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Florida State University Southern Business History Center Records

Identifier: MSS 2008-016

Scope and Contents

The Florida State University Southern Business History Center Records include, correspondence to and from the center, including memos, form letters, responses, questionnaire, annual reports, photographs and publications; and oral interviews recorded in May and June, 1954 and August 1956 on 1/4 inch audio tape reels. They also include a group of historical records of the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company at Cedar Key, Florida.


  • Created: 1855-1956
  • Created: Majority of material found in 1940-1956

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

To request permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from the archives, please contact Heritage & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. Researchers must obtain separate permission from the copyright holders of material held within University Archives collections for which the institution does not hold copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Southern Business History Center was formed at Florida State University in 1954 to stimulate graduate work and to promote the study of business history and of related social, economic, and political developments in this region. The Center grew out of an effort in Fall of 1953 by the History Department and Social Sciences Committee to collect Southern Business History records and form a center. The committee appointed by the President on February 8, 1954 to form the Center included Norman L. Kilpatrick, Secretary and Maurice M. Vance, Chairman, Frank Allen, Marshall Colberg, James Prothro, and Charles Rovetta. Later members of the committee and participants were Daisy Parker, R.L. Goulding, Robert W. Lovett, Claude A. Campbell, Gertrude P. Meek, and Frank Zitmore. The committee was drawn from the following divisions at F.S.U.: History, Business, Social Sciences, Library, and Political Science. The Center acquired collections that were housed in the Library and processed by Special Collections, including the following: German-American Lumber Company Records; Sydney V. Coxetter Agriculture Collection; Warren Fish Company Records; Faber's Cedar Mill Collection; Monticello Mercantile Store Account Books; Rosasco Family Papers; E.H. Tomlinson Papers; W.H. Lindsey Account Books; Citizens Mutual Insurance Books; the J.L. and G.L. Smith Account Book; and the R.L. Goulding Interviews.


9.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

These records have been arranged in two series, correspondence and interviews. The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Custodial History

Materials collected by the Florida State University Southern Business History Center were held, processed and accessed at the Library.

Method of Acquisition

Gift publications and informational materials were received with correspondence from several organizations contacted by the Southern Business History Center. Some gift subscriptions of serials were cataloged for the Library and continued to be received for a number of years. The internal correspondence of the Center is also present. Interviews were recorded on audio tape by R.L. Goulding and M.M. Vance.

Related Materials

Related materials, the ledgers of McKenzie Oerting and the ledgers of Warren Fish Company, can be found at the University of West Florida's John C. Pace Library. Other related material can be found in the Faber's Cedar Mill Collection, MSS 0:103, in Special Collections at Florida State University Libraries.

Florida State University Southern Business History Center Records
Fenton Garnett Avant
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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