Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida College of Engineering Office of the Dean
Scope and Content
This series contains the administrative records of the deans of the College of Engineering at the University of Florida beginning with the college's second dean, Blake Van Leer. (Records of John R. Benton are not extant.) The series documents the development of engineering curriculum and research. Included in the series are records related to the college's involvement with the Florida State Planning Board (1934-1944), the Florida Mapping Authority (1934-1942), the Florida Nuclear Development Commission, and the Florida Assembly of Atoms for Power. Also of interest are records related to the construction of the university's experimental nuclear reactor, early experiments in hurricane tracking, and development of a bomb proximity fuse during World War II.
During the early history of the university, the College of Engineering supervised much of the campus physical plant. The series contains data on electrical power consumption for the years 1929-1948, records related to drainage of Lake Alice, and records related to the university's phone system and water supply.
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The College of Engineering at the University of Florida was created in 1909. (Prior to 1909, engineering courses were offered in the Technological School.) John Robert Benton was appointed the first dean. The initial departments were civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The first baccalaureate degrees in Engineering were awarded in 1909. A master's in engineering was offered in 1928, and the first Ph. D. in engineering at Florida was awarded in 1942.
34 Linear feet (84 boxes)
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Administrative records of the deans of the College of Engineering at the University of Florida beginning with the college's second dean, Blake Van Leer.
Organized into subseries: Subseries 19a (1930-1966), Subseries 19b (1963-1966), and Subseries 19c (1963-1973).
University of Florida Smathers Library Building
- Engineering schools.
- Florida -- Lake Alice (Alachua County).
- Florida Mapping Authority.
- Florida. Nuclear Development Commission.
- Florida. State Planning Board.
- Hurricanes -- Tracks.
- Martin, Thomas Lyle.
- Nattress, John Andrew.
- Nuclear engineering.
- Uhrig, Robert E., 1928-
- University of Florida.
- Van Leer, Blake Ragsdale, 1893-1956.
- Weil, Joseph, 1897-
- A Guide to the Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida College of Engineering Office of the Dean
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- January 2012
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