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A Guide to the Records of the Florida State Normal School, 1887-1905

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
September 2006


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Florida State Normal School (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Title: Records of the Florida State Normal School
Dates: 1887-1905
Abstract: Minutes of the Florida State Normal School faculty for 1897-1905, student examination scores, student graduation dates, daily programs (class schedules), and other records.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 5 volumes.
Identification: Series 37
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Florida State Normal School, located in DeFuniak Springs, was founded in 1887 and was the principal state school for teacher training prior to the passage of the Buckman Act of 1905. It was also in 1887 that the Normal School for Negro Students, which would later become Florida A and M University, was formed in Tallahassee. Although the Florida State Normal School was coeducational, the majority of the students were women. Prior to 1901, however, women were not offered teaching scholarships. In that year, the legislature authorized one female scholarship a year for each county. All recipients of the scholarship were to attend the Florida State Normal School. When the school was abolished in 1905, female teacher education was undertaken by the Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee and men were directed to the University of Florida. The last principal of the school, Henry Eastman Bennett, became the first head of the Normal Department at the University of Florida.


Scope and Content

Series 37 contains minutes of the school faculty for 1897-1905, student examination scores, student graduation dates, daily programs (class schedules), and a record of stipends paid to scholarship students. Also included are the constitution, by-laws, and minutes, 1899-1903, of an athletic association organized by the male students.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the Florida State Normal School, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Volume
1 Register of State Normal College for White Students Located at DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, Florida. 1887-1896
2 Records of the State Normal College for Whites. 1897-1905
2A Index to Records
3 Record of Scholarship Students In the Florida State Normal School. 1901-1905
4 Minutes, Constitution, and By-Laws of the Athletic Association
Folder
1 (Folder containing vol. 4 also includes two commencement programs and materials pulled from other volumes.)

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

College sports -- Florida, -- History.
Education -- Study and teaching -- Florida -- History.
Education, Higher -- Florida -- History.
Florida State Normal School (De Funiak Springs, Fla.) -- Sports.
Florida State Normal School (De Funiak Springs, Fla.).
Florida State University -- History.
Teachers -- Training of -- Florida -- History.
Teachers colleges -- Florida.
University of Florida. College of Education -- History.
Women -- Education (Higher) -- Florida -- History.
Women -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc. -- Florida -- History.



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