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A Guide to the Ralph D. Turlington Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Turlington, Ralph D., 1920-
Title: Ralph D. Turlington Papers
Dates: 1968-1986
Abstract: Speeches, notes, photographs and miscellaneous papers of Ralph D. Turlington, former Florida Commissioner of Education and state legislator.
Extent: 4 Linear feet. 1 box and 12 volumes.
Identification: MS 104
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Ralph D. Turlington was born in Gainesville, Florida, on October 5, 1920. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1942 and a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1943. After serving in the military during World War II, Turlington joined the faculty at the University of Florida, teaching for three years in the College of Business Administration. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1950 to 1974. He was Speaker of the Florida House in 1967 and presided over the 1968 General Constitution Revision session. He served as Florida Commissioner of Education from 1974 until his retirement in 1987.

Scope and Content

The Turlington Papers include notes, speeches, photographs and miscellaneous correspondence. The majority of the papers pertain to education, and there are two folders of materials on cigarette tax legislation. There are two video tapes regarding interviews with the former Commissioner of Education, Thomas Bailey.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph Turlington.

Contents List

1 Cigarette tax legislation 1969-1972
1 Cigarette tax legislation 1972-1973
1 Undated speeches
1 Photographs
1 Two video tapes - former Commissioner of Education, Thomas Bailey
1 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1968-1971
2 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1974-1977
3 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1976
4 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1979
4b Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1979
5 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1980
6 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1981
7 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1982-1983
7b Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1983
8 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1984
9 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1985
10 Scrapbook: Speeches and Notes 1986

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Bailey, Thomas David, 1897-
Cigarette tax -- Florida
Education -- Florida

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