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A Guide to the John Herbert Peck Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Peck, John Herbert, b. 1874
Title: John Herbert Peck Papers
Dates: Circa 1898
Abstract: Papers relating to Peck's activities in Tampa, Florida, during the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 3 Boxes.
Identification: Ms 79
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in St. Mary's Georgia, served as a Merchant seaman; and died in Tampa.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of historical manuscripts by Peck, some family correspondence, clippings, and documents. Manuscript topics include the Spanish American War, early settlements in Florida and Georgia, and the treatment of Austrian Protestants by Roman Catholics. Some of the manuscripts have the by-lines Gravenstein Peck and Radcliffe Peck. Their relationship is known. Although in some of the materials Peck purports himself to have been in Cuba serving with the rebels at the time of the Spanish-American War, the papers primarily relate to his time in, and events in Tampa during the war.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Herbert Peck Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of his daughter, Cecilia Peck Jones Angell.

Contents List

1 Peck genealogy and personal records.
1 "Vultures in the Sky; a true story of the Cuban Revolution," fragmentary, a.mss.
1 "Vultures in the Sky;" continued.
1 Poetry ("To the Ocklawaha River" and "To the St. Mary's River" (2 versions).
1 "Stories of the Long Ago"; "Revelation" and other titles, primarily of the colonization of Florida. Some manuscripts have the by-line Radcliffe Peck.
1 "The Road Behind; Life of Juan Graffen," and other manuscripts. Some manuscript drafts have the by-line Gravenstein Peck.
1 Manuscript notes: Florida history; Spanish-American War.
2 Manuscripts: Florida history; Spanish-American War.
2 Correspondence.
3 Manuscripts.
3 Two journals.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Spanish-American War, 1898.
Tampa (Fla.) -- History.

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