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Ralph D. Turlington Papers

Identifier: MS 104

Scope and Content

The Turlington Papers include notes, speeches, photographs and miscellaneous correspondence. The majority of the papers pertain to education, and there are two folders of materials on cigarette tax legislation. There are two video tapes regarding interviews with the former Commissioner of Education, Thomas Bailey.


  • 1954-1986



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ralph D. Turlington was born in Gainesville, Florida, on October 5, 1920. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1942 and a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1943. After serving in the military during World War II, Turlington joined the faculty at the University of Florida, teaching for three years in the College of Business Administration. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1950 to 1974. He was Speaker of the Florida House in 1967 and presided over the 1968 General Constitution Revision session. He served as Florida Commissioner of Education from 1974 until his retirement in 1987.


4 Linear feet (1 box and 12 volumes)

Language of Materials



Speeches, notes, photographs and miscellaneous papers of Ralph D. Turlington, former Florida Commissioner of Education and state legislator.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph Turlington.

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the Ralph D. Turlington Papers 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.

A Guide to the Ralph D. Turlington Papers
Finding aid created by Dept. Staff
December 2011 (Updated November 2022)
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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