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Records of the Florida State Normal School

Identifier: Series 037

Scope and Content

Series 37 contains minutes of the school faculty for 1897-1905, student examination scores, student graduation dates, daily programs (class schedules), and a record of stipends paid to scholarship students. Also included are the constitution, by-laws, and minutes, 1899-1903, of an athletic association organized by the male students.


  • Creation: 1887-1905



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Biographical/Historical Note

The Florida State Normal School, located in DeFuniak Springs, was founded in 1887 and was the principal state school for teacher training prior to the passage of the Buckman Act of 1905. It was also in 1887 that the Normal School for Negro Students, which would later become Florida A and M University, was formed in Tallahassee. Although the Florida State Normal School was coeducational, the majority of the students were women. Prior to 1901, however, women were not offered teaching scholarships. In that year, the legislature authorized one female scholarship a year for each county. All recipients of the scholarship were to attend the Florida State Normal School. When the school was abolished in 1905, female teacher education was undertaken by the Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee and men were directed to the University of Florida. The last principal of the school, Henry Eastman Bennett, became the first head of the Normal Department at the University of Florida.


0.4 Linear feet (5 volumes)

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Minutes of the Florida State Normal School faculty for 1897-1905, student examination scores, student graduation dates, daily programs (class schedules), and other records.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

A Guide to the Records of the Florida State Normal School, 1887-1905
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September 2006
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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