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A Guide to the Silver Springs Scrapbooks

Finding aid created by Matthew Yozgatlioglu

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Silver Springs. Publicity Department.
Title: Silver Springs Scrapbooks
Dates: 1938-1962
Abstract: News clippings dealing with the Silver Springs attraction in Florida.
Extent: 5 Linear feet. 4 boxes.
Identification: MS 296
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

In the 1860s Silver Springs in Ocala, Florida began its life as an attraction. A major attraction in 1878 was the tour by glass-bottom boat along the Silver River. During the twentieth century, Silver Springs became a location for shooting movies and TV shows, including six Tarzan movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the TV series Seahunt, and The Yearling. Known for its nature themed-rides, Silver Springs is still in operation. For more information see the Silver Springs website:

Scope and Content

This collection contains scrapbooks and fragments of scrapbooks ranging from the year 1938 to 1962 that track the promotion of Silver Springs as an attraction. The scrapbooks contain news clippings that were published throughout the United States, Cuba and other countries. Created by the publicity department at Silver Springs, the scrapbooks were used to document where articles about the park appeared. Many pages contain dozens of duplicates of the same article. News clippings cover the kinds of attractions that Silver Springs offered and promotions featuring celebrities such as "Miss US 441".

The best of the scrapbooks covers the filming of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel, The Yearling, which was filmed in 1945. There are newspaper photos and interviews with cast and crew. In the scrapbook there are interviews with the director, Clarence Brown, along with the stars of the movie Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., and even Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

For more information about The Yearling (both the novel and the film), see the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers at the University of Florida.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Silver Springs Scrapbooks, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from the Silver River Museum in 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection also included six volumes dated from 1954 to 1962 that were in poor condition and contained hundreds of duplicate clippings. Selections of clippings in good or fair condition were removed from each of these albums and the remainder of the albums were discarded.

Contents List

Box Volume
1 1 Scrapbook. 1938-1939
1 2 Scrapbook. 1939-1940
2 3 Scrapbook. 1940
3 4 Scrapbook. 1941
3 5 Scrapbook for The Yearling. 1946
4 6 Scrapbook. 1959
Box Folder
2 1 Posters for "Miss US 441" (features images taken at Florida attractions including Silver Springs, Cypress Gardens, Weeki Wachee, Rainbow Springs and Marine Studios). Circa 1954-1955
2 2 News clippings removed from 1954-1955 scrapbook (includes one photo). 1954-1955
2 3 News clippings removed from 1957 scrapbook (includes two photos). 1957
2 4 News clippings removed from 1957 scrapbook. 1957
2 5 News clippings removed from 1957 scrapbook. 1957
2 6 News clippings removed from 1960 scrapbook. 1960
2 7 News clippings removed from 1960 scrapbook. 1960
2 8 News clippings removed from 1961 scrapbook. 1961
2 9 News clippings removed from 1962 scrapbook. 1962
2 10 News clippings removed from 1962 scrapbook. 1962

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Silver Springs (Fla.) -- History
Tourism -- Florida -- Silver Springs -- History

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