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Records of the University of Florida Office of the Student Body President

 Series
Identifier: Series 001

Scope and Content

Series 1 contains records of the President of the Student Body of the University of Florida, spanning 1932 to 2010. The records contained in this series include correspondence, memos, reports, publications and ephemera, photographs and scrapbooks.

The first subseries, General Records and Reports, contains cumulative folders of cabinet and committee records as well as miscellaneous presidential correspondence and reports. Records from the years 1932 to 1960 are limited to Student Government annual reports (1932-1956) and lists of officers (1932-1965).

The second subseries, Presidential Binders, is arranged by presidential administration. The records of each president (with the exception of Park and Trickel) were originally stored in loose-leaf binders. The records were removed and placed in folders, but the original volume numbers and titles are recorded in the contents list and on the folders. Several volumes were missing. Robert Park, 1960-1961, is the first Student Body President for which there is ample record. The records of Park and William Trickel, 1963-1964, were bound by the Libraries, cataloged, and added to the University Collection under the title Student Government reports. These were subsequently removed from the University Collection and placed in this series. Park's records are arranged chronologically, but the first volume is missing. Trickel's records are organized by subject. However, no provision for file headings was made when the records were bound and letters on particular subjects are simply clumped together. Records for the Bullock (1961-1962) and Hendrick (1963-1964) administrations are scant. From Culpepper (1965-1966) onwards, the body of historical record increases substantially. The records of George Kramer (2000-2001), Marc Adler (2001-2002), Jamal Sowell (2004-2005), and John Boyles (2006-2007) are missing from the series.

The content and internal order of each administration's files varies. The records may include letters, memoranda, committee and cabinet reports, meeting minutes, publications, newspaper clippings, posters, memorabilia, and other record types. The records document the activities of the office of the Student Body President, including its interactions with Student Government agencies and University Administrators. This record series also documents significant campus events, which may include the budgeting of Student Activities and Service Fees; nominations and appointments to positions on Student Government boards and committees; operations of Student Government Productions, ACCENT, the J. Wayne Reitz Union, Student Health, and Lake Alice News; as well as reactions from the Student Government to incidents of crime on campus, political movements, and student activities. Also documented within this record series are the interactions of University of Florida's various Student Body Presidents with state- and nation-wide organizations for university student government leaders.

The third subseries, Scrapbooks and Photographs, contains two scrapbooks containing photographs of Student Body Presidents from 1909 to 1967, and loose photographs of Presidents from 1978 to 2004. Many of the prints housed in the scrapbooks are reproductions of images that may have originally been printed in the Seminole yearbooks. Some photographs have corresponding negatives housed in the University Archives Photograph Collection (UAPC); UAPC numbers are noted in pencil on the scrapbook pages. The loose photographs are a part of the UAPC Subject Files.

This is an ongoing series.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1960-2010
  • 1932-2010

Creator

Access

University Archives collections are available for research. Portions of the collections may be restricted due to the requirements of applicable state and federal laws, including but not limited to FERPA and HIPAA, and in accordance with best practices as defined by the Society of American Archivists.

Box 41 (correspondence): Restricted. Please contact the archivist for further information.

Box 42 (computer disks): Restricted fragile. Please contact the archivist for further information.

The Office of the Student Body President of the University of Florida

The University of Florida Student Government, established in 1909, exists to represent and act in the interests of the students. Student Government (SG) has created an academic and extra-curricular environment benefitting students through its programs and works to sustain and improve them each year. Head of the Executive Branch of the Student Government, the President represents all students of the university. The President is the only student member on the UF Board of Trustees to serve as the voice of the students. The President is advised by executive secretaries on matters of policy, and oversees agencies and executive directorships.

Extent

48.75 Linear feet (45 boxes; 12 vol)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Records of the President of the Student Body of the University of Florida, 1932-2010. From 1932 to 1960, the records are limited to Student Government annual reports (1932-1956) and lists of officers. Beginning with 1960, each Student Body President is documented with their own file. Also included in this series are photographs of Student Body Presidents, loose and in scrapbooks, from 1909-1967 and 1978-2004.

Arrangement

Organized in three subseries: General Records and Reports, Presidential Binders, and Scrapbooks and Photographs.

Physical Location

Please note that part of 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.

Processing Notes

This record series has been processed in two stages. Most of the records dating 1932-1988 were processed by department staff and a finding aid was created in 2011. A large addition to the series containing records dating from 1984-2009 was processed in 2013 and the finding aid was significantly revised.

Materials stored in Boxes 43, 44, and 45 are part of the later addition, but its contents are scattered throughout the listing below. A new addition was added in November 2020.

Title
A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Office of the Student Body President Series 1
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Department Staff
Date
November 2013 (Updated November 2020)
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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