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Gloria Jahoda Papers

Identifier: MSS 0-332

Scope and Contents

Includes background research, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, and other publications documenting the personal life and professional career of author and Florida historian Gloria Jahoda. Significant topics include genealogy, ecology, northwest Florida, publishing rights, classical music, WFSU-FM radio programs, the Muscogee Creek Nation, and Jahoda’s book The Road to Samarkand, a biography of English composer Frederick Delius.

Includes materials previously described as MSS 79-2, MSS 80-3, MSS 83-2, MSS 83-2, MSS 84-01, and MSS 2004-007.


  • Created: 1864-1980
  • Created: Majority of material found in 1958-1980
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/01/1968

Biographical or Historical Information

Gloria Adelaide Love Jahoda was born October 6, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, to Adelaide and Chase Whitney Love. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Anthropology, both from Northwestern University. While teaching at the University of Wisconsin she met her husband, Gerald Jahoda, whom she married in 1952. The two moved to Tallahassee, Florida, in 1963, where Gerald Jahoda taught library science at Florida State University. Though she began writing novels full-time in 1957, Jahoda’s nonfiction works received greater recognition, including The Other Florida (1967), The Road to Samarkand: Frederick Delius and His Music (1969), River of the Golden Ibis (1973), The Trail of Tears (1975), and Florida: A Bicentennial History (1976).

Jahoda was president of the Tallahassee Historical Society, an elected registrar of the Creek Nation, and nominated Woman of the Year by the Florida State University Women’s Club. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of West Florida in 1977. Jahoda remained an active community member until her death on January 13, 1980.

Frederick Delius was born on January 29, 1862, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the son of German immigrants Julius and Elise Delius. Displeased with Delius’s desire to compose music, Julius sent his son to manage an orange plantation in Florida in 1884. While in America, Delius discovered the music of African-American tenant farmers, which served as inspiration for his Florida suite, the opera Koanga, and the Appalachia suite. He taught in Jacksonville, Florida, and Danville, Virginia, before training at the Leipzig music conservatory. Delius married Helen Jelka Rosen in September of 1903. He lived in Germany, Norway, and France throughout his lifetime, with each country’s music further affecting his composition style. In his final years, poor health forced Delius to rely on his amanuensis, Eric Fenby, to transcribe his compositions. Delius died in France on June 10, 1934.


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Arrangement Note

Arranged in four series: 1. Biographical Materials on Jahoda, arranged chronologically. 2. Correspondence, arranged by correspondent or subject, and chronologically thereunder. 3. Works by Jahoda, drafts, and relevant research material, and drafts, arranged chronologically by creation or publication date of the relevant work. 4. Publications collected by Jahoda in the course of research or due to personal interest, arranged by subject.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gloria Jahoda

Method of Acquisition

Given by the author beginning in 1968 with an additional three items given on June 11, 1970, and another four on February 26, 1973.

Related Materials

Gloria Jahoda Music Collection, Allen Music Library, College of Music, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Gloria Jahoda Papers
Lynn Phillips
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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