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A Guide to the Klein H. Graham Papers

Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Graham, Klein Harrison, 1883-1972
Title: Klein H. Graham Papers
Dates: 1919-1966
Abstract: Personal and business papers of Klein Graham who served as the University of Florida's Business Manager from 1927 to 1948.
Extent: .42 Linear feet. 1 Box.
Identification: Ms Coll. 104
Language(s): English
Online ContentItems from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Klein Harrison Graham was employed at the University of Florida from 1906 to 1948. He was born in Deer Park, Maryland, on October 28, 1883. His family moved to Florida in 1888. Graham completed his secondary education at the East Florida Seminary in 1900 and then attended the University of Morganton in West Virginia. He returned to Gainesville, Florida, in December 1906 to take a position as the University of Florida's auditor and purchasing agent. He held that position until the office of Business Manager was created in 1927 and retired as such in 1948. He died in April 1972.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of his writings and speeches, several or which chronicle his long tenure at the University. Included in the collection is a History of the University of Florida Business Office that also provides his memories and comments on other aspects of UF history. A heavily edited earlier version of this manuscript had previously been misidentified as that of Dean of Students R. C. Beaty. The collection also contains a smattering of early university business documents that he retained as well as miscellaneous documents and correspondence. There is also a bound set of testimonial letters sent to him after his retirement in 1948.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

A digital reproduction of the early version of his History of the Business Office is available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Klein H. Graham Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The collection was compiled from four different sources. The first item acquired was the university history that had been mistakenly included with materials from Dean Beaty. More Graham materials were later discovered in the University Archives and later still in papers held by University Historian Samuel Proctor. Finally, manuscript materials were found in Graham's biographical file in the University Archives when processing was completed in 2017, including the final version of this History of the University of Florida Business Office.

Contents List

1 Army motorcycles. 1919
1 Autobiography. 1965
1 Gainesville Baseball Association - contribution to install showers in Gymnasium. 1919
1 History of the University of Florida.
1 Karl Fischer, Beta Theta Pi fraternity. 1958-1959
1 Law Library purchases. 1909
1 Legislative investigation into use of University funds. 1945
1 Miscellaneous correspondence. 1927-1966
1 Miscellaneous documents - Rotary, Florida Educational Loan Corporation, other matters.
1 Purchase of laboratory equipment for Science Hall. 1910
1 Speeches and writings.
1 Testimonial letters. 1948

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Graham, Klein Harrison, 1883-1972
University of Florida -- History.

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