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A Guide to the Dena Snodgrass Collection

Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2004


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Snodgrass, Dena Elizabeth
Title: Dena Snodgrass Collection
Dates: 1812-1996
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, journals, and research files of historian Dena Snodgrass, primarily related to her research of Jacksonville history, as well as the history of Northeast Florida and South Georgia.
Extent: 3.25 Linear feet. 8 Boxes.
Identification: Ms 156
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Historian, economic researcher. Dena Snodgrass was born March 25, 1906, in Thomasville, Georgia, and raised in Kissimmee, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in History with a minor in Economics from Florida State College for Women (Florida State University) in 1929.

After a period of graduate study at George Washington University and New York University, she returned to Florida as a public school teacher and principal in Chipley, Lake City, Holopaw, and Orlando. From 1944 to 1971, she was employed in Jacksonville as Director of Economic Research for the Florida State Chamber of Commerce. Beginning in 1956, she served as a correspondent for the Kiplinger Letter.

She was a Past President and first woman president of the Florida Historical Society (1956), as well as a Past President and longtime Historian of the Jacksonville Historical Society. She was a charter member of the Historic Preservation Council of the Jacksonville-Duval Area Planning Board, and was appointed in 1971 as a charter member of the Jacksonville Historical and Cultural Conservation Commission (now the Historic Landmarks Commission).

A frequent publisher and speaker on Florida and Jacksonville history, she became known as the "First Lady of Jacksonville History." She also served as a member of the Florida Library Council and as a longtime member of the Advisory Council for state parks in Northeast Florida.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, photographs, journals, and research files. The collection primarily consists of material related to her research of Jacksonville history, as well as the history of Northeast Florida and South Georgia. The bulk of the collection is comprised of subject files containing articles, news clippings, copies of legal documents, notes, interviews, as well as correspondence with the family and friends of the subjects being researched. Also included are a small amount of original documents created by the subjects themselves (e.g., correspondence, speeches, deeds, writings). Although most of the research conducted by Snodgrass spans the 1940s to the 1990s, these original documents and copies of original documents date as far back as 1812.

Of particular interest is her correspondence with other historians and authors, such as Canter Brown, Eugenia Price, Richard A. Martin, and Rembert Patrick. For example, there is a great deal of correspondence and historical material related to Price's writings and research on the Fleming Family plantation, Hibernia. Other prominent persons, families, and locations include the Clinch Family, Ft. Clinch, William J. Mills, Ft. George, Z. Kingsley, Fernandina, T. Frederick Davis, W.T. Cash, Charles MacNeill (McNeill), the Summerlin Family, John H. McIntosh, Ortega, and I.D. Hart. Other topics covered include the Civil War, the Jacksonville fire of 1901, the Florida Historical Society, American Indians, the Haile Plantation at Kanapaha, Kissimmee and Orlando, and Spanish land grants.

In addition to the correspondence and subject files, the collection includes a small number of her personal journals, covering 1974 to 1992. There are also numerous photographs, negatives, and slides, primarily covering the same subjects and dates as are covered in the correspondence and research files.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dena Snodgrass Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Dena Snodgrass.

Processing Notes

The majority of this collection was processed prior to 2004. However, several correspondence and subject files included photographs and negatives. In 2004, these items were separated and placed into a photograph group.


Contents List

Correspondence and Subject Files, 1812-1996

Primarily material related to research of Jacksonville history, as well as the history of Northeast Florida and South Georgia. Includes articles, news clippings, copies of legal documents, notes, interviews, as well as correspondence with the family and friends of the subjects being researched. Also included are a small amount of original documents created by the subjects themselves (e.g., correspondence, speeches, deeds, writings). Although most of the research conducted by Snodgrass spans the 1940s to the 1990s, these original documents and copies of original documents date as far back as 1812. Of particular interest is her correspondence with other historians and authors, such as Canter Brown, Eugenia Price, Richard A. Martin, and Rembert Patrick. For example, there is a great deal of correspondence and historical material related to Price's writings and research on the Fleming Family plantation, Hibernia. Other prominent persons, families, and locations include the Clinch Family, Ft. Clinch, William J. Mills, Ft. George, Z. Kingsley, Fernandina, T. Frederick Davis, W.T. Cash, Charles MacNeill (McNeill), the Summerlin Family, John H. McIntosh, Ortega, and I.D. Hart. Other topics covered include the Civil War, the Jacksonville fire of 1901, the Florida Historical Society, American Indians, the Haile Plantation at Kanapaha, Kissimmee and Orlando, and Spanish land grants.

The correspondence and subject files are arranged alphabetically.


Box
1 Angas, Mrs. Robert (Inez Carson). 1945-1987
1 Apalache Trail. 1974 and n.d.
1 Ashley Gang (Joe Tracey and John Ashley). 1970-1991, n.d.
1 Bardin, Marguerite Drew. 1977
1 Barnett Bank (Bion H. Barnett). 1976-1991, n.d.
1 Bartram Trail. 1977-1980
1 Boone, Daniel (in Florida). 1956-1991
1 Bowles, William A. 1966-1991
1 Boyd, Mark. 1955-1969
1 Brown, Canter - Correspondence (Folder 1). 1989-1996
1 Brown, Canter - Correspondence (Folder 2). 1989-1996
1 Canaveral. 1969-1972
1 Cash, W.T. 1934-1944, 1991
1 Chautauqua - DeFuniak Springs. 1886, 1963-1991
1 Civil War. 1939-1969
1 Clarke, Charles (Telephone History in Jacksonville). 1952-1956
1 Clinch, Duncan - Correspondence. 1952-1963
2 Clinch Family. 1961-1994
2 Clinch - Rembert Patrick (Research) Correspondence. 1960-1964
2 Clyde Bar. 1948-1972
2 Collins, LeRoy. 1977 and n.d.
2 Colonial Dames. 1976-1991
2 Customs, Collection of. 1899 and n.d.
2 Dames Point. 1977-1985
2 Daniel, James Madison and Jaqueline J. Murdock Letters. 1814-1841
2 Daniel, Richard P., Jr. 1901-1996
2 Davis, James E. and Flo. 1974-1992
2 Davis, Orville. 1970-1992
2 Davis, T. Frederick Correspondence. 1930-1943
2 DeBrahm, Gerard. 1981
2 DuPont/Treaty Oak. 1980-1988
2 Fatio/L'Engle. 1980-1985, n.d.
2 Fernandina. 1973-1981, n.d.
2 Finnegan, General Joseph. 1957-1970, n.d.
2 Fire (Jacksonville). 1981-1988, n.d.
2 Fisher, Dr. George D. (miniature painting). 1957-1992
2 Flag, Seal. 1964 and n.d.
3 Fleming Family. 1974-1992, n.d.
3 Florida Historical Society Correspondence. 1936-1993
3 Florida Library and Historical Commission Correspondence. 1967-1973
3 Fort Clinch. 1968 and n.d.
3 Fort George. 1887, 1953-1980
3 Fort San Diego. 1981 and n.d.
3 Forts. 1969-1986
3 Foss, R.B. 1942
3 Gibbs Family (George Gibbs). 1962-1995
3 Gifts to Organizations by Dena Snodgrass. n.d.
3 Greeley, Jonathan C. n.d.
3 Hall, Dr. James. 1972 and n.d.
3 Hanna, A.J. (Fred) and Katherine, Correspondence. 1948-1978
3 Hart, I.D. 1982-1991
3 Hartridge, Walter. 1964-1983
3 Hibernia Research. 1978-1979, n.d.
3 Hibernia Research: Fleming. 1976-1980
3 Indians. 1921-1930, n.d.
3 Jackson, George B. Jr. 1992 and n.d.
3 Jacksonville, Founding of. 1965-1978, n.d.
3 Kanapaha. 1975-1976, n.d.
3 Kingsley, Zephaniah. 1955-1995
3 Kiplinger Correspondence. 1962-1996
4 Kissimmee. 1928-1973
4 L'Engle, John, Correspondence. 1857-1895
4 Lewis State Bank, Tallahassee. 1856
4 MacNeill, Charles (also McNeill). 1974 and n.d.
4 Mayport. 1974-1979
4 McIntosh, John H. 1954-1977
4 McIntosh Sugar Mill. 1965-1990
4 Mills, William J. 1977-1979
4 Miscellaneous. 1901-1996
4 Morris, Allen. 1955-1993
4 Moseley, Governor William. 1845-1887
4 Orlando. 1939-1973
4 Ortega. 1923-1988, n.d.
4 Patrick, Rembert, Correspondence. 1948-1966
4 Price, Eugenia - Correspondence. 1970-1977
4 Price, Eugenia - Correspondence. 1978-1985
5 Price, Eugenia - Correspondence. 1986-1992
5 Price, Eugenia - Correspondence. 1993-1996
5 Republic of East Florida Constitution (Photoduplicates). 1812
5 Rinaman, James C., Jr., Correspondence. 1988
5 Rocque, Mariano, Map (Photoduplicates). 1982
5 Rolfe's Mill. 1977
5 San Nicolas. 1971-1982
5 Snodgrass, Arthur T., Correspondence. 1948-1965
5 Snodgrass, Dena - Family. 1959 and n.d.
5 Snodgrass, Dena - Personal (including biographical material). 1972-1989, n.d.
5 Snodgrass, Dena - Writings. 1964-1991
5 Summerlin, Jacob (Jake). 1939-1994
5 Summerlin, Jacob, receipt from J.P. Hughey. 1882
5 Summerlin, Jaspar. 1954
5 Summerlin - Miscellaneous. 1941-1973, n.d.
5 Summerlin, Samuel. 1943-1994
5 Summerlin, Viola Preston, Correspondence. 1947-1954
5 Tebeau, Charlton, Correspondence. 1953-1993
5 Thompson, Mrs. Pauline D. (Pommie), Correspondence. 1990-1991
5 True, David. 1946-1963, n.d.


Journals, 1974-1992

The personal journals of Dena Snodgrass, covering 1974 to 1992. In addition to the chronological files, there is one file of miscellaneous journal entries.


Box
6 Journal - First Volume. 1974
6 Journal - First Volume. 1975
6 Journal - First Volume. 1976
6 Journal - First Volume. January-June, 1977
6 Journal - First Volume. July-December, 1977
6 Journal - First Volume. January-June, 1978
6 Journal - First Volume. July-December, 1978
6 Journal - First Volume. January-April, 1979
6 Journal - First Volume. May-August, 1979
6 Journal - First Volume. September-Dec, 1979
6 Journal - Second Volume. January-April, 1980
6 Journal - Second Volume. May-September, 1980
6 Journal - Second Volume. October-Dec, 1980
6 Journal - Second Volume. January-June, 1981
6 Journal - Second Volume. July-December, 1981
7 Journal - Second Volume. January-June, 1982
7 Journal - Second Volume. July-December, 1982
7 Journal - Second Volume. January-May, 1983
7 Journal - Second Volume. June-December, 1983
7 Journal - Second Volume. August 1985 - August 1986
7 Journal - Second Volume. September 1986 - April 1992
7 Miscellaneous Journal Entries. 1976-1992


Photographs, 1832-1990

Photographs and slides, primarily covering the same subjects and dates as are covered in the correspondence and subject files. The photograph files are arranged alphabetically.


Box
8 Clinch, Duncan L. and portrait of General Clinch. 1967 and n.d.
8 Clyde Bar. 1950-1971
8 Davis, James E. and Flo, with Dena Snodgrass. 1990
8 Epping Forest. n.d.
8 Fairbanks, Maj. George, at his Fernandina home, "The Folly" (includes maps of Fernandina). n.d.
8 Fisher, Dr. George D. (miniature painting of). n.d.
8 Fort Clinch. 1959 and n.d.
8 Fort George Island (Kingsley plantation included). n.d.
8 Haile Plantation, Kanapaha, with five Hailes and three black servants (including Bennett and Daphne). n.d. (ca. 1920)
8 Hibernia Research (including Fleming). 1974-1978, n.d.
8 Kingsley, Zephaniah, home at Ft. George Island. 1978
8 Kiplinger, Knight, and Dena Snodgrass at reception. 1990
8 McIntosh, Eliza Bayard, and shoulder seal of John H. McIntosh. 1983 and n.d.
8 McNeill, Charles (Kingsley's nephew) and his daughter. n.d.
8 Mills, William John. 1832
8 Miscellaneous. 1976 and n.d.
8 Ortega Plantation (Henry R. Sadler). 1977 and n.d.
8 Patrick, Rembert. 1963
8 Seals of Florida (including J.A. Oertel work). n.d.
8 Snodgrass, Cyrus (Dena Snodgrass grandfather). n.d.
8 Snodgrass, Dena. 1924-1987, n.d.
8 Snodgrass Family. 1942-1943, n.d.
8 Snodgrass Family. 1941-1965, n.d.
8 Summerlin, Jacob (Jake). 1943-1944
8 Summerlin, Sam. 1940-1943, n.d.
8 Willis, William (son-in-law of Hester Fleming Williams) with Ms Van Keefe and Dena Snodgrass. 1990


Negatives, 1831-1980

Negatives and slides, primarily covering Jacksonville and Duval County, as well as many of the same subjects and dates covered in the correspondence and subject files. A large number of these negatives are copies, especially those prior to 1930, and the date indicated in the description is the date of the original. The negatives and slides in this series are stored in sleeves within two small negative boxes.


Box
8 President Cleveland at Expositions, Harpers. 1888
8 Capitol, Tallahassee. n.d. (ca. 1890s)
8 Tourist vessel, Ocklawaha. n.d. (ca. 1890s)
8 President Franklin Roosevelt in city. 1941
8 President Franklin Roosevelt in city. 1941
8 City Hall. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Julia Street, Windsor Hotel. n.d. (ca. 1930s)
8 Drew Building, Pedestrians, Street Cars. n.d. (ca. 1930s)
8 Federal Building, Barnett Bank. n.d. (ca. 1920s)
8 Alsop Bridge. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Bay Street, Street Car, Construction. n.d.
8 Menu, Windsor Hotel. 1908
8 Church burning. 1901
8 People on viaduct. 1901
8 Jousting men, horses. 1900
8 Houston Street, Silver Moon Saloon. 1971
8 Houston Street, house. 1971
8 Porter House, Ashley and Julia. 1971
8 "Three Friends" tugboat. n.d.
8 Florida archway. n.d. (ca. 1920s)
8 Mayport Light, postcard, Jean Marie Parsons. 1900
8 St. Lukes. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Cabin. n.d. (ca. 1850s)
8 J.M. Schumacher. n.d. (ca. 1880s)
8 McCoy's Creek, streetcar on Main Street, delivery truck, Florida Times-Union. n.d.
8 Lanier Building. 1972
8 Court House annex, 231 East Forsyth. n.d.
8 Enterprise Hotel. n.d. (ca. 1890s)
8 Brooklyn Mill. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 St. Johns Railway. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Windsor porch, flower bag. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Ortega Bridge. n.d. (ca. 1930s)
8 Flagler Railroad Station. n.d. (ca. 1910)
8 Hotel Seminole. n.d. (ca. 1940)
8 DuPont Oak. n.d. (ca. 1910)
8 Jacksonville Residents, People. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 West Bay Street, looking east. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Watertown Railroad pass. 1972
8 Old House, 915 E. Monroe. 1972
8 Old House, 935 E. Monroe. 1972
8 Old Houses, Forsyth (west). 1972
8 Aerial, North and Southsides. n.d. (ca. 1960s)
8 Grand National Hotel. 1875
8 Bay and Pine Streets. 1875
8 West Bay from Pine, small boy. 1870
8 Bay East from Laura. 1875
8 Aerial, Alsop and Acosta. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Prudential site. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Goodwill Building. n.d.
8 Hemming Park, May Cohens. n.d. (ca. 1970s)
8 Matilda Sibbald Seton (Mrs. Charles) portrait, owner: Elizabeth Hamilton Ingle. n.d. (ca. 1850s)
8 William J. Mills portrait (First Jacksonville mayor). n.d. (ca. 1880s)
8 Charles Hemming portrait. n.d. (ca. 1900s)
8 Court, Cora Crane, Pamphlet at H. Burns Library. n.d. (ca. 1910)
8 Windsor Hotel. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Railroad yard, flood, McCoys Creek. 1903
8 First Fort George Club, site of Ranger's home. n.d. (ca. 1920s)
8 Muncilna McGunda House. n.d. (ca. 1920s)
8 Residence on Ft. George. n.d. (ca. 1920s)
8 Ann's house (slide). 1981
8 Fire at church, brick foundation, Ruibs. 1901
8 Five civil war scenes, people. n.d. (ca. 1960s)
8 Billowing smoke. 1901
8 Federal Building. 1901
8 Fire, 1901, Post Office. 1983
8 House on river. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 West Bay Street. n.d. (ca. 1850s)
8 Houses, McCoys Creek. n.d. (ca. 1870s)
8 Bradbury's Mill, McCoys Creek. n.d. (ca. 1870s)
8 To Ortega Bridge. n.d. (ca. 1920s)
8 Grand National Hotel, West Bay Street (slide). n.d. (ca. 1870s)
8 The Danmark at sea after visiting Jacksonville. n.d. (ca. 1962)
8 Waterfront. n.d.
8 View on Fort George Island. n.d. (ca. 1930s)
8 Fire area. 1901
8 Guller Company, 20 S. Davis. 1975
8 18 S. Davis. 1975
8 Florida Hardware. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Epping Forest, dock. 1972
8 Epping Forest, interior. 1972
8 Epping Forest, exterior. 1972
8 West Bay Street, first railroad terminal used during building of Flagler station. 1980
8 Hyacinths, flood. 1903
8 West Forsyth at Laura. 1908
8 Waterfront, northside. n.d. (ca. 1960s)
8 Alsop Bridge. 1940
8 City Hall. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Waterfront, northside. n.d. (ca. 1960s)
8 Hemming Park. n.d. (ca. 1960s)
8 Aerial view, northside. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Aerial view, southside. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Dyal-Upchurch Building. n.d. (ca. 1950s)
8 Six pictures of crackers. n.d. (ca. 1890s)
8 Ortega Pier (copyright, John Roff). n.d. (ca. 1970s)
8 Ocean House near Fort George, Ward's Island. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Map, Rolfe, 1773 copy, Spanish land grant, R1 Con. Kings Road route. n.d.
8 Mr. Bean of Ft. George Island and his "bus" waiting to take ferry. n.d. (ca. 1940s)
8 Ox cart, tourist entertainment (slide). n.d. (ca. 1870s)
8 Acosta Bridge opening. 1921
8 Lumber mill, Jacksonville. n.d.
8 Fort George Hotel (includes slide). n.d. (ca. 1880s)
8 Seacloud at Jacksonville. n.d.
8 Seacloud departing Jacksonville en route to Dominican Republic. n.d.
8 Seacloud at Jacksonville. n.d.
8 Seacloud in ocean leaving Jacksonville. n.d.
8 Seacloud at Jacksonville. n.d.
8 Danmark at Jacksonville entering port. n.d.
8 Danmark in ocean at Jacksonville. n.d.
8 Danmark sails into surf, mouth of St. Johns River. n.d.
8 Danmark at Jacksonville in ocean leaving Jacksonville (photo by Elsner). n.d.
8 J.H. McIntosh, sugar mill, St. Mary's. 1981
8 British Land grant given to Castillo. n.d.
8 Willey letter regarding St. Johns. 1831
8 Ortega Bridge (made from 1920s postcard). 1979
8 President Carter cruises over Jacksonville, Sky jumper lands on river barge, Florida Theatre Building. 1980
8 Receipt from W.J. Mills to Hendricks Ferry, Cowford (1836). 1980
8 Painting: "The City of Jacksonville", owned by Jacksonville Historical Society. n.d.
8 Fitzpatrick Broward, house ruin, Cedar Point (built 1790s). 1979
8 Trees, Hibernia. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Fleming House, Hibernia. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Dock at Hibernia. n.d. (ca. 1900)
8 Second Florida state seal designed by Governor Moseley. n.d. (ca. 1846)



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