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A Guide to the Russell Kay Papers

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kay, Russell, 1892-1977
Title: Russell Kay Papers
Dates: 1923-1986
Abstract: The papers contain the correspondence, writings (both prose and poetry), photographs, and cards of long-time Florida journalist, Russell Kay.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 Box.
Identification: Ms 195
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Russell Kay (1892-1977) was a California native who came to Florida in 1914 to work for his uncle Edgar A. Wright on The Florida Grower. Kay enjoyed and excelled at advertisement and publicity initially, but later won distinction as a reporter and as editor of the Grower and the Florida Newspaper News and Radio Digest. He also owned and operated the Florida Clipping Service. He organized the Tamiami Trail Blazers Expedition in 1923, and helped get the National Editorial Association meeting of 1941 to Florida. He was president of the Florida Press Association for one year and its Secretary for over 20 years. Throughout his career he was known for his column "Too Late to Classify" which was in publication for over 45 years, beginning in 1935.

Scope and Content

These papers encompass Kay's career from 1923 until the early 1970s, although there is one document written about him after his death. Documents in the collection include photos of Kay, speeches, Christmas cards, personal correspondence, writings (poems, articles, skits, etc.) and various certificates. The collection contains materials from the Florida State Press Association, including photographs and clippings. Also included are articles from the "Too Late to Classify" column and articles concerning the Tamiami Trail Blazers Expedition of 1923. These papers can be useful in studying the Florida citrus industry or, more generally, the Florida press from the 1920s until the 1970s.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Contents List

1 Certificates and awards. 1923-1954
1 Christmas cards. 1938-1958
1 Newspaper Clippings. 1928-1973
1 Personal Correspondence and Miscellaneous documents. 1940-1986
1 Newspaper clippings concerning the Florida Public Relations Association. 1969-1973
1 Articles concerning the Tamiami Trail Blazers Expedition of 1923. 1949-1971
1 Obituary. 1977-12
1 Photos of Russell Kay. Not dated
1 Various writings from Russell Kay. Not dated
1 Florida State Press Association news releases and scrapbook. 1933-1939
1 Writings including poems and skits. 1960
1 Speeches. Not dated
1 "Too Late to Classify" articles. 1933-1972

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Citrus -- Florida.
Everglades (Fla.) -- History -- 20th century.
Florida -- History -- 20th century.
Florida Public Relations Association.
Florida State Press Association.
Journalism -- Florida.

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