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A Guide to the University of Florida Alumni Association Records

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005


Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida Alumni Association
Title: University of Florida Alumni Association Records
Dates: 1912-1973
Abstract: A written history of the Alumni Association covering 1906-1972, an office operational guide, minutes from meetings, correspondence of Robert Colder Beaty, the by-laws, charter, and constitution of the association, and the correspondence of some of the past presidents of the Alumni Association.
Extent: 2 Linear feet. 5 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 19
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The University of Florida Alumni Association was formed in 1906 by the fourteen graduates of the Class of 1906. Male graduates of all institutions abolished by the 1905 Buckman Act were eligible for membership as well. The first president of the Alumni Association was Warren A. Munsell (1906-1910). During the years prior to 1923, the Alumni Association tasks were undertaken by special committees or by the president and secretary. In 1923 a Council of seven members was appointed. The Council had three main concerns: 1) state support for the University, 2) an endowment fund, and 3) athletics. In an effort to disseminate news about the University to alumni as well as to appeal for funds the Alumni Association began publishing the Florida Alumnus. The first issue was September 1926. The Association also appointed its first director, Harry L. Thompson, who served from 1924-1926.

Robert Colder Beaty served as Director of the Alumni Loyalty Fund after he retired as Dean of Students in 1965. Beaty later acted as a consultant to the Vice President for University Relations and Development.


Scope and Content

The materials contained in this collection include a history of the Alumni Association covering the years 1906-1972, an office operational guide, minutes from meetings, the by-laws, charter, and constitution of the association, and the correspondence of some of the past presidents of the Alumni Association. Also included is the correspondence of Robert Colder Beaty. The history, which was compiled by Beaty, is of particular interest as it documents the growth and evolution of the Alumni Association from its beginnings until 1973. The collection also contains the minutes of the University of Florida Endowment Corporation, predecessor to the University of Florida Foundation. Of note are the records related to alumni who died in World War II, files on the planning and construction of Century Tower and an alumni hall that was not built, and information on the introduction of the class ring in 1934 in the correspondence of Ralph Stoutamire.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University of Florida Alumni Association Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The records in this collection came from the papers of Dean Beaty, from files given to the Archives by President J. Wayne Reitz (who served as a consultant to the Florida Foundation after his tenure as University President), and from the association, itself.


Contents List

Box
1 Articles of incorporation, by-laws, constitution
1 Minutes, 1912-1927
1 Minutes (incomplete), 1945-1968
1 University of Florida Endowment Corporation, Minutes, 1934-1963
1 Miscellaneous
1 Committees
1 Committee on Appreciation of Dr. Tigert, 1947
1 Office Operational Guide
1 Records on UF alumni who died in WWII: Abernathy - Ford
2 Records on UF alumni who died in WWII: Ford - McDonnell
2 Records on UF alumni who died in WWII: MacDowell - Youngblood
2 Records related to Century Tower
3 Records related to Century Tower
3 Correspondence - Chillingsworth, C. E., 1920-1943
3 Correspondence - Cone, Admiral Hutchison I
3 Correspondence - Crofton, L. C.
3 Correspondence - Foster, Leo, 1947-1953
3 Correspondence - Garrett, George P., 1923-1939
3 Correspondence - Herlong, A. Syd, 1939-1951
3 Correspondence - Miller, J. Hillis, 1950-1952
3 Correspondence - Moore, James W.
3 Correspondence - Murphree, John A. H.
3 Correspondence - Overman, Charles H.
3 Correspondence - Shands, W. A.
3 Correspondence - Shelley, Paul, 1938-1967
3 Correspondence - Stoutamire, Ralph, 1920-1949
4 Correspondence - Terry, Royal Perkins
4 Correspondence - Watts, Lin F.
4 Correspondence - Yon, Everett M., 1934-1942
4 Records of R. C. Beaty, Alumni Association History
4 Records of R. C. Beaty, Alumni Loyalty Fund, 1960-1965
4 Records of R. C. Beaty, Development Consultant, 1965
5 Records of R. C. Beaty, Development Consultant, 1965-1973

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