To: Mr. John D. Bailey
From: W. F. Rolleston
Re: Acosta House press release and Eleanor Barnes memorandum
When the St. Augustine Restoration Foundation, Inc. started the planning
for the Acosta House re-construction a request was made of Dr. Overton G.
Ganong, HSAPB Historian, to furnish our organization such information on
the house as they had in their files.
On February 4, 1975 Ganong wrote a letter enclosing a copy of a memorandum
written by Robert Steinbach containing information on the Acosta House and
family. Although neither unusual or surprising the information was rather
sketchy which from past experience was felt to be the rule rather than the
Since it was made known to Dr. Ganong at the time of the request that the
information requested was for the purpose of designing the house it was
felt to be unusual that the HSAPB made no effort whatsoever to indicate
in any respect the spurces of the information being submitted.
In addition to the above mentioned memorandum Dr. Deagan through the
HSAPB submitted her archaeological report on the Acosta house site. It
was only after many requests to the HSAPB that the Deagan report was
Steinbach recommended furthur research be undertaken. However, he gave no
mention as to the amount previously done, the amount to be done and what
he felt might be found of value in the research to be undertaken.
The Acosta house press release information was obtained primarily from
the Steinbach memorandum of of January 15, 1975. In this he states the
house was built by Joseph G. Acosta. A reference was not given as to the
source of this information.
We assumed this fact had been documented bythe HSAPB.
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