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Pattillo Family Papers

Identifier: MSS 0396

Scope and Content

The Pattillo Family Papers contain photographs, diplomas, certificates, and histories of the Pattillo family in Volusia County, Florida. Most of the material relates to Alfred Thomas Pattillo's children, particularly Lovick, Anne, Nell, and Lewis. There are photos of students at Florida Agricultural College in Lake City and Florida State College in Tallahassee from the time when Lovick, Millard, Anne, and Nell attended in the early 1900s. Other photographs depict residents of Osteen, Florida, in the 1880s and 1890s; flooding in New Smyrna in 1924 (almost 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours); and members of the Pattillo family. The collection also contains five scrapbooks of photos, primarily collected by Anne, Nell, and Lewis. Most of the photos are of family members, but the albums also include tourist photos of areas around Florida in the first decades of the twentieth century, including New Smyrna, Coronado Beach, and St. Augustine. One of the albums also includes photos of students from Stetson University, probably from the time that Anne and Nell were in college. The diplomas and certificates in the collection are from the Florida Agricultural College Military Department, the University of Florida, the Masons, and the Shriners. In addition, the collection contains family histories told in reminiscences of James L. Pattillo and Era Woodward Pattillo. Similar documents on the school and store in Osteen, Florida, were written either by Anne or Nell Pattillo.


  • Creation: 1885-2000
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1940



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1885, James Alexander Pattillo and his wife Mary moved from Gwinnet County, Georgia, to Florida. Most of their children chose to move with them, and twenty-two members of the family settled near Osteen. Pattillo owned a mercantile business in Buford, Georgia, which he sold before the move. He then purchased the general store in Osteen and went into partnership with his son, Alfred Thomas Pattlllo. Alfred became owner after his father retired; the store remained in business until 1911. Alfred moved his family to Deland in 1912. He and his wife, Era Woodward, had six children, Lovick, Millard, George, Anne, Nell, and Lewis. Lovick, Millard, and Anne attended Florida Agricultural College in Lake City; Anne also attended Florida State College in Tallahassee along with her sister, Nell. Lovick moved to Atlanta and became a doctor. Anne and Nell both became teachers, and Read-Pattillo Elementary in New Smyrna Beach is named after Anne.


1.09 Linear feet (4 Boxes)

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Photographs, diplomas, histories, and other items from the Pattillo family in Volusia County, Florida.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Edward Pattillo donated the collection to the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections in 2017.

Related Material

Some of the images of Florida Agricultural College are duplicated in the University Archives Photograph Collection and the Morgan Family Collection.

Information on Lovick Thomas Pattillo can be found in the LeRosen letters, 1874-1952, located at LSU Shreveport Archives and Special Collections.


Sources consulted by Bridget Bihm-Manuel while writing this finding aid:
  • Anne Pattillo obituary. New Smyrna Beach News, 16 December 1965.
  • University Record, vol. 5, no. 4, May 1911.
  • "Osteen, From 1890 to 1900: The Store," by Anne or Nell Pattillo.
  • "Reminiscences of Fifty Years in Volusa County" by James L. Pattillo.
A Guide to the Pattillo Family Papers
Finding aid created by Bridget Bihm-Manuel
June 2017
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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