of Klein Graham who served as the University of Florida's Business Manager from 1927 to 1948.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was compiled from four different sources. The first item acquired was the university history that had been mistakenly included with materials from Dean Beaty. More Graham materials were later discovered in the University Archives and later still in papers held by University Historian Samuel Proctor. Finally, manuscript materials were found in Graham’s biographical file in the University Archives when processing was completed in 2017, including the final version of this History of the University of Florida Business Office.

Alternate Form of Material

A digital reproduction of the early version of his History of the Business Office is 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.

A Guide to the Klein H. Graham Papers
Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness
March 2005
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Revision Statements

  • April 2017: This finding aid was revised in April 2017 by Matt Kruse concerning an addition processed by Carl Van Ness including major changes to the finding aid including a name change from the "Klein Graham History of the University of Florida" to the current title of "Klein H. Graham Papers."
  • November 2006: This finding aid was revised in November 2006 by John Nemmers so that it would be in agreement with the 2006 Florida best practice guidelines.

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