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A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida J. Wayne Reitz Union Office of the Director, 1946-1984

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. J. Wayne Reitz Union. Office of the Director.
Title: Records of the University of Florida J. Wayne Reitz Union Office of the Director
Dates: 1946-1984
Bulk dates: 1953-1984
Abstract: Records of the Director of the University of Florida's student union, the J. Wayne Reitz Union, and its predecessor, the Florida Union.
Extent: 3.3 Linear feet. 8 boxes.
Identification: Series 85
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The first student union at the University of Florida was completed in 1936 and was named the Florida Union. (Today, it is Manning J. Dauer Hall and houses offices and classrooms for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.) Fundraising for a union began in 1921. The original plan was for a student religious center and a campus YMCA. $40,000 had been raised when the emphasis was shifted to general student activities. A local court ruled that the money raised could only be used for a student union if the second floor of the structure was devoted exclusively for religious purposes. Construction of the building started in 1935 after the federal government offered a matching grant of over $100,000 to the University.

Informal meetings to consider a new student union began in 1948. In 1952, the New Union Planning Committee was created. After a brief hiatus, the committee was recreated in 1956 and chose a site by a campus sinkhole for the location of the new union. In 1962, the Florida Development Commission appropriated money to begin designs and construction. Groundbreaking occurred in 1964 and the new student union was completed in 1967. It was named in honor of J. Wayne Reitz, the university's fifth president.

Scope and Content

Series 85 contains the records of William E. Rion, Director of the Florida Union, 1948-1966, and the J. Wayne Reitz Union, 1967-1987. The earliest records deal primarily with the planning and development of the Reitz Union. These records are filed separately and precede the main file. The main file is the director's subject file on Union activities and programs for the years 1946-1984. Several university committees are documented here including the Committee on Public Functions and Lectures and the Committee on Student Organizations and Social Activities. There are also files on student protests in the 1960s. Of local interest are files on the management of recreation facilities at Lake Wauberg.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the University of Florida J. Wayne Reitz Union Office of the Director, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Records Related to the Development of the J. Wayne Reitz Union, 1948-1966

1 Atrium
1 Background Material
1 Board of Regents
1 Finances
1 General
1 Interior Design
1 New Union Planning, 1948-1964 (3 folders)
2 Past Presidents - Correspondence
2 Public Relations Campaign for New Florida Student Union

General Subject File, 1946-1984

2 Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
2 "Albert" - University Mascot
2 Annual and Biennial Reports 1946-1974
2 Attorney General Opinions
2 Bicentennial Palm Tree and Boulder
2 Black Student Union
2 Black Cultural Committee
2 Board of Managers - Agendas, 1949-1956
2 Board of Managers - Miscellaneous Information
2 Board of Managers - Reports, 1949-1950
3 Board for Student Activities/Program Council
3 Building Usage, Nov. 1968 (Individuals)
3 Building Use By Non Students, etc.
3 Charter Florida Union
3 Committee on Fraternities, Societies and Clubs, July 1961-1964
3 Committee on Public Functions and Lectures, 1953-68
3 Committee on Student Organization and Social Activities - July 1961 to Present
3 Committee on Student Organization and Social Activities - Prior to July 1961
4 Committee to Study Philosophy of Union
4 Community Crime Study Group - Crime on Campus
4 Constans Theatre
4 Constitution of Union Board
4 Creative and Performing Arts Committee
4 Dance Committee, 1963-1964
4 Faculty Club (University)
4 Films Committee, 1956-1964
4 Fine Arts Committee, 1955-1960
4 Fires
5 Florida Cinema Society
5 Florida Players Study Committee
5 Florida Union events schedules, 1957-1958
5 German Student Government Report, 1952 (visit by German students)
5 Goals, Objectives, Reports 1972-74
5 Institute of Black Culture Review and Resources Board
5 Jack Kinzer Correspondence
5 D. R. (Billy) Matthews
5 Naming ceremony for the Reitz Union, June 1967
5 New Univ. Auditorium Planning Committee
5 Opening of New Building
5 Orange and Brew Committee
5 Paintings and Prints in Florida Union
5 Policies - Building
6 Protests and Demonstrations
6 Rathskeller
6 Recreation available to student wives
6 Role and Scope Study - 1961
6 C. Arthur Sandeen Correspondence, 1973-1977
6 C. Arthur Sandeen Correspondence, 1978-1981
6 C. Arthur Sandeen Correspondence, 1982-1984
6 Sculpture "Subterranean Movement" At Reitz Union
6 Self Study Committee 1970
6 Self Study Committee Materials and Reports 1970-72
6 Seminole (yearbook) 1973
6 Social Board minutes, 1956
6 Space Committee, Minutes, 1970-75
7 Staff - Manual for Student Employees, 1949
7 Staff - Meetings and conferences, 1954-1956
7 Staff - Night staff reports, 1957-1958
7 Staff - Announcements, 1957-1958
7 Stained glass windows in Union auditorium
7 Student Government, 1962-1979
7 Student Unrest
7 Student Organizations
7 Union Board for Student Activities or old Program Council (2 folders)
7 Union Express-ions, staff newsletter, 1955-1958
8 Union Pond
8 Lake Wauberg - Board records, 1962-1971
8 Lake Wauberg - Correspondence, 1948-1965
8 Lake Wauberg - Expansion and Improvement of Facilities
8 Lake Wauberg - Reports and special projects
8 Lake Wauberg - Student projects, 1966
8 Lake Wauberg - Study Committee, 1965-1967
8 Lake Wauberg - Transfer of authority to Dept. of Intramural Athletics and Recreation, 1974
8 Lake Wauberg - Use statistics
8 World War II, Use of Union during
8 Zimmerman, L. L., Florida Players, 1966-1974

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Student movements -- Florida.
Student unions -- Florida.

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