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Thomas Alva Yon Papers

Identifier: MS 115

Scope and Content

The majority of the papers in the collection is from Yon's years in the U.S. Congress (1927- 1933). Content primarily concerns his efforts on behalf of various public works projects in Northwest Florida. Yon lobbied for projects like the Saint Andrews Bay canal, the Choctawhatchee Bay canal, and the Naval Air Station at Pensacola. The collection also includes some information about campaigns, committee appointments, and public speeches. The campaign materials include letters to constituents, correspondence to campaign staff, and advertisements for his reelection. The speeches are mostly personal drafts, records from Congress, or newspaper accounts of Yon's addresses to Congress. There is also a report for the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, a department Yon often dealt with in his efforts to improve the canals and harbors in his district, and an auditing report for the Department of Commerce.

There is some brief correspondence between Yon and Franklin D. Roosevelt, dating in part to before Roosevelt became president. Other correspondents include Ruth Bryan Owen and Governor David Sholtz.


  • Creation: 1926-1937



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in 1882, Thomas Alva Yon went to the Lanier Business College in Macon, Georgia, and graduated in 1903. He was a traveling salesman until 1927. He became a U.S. Representative from Florida and served from 1927 until 1933 as a Democrat. He also served on the U.S. Bureau of Commerce from 1933-1940 and the General Accounting Office from 1941-1949. He was appointed to the U.S. Bureau of Commerce by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Since Yon's constituents were in the Florida Panhandle, most of his time and effort as a congressman was spent promoting public work projects in the area. For example, he supported the building of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. He died in 1971.

Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1971. United States Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1971, p. 1966.


0.2 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Thomas Alva Yon was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida (1927-1933) and a member of the U.S. Bureau of Commerce from 1933-1940. This collection mainly deals with his involvement with public work projects for the Florida Panhandle.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Separated Material

A scrapbook of newspaper clippings covering portions of Yon's political career is stored separately from the papers.

A Guide to the Thomas Alva Yon Papers
Finding aid created by Kelly Chang
April 2008
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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