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A Guide to the Bert Clair and Ruth Lemon Riley Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2008


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Riley, B. C. (Bert Clair), 1891-1962
Creator: Riley, Ruth Lemon, d. 1979
Title: Bert Clair and Ruth Lemon Riley Papers
Dates: 1918-1963
Abstract: Records of Bert Claire Riley, an instructor and university administrator at the University of Indiana, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Florida. Also includes the papers of his wife, Ruth Lemon Riley.
Extent: 5.2 Linear feet. 13 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 11
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Bert Clair Riley was the first director (later dean) of Florida's General Extension Division (GED). He was born in Rockford, Illinois, on November 12, 1891. He received an A.B. degree in 1912 at the University of Iowa and a B.S.A. from the University of Missouri in 1914. His first extension position was at the University of Indiana. In 1917, he was appointed director of Arkansas's GED. Riley was also active in Chautauqua programs at both Indiana and Arkansas. In 1919, Florida created its GED and Riley came to the University of Florida to organize its headquarters. Riley was also influential in extension work on the national level. He served as the vice-president of the National University Extension Association (NUEA) for 1921-1922 and as president in 1939-1940. He was president of the Southern Colleges and University Extension Association from 1922 to 1924.

Riley is remembered best as the founder of Florida Blue Key. The first Blue Key chapter was formed at the University of Florida in 1924 as a temporary committee of student leaders set up to arrange that year's Homecoming and Dad Day's celebrations. Riley also served as a civilian aide to the U. S. Department of War and later held the rank of major. He died June 28, 1962, two days prior to his scheduled retirement from the University of Florida.

Bert Riley was married to Ruth Lemon in April, 1912. Ruth Lemon Riley also participated in extension work and served as head of Florida GED's Department of Public Information and General Services. She was active in Cardinal Key, a national honorary sorority, and was its executive director from 1933 to 1963. She died in May, 1979.


Scope and Content

The collection includes limited record of Bert Riley's involvement in Arkansas's GED and the Redpath Chautauquas. Included are photographs, flyers, and brochures related to Chautauqua events. Of special note in this regard are photographs and memoranda related to a Farmers' Chautauqua in Batesville, Arkansas. Other photographs of Arkansas include images of goat farms and farm families near Bentonville and Eureka Springs, the Chemistry Building at the University of Arkansas, and faculty of the General Extension Division. There are substantial files on Blue Key and Cardinal Key, the Florida State Fairs of 1921-1923, Riley's activities as an aide to the War Department, and General Extension work in Florida.

Most of the collection is arranged in an alphabetical subject file. However, many letters were found without folders and unidentified. These have been arranged chronologically under the heading "General Correspondence."


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bert Clair and Ruth Lemon Riley Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Box
1 Adult Education Conferences. 1926-1927, 1929, 1935
1 Alexander Hamilton Institute. 1919-1921
1 Alpha Delta Sigma.
1 Alpha Phi Omega. 1957-1959
1 Arkansas. 1919
1 Arkansas College of Agriculture, Articles and Clippings. 1919
1 Atlantic Monthly. 1945
1 American Prison Assoc., Meeting in Jacksonville. 1921
1 Attorney General (Florida). 1946
1 Autographs. 1930-1952
1 Awards.
1 Biographical.
1 Biographical-Articles and Clippings. 1958, 1959, 1961, 1965
1 Biographical-Honorary Doctor of Laws, Franklin College. 1960
1 Biographical-Clippings and Articles. 1921
1 Blue Key.
2 Blue Key-Biographical Materials-B.C. Riley.
2 Blue Key-Bulletins. 1960
2 Blue Key-Chapter Presidents. 1929-1930
2 Blue Key-Circle of Concern. 1957-1958
2 Blue Key-Convention. 1936-1958, 1965
2 Blue Key-Correspondence Chapters: General. 1934, 1936, 1943-1960
2 Blue Key-History File.
2 Blue Key-Society-Balfour Co. 1923-1926
2 Blue Key-Maloof, Louis J. (Field Representative). 1958
2 Blue Key-Omicron Delta Kappa and Baird's Manual.
2 Blue Key-Pamphlets.
2 Blue Key-35th Anniversary. 1959
2 Blue Key-Speeches, N.D. 1957
2 Blue Key-Status. 1934
2 Blue Key-Student Leader Handbook, N. D.
3 Cardinal Key-Adams State College. 1960-1962
3 Cardinal Key-Alabama Polytechnic Institute. 1938-1942, 1947-1950, 1958-1962
3 Cardinal Key-Arizona State College. 1947-1959
3 Cardinal Key-California State Polytechnic College. 1960-1961
3 Cardinal Key-Chico State College. 1938-1942, 1947-1962
3 Cardinal Key-Concord State Teachers College. 1939-1941
3 Cardinal Key-Concord College. 1949-1962
3 Cardinal Key-Constitution and By-Laws.
3 Cardinal Key-Cumberland University. 1942, 1942-1945
3 Cardinal Key-Doane College. 1935-1941, 1945-1962
3 Cardinal Key-Emory and Henry College. 1948-1962
4 Cardinal Key-Financial Statements. 1940-1953
4 Cardinal Key-Hendrix College. 1949-1961
4 Cardinal Key-Idaho, U. of. 1933-1942
4 Cardinal Key-Kent State. 1934
4 Cardinal Key-Kent State University. 1946-1962
4 Cardinal Key-Loyola University. 1952-1961
4 Cardinal Key-Lynchburg College (Sample File). 1961-1962
4 Cardinal Key-Macon. 1941
4 Cardinal Key-Mercer University. 1938-41, 1953, 1961-62, 1947-1962
5 Cardinal Key-Midland College. 1932-1942, 1943-1962
5 Cardinal Key-Mississippi State College. 1954
5 Cardinal Key-Nebraska State Teacher's College. 1938-1942, 1947-1962
5 Cardinal Key-Nebraska Weslyan University. 1948-1951, 1962
5 Cardinal Key-New Mexico State Teacher's College. 1933-1938, 1951-1962
5 Cardinal Key-News. 1937-1942
5 Cardinal Key-Potential Chapters. 1946-1962
5 Cardinal Key-Northeastern Missouri State Teacher's College. 1949-1961
5 Cardinal Key-Oklahoma City University. 1934-1941
5 Cardinal Key-Southeastern Teacher's College. 1939-1942
5 Christian Symbolism. 1934
5 Civil Works Administration.
6 Civilian Aide to the Military. 1921-1929
6 Civilian Aide to the Military. 1930-1953
6 Coleman Estate. 1932
6 Committee on the Armed Forces Education Program.
6 Correspondence-Between Bert and Ruth Riley.
6 Correspondence-General. 1918-1919
6 Correspondence-General. 1920-1929
6 Correspondence-General. 1921
7 Correspondence-General. 1930-1939
7 Correspondence-General. 1934-1938
7 Correspondence-General. 1940-1962
7 Riley. 1960-1961
7 Dad's Day Early Programs.
7 Diary. 1917
7 Earman, Joe Daily Palm Beach Post. 1919-1920
7 Extension.
7 Extension-Correspondence. 1920-1932
7 Extension-Defense Activities. 1941-1942
7 Extension-Division Organization.
7 Extension-General. 1928-1936
7 Extension-Newspaper Clippings and publicity.
7 Extension-Organization and Planning. 1921-1936
8 Extension-Organization Survey. 1946
8 Extension-Regulations and Rules. 1938
8 Extension-Service Plans. 1929
8 Extension-Status (National). 1949-1950
8 Extension-Teaching, Questionnaire Replies on Policies and Regulations. 1929
8 Federal Land Bank. 1935-1937
8 Florida Federation of Labor. 1937-1939
8 Florida National Exhibits.
8 Florida State Fair. 1921-1923
8 Florida State Fair-Exposition. 1921
8 Florida State Fair-Toy Villages. 1921
8 Florida State Fair-Vocational Men's, Language, and Phys. Ed. Exhibits. 1921
8 Florida State Fair-Jax., Tampa. 1919
8 Florida State Fair-Jax, Tampa. 1922
9 Gainesville Garden Club. 1954-1961
9 Gainesville Rotary Club. 1919-1936
9 Homecoming, Guest's Register. 1926
9 Honor Societies. 1956
9 Hotel Thomas. 1960
9 Inter American Relations in the Field of Education-Dept. of State. 1939-1940
9 Juhan, Frank A. (Bishop). 1946-1947
9 Junior Colleges. 1926-1927
9 Kanna-A-Way Park. 1925
9 Kanna-A-Way Park-Bulb Farms. 1931-1933
9 Kiwanis International. 1956, 1959
9 The Law of Spirit (written by Riley while a student at Westminster), N. D.
9 Letters of Congratulations.
9 Letters of Congratulations-40 Years Service. 1959
10 Letters of Congratulations-35th Anniversary of Blue Key. 1959
10 Letters of Congratulations-40 Years of Service. 1959
10 Military-Biographical and Educational Materials. 1928, 1936
10 Mortar Board.
10 National University Extension Assoc. 1939-1941
10 National University Extension Assoc.-Letters of Congratulations.
10 National University Extension Assoc.-Southern Directors. 1922
10 National University Extension Assoc.-Speech. 1940
11 Northeast Missouri State Teachers.
11 Orientation Conference.
11 Personal Effects.
11 Personal Effects, Chautauqua Materials.
11 Personal Papers, Property, and Legal Matters.
11 Phi Delta Kappa. 1939, 1951-1955
11 Phi Delta Theta Convention. 1924-1926; 1960
11 Phi Kappa Phi.
11 Publicity and Radio Speeches.
11 Protestant Episcopal Church Correspondence. 1944-1947
12 Real Estate.
12 Real Estate. 1937
12 Real Estate Appraisal Institute.
12 Reserve Officers' Assoc.
12 Rotary International. 1919, 1922, 1935
12 Signature--Notables. 1932-1961
12 Social Fraternities Materials. 1955
12 Southeastern Assoc. on Adult Education Annual Meeting. 1948
12 Southeastern Assoc. on Adult Education-Report on Inter-Institutional Cooperation. 1949
12 Tigert, John J. 1939-1946
13 Waldo Farms. 1924-1926, 1938
13 Westminster College. 1954
13 Women's Auxiliary (District #2), Diocese of Florida; Minutes. 1920-1927
13 Works Progress Administration. 1942-1943
13 WRUF.
13 Southern Regional Education Board.
13 State Defense Council Expenses. 1942-1945
13 Photographs.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Agricultural exhibitions -- Arkansas
Batesville (Ark.)
Bentonville (Ark.)
Cardinal Key
Chautauquas
Eureka Springs (Ark.)
Fairs -- Florida
Florida Blue Key (Fraternity)
Riley, Ruth Lemon d. 1979
University extension -- Arkansas
University extension -- Florida
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville campus)
University of Florida. General Extension Division.



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