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Floyd T. Christian Speeches

 Collection
Identifier: Ms 015

Scope and Content

Speeches, articles, biographical material. The bulk of the collection is comprised of speeches on education and related issues made between 1965 and 1972, during Christian's tenure as Florida Superintendent of Public Instruction/Commissioner of Education (1965-1974). Of particular interest are speeches related to desegregation in Florida's schools, the 1968 statewide teacher strike, and Christian's opposition to Governor Claude Kirk. In addition to the speeches there is a small group of miscellaneous papers, including articles, editorials, memoranda and biographical material on Christian.

Dates

  • 1965-1972

Creator

Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Floyd T. Christian was born in Alabama on December 18, 1914, and moved to Pinellas County with his family in 1927. He received an AB degree from the University of Florida in 1937 and a Master's degree in Education from UF in 1950. He served as Florida Superintendent of Public Instruction/Commissioner of Education from 1965 to 1973.

Christian started his career in education in 1937 as a teacher and coach at Clearwater High School and as coach at Ft. Myers High School from 1938 to 1941. He served in World War II as Battalion Commander of a Field Artillery unit and discharged as a Colonel in 1946. Following the war, he served Administrator of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Petersburg from 1946 to 1948.

He served as Superintendent of Public Instruction for Pinellas County from 1948 to 1965. During this period he held several important positions including President of the Florida Association of County Superintendents (1954), President of the Florida Education Association (1955), and member and first chair of the Florida Educational Television Commission (1955). He was one of the first appointees to the newly-organized Board of Regents in 1965.

Extent

1.75 Linear feet (5 Boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Speeches on education and related issues made between 1965 and 1972, during Floyd T. Christian's tenure as Florida Superintendent of Public Instruction/Commissioner of Education.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Floyd T. Christian.

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this 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.

Title
A Guide to the Floyd T. Christian Speeches
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
Date
August 2004
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755