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William Slayton Postcard Collection on Gainesville and the University of Florida

Identifier: MSS 0496

Scope and Content

The Gainesville binder contains 95 postcards dating from 1906 to 1967. A portion of the cards were organized by the collector based on times of publication and publishing companies. The remainder are grouped together based on image subject (tourist spots, residential, commercial, and public/government buildings). The binder also contains a few postcards of the Overseas Highway/railway in the Florida Keys and other places in Florida. Also included are brochures for Gainesville and Florida in general.

The collector maintained a specific order for the collection of 168 University of Florida postcards. He included a catalog for the cards; however, the cards are not labeled so the catalog does not give information as to the location of each postcard. The cards appear to be arranged based on publisher and year of production starting with the most recent (1986) to the earliest (1907). The images on the cards include UF sports facilities, union buildings, dormitories, lecture halls, libraries, hospitals, and campus roads. Together, the images depict the campus at different times during the twentieth century.


  • Creation: 1906 - 1986



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

This sample collection of postcards related to Gainesville and the University of Florida was donated from the estate of University of Florida alumnus William Slayton, a UF alumni.


.42 Linear Feet (2 Binders)

Language of Materials



Collection of twentieth century postcards and other souvenir materials of Gainesville and the University of Florida.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by Sharon Slayton, Reston, Virginia., August 2018.

Related Material

See also the General Florida Postcard Collection and the Ephemera Tourist Brochure Collection.

Online content also available: William Slayton Postcard Collection of Gainesville and the University of Florida

A Guide to the William Slayton Postcard Collection on Gainesville and the University of Florida
Finding aid created by Marcus Follin
December 2018
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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