The University of Florida
he University of Florida Archives is the
official custodian of the university's
historically significant public records includ-
ing the administrative files of its past presidents.
In addition to public records, the Archives collects
the papers and records of individuals and organi-
zations associated with the university. The Archives
also maintains files of yearbooks, newspapers,
official publications, photographs, and artifacts.
Record copies of theses and dissertations produced
at the university are held as well.
Created in 1951 as part of the preparations for
the university's centennial, the archives originally
placed emphasis on collecting the records of past
university presidents, college deans, and promi-
nent faculty. These administrative records form
the core of the Archives and are an indispensable
if not frequently consulted resource for the
university's history and development.
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In fact, patrons who use the Archives are far
more likely to request a photo of a football player
than a memo of a former dean. The photograph
collection is the Archives' most recognizable compo-
nent and contains over 33,000 images depicting
campus events, sports, buildings, students, and
faculty. Photographs from the Archives appear
regularly in newspapers, magazines, and books as
well as on the walls of campus offices and even
The University Archives is also home to
hundreds of films, videos, and sound recordings.
Preserving them has become the Archives' immedi-
ate primary goal. Making administrative
email and student websites created today
3 available to future generations will be the
next challenge for the Archives.
To meet the needs of all its patrons,
the Archives does collect some unusual
and, at times, challenging materials.
Ephemera and memorabilia began to be
added to the Archives in the 1990s.
Among the more unusual items in the
artifact collection are articles of clothing,
such as the beanies worn by freshmen in
earlier years, and a cafeteria biscuit
:a. 1895 mailed by a student in 1912.
Student picnic, Florida Agricultural College, Lake City,
Florida-Villanova game, 1946
The Archives participates in Alumni Associa-
tion events such as reunions and homecoming
celebrations. The University Archivist gives tours
of the campus historical district and talks on
University history. Gators around the world are
reached through publications and the Archives
Web site http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/archome/.
The latter includes the University of Florida
Timeline where visitors can learn about student
culture in earlier years as well as significant
events in the University's history.
F .t rpts from Ihe nvo stit itol Florida iict'tlite:
1: 53 E3at Florida Senunary opens its doors in Ocala
The Linirsit\ olF Florid.i mark' ii. founding
Ir~nm this dak.
Il.ii Buckni n Act create, a ne\% Uni\er-sity of
Florid. aincs tille campus open, iepteniber
i'l I Alligator chuser, as the nickname o' the varsity
I25 ';sta[e lc islaiture rule-' that m,.imen can enroll
at LTF in pro:gdrmi unjjilabie at the Florida
ate Lollcge for \\omnn inr ,spone, La.,ie
CGdhrt.ad Blac:k cnri.ulls in CollegI oA
191. Th uni rsit\'s first, non-ja riicultural,reearch
centers are tLounjid' che Burtau ol Lconomric
and BuLlineC's Rsearch and il Intrrtute t.r
193tl Florda wins Ir[ lirst conference chamnipionsh'
NI31.1 I irtsi amrne pl.aid on Florida Field
194- W\.men are admitted to all acjjdmic programs.
956 1. Hilli Millir Ilejlth Center pens. Fhe
teaching hospiltl I now hands HospiJtall dmits
its first patient inI 195M
1 9 First Alrican-Aincrican inrolls at UF In the
College of Lawd
1962 Undergraduate prigr.arn arc opened toI. black
t Lld nts.
I tq t., lkgc of I int Arts is L, tabliqhcd
COVER PHOTO: Red Barber and Jimmy Butsch,
1930. WRUF's first student announcers.
Contact the University Archivist,
Carl Van Ness, to donate items to the
Archives, schedule a tour of the
University of Florida historic district
or a talk on university history.
Carl Van Ness
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007
(352) 392-6547 ext. 310
University Archives Web site:
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