Mendenhall statistics books donated...
 20th-century Heralds of Sciences...
 Sponsor a Smathers Library window...
 After 150 years, a lost manuscript...
 Smathers Libraries inaugurates...
 A message from the director


Chapter one
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Table of Contents
    Mendenhall statistics books donated to libraries by author
        Page 1
    20th-century Heralds of Sciences Collection to be donated to libraries
        Page 2
    Sponsor a Smathers Library window renovation and receive a commemorative sculpture
        Page 3
    After 150 years, a lost manuscript comes to light
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Smathers Libraries inaugurates leadership boards
        Page 6
        Page 7
    A message from the director
        Page 8
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Mendenhall Statistics Books

Donated to Libraries by Author

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Indonesian, and E lrins
one is currently
being translated
into Korean. He has published
articles in some of the top statistics
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1977 and was awarded professor
emeritus status in 1978. He received
his doctorate in statistics at North
Carolina State University and was a
professor at
University in
before coming
to UF.
"I wasn't out of grad school with
my doctorate very long, and a big uni-
versity like this gave me an opportu-
nity to build a department," said

Me ndeJnhall. "it was quite n ioftr and
. opp irtu ity."
He also included [\\'c books
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S42 20Lth-clrntiy Histldsol
Science Collection Donated

c- 3 Smathers Windows Project;
UAA Donates Additional
$83,000 to Libraries
c-- 4 Lost Florida History
Manuscripts Come to Light
c- 6 New Library Leadership Board;
On the Digital Front
c- 7 Desiderata

c-- 8 A Message from the Director

by ]ii. i Barr
Rare Book curator

Dr. Raymond D. Cooper of St. Petersburg, Florida, has arranged to
donate his still-growing collection of 20th-century heralds of science
to the George A. Smathers Libraries. His collection consists of the
most important books and journal articles that describe the most significant
discoveries that took place during the 1900s.
Cooper earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois,
his master's in physics at Iowa State University, and his doctorate at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He specialized in nuclear radiation
research, holding positions with the U.S. Army, the Department of Energy, the
University of Maryland, and the National Research Council Board of
Radiation. He is currently affiliated with Eckerd College. In addition to his
professional work as a physicist, Dr. Cooper also established himself in the
book trade, founding Key Books in Baltimore, Maryland in 1981.
A recent visit with Cooper and his wife Cary was quite a treat; they are
both a pleasure to be with. Although we spent several hours going through
the collection, we were able to get through only about half. For each title,
Ray had a story, either about the importance of the title, or that particular
copy, usually both. The collection ranged from off prints and journals to full
length books, all divided into subject areas: astronomy, biology, chemistry,
geology, mathematics, medicine, physics, and technology. There is also a
large collection devoted to the atomic bomb. The dates range from about
1850 to the 1960s, a period that witnessed as much upheaval in the sciences
as the Renaissance.
He placed everything in context as he fit the pieces of the jigsaw together.
The collection is completely interlinked within the subject areas, although
there is some overlap, such as between physics and chemistry. As Cooper is
also a dealer, his competence in describing the titles is impeccable. He has
also produced a bibliography
entitled Heralds of the Second Scientific
Revolution, intended as a continuation of
the famous Burndy Library catalog
Heralds ofScience. He doesn't have every-
thing in the catalog, but is still actively
The collection is going to make a
superb addition to Rare Books for its
emphasis on modern materials,
compiled by an expert. c

Page 2 c- Chapter One

(Continued from page 1)

"I just loved writing those last two
books, and I'd like to write another,"
Mendenhall said.
He and his wife Joan have two
sons who received their bachelor's
degrees at UF: Dr. William M.
Mendenhall, a noted radiation oncolo-
gist in the UF College of Medicine, and
Dr. Charles M. Mendenhall, head of
the Department of Radiation
Oncology at the Phoebe Putney
Hospital in Albany, Georgia.
The Mendenhalls have been long-
time supporters of the University of
Florida. In 1997 they established the
Joan S. Mendenhall Fellowship Fund
in the College of Liberal Arts for
graduate students with a background
of academic excellence. Recently they
pledged a bequest to the George A.
Smathers Libraries to support
research in Florida history. c

Dr. Mendenhall's statistics
books will be featured in a
library display during the fall
of 2003.

Sponsor a Smathers Library Window
Renovation and Receive a
Commemorative Sculpture

Donors now have the exciting
opportunity to sponsor the
restoration and repair of the
Smathers Library windows, including
the Gothic style Research Room
windows. Gifts of $5,000 will sponsor
a window, help preserve the universi-
ty's architectural heritage, and ensure
a better environment for
our intellectual heritage.
In appreciation, donors i
will receive a unique com-
memorative sculpture
made with fragments of
the original glass that
cannot be reused in the
renovation. In addition, a
small plaque with the
donor's name will be
placed beneath each set of windows in
the Smathers Library.
The Smathers Library, formerly
Library East, holds the Special
Collections Department, the University
Archives, and the Latin American
Collection. Smathers is the original
library for the university; built in 1925
with additions in 1938 and 1949, and a
major renovation in the mid-1990s
that did not include renovation or
repair of the windows.
After 75 years some of the beautiful
"granite glass" a special type of

stained glass has become broken,
cracked, or damaged. Wood sash rails
have deteriorated and window frames
have warped and caused damaging
leaks. By carefully restoring the Gothic
windows, the current harmful condi-
tions will be remedied. Moisture
intrusion will stop, and ultraviolet
light the enemy of
library materials, can be
Pll R filtered out using invisible
modern technology.
Drs Larry D. Harris
and Kathleen Deagan
were the first to sponsor
a window. "As the
University of Florida
strives toward greatness,
only a few distinguished
programs such as the Smathers
Libraries Special Collections are
strategically grounded and ready for
launch. We were heartened by the
creative approach to fund-raising and
knew that only by acting quickly
could we capture an opportunity to
be both innovative and renovative in
the eyes of posterity," said Dr. Harris.
To sponsor a window and receive a
beautiful commemorative sculpture,
please fill in and mail the form below,
or call Sandra Melching at (352)
392-0342. c-

continues partnership

The University of Florida Athletic
Association recently donated $83,000
to the George A. Smathers Libraries
from proceeds of last season's pay-
per-view televised football games.
The librarys partnership with
the Athletic Association has lasted for
more than a decade. Their assistance
has been invaluable when state
budgets are down and the library
needs funding to provide new servic-
es or important library materials for
students and faculty.
"We are proud of our long-stand-
ing commitment to the academic
community at the University of
Florida," said UF Athletics Director
Jeremy Foley.
Earlier this year, the Athletic
Association purchased the librarys
four millionth volume Urania
Propitia, by Maria Cunitz. These
millionth-volume books, marking the
growth of our research Collections, are
important milestones. They signal to
the academic world that the University
of Florida provides first-rate support
for its students and scholars.
"We will also use some of this
year's funding to improve our capaci-
ty to digitize rare and hard-to-find
print materials, making it much
easier for students to access popular
materials from their dorms and
apartments," said Director of UF
Libraries Dale Canelas. "At the same
time, these projects make UF's collec-
tions available to everyone in Florida,
or indeed, the world. This partnership
strengthens and enriches the library,
making us more responsive to the
needs of our many constituencies. It
also provides us that margin of excel-
lence that allows us to do something
special for our users." c--,,

Chapter One c- Page 3

Please accept my/our contribution for the funding of a Smathers Library window.
O $5,000 to sponsor one window 0 $2,500 to sponsor one-half window
Enclosed is my check for $
City State Zip
Phone (
Name(s) to appear on plaques (please print or type)

Make check payable to the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. and mail with form to:
Director of Development, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, PO Box 117001,
Gainesville, FL 32611-7001. Your gift maybe eligible for a charitable contribution deduction.

After 150 Years,

a Lost


Comes to Light

by James Cusick
Florida history curator

Pages of the manuscript
that Florida author and
historian John Lee Williams
was hoping to publish into
a second edition book have
finally been reunited after
150 years. Nancy Meers,
Williams' great-granddaugh-
ter, acquired half of the
pages in 1984 and in 2003
began to investigate the
origins which led to the
discovery that the other half
of the pages were housed
in the Smathers Libraries'
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida

--- in part
--- because it was
S"I approximately
". --.' : halfway
between the
-- former
-. capitals.
S. Williams'
-. '-' '-- first published
S.. work on
:--- .. -.-- Florida, A
view of West
: Florida,
..... embracing its
Pages from the manuscript are included in Portraits of Florida: rare items from the
collections of the P.K. Yonge Library ofFlorida History, on display in the Smathers
Library exhibit area through September 15
Page4 c- ChapterOne

ohn Lee Williams published
Territory of Florida in 1837 and it
has enjoyed a mixed reception
from scholars. Williams, a native of
Massachusetts, was trained in law in
New York, resided for a while in
Virginia, and then moved to Florida
just after its transfer from Spain to
the United States. His primary
purpose in coming south was to
restore his health, but he soon
entered into the pioneering spirit of
other settlers, establishing himself
in Pensacola, where he opened a
law office and served as a justice of
the peace.
Florida at this time had two
official capitals Pensacola and St.
Augustine, a legacy from the merging
of East and West Florida into a single
political unit. To resolve the problem
of establishing a permanent capital,
representatives from each of the
colonial capitals (Williams from
Pensacola and Dr. William Simmons
from St. Augustine) were commis-
sioned to choose a new site. This task
gave Williams an opportunity to
explore much of the northern half of
the peninsula. He and Simmons
eventually decided upon Tallahassee,

topography, etc. came out in 1827.
Shortly afterwards he moved from the
panhandle and took up residence at
Picolata on the St. Johns River, where
he began to compose a history and
guide to the territory as a whole. An
intense interest in Florida's wilderness
always permeated his being.
Among Williams' acquaintances
were the historian Charles Goodrich,
the essayist and writer Washington
Irving, and the naturalist John James
While living at Picolata, Williams
gradually finished what is considered
his most important work, The territory
ofFlorida: or, Sketches of
the topography, civil
and natural history,

climate, and the sty a
Indian tribes, from
thefirst discovery to
thepresent time, with
a map. Written in
1837, Territory
sold well enough to justify a second
printing in 1839 yet often garnered
little respect from subsequent writers
and historians. "A mere compilation,
dry and difficult to wade through
was the comment of Daniel Brinton
(born in 1837, th e same year that
Territory came out).
Williams himself was well aware of
Territory's shortcomings, though some
were beyond his control. The Seminole
War was at its midway point when he
published the book, and he had to
leave off his account of the war with-
out a definitive conclusion. His knowl-
edge of Florida was limited to his own
travels and those of his sources, and
he therefore had little to say about the
southern reaches of the peninsula.
Hoping to amend these problems, he
spent the last twenty years of his life
conducting research and interviews
for an expanded version of Territory.

Unfortunately, he was never able to
find a publisher.
"When John Lee Williams died in
1856 he supposedly had in prepara-
tion a revised history of Florida)'
noted Ray Eldred Held in his 1955
dissertation on the historiography of
the state. "If it would have shown as
much improvement over the 1837
publication as the latter had shown
over [A View of West Florida], it is
especially unfortunate that the work
was not finished and published."
Ironically, just about the time Held
wrote these words, the manuscript to
which he referred was about to resur-
face. Sometime in 1958, a substantial
portion of Williams' revised Territory
(approximately 100
leaves of handwrit-
ten text) was t
donated to the P.K. w
Yonge Library of ie
Florida History. It o
included a full papr
account of the
Second Seminole t i
War, plus various lk
other changes and k i
additions. Library
records do not
clearly document the provenience of
this manuscript, but it probably came
as a gift from Edward S. Kelly of
Atlanta, Georgia, a great-grandson of
John Lee Williams.
Even this collection of papers was
not complete, however, and the saga of
Williams' unpublished book only
came to a conclusion this year, when
another descendant, Nancy Meers of
Georgia, brought the missing part of
the manuscript to the University of
Meers had been safeguarding a
sheaf of Williams' papers ever since
1984, when she first came across them
in a rather unexpected way at the
home of a great aunt. Sharing her


aunt's interest in tracing the family
tree, she often visited her, and recalls
clearly the occasion when she first saw
the manuscript for Territory.
"I was at my aunt's apartment and
she was taking out bits and pieces of
family history, and at one point she
took out a folder of papers and said,
'Oh, I don't even know what this is,'
and tossed it in the trash. But it looked
extremely old and I asked her if I
could have it."
Meers took the folder home, but
paid little attention to it, because she
was more interested in other materials
that her aunt had given to her.
Eventually, she looked through the
folder and realized it was the work of
her great-grandfa-
ther John Lee
,rtmenr Williams. "I knew
Sll lt it a Williams was an
n anot t m author but not
uri a wry[ much about him."
S I 'A few years
S later, though,
SMeers took the
ol ad I manuscript to an
i v antiquarian book
fair in Atlanta
where, she says, it
elicited tremendous interest. Book
dealers immediately made offers to
buy it from her, offers which contin-
ued for years. Unwilling to sell ("I
really felt it was a family possession,
and not just mine"), she locked the
manuscript away in a safe deposit box
at her bank.
There it remained until 2003 when
Meers began to investigate the origins
of the manuscript. She knew of the
Williams papers housed at the
University of Florida, and came south,
with her manuscript, to compare it
with the holdings in the P.K. Yonge
Only then did it become clear that
Meers' manuscript and the handwrit-

ten papers at the Yonge library were
two halves of the same work the
pages, so long separated, had identi-
cal stains and tears along their mar-
gins. Williams apparently was still at
work on Territory at the time of his
death, for the reunited manuscript
consists of three distinct but slightly
different opening sections for the
book, each between 30 and 40 leaves
long, followed by several hundred
pages from the 1837 publication with
slight emendations, and then the long
account of the Seminole Indians and
the Seminole War that Williams' used
to conclude the piece. The materials
donated by Meers also included
Williams' "Preface to the Second
Edition" and his dedication to
General Thomas S. Jesup, commander
of U.S. forces in Florida at the time of
the controversial seizure of Osceola
and other Seminole leaders under a
flag of truce.
Meers has donated her manuscript
to the library as the gift of the
Burtchaell and Jones families who,
along with the Kellys, are direct
descendants of the author. Plans are
already in the works to bring
Williams' dream of a second edition
of Territory to reality by editing and
publishing the work in conjunction
with an introductory biography
about the author. *

O'Sullivan, Maurice, and Jack C. Lane
(editors) The Florida Reader, Visions of
Paradise from 1530 to the Present. Pineapple
Press, Sarasota, 1991, p. 76

Held, Ray Eldred. Spanish Florida in American
Historiography, 1821-1921. Ph.D. dissertation,
University of Florida, Gainesville, 1955.

Burtchaell, Mattie. "John Lee Williams." Paper
presented to the Historical Society of
Jacksonville, May 11, 1942.
Chapter One c- Page 5

Smathers Libraries Inaugurates Leadership Board

The recently established George A. Smathers Libraries Leadership Board is
composed of 21 members who are dedicated to helping the libraries increase their
visibility and resources. The board held its first meeting on February 28 with
editor and publishing consultant Susannah Borg of Ponte Vedra serving as the
inaugural president.

Board members Back row, left to right: Anne Haisley, Dale Canelas, Marilyn
Adkins, Cathy Thompson, Ann Smoot, R.J. Wiltshire, Keith Douglas. Front row:
Beverly Bartlett, Georgia Wahl, Susannah Borg, Madelyn Lockhart, Charlotte Porter.

On the Digital Front...
The Digital Library Center continues to build cooperative projects with
University of Florida departments and beyond that can be viewed on the
Publication of Archival Library and Museum Materials (PALMM) Web site
Coming in September! FROM
THE AIR: the photographic record
of Florida's lands. The Digital
Library Center, in partnership with
the Map & Imagery Library, is digitiz- ..
ing the 40,600 aerial photographs and
600 photo mosaic indexes of Florida
captured by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture between 1937 and 1951.
Aerial photo of Taylor County, Florida

Page 6 c Chapter One

Message from the Director
(Continued from page 8)

year. The libraries have frequently gone
six or seven years with no increase in
funding even though library materials
are rising in cost each year at approxi-
mately twice the rate of inflation.
When six or seven years without
increases are followed by a reduction
in a bad budget year, the damage to
the libraries is substantial.
By national standards, the UF
Libraries have had an unusually erratic
materials budget. As a result, we have
often missed purchasing library materi-
als needed by students and faculty that
were published in a poor budget year.
When this problem is combined with
the fact that scholarly books are pub-
lished in very small runs that go out of
print quickly, it can be devastating to the
coherence of the library's collections. It
can be very difficult to purchase missing
books at a later date because one has to
look on the out-of-print market which
deals with one of a kind, older books.
Many scholarly books are never resold.
This leaves the library with collection
gaps in specific subject areas that make
it harder for students and faculty of the
future to do their research.
For the Smathers Libraries there-
fore, faculty collections are especially
useful. They help to fill in the gaps
created by inconsistent budgets and
they substantially improve the breadth
and depth of UF's collections. They
allow the libraries to increase support
for future students and scholars by
incorporating into the collections mate-
rials of lasting value as is evidenced by
their inclusion in faculty personal
libraries. We are very grateful to the
faculty who contribute to the libraries
in this way and welcome discussions
with other faculty who might consider
this sort of gift to the libraries.
Dale B. Canelas
Director of UF Libraries

Students, faculty, and librarians are always looking for the perfect resource to
complement their research. While we do our best to be responsive to special needs,
there are always a few titles or equipment needs that lie beyond our grasp. If you are
interested in helping the Smathers Libraries acquire any of the following, please contact
Sandra Melching, director of development, at (352) 392-0342.

City: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences; edited by Michael Pacione. Routledge,
2001. This five-volume set draws together important research on the concept of "city".
Topics include the city in the global context, land use and economic structure in
western cities, society and politics, and an overview of cities in the third world. This
interdisciplinary approach would support research in urban & regional planning,
construction, and the design disciplines. $895

Sage El,, i. ,:, Journals. A stable of important "core" journals in the social sciences
with many of its titles available electronically in full text back to 1982. E-journals
support off-campus access and distance learning. The four collections include mass
communications, political science, criminal justice, and sociology. $30,000

Victorian Yellowbacks and Paperbacks, 1849-1905, by Dr. Chester Top. Five-volume
series of bibliographies on publishers of Victorian Yellowbacks and Paperbacks.
Yellowbacks were originally published to be sold inexpensively in railway stalls and
encompass all of the popular authors of the Victorian era. Each volume is richly
illustrated with thirty-two color photos. $150per volume

Hebrew Books from the Harvard (' ,11/i, Library. This microfiche collection of 4,934
volumes of choice Hebraica held by the Harvard College Library consists of 11,448
microfiche of carefully selected out-of-print rabbinical and secular works. Purchase of
the collection permits scholarly access to older Hebraica that is difficult to obtain, if at
all, in today's antiquarian book market. It supports the long-term preservation of the
Price Library of Judaica's brittle holdings. $32,000

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IA M age from thIeDir -etor

Undergraduate students are the
most numerous users of
university libraries.
Ubiquitous at our computers,
studying in the stacks and reading
rooms, lined up at the reference desk,
checking out reserves, and copying
materials for their term papers, the
library is filled with their youth and
energy. Graduate students are the
heaviest and very sophisticated users
of research libraries. On a per capital
basis, they use the library for longer
hours, check out more books, and
systematically evaluate every book we
hold in their research areas. Faculty
have a long term relationship with the
library that transcends any of the stu-
dent relationships because faculty use
the library repeatedly for many
research projects over the course of
many years. Because of this, faculty
are generally the most avid supporters
of the library and they make many

special contributions to library health
and welfare.
The importance of faculty gift
collections is a case in point. Over the
course of their careers, many faculty
build strong private libraries in the
areas of their research. Filled with
scholarly books, these collections
generally have lasting value not only
for their own work, but also for future
scholars. The history of research
libraries contains many a story about
the gifts of faculty whose scholarly
careers have come to a close, and who
have donated their collections to the
library they used most heavily during
their careers. Libraries all over the
world have benefited from these gifts
as has the University of Florida.
Faculty are also important
authors. Spending their lives develop-
ing expanded knowledge in many
disciplines, they write their conclu-
sions and publish them for the use of

other scholars
and students.
Sometimes, as
in the case of
Dr. Mendenhall, they are able to give
the library a complete set of all the
books they have published over an
entire career. The series of publica-
tions not only documents a scholar's
contributions to his/her discipline, it
also shows how his/her ideas devel-
oped over a period of time and the
books become valuable research tools
for other scholars.
Over the years, the library materi-
als budget in Florida has been classi-
fied as a capital expenditure, that is,
the same as equipment. The
Legislature has always considered
equipment a non-recurring category
that can be decisively cut in times of
extremity. And as a non-recurring
category, it needs to be defended each
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