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Historic Preservation Institutes at the University of Florida Records

Identifier: Series 203

Scope and Content

The records of the Historic Preservation Institutes at the University of Florida are organized into two main series, The Preservation Institute Nantucket (PI:N) and Preservation Institute Caribbean.

The Preservation Institute Nantucket series is further divided into four subseries General files, Reports and terminal projects, Photographs, and AV. Many of the older PIN files, including earlier student projects and records belonging to directors of the program are not included in this collection, but can be found in other collections that are outlined in the "Related Materials" section of this finding aid.

The Preservation Institute Caribbean series primarily contains records belonging to one of the Institute's Directors, William Tilson. The records primarily relate to projects he worked on including those in Florida, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and others.

No records from Preservation Institute St. Augustine (PISA) are included in the collection, but additions are expected in the future.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2013



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Biographical/Historical Note

The Preservation Institute Nantucket (PI:N) is one of the nation’s oldest, continually operating field schools for historic preservation. It was officially established in 1972 by Walter Beinecke, President of the Nantucket Historical Trust (NHT) and Blair Reeves, supervising architect for the 1969-1971 Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) field office and a partnership with the University of Florida’s Department of Architecture and historic preservation program. The program was established the same year the World Heritage List and Program were created and just six years after the passing of the 1966 U.S. National Preservation Act. The program was designed to prepare the next generation of heritage specialists as part of applied research and learning to help document, conserve, and manage the island’s historical, architectural, and cultural resources. Participants come from institutions across the country and abroad every summer.

List of Directors:

  1. Blair Reeves (1972-1986)
  2. Ron Haase (1987-1988)
  3. Susan Tate (1989-1993)
  4. Wayne Drummond – Interim Director (1994)
  5. Herschel Shepard (1995-1996)
  6. Peter Prugh (1997-2008)
  7. Morris (Marty) Hylton III (2009-2012)
  8. Linda Stevenson (2013-2014)
  9. Morris (Marty) Hylton III (2015-2020)
  10. Linda Stevenson (2021-)

The Preservation Institute Caribbean (PI:C) was dedicated to conserving the ecological and cultural heritage of the Greater Caribbean Basin through education, research and service projects. The principle aim of the PI:C program was to study the influence of geography, culture and climate on place making in tropical and subtropical landscapes such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. The program is no longer currently active.

Preservation Institute St. Augustine (PISA) was also founded on the Preservation Institute Nantucket model and was created to offer specialized training in the documentation of historic buildings and laboratory analysis and conservation of architectural materials and finishes. The work of PISA informs ongoing efforts to preserve America’s oldest city.


UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, Historic Preservation. 2021. [online] Available at: [Accessed 02 March 2021].


7 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 3 Flat Folders)

Language of Materials



General files, reports and terminal projects, photographs, AV, and architectural drawings from the University of Florida’s two Preservation Institutes, Preservation Institute Nantucket and Preservation Institute Caribbean.


The collection is composed of two main subseries for the Preservation Institute Nantucket (PI:N) and Preservation Institute Caribbean (PI:C).


Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Marty Hylton III in 2020 and William L. Tilson in 2018.

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the Historic Preservation Institutes at the University of Florida Records are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright,fairuse, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Materials

Student projects and reports prior to 1993 can be found in the University of Florida Historic Preservation Collection.

Older Preservation Institute records and records belonging to specific directors can be found in the F. Blair Reeves Papers, F. Herschel E. Shepard Papers, and Herschel E. Shepard Papers.

Processing Information

Electronic records present in this collection have not yet been processed. Please ask an Archivist if you have any questions.

A Guide to the Historic Preservation Institutes at the University of Florida Records
Finding aid created by Matt Kruse
August 2021
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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