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A Guide to the Hubbard L. Hart Papers

Finding aid created by Monica Blair

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hart Steamship Lines
Title: Hubbard L. Hart Papers
Dates: 1855-1919
Bulk dates: 1880-1889
Abstract: Small set of business papers and photographs relating to Hubbard L. Hart and his steamship and stagecoach lines in Florida.
Extent: 0.02 Linear feet. 3 Folders.
Identification: PKY Misc. 01,245
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Hubbard L. Hart was born on May 4, 1827 in Guildford, Vermont. He started a stagecoach line through Georgia in 1852 and another in Florida in 1855 from Palatka to Tampa. In 1860 Hart purchased steamboats and subsequently began carrying supplies for the Confederacy. Following the Civil War he expanded his steamship business to transport passengers and materials from Palatka to Silver Springs. Hart's business flourished in the late 1800s as he dominated trade on the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers. He passed away on December 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia, when he fell from a trolley car. His company continued operation of steamships into the 1920s.

Sources: Mueller, Edward A. Images of America: Along the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers. Arcadia Publishing, 1999. Also, "Steamboat Company Documents, 1885, 1887." Florida Memory (The State Archives of Florida).

Scope and Content

This small group of papers relates to Hubbard L. Hart's steamship lines based in Palatka, Florida. Items include steamship tickets, photographs, receipts, and letters. Most of the correspondence dates from the 1880s and concerns business and payments. The papers are in chronological order and undated materials are placed at the end. Some documents of interest include tickets for passage on Hart's steamship line and photographs of his offices in Palatka, a landing station at Silver Springs, and Hubbard L. Hart.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

There are examples of materials online from the Hubbard L. Hart Papers, Archives of the State of Florida, Manuscript No. M81-7 (see also Manuscript No. M86- 4 Hubbard L. Hart; 1 reel of microfilm). There is related material on Hart at the Hargrett Library, University of Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hubbard L. Hart Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History by Steve Hale in 2012.

Contents List

1 Letters, documents, and receipts
2 Photograph 1 - Ocklawaha office of Hubbard L. Hart (probably Palatka)
2 Photograph 2 - Unidentified, likely Ocklawaha River. Margin note reads, "Please return to R.W. Thompson"
2 Photograph 3 - Portrait of Hubbard L. Hart, undated
2 Photograph 4 - Steamer Hiawatha at Silver Springs, FL
2 Photograph 5 - The St. Johns River, view from East Palatka, FL
2 Photograph 6 - On the St. Johns River at Palatka, FL
2 Photograph 7 - Putnam Hotel, Palatka, FL
2 Photograph 8 - Lemon Street in Palatka, FL
3 Photocopies of above materials

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Inland water transportation -- Florida -- History
Steamboats -- Florida -- History

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