Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L4 Hispanic Garden
Title: [Letters between William R. Adams and William L. Procter re. Queen Isabella statue]
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 Material Information
Title: Letters between William R. Adams and William L. Procter re. Queen Isabella statue
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-L4 Hispanic Garden
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Adams, William R.
Procter, William L.
Publication Date: 2002
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
97 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Hispanic Garden (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 97 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.894996 x -81.312832
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091358
Volume ID: VID00016
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B8-L4

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FLAGLER COLLEGE
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR






April 22, 2002




Dr. William R. Adams, Director
Heritage Tourism
City of St. Augustine
Post Office Drawer 210
St. Augustine, Florida 32085

Dear Bill:

It appears that the saga of the statue of Queen Isabella continues.
While the directors of the Foundation have not had a formal
meeting, I had the opportunity to discuss the matter with John
Bailey. It is our understanding that it has been determined that the
statue belongs to the state. If such is the case, we do not want to
entertain a proposal to reinstall it in the Spanish Garden unless we
have a written, hold harmless proviso ensuring us that if the statue
is damaged or stolen, the St. Augustine Foundation will have no
fiduciary responsibility.

I trust you can understand our position.

Sincerely,



Wi iam L. roctor, Ph.D.
Cha or

WLP/dmb

cc: Mr. John D. Bailey, Sr.
Judge Frank D. Upchurch, Jr.
Col. Kenneth S. Russom
Mrs. Joy MacMillan


P.O. BOX 1027 ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA 32085-1027 904-829-6481 www.flagler.edu






FLAGL
OFFICE


ER C LLE
OF THE CHANCELLOR


November 28, 2001



Dr. William R. Adams
Director
Heritage Tourism
City of St. Augustine
PO Drawer 210
St. Augustine, FL 32085

Dear Bill:

Thank you for your letter of the 26th and for the information regarding the statue of
Queen Isabella. I think that the cost of reproducing the statue is prohibitive; however it is
likely that the Foundation could offer assistance in regard to its cleaning. I will be
pleased to discuss with the Foundation directors the feasibility of returning the statue to
the Hispanic Garden and will advise you of their decision.


With kind regards, I am

Cordially,


WLP/mjd


P.O. BOX 1027 ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA 32085-1027 904-829-6481 www.flagler.edu


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November 16, 2001


William L. Proctor, Ph.D., President
Flagler College
P.O. Box 1027
St. Augustine, Florida 32085


Dear Bill:

This letter is in reply to your correspondence of October 12 regarding the
Queen Isabella statue. In the interim, I have been attempting to gather
information concerning the cost of cleaning and reproducing the statue.

The Foundation did on December 4, 1981, donate to the Historic St.
Augustine Preservation Board a body of artifacts valued at $33,733.13. Isabella
was included in the donation inventory, although the statue had also been
previously carried on the inventory of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation
Board. At all events, the Board did own the statue at the time its collections were
transferred on to the City of St. Augustine in 1997.

The statue was originally donated to the Historic St. Augustine
Preservation Board for the express purpose of standing in the Hispanic Garden.
In my opinion, its permanent removal from the Garden would constitute an ethical
(if not legal) breach of promise to the donor or donors. The City will accordingly
return the statue to the Hispanic Garden, once the statue has been properly
cleaned. It has suffered some thirty-five years of exposure to the environment.

We have received an estimate of $1,500 to clean the statue. One donor
has promised $600 toward its cleaning. If the Foundation could assist in that
regard, it would surely speed the return of the statue.

Joy MacMillan has spoken to the curator at the Huntington Gardens about
Isabella. That curator, who is familiar with the statue, informed Joy that, once
cleaned and waxed, it could stand outside, as it was designed to do. As for
making a reproduction to stand outside, the curator believed that permission
would have to be obtained from the heirs to the Huntington estate. As for the cost
of reproduction, I have received an estimate of $14,000 from a reliable firm.









In view of all that, the return of the statue, once it has been cleaned, to
the Hispanic Garden would appear to be the best course of action. Our
department is employing a curator within the next year who will have the ability to
perform the required annual maintenance that will insure its physical integrity.

The City will, in that case, provide the Foundation with assurances that it
will be held harmless for any damage or theft that might occur to Isabella.

Please le me know if there are additional questions I might answer.

With best regards, I remain


Sincerely,



William R. Adams
Director







FLAGLER -COLLEGE
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR



October 12, 2001


Mr. Bill Adams
City of St. Augustine
Historic Preservation/Heritage Tourism
Post Office Box 210
St. Augustine, Florida 32085

Dear Bill:

Ken Russom told me of your recent conversation concerning the statue of "Queen
Isabella". We have researched our files, and I enclose a copy of a communication
from Bill Rolleston to the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. It may be
that I do not accurately interpret Bill's correspondence, but it appears to me that
the statue was on loan to the city, and was subsequently donated to the city by the
St. Augustine Restoration Foundation. Please review the correspondence and
advise me if my interpretation of the situation is accurate. I would also be
interested in knowing if the Foundation did, indeed, donate items to the city
totaling $33,733.13.

Now, as to the repair of the statue, the Board of Directors of the Foundation
would be willing to contribute to the repair provided the statue is to be returned to
the garden and that the Foundation is to be held harmless for any damage or theft
that might occur. If such terms are not satisfactory, the Directors would like to
pursue the possibility of providing funding for a reproduction of the statue to be
displayed in the garden.

Be assured that I appreciate your assistance in this matter.

With kind regards, I am

Cordially,



William L. Proctor
Chancellor

WLP/dmb

cc: Judge Frank D. Upchurch
Mr. John D. Bailey, Sr.
Col. Kenneth Russom
Mrs. Joy MacMillan

P.O. BOX 1027 ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA 32085-1027 904-829-6481 www.flagler.edu







FLAGLER COLLEGE
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT






May 23, 2001





Mr. William R. Adams
Director
Historic Preservation/Heritage Tourism
48 King Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084

Dear Bill:

Thank you for your letter of the 23rd; however, you write of
transactions concerning which I had no role; hence, I have forwarded
copies of your correspondence to the other Directors of the
Foundation who may have some personal recollections of these
matters. For my part, unless the other Directors raise an objection, I
am willing to acknowledge the Historic St. Augustine Preservation
Board's ownership of Queen Isabella.

With kind regards, I am

Cordially,



Willaia rocbt
President

WLP/dmb

cc: Mr. William B. Harriss, City Manager
Mr. John D. Bailey, Sr.
Judge Frank D. Upchurch, Jr.
Col. Kenneth Russom
Mrs. Joy MacMillan


P.O. BOX 1027 ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA 32085-1027 904-829-6481 www.flagler.edu
















May 22, 2001


William L. Proctor, Ph.D., President
Flagler College
P.O. Box 1027
St. Augustine, Florida 32085


Dear Bill:

Some time ago, you asked that I look into the question of ownership of the
Queen Isabella statue. In previous correspondence, I had suggested that the
item had originally been given directly to the St. Augustine Preservation &
Restoration Commission (predecessor to the Historic St. Augustine Preservation
Board) and was thus on the state inventory list at the time the Board's inventory
was transferred to the City in 1997.

The close relationship between the St. Augustine Restoration Foundation, Inc. (a
private organization) and the Restoration Commission from 1961 to 1967, when
both were under Earl Newton, and Mr. Newton's casual purchasing habits led to
confusion in the inventories of the two organizations for a number of years. The
state inventories throughout that time consistently carried Queen Isabella as a
state item, though no letter of accession can be found in the files here. The
Foundation evidently also carried the statue on its inventory.

Bill Rolleston and I resolved this issue in 1981 when we agreed upon a transfer
of the Foundation's collections inventory to the Preservation Board. That transfer
accompanied a large exchange of real property between the two organizations
and, once and for all, clarified and resolved what had been confusing titles and
records of ownership.

The letter from Mr. Rolleston to the Preservation Board (copy enclosed)
transferring title of the collections expressly mentions Queen Isabella. My return
letter to Bill, written some ten months later (copy enclosed), reflects the amount
of time it required for our curator to verify the inventory list.









William L. Proctor, Ph.D.
May 22, 2001
Page two


At all events, whether the statue originally came to the state or not, the
December 1981 donation clearly establishes ownership of the piece. As I
suggested to you, the privilege of ownership comes at a price. Given Anna Hyatt
Huntington's popularity and the fact that this was an original, I'm sure it has great
value, which raises insurance questions. And, of course, there is the matter of
cleaning. We are presently staring at a not-inconsiderable estimate to do that.

I hope this resolves the question. If I can add anything further, please give me a
call.


Sincerely,



William R. Adams
Director


cc: William B. Harriss, City Manager




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