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Jim Liversidge Collection

Identifier: ufliversidge

Scope and Content

The Liversidge Collection represents over 50 years of collecting (from JFK and Vietnam to George W. Bush, 9-11 and Barack Obama). This walk through "Baby Boom" pop culture history touches upon highlights from politics, television, cinema, theatre, music, sports and day-to-day current events and will continue to grow in scope and content through donation and purchase. Special attention is reserved for "wide screen" promotion and gimmicks of the 1950s and early 1960s (Cinerama, Cinemascope, 3-D, etc.) and ephemera related to the 1963 Stanley Kramer production and cast of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." The collection consists of close to ten thousand individual pieces, including autographs, scrapbooks, photos, programs, posters, campaign buttons, sheet music, newspaper clippings, audio recordings, VHS and DVD films, artifacts and approximately 500 books. Since the initial collection gift was donated in 2008, some related material has been transferred from other areas of the Special and Area Studies Collections and this is noted in the finding guide (Example: LAURITZ MELCHIOR SIGNED PROGRAM - TRANSFERRED FROM THE BELKNAP AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION, etc.), other material has been specifically donated to add to the collection and this is noted in the finding guide (Example: ABOVE AND BEYOND: A GUIDE TO BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - GIFT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL AND AREA STUDIES COLLECTIONS/ POPULAR CULTURE COLLECTIONS FROM JANE ANNE CAREY - GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, etc.) and some items have been specifically purchased to be included and this is noted in the finding guide (Example: SIGNED ALFRED HITCHCOCK "STUDIO ACQUISITION" CONTRACT - PURCHASED TO ADD TO THE JIM LIVERSIDGE COLLECTION IN 2008, etc.). The collection is arranged under various headings - CINEMA, POLITICS and HISTORY/CURRENT EVENTS, MUSIC, TELEVISION/RADIO, THEATRE, POPULAR CULTURE (MISCELLANEOUS) and BOOKS.


  • Creation: 1900-2023



The collection is open for research, but researchers should speak with the curator, prior to using the materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Former radio announcer and radio station program director, Jim Liversidge (a 1979 graduate of Emerson College in Boston), serves as curator of Popular Culture Collections in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida. He collected the materials in this collection over a span of 50 years.


177.42 Linear feet (221 boxes; 495 volumes)

Language of Materials



Collection of "Baby Boom" pop culture history that includes highlights from politics, television, cinema, theatre, music, sports and day-to-day current events.


The Liversidge Collection is arranged into seven series:

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jim Liversidge in 2008 with continued donations until 2023.

Related Material

See, also: THE SOUND OF RADIO AND TELEVISION COLLECTION (a collection of sound recordings in various formats pertaining to radio and television history donated by Jim Liversidge in 2003).

Processing Notes

Twenty five boxes of material were added or transferred to the collection following the creation of the original guide in 2008 - Examples: CINEMA - STEREOPTICON SLIDES - ADDITIONS - BOX 1a, MUSIC - AUTOGRAPHS (MISCELLANEOUS) - BING CROSBY - BOX 109a, THEATRE - AUTOGRAPHS (MISCELLANEOUS) - AL JOLSON - BOX 149a, etc.

Additional material added in September 2023.

A Guide to the Jim Liversidge Collection
Finding aid created by Jim Liversidge
July 2008 (Updated September 2023)
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Script of description
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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