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Nathaniel P. Reed Everglades Papers

Identifier: MS Group 116

Scope and Content

The papers include Reed's personal correspondence and other documentation relating to the Everglades from the year 1983, the beginning of the Save our Everglades program declared by Governor Bob Graham, created and gathered by him as an environmental activist and, to a lesser degree, as a public official. Accompanying documentation includes documents from many agencies involved with the Everglades, especially the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the Army Corps of Engineers, the Everglades National Park, the Everglades Coalition and numerous other environmental-advocacy groups. Some publications on the Everglades such as periodic status reports and copies of newspaper clippings are also included. Related files on the SFWMD are included for the years1987-1981. Files relating to the 1000 Friends of Florida are included for the years 1990 and 1992. Numerous papers relate to the Army Corps of Engineers Central and Southern Florida Project Comprehensive Review Study (1998). For the years 1993 and 1999, there are additional files relating to Lake Okeechobee. For the years 2000-2001 there are also additional files related to Homestead Air Force Base and the 8.5 Square Mile Area. Files are missing for the years 1994-1995.


  • Creation: 1983 - 2005



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nathaniel Pryor Reed was born in New York City, July 23, 1933. He graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut with a B.A. in 1955 and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force (1955-1959). He was Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the Nixon and Ford administrations (1971-77.) He has served in numerous offices in Florida, including that of Special Assistant to the Governor (Kirk) for the Environment, 1967-1971, and as a member of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District for many years. He has been an officer or board member of numerous environmental organizations, including the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the National Resources Defense Council, and 1000 Friends of Florida.


12 Linear feet (12 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Reed's correspondence and other documents relating to the Everglades starting in 1983, the beginning of the Save our Everglades program declared by Governor Bob Graham, and spanning until 2005.


The papers are in straight chronological order from 1983-2005, except for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) files, 1987-1991 and Friends of Florida files for 1990 and 1992 stored at the end in boxes 11 and 12.

Physical Location

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.

A Guide to the Nathaniel P. Reed Everglades Papers
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
November 2004 (Updated June 2019)
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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