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A Guide to the Edith P. Pitts Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pitts, Edith P.
Title: Edith P. Pitts Papers
Dates: 1934-1973
Abstract: Reminiscences of University of Florida Presidents Tigert, Miller, and Reitz. Also included are notes and miscellaneous materials on the life of Tigert as well as fragmented correspondence.
Extent: 0.6 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 50
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Edith Patti Pitts was administrative assistant to the University President during the tenures of James J. Tigert, J. Hillis Miller, and J. Wayne Reitz. She was hired by Tigert shortly after his arrival here. Prior to then, Pitts had served as an administrative aide to Senator Claude Pepper. She retired from the University in 1957 and joined the staff of Congressman D.R. "Billy" Mathews. She returned to Gainesville after Mathews retired.

Scope and Content

The bulk of this collection consists of her lengthy reminiscences of Tigert, Miller, and Reitz. Also included are a history of building development at the University, fragmented correspondence, and notes and miscellaneous material on the life of Tigert.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edith P. Pitts Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 "Reminiscences of Three University Presidents". Not Dated
1 "History of the Building Development of the University of Florida from 1905 to 1945 Including Reports on State Appropriations, Federal Grants, Gifts, and Other Resources, Expenditures, Sums Reverting, Acquisitions of Lands and Increased Valuations"
2 Correspondence. 1934-1973
2 Speeches
2 Tigert Investigation. 1945
2 Tigert Correspondence (Transcripts). 1901-1906
2 Tigert Miscellany

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Miller, J. Hillis (Joseph Hillis), 1899-1953.
Reitz, J. Wayne (Julius Wayne)
Tigert, John James, 1882-1965.
University of Florida -- Presidents -- History.

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