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A Guide to the Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Andrew Sledd)

Finding aid created by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

September 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Office of the President.
Title: Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Andrew Sledd)
Dates: 1904-1909
Abstract: Administrative records of the first President of the University of Florida, Andrew Sledd.
Extent: 1.7 Linear feet. 3 boxes, 10 volumes.
Identification: Series P3
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Andrew Sledd, first president of the University of Florida, was born November 7, 1870 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned his B.A. and M. A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1894 and did graduate work at Harvard in 1896. From 1897 to 1902, Sledd taught Latin at Emory College. While at Emory, Sledd wrote a critique of race relations in the South that appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. Although the article supported the continuation of the "separate but equal" doctrine, Sledd's condemnation of lynching was immediately assailed by many white southerners. Amid a hailstorm of controversy, Sledd resigned his position. He then enrolled in Yale's graduate school and received a Ph. D. in Latin in 1903.

After graduating from Yale, Sledd served briefly as Professor of Greek at Southern College in Alabama before being selected as president of the University of Florida at Lake City in 1904. Soon after his arrival in Florida, Sledd urged the state government to consolidate its institutions of higher learning. He quickly won the support of Governor Napoleon B. Broward, and legislation was passed in 1905 that endowed two universities, one for white males and one for white females. Shortly afterwards, Gainesville was chosen as the site for the men's university and Sledd was selected as the first president of the new University of Florida.

Sledd oversaw the transfer to Gainesville in 1906 and selected the initial faculty, most of whom had been instructors at Lake City. His tenure, though, was brief. Under pressure from the state legislature and the State Superintendent of Public Education, Sledd resigned in 1909 and was replaced by Albert A. Murphree.

Sledd went on to serve as President of Southern College and later had a distinguished career as Professor of Greek and New Testament Literature at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Sledd was also a recognized Bible scholar and a force in ecclesiastical circles in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He died March 6, 1939.

Scope and Content

This series documents the administration of Andrew Sledd as presidents of the University of Florida at Lake City (formerly the Florida Agricultural College) and the University of Florida at both Lake City and Gainesville. Also included in this series are a few letters of Sledd's predecessor, Thomas H. Taliaferro, written during the last months of that administration. The series contains letterbooks (outgoing correspondence), letters received, reports, financial records, and publications. Most of the incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Much of the correspondence is with the Florida Board of Control and, earlier, the University Board of Trustees. The Board of Control, predecessor to the Board of Regents, was formed on June 5, 1905 and was the governing board of the public universities of Florida. Sledd's struggle with opponents of his administration is well documented in the series. Other subjects include student and faculty recruitment and student life at the University. Record of an injunction against the move from Lake City can be found in the correspondence files of the business manager.

Correspondence received for 1906 is scant. The letterbooks end in August 1907 and many pages in volumes 1-7 are illegible. In all, the series provides incomplete documentation on the Sledd administration. Regardless, the surviving documents reveal the enormous difficulties encountered by Sledd as he attempted to build a state university.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Series P9 contains the personal papers of University of Florida President Sledd.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Administrative Policy Records of the University of Florida Office of the President (Andrew Sledd), Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Accounts. 1904-1909
1 Articles: An Exhaustive Comparison between UF and Others. 1908
1 Articles: "The University of the State of Florida". 1908
1 Biographical material. 1894-1897
1 Committee on University Extension
1 Correspondence-W. P. Jernigan, Auditor and Bookkeeper. 1905-1906
1 Correspondence, A-B. 1904
1 Correspondence, Beggs, E. D., Bd. of Trustees. 1904
1 Correspondence, C. 1904
1 Correspondence, Carson, C. A., Bd. of Trustees. 1904
1 Correspondence D-G. 1904
1 Correspondence H. 1904
1 Correspondence, Harris, Frank E., Bd of Trustees. 1904
1 Correspondence, I-K. 1904
1 Correspondence, L-P. 1904
1 Correspondence, Parrott, J. R., Bd. of Trustees. 1904
1 Correspondence, R-S. 1904
1 Correspondence, Sheats, William. N.. 1904
1 Correspondence, Simonton, F. M., Bd of Trustees. 1904
1 Correspondence, T. 1904
2 Correspondence, Wideman, John W.. 1904
2 Correspondence, V-Z. 1904
2 Correspondence, A-B. 1905
2 Correspondence, Beggs, E. D., Bd of Trustees. 1905
2 Correspondence, Bryan, N. P. Chairman, Bd of Control. 1905
2 Correspondence, C. 1905
2 Correspondence, Carson, C. A., Bd of Trustees. 1905
2 Correspondence, D-K. 1905
2 Correspondence, Harris, Frank, Bd of Trustees. 1905
2 Correspondence, M. 1905
2 Correspondence, Parrott, J. R., Bd of Trustees. 1905
2 Correspondence, P-W. 1905
2 Correspondence, Simonton, F. M., Bd of Trustees. 1905
2 Correspondence, Wilson, George W., Chairman, Bd of Trustees. 1905
2 Correspondence, Yonge, P. K., Board of Control. 1905
2 Correspondence, unsigned. 1905
2 Correspondence, B-D, H, J-K, M, P, T. 1906
2 Correspondence, A-B. 1907
2 Correspondence, C, F-H, J-K. 1907
3 Correspondence, M, P, T, V, W, Y. 1907
3 Correspondence, B. 1908
3 Correspondence, Nathan P. Bryan, Baord of Control. 1908
3 Correspondence, C, D, F-H. 1908
3 Correspondence, Kellum, J. G., Secretary, Board of Control. 1908
3 Correspondence, K-Y. 1908
3 Correspondence, A-B. 1909
3 Correspondence, C, H, L. 1909
3 Correspondence, A. A. Murphree, Florida Female College. 1909
3 Correspondence, P, R-T, W. 1909
3 Correspondence, unsigned. 1909
3 Entrance requirements and curriculum
3 Legislation. 1907
3 Newspaper clippings. 1904-1910
3 Payroll. 1905
3 Reports. 1905, 1907
3 Reports, Attendance. 1907-1909
3 Reports to the Board of Control. 1905-1908
3 Rhodes Scholarship Committee. 1904-1908
3 Students. 1905, 1907
3 Vouchers and receipts
1 Letterbook. Sept. 12, 1904-Dec. 2, 1905
2 Letterbook. ? -Feb. 25, 1905
3 Letterbook. Feb. 25, 1905-June 30, 1905
4 Letterbook. July 1, 1905-Sept. 16, 1905
5 Letterbook. Sept. 16, 1905-Jan. 29, 1906
6 Letterbook. Jan. 28, 1906-June 2, 1906
7 Letterbook. June 1, 1906-October 12, 1906
8 Letterbook. Oct. 16, 1906-February 10, 1907
9 Letterbook. February 11, 1907-May 15, 1907
10 Letterbook. May 15, 1907-July 30, 1907

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida -- Board of Regents
Sledd, Andrew -- 1870-1939
Taliaferro, Thomas H.
Universities and colleges -- Florida -- History
University of Florida -- Presidents
University of Florida (Lake City, Fla.)
University of the State of Florida

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