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A Guide to the Edward Orville Powers Collection

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
June 2010

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Powers, Edward Orville
Title: Edward Orville Powers Collection
Dates: Circa 1890-1900
Abstract: The Powers Collection contains photographs and sketches depicting the Florida Agricultural College, Lake City, and other Florida sites.
Extent: 2 Linear feet. 2 Boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 73
Language(s): English
Online Content Items 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

Edward O. Powers was an engineering student at the Florida Agricultural College at Lake City in the 1890s. He graduated in 1895 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and worked as an electrician in St. Augustine. His father, Henry C. Powers, was an engineering instructor at the college from 1890 to 1897. In 1900, Edward Powers returned to his birthplace in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Scope and Content

The Powers Collection contains photographs and sketches depicting the college, Lake City, and other Florida sites. Included among the photographs are images of students and buildings that also appear in the college catalog. These, and similar pictures that are not in the catalog, appear to be professionally done. Other images, presumably taken by Edward Powers, depict buildings, people, and street scenes. Many of the photographs are part of a scrapbook; others are individual images. The sketches were done by Edward Powers and include College Hall, a portrait of Henry Powers, a wooden schoolhouse in Lake City, Lake Hamburg, and the Hotel Ponce De Leon. Also in the collection are textbooks used by Powers, including two with the college's textbook regulations, his enrollment papers in the Florida State Troops, and a journal containing his chemistry notes and an account of a 1893 trip from Lake City to the Chicago Exposition.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Color sketches of College Hall and Henry C. Powers removed to University Archives Graphics Collection.

Administrative Information

Alternative Form of Material

Images from the Powers collection have been reproduced digitally, and are available as part of 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], Edward Orville Powers Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Processing Notes

All Florida photographs have been reproduced and have been filed in the photograph collections of the University Archives and the Library of Florida History.

Contents List

1 27 photographs and 9 glass plate negatives depicting the Florida Agricultural College, unidentified African Americans, batallion drills, the Duval County Armory, and various buildings and scenes in Lake City, Eulalie, Gainesville, and Jacksonville. Some of the photos are affixed to pages and are accompanied by captions and artwork. Includes one photograph of Edward Powers.
1 Four studio portrait photographs of Edward Powers (including one as a student cadet).
1 Photograph of Edward Powers and the Florida State Agricultural College class of 1895 (including Daisy Rogers).
1 Enrollment papers, Florida State Troops, Wilson's Battery, Jacksonville (4 items)
1 Sketches of Lake City schoolhouse (used as hospital during Civil War), Lake Hamburg, and the tower of the Hotel Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine (3 items)
1 Scrapbook of cyanotype photographic prints depicting Florida Agricultural College, Lake City, and other Florida sites. Do not expose to sunlight.
2 Journals. Organic chemistry notes; account of 1893 trip to Chicago Exposition (3 items).
2 Textbook Vol. 1 Chemistry with text book regulations
2 Textbook Vol. 2 Astronomy with text book regulations
2 Textbook Vol. 3 Human Body with doodling
2 Textbook Vol. 4 New Spanish Reader
2 Textbook Vol. 5 English Literature (2 items)

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida State Agricultural College.
Florida State Troops -- History.
Lake City (Fla.)

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