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A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Board of Student Publications

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Board of Student Publications.
Title: Records of the University of Florida Board of Student Publications
Dates: 1933-1971
Abstract: University of Florida Board of Student Publications records, including minutes and financial statements.
Extent: 3.3 Linear feet. 8 boxes.
Identification: Series 148
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The University of Florida Board of Student Publications was created in 1933 to exercise the supervisory functions of the Faculty Committee on Student Publications. Unlike its predecessor, the board also included student representatives. Membership consisted of three faculty members appointed by the President and three students elected by the student body. The head of the Journalism Department served as chair and voted only to break a tie. In the 1950s, an electoral board was created consisting of the members of the publication board, the Honor Court Chancellor, and the Student Body President. The electoral board was given the responsibility for selecting the officers of the publications supported with student fees. The publications board was abolished in the early 1970s.

Scope and Content

Series 148 consists primarily of the Board of Student Publications' minutes. Several controversies over the content of articles are documented including an apparent verbatim transcript of proceedings related to a 1952 incident involving the campus humor magazine, The Orange Peel. Other records include electoral board minutes and financial statements.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the University of Florida Board of Student Publications, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 History of the Board (and organization chart). 1933-1958
1 Alligator - Awards. 1970-1972
1 Alligator - Electoral board minutes. 1942-1947
1 Alligator - Electoral board minutes. 1950-1958
1 Banquet programs
1 Budgets
1 Committee on Student Academic Freedom. 1967
2 Correspondence. 1965
2 Duties of employees and officers
2 Electoral Board Minutes
2 Electoral Board Minutes. 1947-1948
2 Electoral Board Minutes. 1956-1964
3 Electoral Board Minutes. 1964-1965
3 Exhibits and schedules
3 Finance Committee minutes. 1963
3 Minutes (4 folders). 1933-1937
4 Minutes (5 folders). 1937-1947
5 Minutes (5 folders). 1949-1952
6 Minutes (4 folders). 1952-1961
7 Minutes (5 folders). 1961-1968
8 Minutes. 1968-1970
8 Misc. minutes. 1970
8 Notes of executive committee meeting. 1971
8 Policies and charters
8 Study Commission on Student Publications. 1967

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