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Karl Richardson Bardin Photograph Album

Identifier: Ms Coll. 105

Scope and Content

The album depicts Bardin's time at the University of Florida, his time with the National Guard, outings with family and friends, and family events. Of particular interest are images of an encampment at Camp Foster, which is now Jacksonville NAS, an outing in north Florida that includes images of the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad, and family trips to Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina. Photographs are often identified and dated, but the dates are sometimes incorrect. The album also includes nine panoramic photographs of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach (sometimes Pablo Beach) in the mid-1920s. Seven are identified as being from a photographer named DeGroot.


  • 1896-1966



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Biographical/Historical Note

Karl Richardson Bardin was born in Fair Bluff, North Carolina, in 1886, and moved to Florida early in his life. He entered the Florida Agricultural College in academic year 1901-02 in a senior preparatory class. His hometown was listed as Fort White. Bardin was still enrolled when the college was renamed the University of Florida in 1903, but did not graduate. Instead, he received an appointment to West Point and enrolled there. Bardin served as a National Guard officer in Florida and was assigned to a company from Live Oak. In World War I, Bardin was a company commander in the 371st Infantry, an African-American regiment assigned to the French army. Bardin moved to Jacksonville in 1910 and worked in real estate. He married Marguerite Hobson Drew in 1933 and died in 1968.


1 Volume (40 leaves)

Language of Materials



Photographs depicting the life of Karl Richardson Bardin and his family.


In general, the album is organized thematically rather than chronologically. The pages are in the order they were received. However, the last leaf was probably taken out sometime and not returned to its proper location.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Karl Drew Bardin, 2002.

Related Material

Similar photographs from the Florida Agricultural College/University of Florida in Lake City can be found in the Morgan Family Collection and the Patillo Family Collection. Members of those families attended the school in the same years as Bardin.

A Guide to the Karl Richardson Bardin Photograph Album
Finding aid created by Carl Van Ness
July 2017
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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