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Rembert W. Patrick Papers

Identifier: Ms 032

Scope and Content

The collection primarily is comprised of correspondence relating to Patrick's research interests, particularly Florida and Southern history, the publication of his books and articles, his activities with the Florida Historical Society and the editing of the Florida Historical Quarterly. Many of Patrick's correspondents are prominent Florida historians active in the 1940s through the 1960s, such as Julien C. Yonge, Samuel Proctor, Charlton W. Tebeau, Dena Snodgrass, John M. Goggin, Mark F. Boyd, Dorothy Dodd, Herbert J. Doherty, Arthur W. Thompson and Albert Manucy. Two folders of correspondence pertain to Patrick's service as a member of the Florida Civil War Centennial Commission. The collection also includes biographical materials such as news clippings and obituaries, typescripts and reprints of his articles, speeches, photographs, and the typescript for an unpublished novel.


  • Creation: 1941-1967



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rembert Wallace Patrick was born June 9, 1909 in Columbia, South Carolina. He earned his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of North Carolina in 1934 and 1939 respectively. He was a professor of history at the University of Florida from 1940 until 1966, including service as head of the history department from 1950 until 1955. His research interests included U.S. politics, the antebellum South, the Confederacy, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. He was the author of numerous books and articles, including Jefferson Davis and His Cabinet (1944), Florida Under Five Flags (1945), The Opinions of the Confederate Attorneys General (1950) and The Reconstruction of the Nation (1967).

He served as a director and secretary of the Florida Historical Society, and was editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly from 1950 to 1962. He was a member of the Florida State Library Board in the 1950s, vice-president of the Florida Library Association, 1953-1954, and president of the Southern Historical Association in 1962. He left the University of Florida in 1966 to become a graduate research professor of history at the University of Georgia. Upon his departure from UF he was named the Julien C. Yonge Graduate Research Professor Emeritus. He died in November 1967.


2.5 Linear feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence relating to historian Rembert Patrick's research interests, particularly Florida and Southern history, the publication of his books and articles, and his activities with the Florida Historical Society.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Related Material

The University of Florida holds several related collections, including the Julien C. Yonge Papers, the Florida Historical Society Records and the Dena Snodgrass Papers.

Genre / Form


A Guide to the Rembert W. Patrick Papers
Finding aid created by Dept. Staff
July 2013
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

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