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FLA. Florida Collections

 Record Group
Identifier: FLA
Includes collections related to people, events, and locations in the state of Florida, as well as predecessor polities such as the Territory of Florida, Spanish and British colonial Florida, and indigenous populations. For collections related to Florida State University and its predecessor institutions, see Florida State University Collections (FSU).

Found in 166 Collections and/or Records:

Jewell Family papers

 Collection — Oversize Documents
Identifier: MSS 82-4
Scope and Contents Correspondence, diaries and writings about the Jewell family, as compiled by Lucy M. Johnson. Subjects and persons significant to this collection include: Lyman L. Jewell, Mary Moores Jewell, Gladys Bebe, Robert Conover, Helen Jochmauw, Clabe W. Johnson, Lucy Johnson, M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, quilts, Ashley Montague, Unitarian Fellowship of San Diego, poetry, California farms, California taxation, San Francisco, California politics, San Francisco Anti-Ferry Franchise Purchase League, Pacific Cooperative League, Berkeley Democratic Club, Oakland Cooperative Buyers Club, California elections, Margaret Harrison, Russia, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,...
Dates: Created: 1870-1972

J.M. Williams letter

 Collection — Box 158
Identifier: MSS 0-263
Scope and Contents

This item is a letter in manuscript by J. M. Williams of Tallahassee, Florida, dated October 18, 1846, to Messers, Hopkins & Allen of New York. The letter refers to a shortage of Sugar Kettles shipped by Blackwell & Burr and insured by Hopkins & Allen. In this letter, Williams sets forth a claim of $98.78 for a shortage of six Sugar Kettles.

Dates: October 13, 1846; Other: Date acquired: 06/05/1952

JoAnn Baxter Ziesel Florida Postcard Collection

 Collection — boxes
Identifier: MSS 2013-0110
Dates: Created: 1910-1978; Other: Date acquired: 01/10/2013

John D. Gray letter

 Collection — Box 149: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3
Identifier: MSS 0-130
Scope and Contents

This item is an original letter bearing the signature of John D. Gray, Tallahassee, Florida, March 24, 1836, addressed to Philip Ford. The letter discussed "End Plates" and "Spikes;" evidently to be used in the construction of the St. Joseph-Lake Wimico Railroad, the first railroad built in Florida.

Dates: Other: Majority of material found in 1836

Judge N. P. Bryan's Speech

 Collection — Box 138
Identifier: MSS 0-38
Scope and Contents

This item is a printed speech of the Hon. Judge N. P. (Nathan Philemon) Bryan, Chairman Florida Educational Board of Control, delivered at Gainesville, Florida, on September 27, 1906, upon the occasion of the opening of the University of Florida.

Dates: Created: 1906

Kathryn Trimmer Abbey Collection

 Collection — Box 302
Identifier: MSS 0-306
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a holographic manuscript of Florida land of change, published by the University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill in 1941. This manuscript was written in 58 blue examination books dated April 24, 1941.

Dates: April 24, 1941

Kent Spriggs Papers

 Collection — unprocessed
Identifier: MSS 2004-04
Scope and Contents Consists of Kent Spriggs' case files related to the 1973 retrial of Dave Keaton and Johnny Frederick of the Quincy Five and those related to Keaton et al. v. Townsend, a civil case brought by the Quincy Five against the State of Florida and Joe Townsend for the coerced testimony that implicated the men in the case. Included in these files are correspondence with Alfonse Figgers, Dave Keaton, David Charles Smith, Johnny Frederick, and Johnny Burns who were collectively known as the Quincy Five. Also contains files related to Clifford N. Steele, et al. v. Board of Public Instruction of Leon County, Florida, et al., including correspondence, newspaper clippings and trial notes and...
Dates: Created: 1963-1976; Other: Majority of material found in 1971-1976

L. E. Bradley Account Books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 0-29
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 18 holograph account books covering the years from 1927 to 1961 with some years missing.

Dates: Created: 1927-1961; Other: Date acquired: 07/01/1970

Ladd journal and papers

 Collection — Oversize Box1
Identifier: MSS 0-152
Scope and Contents The Ladd Journal and papers consist of a journal labeled "Property of Fred Ladd" and contains 217 pages with 587 accounts listed, and the "abstract of title of George W. Ladd of Bangor, Maine, to lands in Wakulla County, Florida, purchased at U.S. Marshal sale." The title includes "Lands in Forbes Purchase" and shows John Beard, noted Registrar of those days, as receiver to settle titles of lands in Forbes Purchases. Also included are "The J. & N. Hamlin Land & Heirs account with Daniel Ladd," and an invoice "Wakulla Camp to D. Ladd" which is undated, and a photocopy of pictures of "Members Secession Convention of Florida 1861," which includes a picture of Daniel Ladd. There is...
Dates: Created: 1848-1887; Other: Date acquired: 07/13/1965

Late Night Library Sign

 Collection — Sign
Identifier: MSS 2017-006
Scope and Contents

Commercial sign from the Late Night Library nightclub in Tallahassee, Florida, with the text "Late Night Library".

Dates: Created: approximately 1980-2012

Lawrence G. Abele Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 2009-008
Scope and Contents Journal reprints of scholarly writings by leading marine biologists regarding crustaceans. A very large group of invertebrates, comprising of almost 52,000 described species, crustaceans include various familiar animals, such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles. The majority of them are aquatic, living in either marine or freshwater environments, but a few groups have adapted to life on land, such as terrestrial crabs, terrestrial hermit crabs and woodlice.The collection includes typescripts of Dr. Abele's Florida State University M.A. Thesis, The marine decapod crustacea of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico (1970), and his...
Dates: Created: 1816-1995; Other: Majority of material found in 1960-1989

Leonard Family Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 0-166
Scope and Contents

Business records of enterprises managed by Samuel A. Leonard and Wade Hampton Leonard in Calhoun County, Florida. Significant subject areas include Florida naval stores state, business and social life of Florida counties along the Apalachicola and Chipola rivers, steamboats, lumber, Florida Governor Cary A. Hardee, tobacco, cotton, resin, and Julia W. Leonard.

Dates: Created: 1913-1950; Other: Majority of material found in 1914; Other: Date acquired: 03/01/1972

Letter from Buckingham Smith to W. P. Fessenden, Maine Senator and soon to be Secretary of the Treasury

 Collection — Box 1805: Series Series 1
Identifier: MSS 2011-003
Scope and Contents Letter from Buckingham Smith to W. P. Fessenden, Maine Senator and soon to be Secretary of the Treasury, May 10, 1864 sent from New York during the Civil War. 3 pages, 8vo, New York. With a copy written by Smith of his letter to Secretary of War Stanton, reporting to the government on Florida affairs. Smith refers to the mission of Lincoln's Assistant Secretary John Hay, who failed in his attempt to bring Florida back into the Union. 6 1/2 pages, 8vo (New York, April 18, 1864). Includes transcript. A combined 9 1/2 pages of an important Floridian's Unionist views of the Civil War to date. Smith's Unionist activities are evident in this letter with close connections to Lincoln's...
Dates: Created: May 10, 1864; Other: Date acquired: 00/03/2011

Letter from Samuel W. Wolcott to his brother, Eben P. Wolcott

 Collection — Box 1805: Series Series 1
Identifier: MSS 2011-004
Scope and Contents

Letter from Union soldier Samuel W. Wolcott to his brother, Eben P. Wolcott, a soldier elsewhere, May 26, 1863, sent from St. Augustine during the Civil War. 3 ¼ pages, 4to, St. Augustine. Letter describes conditions in St. Augustine and the possibility of furloughs, as well as Samuel's recent duty as census-taker for the area. Includes transcript.

The Wolcotts were from Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Sam Wolcott was a Private in Co. F, 7th CT Vols., and his younger brother Eben was in the 28th CT Vols. Eben died of disease in 1863, and Samuel was killed in action in August 1864.

Dates: Created: May 26, 1863; Other: Date acquired: 00/03/2011

Letters and Documents Pertaining to Land and Land Grants in the Tallahassee Area

 Collection — Box 150
Identifier: MSS 0-156
Scope and Contents

Typed copies of letters and documents originating in Tallahassee, Leon County and Newnansville, Alachua County, Florida, and Paris, France pertain to land grants of General Lafayette and "grant land for the seat of government in the territory of Florida.

Dates: Created: 1825-1857

Lewis Bank papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 0-178
Scope and Contents The Lewis Bank papers are an extensive collection of banking records and papers pertaining to the Lewis family's banking enterprises in Tallahassee. These materials give insight into the economic evolution of the Tallahassee community by the administrative operation of State and University in which agriculture is of secondary importance. Subjects covered by the collection include: banks in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, Savannah, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida; cork industry; Florida State Troops; G. E. Lewis; Jacksonville oil companies; naval stores; cotton; Beulah B. Briley estate; E. W. Clark estate; F. H. Flagg estate; J. O. Gallegher estate; William P. Slusser estate;...
Dates: Created: 1854-1957; Created: Majority of material found in 1871-1925; Other: Date acquired: 03/10/1966

Lewis Family Reunion Collection

 Collection — Oversize box;shareswithothercollection
Identifier: MSS 91-8
Scope and Contents

Collection consists of three items:

1.) Framed photograph of a group of Tallahassee citizens assembled on the porch of Mrs. B. C. Lewis for the Lewis family reunion. Pictured are Hale T. Blocker, George W. Betton, Mrs. Reinette J. Gamble, Mrs. Sarah L. Lewis, Mrs. M. L. Demilly and others.

2.) Housed in an open frame, a handwritten booklet containing a collection of biographies and signatures of Tallahassee citizens, many of whom attended the Lewis family reunion.

3.) Also housed in the same frame with item 2, typed transcript from "The Floridian" 1896, describing the reunion.

Dates: Other: Majority of material found in April 7, 1896

Lewis S. Moore Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0-185
Abstract

Magazines, newspapers, clippings, articles, pamphlets, correspondence, maps and related papers.

Dates: Created: 1862-1931

Lieutenant Benson's Survey- Lake Okechobee and rivers and lakes north of it

 Collection — Box 138
Identifier: MSS 0-19
Scope and Contents Photostatic copy of an eight-page manuscript report of a survey made by Lieutenant H. Benson, 2nd Artillery, Ft, Myers, Lee County, Florida, dated June 7, 1855 to Col. H. Brown, Commanding Officer of the troops on the Caloosahatchee, Florida. Places mentioned in the report as having been surveyed are: Fort Center (which he left on April 12, 1855 with a detachment compsed pf one officer, two non-commissioned officers and twelve privates), Fish-eating creek, Lake Okeechobee, Kissimmee River, Fort Rasinger, Fort Ressinner, Lake Kissimmee, Straits connecting lakes, Lake Cypress, Fort Gardner, Lake Gentry, Lake Thopkaliga, Fort McRae and Fort Deynaud. Lieutenant Benson's...
Dates: Created: June 7, 1855; Other: Date acquired: 04/22/1954

Lieutenant Wheelock military application

 Collection — Box 158
Identifier: MSS 0-260
Scope and Contents

This item is a manuscript application by T. B. Wheelock, 1st Lieutenant, Dragoons, Black Creek, Clay County, East Florida dated June 4, 1836, to the Hon. Lewis Cap, Secretary of War, Washington, D.C., in which he states that he has heard that a new Regiment of Dragoons is being formed, and "I beg leave to request to be considered a candidate for a captaincy." This application pertains to the Seminole War in Florida. The reverse side is stamped "Steam-Boat" and is post-marked Charleston, S.C., indicating that it was taken on board a river boat and transported to Charleston to connect with regular mail.

Dates: Other: June 4, 1836; Other: Date acquired: 04/01/1952

Love-Scarborough Papers

 Collection — Box 514
Identifier: MSS 1964-179
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of certificates of purchases of land, a certificate commissioning Scarborough as Captain of a volunteer infantry company, land deeds, Territorial Florida manuscripts, a picture of Mrs. M.L. Scarborough, newspapers and clippings, personal letters, reports of blankets, provisions, and clothing required by Floridians in prison at Fort Delaware, promissory notes, receipts, invoices, and a typed copy of "Express-Supplement", a letter to an unknown newspaper editor by William T. Gregory in 1860, pertaining to the proposed secession from the Union by Florida and other states.

Also known as MSS 0-179

Dates: Created: 1835-1936; Other: Date acquired: 05/25/1959

M.A. Cawthon Store advertisements

 Collection — Box 140
Identifier: MSS 0-50
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two printed advertisement cards of M. A. Cawthon, General Merchandise Store, and they show no date but give information evidencing that one is older than the other. One of the cards was printed with the name "M. A. Cawthon, Lake De Funiak, - Florida" with "de Funiak Springs" stamped over the original name. This card was in use between 1881 and 1883. The other card was printed with the name "M. A. Cawthon & Son, de Funiak Springs, Florida." This card was in use in 1883 and after. Both cards are unique in format and wording.

Dates: Created: 1881-1883; Other: Date acquired: 09/01/1967

MacGowan Gift

 Collection — Box 152
Identifier: MSS 0-182
Scope and Contents

Collection contains:

Florida Territorial holograph deed (1831) Gadsden County, photocopies of Florida maps (1825), one $3 dollar bill note issued by Tallahassee Rail Road Company "good for transportation," Herbert Hoover campaign literature (1928), pamphlet "Your Job Versus the Spectre of Idleness and Ruin. A Discussion of the tariff issue," by Leslie M. Shaw, Republican National Committee (1928), Leaflet "phantom booze," leaflet "Commerce Building" reprinted from the Saturday Evening Post (1928), clipping from the Tampa Tribune map with article "Florida in Russian" map is a copy from the "Great Soviet Encyclopedia."

Dates: 1825-1959; Majority of material found in 1825, 1831, 1928, 1959; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1968

Malcolm Johnson Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2003-24
Abstract The bulk of the Malcolm Johnson Collection documents Johnson's journalistic career from his time with the Associated Press from 1940-1954 to his editorship of the Tallahassee Democrat from 1954-1970. The collection includes correspondence, subject and personality files, clippings of Johnson's columns and editorials, photographs, speeches written by Johnson, memorabilia, and various published materials collected by Johnson over his career. In addition, there are materials related to the writing and publication of Johnson's books I Declare and Red, White and Bluebloods in Frontier Florida,...
Dates: Created: 1824-1984, n.d.; Other: Majority of material found in 1940-1978

Manuscript Sermons

 Collection — Box 156
Identifier: MSS 0-221
Scope and Contents This collection contains manuscript sermons from Pensacola, Florida, dating 1832-1839. There are nine sermons by an unknown minister, and one pamphlet, number 280, entitled, Don't unchain the tiger, published by the American Tract Society. Seven of the sermons are titled for Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Fourteenth, and Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, and one sermon is entitled, Various ways in which men are converted, second sermon on the subject. Also, there is an extra sermon entitled, For the seventh Sunday after Trinity, bearing dates indicating that it was used from 1832-1839. The pamphlet, which is printed in poor condition, is...
Dates: Created: 1832-1839; Other: Date acquired: 02/01/1958

Manuscripts concerning a court martial during the War of 1812

 Collection — Box 158
Identifier: MSS 0-255
Scope and Contents This collection consists of three manuscript items regarding a court martial during the War of 1812, a letter, an order and a receipt. The letter is dated Camp New Hope, East Florida, 1813, by Louis Manning, Major 8th Infantry and President General, Court Martial, certifying that Captain Robert Cutchinson attended a Court Martial. The order is dated St. Mary's, 1813, by Thomas Flournoy, Brigadier General, to Eugene P. Lequeux, Quartermaster, advising the hiring of Captain Ashley and Captain Hampton and instructing that they should be paid for "two dollars per day for twenty days." The receipt, numbered "5", is to Robert Cutchinson for $11.25 "for services, attending the General Court...
Dates: Other: Majority of material found in 1813; Other: Date acquired: 07/02/1949

Mary Ann Lindley Papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: MSS 2012-0615
Dates: Created: 1983-1998

Mary Bates Letters

 Collection — Box 137
Identifier: MSS 0-16
Scope and Contents Two letters written by Mary Bates of Tallahassee, Florida. Transcriptions are included with each original letter. One letter is written from Dudley, Massachusetts. Both letters are addressed to a Charles Dana, Jr. of Woodstock, Vermont. In one letter, dated April 11, 1845, Bates gives a vivid description of a sea voyage from New York via Nassau to Florida. According to the letter, during the course of the voyage a leak was discovered in the ship and at the same time hay (a large portion of the cargo) caught fire, so for some days all aboard were in serious peril. This letter also gives a good description of what she called "Warchulla" Springs (Wakulla Springs) in...
Dates: Created: 1845

Mary Simpson Yarbrough Papers

 Collection — Box 158a
Identifier: MSS 0-274
Scope and Contents

These papers consist of materials relating to lands, a mercantile business, the plantation of Mary Simpson's grandfather, Theodore Turnbull, an Indian Wars Pensions document, and several deeds, including a land deed of her great grandmother, Mary Ann Perkins.

Dates: Created: 1850-1894; Other: Date acquired: 10/01/1968

M.C. Stephens Letter

 Collection — Box 157
Identifier: MSS 1964-236
Scope and Contents Typed copy of letter by Mr. M. C. Stephens (1835) to his daughter, Sarah, at Newburn, North Carolina. From content of the letter, it is clear that Mr. Stephens came to Florida and acquired a plantation at Rosanna, near Quincy, and was in the process of building a house which he hoped to have nearly completed by the time his family would arrive. They were to travel by coastal vessel and disembark at St. Marks or Apalachicola Bay, and travel to Tallahassee by "Hack...from whence it will be easy to get home." He asked to be advised of the time of arrival of the vessel so as to "time my wagon and team to be at St. Marks with cotton to take return freight of our household stuff...
Dates: Created: 1835