support the P.K.Yonge Library
of Florida History
at the University of Florida
Build the COLLECTION!
What have we got in the collection? Where to begin? There are
the Second Seminole War sketches of Capt. John Rodgers
Vinton and Lieut. Henry Prince. The nautical sketches of
Alexander Murray or the beautiful charcoals and pastels of
James Calvert Smith. The memoir of Mary Port Macklin, Eng-
lish loyalist of the American Revolution. The correspondence
of Achille Murat, Florida pioneer and nephew of Napoleon
Bonaparte. The photographic collections on Seminole Indian
culture. Scrapbooks, diaries, 18th century pamphlets, old maps.
And that doesn't even count the book or newspaper
collection or the extensive colonial records of Florida held
on microfilm. Be a part of keeping the P.K.Yonge Library the
amazing archive it has been for more than 100 years. Help
establish a collection endowment for the acquisition and
conservation of materials.
Florida History Collection Endowment
Requested donation: $20,000 endowed as principal
This endowment will generate $800 annually towards acquisi-
tions and conservation
Example of nautical artwork in ink. From the log and sketch book of Capt.
Alexander Murray (1816-1884), made during his term of service aboard the
ironclad U.S.S. Augusta in 1866 and 1867.
(Top) An example of calligraphy in ink on the first leaf of a sketchbook de-
picting historical flags and scenes of Florida. By Lieut. Colonel A.L.L. Martin.
(Bottom) The Spanish settlers and soldiers under Pedro MI r, ..k Ji \, .i.l
hold a thanksgiving feast in a Timucua Indian % Ill., r the founding of
SL. .illtiUnIt. hl I.iid One of several ink and watercolor posters created
by Tallahassee artist and cartoonist Robert Deaton for educational use in
elementary schools. Originals created under a National Endowment for the
Humanities "Landmarks of America" grant to the Florida Humanities
Council (2004) and curated at the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.
Build a SCHOLAR!
The rare books and manuscripts reading room is a magnet for
students interested in the world of archives. Every semester
students come not only to conduct research on assignments
but to work in the department as volunteers, interns, and work-
study employees. They process collections, mount exhibits, and
digitize materials for the Web.
Now the department is recruiting graduate students to train
them in the fascinating world of diaries, letters, architectural
drawings, literary papers, and historical records. Each year,
this program will bring in talented students from programs in
liberal arts and sciences and museum studies, and give them
the opportunity to spend two semesters handling original rare
materials under the supervision of an archivist or curator
It's a great way to support students in their research, give them
an appreciation of historical documents, and provide them
with valuable career training for the future. Help create a living
legacy-the scholars and archivists of tomorrow! Support the
library's endowment for graduate assistantships.
Graduate Assistantship Endowment
$200,000 (private donation) plus 50% state match ($100,000)
$130,000 (private donation) plus 50% state match plus
$105,000 university library contribution.
This endowment will generate $12,000 annually to fund an
(Top right) Cameron Barratt, a senior and former intern with the department,
inventories and prepares a box of documents from the David Levy Yulee
Collection. Yulee's correspondence on the Florida Railroad and the Civil War
are currently being digitized for use online.
(Bottom right) Nicole Hawkins and Brenda Curtis (seated), graduate students
in landscape architecture, work with drawings from the John Ormsbee
Build the FUTURE!
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What's the most frequently asked question a librarian gets
today? "Can I see it online?" of course! More and more, the
expectation of the public is that archives will come out of the
vaults and appear in the light of cyberspace. But that won't hap-
pen unless we work on digitizing materials year-round. Help
support our efforts and make the past an active part of the
present again. From old photographs to maps to artwork and
graphics to the letters and diaries of our predecessors-the
Florida history collection has literally millions of important
documents to bring forth in digital format. Your contribution
to the endowment for digital initiatives can go a long way to
making that happen.
Digital Initiative Endowment
Requested donation: $75,000 endowed as principal
This endowment will generate $3000 annually towards the
digitization of collections.
Index to the
(Left) This website, created by student Laia Mitchell and curator James
Cusick, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the great Jacksonville fire
(Above) A grant from the St. Augustine Foundation at Flagler College made
possible this online index to the 50,000+ colonial records of Spanish East
Florida for the years 1784-1821. Now researchers can quickly and easily
search the records for names, places, words, and phrase.
For inquiries about the P.K.Yonge Library of Florida
History, contact the curator:
James G. Cusick
Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611
(352) 392-9075 Ext. 306
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History Web Site:
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