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Alexander Linn Papers

 
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Title: Alexander Linn Papers
Physical Description: 1 linear feet. (2 boxes)

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Abstract: Monthly reports and supplementary letters from Rev. Alexander Linn to the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church detailing expenses, salary due, and noteworthy events during his missionary work in Florida. Also includes black and white photographs made from color-tinted lantern slides concerning work with Seminole Indians.
Summary: The collection includes folders of monthly reports on Rev. Linn's work as a Sunday school missionary. These reports are supplemented by letters. As a Sunday school missionary Rev. Linn visited towns all over south Florida including frequent visits to Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Miami, Pinellas Park, Englewood, Clewiston, Lake Garfield, Bradenton, Lakeland, Key West and Marco. He made these visits in order to survey the community for openness to starting a Sunday school, building a church, or improving an already existing but struggling church or Sunday school. The school reports mention trips to various Seminole camps especially in the mid-1930s. There are also references to the major Florida hurricanes in 1926, 1928, and 1935.The collection also contains a photographic record of Linn's visits to Seminole camps. He produced a series of lantern slides that he used in his talks about the Seminole Indians. The collection includes both the original slides (stored separately because they are fragile) and black and white photographs made from the slides. The transcripts of two oral histories conducted at the University of Florida contain further information about his interest in the Seminoles. The oral history recorded on March 8, 1971 describes specific lantern slides in this collection. Photographs show pictures of housing, daily activities, portraits of people, and landscapes.Among the identified images are depictions of a trading post at Okcha-leske (?) meaning "old building" (402), the cell at the Castillo de San Marcos where Osceola was imprisoned (401), pre-1930 hairstyles (403), dredging (possibly to build the Tamiami Trail) (406), a cooking chickee (408), grinding corn in a pop ash mortar (410), grinding corn with a wheel (411), and coontie to make sofkee (419). Specific people identified are Linn with Billie Fewell (412), Wilbert Smith and Linn (413), Linn (416), Billie Fewell (396), Josie Billie as drawn by Ira Dell (422), Whitney Cypress with his family (403), and a man on horseback believed to be Coffey Gopher one of Linn's friends and informants (400).
Restriction: One box of 93 Lantern slides is stored separately from this collection. The slides have been tinted and colored. The collection is open for research, but access to the lantern slides requires special permission.
Biographical: Reverend Alexander Linn (1882-June 29, 1975) was born in Hamburg N.J. and graduated from Columbia University. In 1905 Linn came to Florida at the advice of his doctor. He became pastor of his first church in Tarpon Springs in 1910 and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1914. Also in 1914, he married Lucile Gregory from Quincy, Florida. Between 1925 and 1951, Linn worked for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Southwest and Southeast Florida as a Sunday school missionary. This job entailed starting Sunday schools and establishing churches around Florida. In his travels Linn developed a noted interest in the Seminole Indians and lectured on his trips to Seminole camps. He illustrated his lectures with glass lantern slide images that were embellished in watercolors to make them more realistic. Linn retired in 1951 but continued to work as interim pastor for churches until he had a stroke at age 92.Source: Obituary. Englewood Herald. July 2, 1975.

Record Information

Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: Please use the photocopies of letters provided in the folders. Originals are stored in the last folders of the collection but in general are too deteriorated for use.
Resource Identifier: main identifier - MS 259
System ID: UFEAD00006:00001

Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UFEAD00006/00001

Material Information

Title: Alexander Linn Papers
Physical Description: 1 linear feet. (2 boxes)

Subjects

Genre: ead   ( sobekcm )

Notes

Abstract: Monthly reports and supplementary letters from Rev. Alexander Linn to the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church detailing expenses, salary due, and noteworthy events during his missionary work in Florida. Also includes black and white photographs made from color-tinted lantern slides concerning work with Seminole Indians.
Summary: The collection includes folders of monthly reports on Rev. Linn's work as a Sunday school missionary. These reports are supplemented by letters. As a Sunday school missionary Rev. Linn visited towns all over south Florida including frequent visits to Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Miami, Pinellas Park, Englewood, Clewiston, Lake Garfield, Bradenton, Lakeland, Key West and Marco. He made these visits in order to survey the community for openness to starting a Sunday school, building a church, or improving an already existing but struggling church or Sunday school. The school reports mention trips to various Seminole camps especially in the mid-1930s. There are also references to the major Florida hurricanes in 1926, 1928, and 1935.The collection also contains a photographic record of Linn's visits to Seminole camps. He produced a series of lantern slides that he used in his talks about the Seminole Indians. The collection includes both the original slides (stored separately because they are fragile) and black and white photographs made from the slides. The transcripts of two oral histories conducted at the University of Florida contain further information about his interest in the Seminoles. The oral history recorded on March 8, 1971 describes specific lantern slides in this collection. Photographs show pictures of housing, daily activities, portraits of people, and landscapes.Among the identified images are depictions of a trading post at Okcha-leske (?) meaning "old building" (402), the cell at the Castillo de San Marcos where Osceola was imprisoned (401), pre-1930 hairstyles (403), dredging (possibly to build the Tamiami Trail) (406), a cooking chickee (408), grinding corn in a pop ash mortar (410), grinding corn with a wheel (411), and coontie to make sofkee (419). Specific people identified are Linn with Billie Fewell (412), Wilbert Smith and Linn (413), Linn (416), Billie Fewell (396), Josie Billie as drawn by Ira Dell (422), Whitney Cypress with his family (403), and a man on horseback believed to be Coffey Gopher one of Linn's friends and informants (400).
Restriction: One box of 93 Lantern slides is stored separately from this collection. The slides have been tinted and colored. The collection is open for research, but access to the lantern slides requires special permission.
Biographical: Reverend Alexander Linn (1882-June 29, 1975) was born in Hamburg N.J. and graduated from Columbia University. In 1905 Linn came to Florida at the advice of his doctor. He became pastor of his first church in Tarpon Springs in 1910 and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1914. Also in 1914, he married Lucile Gregory from Quincy, Florida. Between 1925 and 1951, Linn worked for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Southwest and Southeast Florida as a Sunday school missionary. This job entailed starting Sunday schools and establishing churches around Florida. In his travels Linn developed a noted interest in the Seminole Indians and lectured on his trips to Seminole camps. He illustrated his lectures with glass lantern slide images that were embellished in watercolors to make them more realistic. Linn retired in 1951 but continued to work as interim pastor for churches until he had a stroke at age 92.Source: Obituary. Englewood Herald. July 2, 1975.

Record Information

Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: Please use the photocopies of letters provided in the folders. Originals are stored in the last folders of the collection but in general are too deteriorated for use.
Resource Identifier: main identifier - MS 259
System ID: UFEAD00006:00001


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titleproper A Guide to the Alexander Linn Papers
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PO Box 117005
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7005
Phone: 352-273-2755
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URL: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/
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unittitle Alexander Linn Papers unitdate type inclusive 19251951 1925-1951
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origination Provenance: Linn, Alexander, 1882-1975.
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abstract Abstract: Monthly reports and supplementary letters from Rev. Alexander Linn to the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church detailing expenses, salary due, and noteworthy events during his missionary work in Florida. Also includes black and white photographs made from color-tinted lantern slides concerning work with Seminole Indians.
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corpname Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Alexander Linn Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
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Access
One box of 93 Lantern slides is stored separately from this collection. The slides have been tinted and colored. The collection is open for research, but access to the lantern slides requires special permission.
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Usage Restrictions
Please use the photocopies of letters provided in the folders. Originals are stored in the last folders of the collection but in general are too deteriorated for use.
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Related Material
The Library of Congress holds a related collection: The Rev. Alexander Linn / "Our Florida Indians" Slide Show Collection. The collection includes 48 slides and a tape-recorded lecture by Rev. Alexander Linn regarding Seminole Indians of Florida in the period between 1925 and 1945. The collection description is available at: extref href http:www.loc.govfolklifeguideslistofcollectionsL-Q.html http://www.loc.gov/folklife/guides/listofcollectionsL-Q.html
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Biographical/Historical Note
Reverend Alexander Linn (1882-June 29, 1975) was born in Hamburg N.J. and graduated from Columbia University. In 1905 Linn came to Florida at the advice of his doctor. He became pastor of his first church in Tarpon Springs in 1910 and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1914. Also in 1914, he married Lucile Gregory from Quincy, Florida. Between 1925 and 1951, Linn worked for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the Presbytery of Southwest and Southeast Florida as a Sunday school missionary. This job entailed starting Sunday schools and establishing churches around Florida. In his travels Linn developed a noted interest in the Seminole Indians and lectured on his trips to Seminole camps. He illustrated his lectures with glass lantern slide images that were embellished in watercolors to make them more realistic. Linn retired in 1951 but continued to work as interim pastor for churches until he had a stroke at age 92.
Source: Obituary. emph render italic Englewood Herald. July 2, 1975.
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Scope and Content
The collection includes folders of monthly reports on Rev. Linn's work as a Sunday school missionary. These reports are supplemented by letters. As a Sunday school missionary Rev. Linn visited towns all over south Florida including frequent visits to Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Miami, Pinellas Park, Englewood, Clewiston, Lake Garfield, Bradenton, Lakeland, Key West and Marco. He made these visits in order to survey the community for openness to starting a Sunday school, building a church, or improving an already existing but struggling church or Sunday school. The school reports mention trips to various Seminole camps especially in the mid-1930s. There are also references to the major Florida hurricanes in 1926, 1928, and 1935.
The collection also contains a photographic record of Linn's visits to Seminole camps. He produced a series of lantern slides that he used in his talks about the Seminole Indians. The collection includes both the original slides (stored separately because they are fragile) and black and white photographs made from the slides. The transcripts of two oral histories conducted at the University of Florida contain further information about his interest in the Seminoles. The oral history recorded on March 8, 1971 describes specific lantern slides in this collection. Photographs show pictures of housing, daily activities, portraits of people, and landscapes.
Among the identified images are depictions of a trading post at Okcha-leske (?) meaning "old building" (402), the cell at the Castillo de San Marcos where Osceola was imprisoned (401), pre-1930 hairstyles (403), dredging (possibly to build the Tamiami Trail) (406), a cooking chickee (408), grinding corn in a pop ash mortar (410), grinding corn with a wheel (411), and coontie to make sofkee (419). Specific people identified are Linn with Billie Fewell (412), Wilbert Smith and Linn (413), Linn (416), Billie Fewell (396), Josie Billie as drawn by Ira Dell (422), Whitney Cypress with his family (403), and a man on horseback believed to be Coffey Gopher one of Linn's friends and informants (400).
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Contents List
c01
Rev. Linn Papers
c02 container box 1Oral History- March 8, 1971
1Oral History-March 23, 1974
1Obituary- June 29, 1975
1Photograph- Not Seminole Related, Lake Worth Church (?)
1Seminole Indians- (6 Folders) Black and White Prints Made from Lantern Slides, 93 Pictures Total
1Seminole Indians-Miscellaneous Black and White Prints, Color Prints and Postcards
11925- Monthly Reports
11926- Monthly Reports
11927- Monthly Reports
11928- Monthly Reports
11929- Monthly Reports
11930- Monthly Reports
11931- Monthly Reports
11932- Monthly Reports
11933- Monthly Reports
11934- Monthly Reports
11935- Monthly Reports
11936- Monthly Reports
11937- Monthly Reports
11918- Monthly Reports
11939- Monthly Reports
11940- Monthly Reports
21941- Monthly Reports
21942- Monthly Reports
21943- Monthly Reports
21944- Monthly Reports
21945- Monthly Reports
21946- Monthly Reports
21947- Monthly Reports
21948- Monthly Reports
21949- Monthly Reports
21950- Monthly Reports
21951- Monthly Reports
2Original Letters-1929 to 1932, Supplementary letters to Monthly reports
2Original Letters- 1926-1929 and 1933-1934 and 1936-1937, Supplementary letters to Monthly reports
2Original Letters-1937-1944, Supplementary letters to Monthly reports