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Joseph Byrne Lockey Documents Related to the History of Florida

Identifier: MS 174

Scope and Content

Transcripts, translations, and photocopies of documents from the British Public Record Office; the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain; the Archivo Historica Nacional in Madrid, Spain; other European and Mexican archives; and the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, and other repositories concerning the history of Florida from 1569 to 1832. The collection is divided into two series. Series 1, Records relating to Spanish East and West Florida and Series 2, Records relating to British East and West Florida. The records in Series 1 are arranged chronologically and documents from various archival repositories are intermingled. Some of these documents were published in East Florida, 1783-1785: A File of Documents Assembled, and Many of Them Translated, by Joseph Byrne Lockey (1949). The records in Series 2 are arranged according to their provenance at the Public Records Office, London. They are partially indexed in Guide to the British Collection in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, compiled by Claude C. Sturgill (FO16.S935g).


  • Creation: 1569-1832



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Byrne Lockey was born on October 2, 1877 in Campbellton, Florida. He attended the State Normal School at Defuniak Springs and subsequently taught school for three years. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Nashville in 1900. He served as principal of DeLand High School from 1902 to 1904 and Pensacola High School from 1904 to 1908. He received a Master's degree in educational administration from Columbia University in 1909. He served as Inspector of Public Instruction in Peru from 1909 until 1914. During this time, he organized the public school system and published several Spanish-language textbooks for use in schools. He returned to Columbia University in 1914 to pursue a Ph.D. in political science. He served as an officer during World War I and was sent to France in 1918. Following the war, he returned to Columbia and earned his Ph.D.

Lockey published several books and articles on Pan-Americanism, U.S. Secretaries of State, public education, and the history of Florida. His research into Florida's history focused on the Spanish and British periods. He planned a series entitled "Selected Documents for the History of Florida," the first volume of which was published in 1947 as East Florida, 1783-1785. He died in September 1946.

Sources: Florida Historical Quarterly, Volume 26, p. 99; The Peabody Reflector, Volume 4, August 1, 1922; and Who's Who in America, Volume 24, p. 1424.


17 Linear feet (40 boxes)

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These documents pertain to British and Spanish colonial activities in East Florida and West Florida. They were selected from the Public Records Office in Kew, England, by Dr. Lockey.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Lockey.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in the Lockey 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

See also "Journal of the visit to Central America : August 9-September 16, 1929" in the Rare Books Collection (917.8 L815jMs).

A Guide to the Joseph Byrne Lockey Documents Related to the History of Florida
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October 2007
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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