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William J. Howey Scrapbook

 Collection — Container: Wrapped Package
Identifier: MSS 1971-143

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook of William J. Howey provides a clear exposition of the activities of the Republican party in Florida during 1928 when he ran for governor of the state. It contains newspaper clippings pertaining to his political opponents, economic conditions, and the development of the citrus industry in Florida.

Also known as MSS 0-143.


  • created: 1928-1938
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/01/1971


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

William J. Howey was born January 19, 1876 at Odin, Illinois, died June 8, 1938 in a sanitarium at Umatilla, Florida, and was buried at Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. He was a citrus grower, real estate developer, and twice Republican nominee for governor of Florida; he was defeated in 1928 by Doyle Carlton and in 1932 when he lost to Dave Sholtz. William Howey came to Florida in 1908 after leaving Mexico where he previously owned agricultural interests. He purchased citrus properties in Polk County and was active in the development of Winter Haven. In 1915, he moved to Lake County, purchased 60,000 acres of land, on much of which he planted citrus. He founded Howey-in-the-Hills in 1920 and at the time of his death owned 10,000 acres of citrus groves. Howey's interests included packing and canning plants and large real estate holdings. He was a former director of the Florida Citrus Exchange in the Florida Clearing House Association and the State Chamber of Commerce. He was called the "Greatest citrus developer the state ever had."


2.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Allen Morris received the scrapbook from the widow of William Howey. Morris had written requesting a picture of Howey for the Photographic Archives of the library.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. W. J. Howey

Method of Acquisition

The scrapbook was given to Special Collections by Allen Morris

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed September 1971

William J. Howey Scrapbook
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US