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Florida Blue Key Homecoming Records

Identifier: Ms Coll. 006

Scope and Content

The records here document the Homecoming celebrations beginning with 1924. The earliest records consist solely of a few printed programs. The official Florida Blue Key files begin in 1931. They may include committee reports, correspondence, publications, and press books. Content varies from year to year. The Florida Blue Key files end with 1984 and succeeding years consist solely of printed materials. Included in this collection are programs and other promotional materials to Gator Growl, the Homecoming Pageant, and other Homecoming events. Also included are video recordings from Gator Growl.

This is an ongoing collection arranged by year.


  • Creation: 1924 - 2015



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Biographical/Historical Note

Florida Blue Key was founded by Bert C. Riley, Dean of the General Extension Division, at the University of Florida in 1923. Originally formed as a group to organize the annual Dad's Day and Homecoming the group evolved into a student leadership organization. However, Florida Blue Key continues to oversee and run most of the functions and events associated with Homecoming at the University of Florida. These include Gator Growl, the Homecoming Parade, the Florida Blue Key Homecoming Banquet, the Alumni Barbecue, and the Sweetheart Pageant.


5 Linear feet (13 boxes)

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Records documenting the University of Florida Homecoming celebrations beginning with 1924. Includes printed programs, video recordings of Gator Growl, and official Florida Blue Key files related to Homecoming.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

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.

Related Material

Records of Florida Blue Key are contained in Ms Coll. 83.

A Guide to the Florida Blue Key Homecoming Records
Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness
February 2005
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

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