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A Guide to the Richard McGinnis Collection

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Dewsbury

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2009

Descriptive Summary

Creator: McGinnis, Richard
Title: Richard McGinnis Collection
Dates: 1955-1958
Abstract: This collection consists of photographs of the McGinnis family during the time they lived in Flavet Village 3 while Richard McGinnis was a student at the University of Florida. The photos focus on the life of married veterans who were living in campus housing trucked in from military bases after World War II.
Extent: 0.01 Linear feet. 1 folder.
Identification: Ms Coll. 129
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

From 1956 to 1958 Richard McGinnis and his wife Shirley lived in Flavet 3 which was married student housing. Florida Veterans Villages, or Flavets, were surplus military buildings purchased by the University of Florida to house veterans returning to UF on the GI Bill after WWII. During the time they lived there two children were born, Douglas in 1955 and Cynthia in 1958 just before McGinnis was graduated. While a student McGinnis worked for the University of Florida sports publicity department. After his graduation he worked in the advertising field. He had twenty-one years of employment with Turner Advertising and Turner Communications in Atlanta. He retired in 1983 and then ran a small advertising agency for five years before retiring.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs, most of which were taken while the McGinnis family lived in Flavet 3, a unit of Florida Veterans Villages. The photos are of their family and their friends who also lived in Flavet 3. There also is a copy of the 1956 Flavet 3 Yearbook dated January 1957. McGinnis had been the editor of that yearbook, and both he and his wife Shirley and other veterans had worked on editorial and photographic content, as well as advertising. There is a copy of the Fall 2006 magazine, UF Today which includes an article about Richard McGinnis (the "Vet"), a newspaper clipping (1951) with information about his job as information specialist in the Far East Air Force Command, and a Certificate of Service from the (Flavet) Village Government.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard McGinnis Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

McGinnis, Richard

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