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Florida State College for Women papers

 Collection — Container: 06.0010 - Box 1
Identifier: 06.0010

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to the Florida State College for Women (FSCW) during the World War II period. The collection consists of newspaper articles, photographs, letters and documents concerning faculty, staff, and alumnae. These materials include a series of letters discussing plans for the installation of a plaque honoring alumnae in the military service and the American Red Cross. There are a series of index cards of a speech to the Alumnae Association of Pensacola announcing the installation. )

In addition, there is a testimonial from Admiral George D. Murray in honor of the WAVES, two Western Union telegrams, from president Doak S. Campbell, and Governor Spessard L. Holland, to alumnae in the service, a list of all US Army bases in the USA with addresses, and lists of faculty, staff, and alumnae in the service. Most of the numerous newspaper articles announce enlistments, deployments, and marriage of alumnae. Several discuss the death of FSCW alumna Lt. Marion Clark. There are photographs of the installment of the plaque donated to the women and also three issues of the Bulletin: Florida State College for Women Alumnae Edition.


  • 1942-1983
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/30/2006
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-18


Conditions Governing Access

This 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

In a 1905 reorganization of Florida's educational system by the Legislature, and the Florida State College became a women's school called the Florida Female College. The male student body moved from Tallahassee to Gainesville at the University of Florida. In 1909 the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women, an institution which grew to become the third largest women's college in the nation during the 1930s. The College became fully accredited in 1915, and a chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was installed in 1925. In 1935 the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the state, Alpha Chapter of Florida, was installed at the College, a mark of its status as a true liberal arts college. In large part due to benefits from the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 “G.I. Bill” after World War II, returning World War II veterans brought men back to the campus in 1946 with the establishment of the Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida. On May 15, 1947, the Governor signed an act of the Legislature returning Florida State College for Women to coeducational status and named it Florida State University.


Florida State University. "History." Accessed August 13, 2018.


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Custodial History

This collection was donated by the Florida State University Alumni Association. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Huan Experience on January 30, 2006.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Florida State College for Women papers
Destinee E. Haller
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
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Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US