2023 Florida Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! American Archives Month is a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of records of enduring value and is organized through the Society of American Archivists.

  • 31 Oct 2023 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Found it in our Florida Archives!

    Original Note with photos: "Another batch of 'stuff I didn't want to just toss so I hope someone there will be [able] to find a good use for it. ... Perhaps [the curator] can fin[d] a home for them in the archives. Added PS: "(Curator), these look like Cumberland (Istand] photos." Added PS PS: "Dropped on my desk last year... when I was in DC"

    Unfortunately, the answer is No. Our previous Curator could not find a home for these prints, as they fall greatly outside of our collecting policy. Of course, the park's current curator confirmed they have originals and backups in their collection!

    Florence Nightingale Carnegie was the youngest daughter of Thomas and Lucy Carnegie, and married Frederick Curtis Perkins at the Dungeness Mansion in 1901. Dungeness was commissioned by Thomas and Lucy in 1884. The mansion was built on the foundation of an earlier Dungeness owned by Nathaniel Greene. Although the mansion was mostly destroyed by a suspicious fire in 1959; remnants of the building remain on the island as part of the historic landscape.

    But wait, that's Georgia, not Florida! True. Although the images were captured in Georgia, they (almost) ended up in a Florida Archive! Cumberland Island - which is only accessible via watercraft - lies across the St. Marys River, which serves as a portion of our state line.

    However, it's always good practice to keep on favorable terms with your neighbors. During the Carnegies' primary ownership of the island, guests would often ship their luggage (and vendors their supplies) to Fernandina Beach, FL. These were then delivered to Cumberland Island. These coastal islands (and many more) share a rich and storied history, stretching far past the Carnegies, which includes "Frau Doktor Nancy Stafford" of the Stafford Plantation, influence of the Gullah Geechee culture, and stewardship by Timucua.

    Remember, regular sweeps prevent buildup of redundant reference copies, extraneous non-records, and excessive temp/working files - generally things we want to keep OUT of the archives! "Good" archiving doesn't just happen ipso post-facto; instead, we all make micro-decisions on a daily basis that contribute to creating, retaining, or disposing of materials. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your organization's preferences (or legal requirements) regarding deaccessioning, rehoming, or destruction of materials which are not suitable to retain as part of the Official Collection. When in doubt, reaching out to others for confirmation of duplication helps maintain a healthy community of practice - it says, "hey, I thought of you!" and that makes everyone feel a little warm and fuzzy.

    Submitted by: Cara DeSimone, Southeast Archaeological Center 

  • 30 Oct 2023 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rollins holds in its special collections a rare Buddhist manuscript that was donated by Dr Howard Kelley of John Hopkins in 1932, which he acquired from the family of Henry Harkness, an employee of theBritish East India Company. Produced in the early 19th century, this leporello book was made from naturally cream-colored mulberry bark paper in Thailand. The large folding manuscript contains the Chanted Poem of the Monk Phra Malai (Phra Malai Klon Suat) in Thai language written in Khom script. The document also includes multiple folios with paired paintings depicting Buddhist deities andscenes in Buddhism. Traditionally recited during funeral wakes and other important occasions, the Buddhist book of merit tells the legend of the monk-saint who, thanks to accumulated merit and advanced meditation skills, was able to travel between the Buddhist realms of heavens, hells and the human world.

    Submitted by: Wenxian Zhang and Rachel Walton, Rollins College

  • 27 Oct 2023 7:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Palm Beach State College Library Archives has created an Online Exhibit and Resource Guide to honor and recognize the contributions and history of Japanese Americans at Florida’s first public community college. The Yamato Colony was a pioneering farming community of Japanese settlers who came to the Boca Raton area to join Jo Sakai, the leader who started the colony in 1905.Today, Yamato Road and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens stand as a testament to Palm Beach County’s pioneering Japanese Americans.

    Link to the Online Exhibit and Resource Guide: https://palmbeachstate.libguides.com/yamatostudentsofpbjc

    Submitted by: Janet DeVries Naughton, Palm Beach State College

  • 25 Oct 2023 8:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 10, 2023, JM Family Enterprises launched an updated internal social networking platform on Microsoft called Viva Engage. This new tool helps associates to stay connected to one another, share information across departments, and get the latest news from the company.

    The Corporate Archives launched their own Viva Engage community to engage associates about the history of the company. The first post simply asked associates, “What do you want to know more about in the Company Archives?” Simple responses yielded great results, such as, “What is the largest object stored in the Archives?” as well as, “What’s the smallest object stored in the Archives?” By responding with photos of the largest and smallest items, we were able to gain followers of our page and continue our outreach efforts.

    JM Family Social Pages


    Submitted by: Michael Zaidman, JM Family Enterprises Corporate Archives

  • 23 Oct 2023 8:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This National Negro Blue Book application from 1926 was submitted by Rosa G. Holmes Walker, a Black funeral home director and business woman in Jacksonville, FL who was active during the early twentieth century. Her collection, which is housed at the University of North Florida, largely consists of a range of business-related documents, including death certificates, removal and burial permits, funeral home bills and correspondence, ledgers, and receipts. Also included are real estate correspondence and materials from her relatives from St. Augustine, FL, and South Carolina. Significantly, this collection documents the activities of a successful Black businesswoman flourishing in early twentieth century Northeast Florida, and it complements several others—such as the Eartha M. M. White collection and the Rodney Lawrence Hurst collection—that chronicle the experiences of Jacksonville’s African American community during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You can view more of Walker’s collection at https://digitalcommons.uf.edu/rghw/

    Submitted by: Allison Mason, University of North Florida

  • 20 Oct 2023 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library Archives and Special Collections Division has been preparing the Papers of M. Dorothy Neuhofer, OSB, a beloved former member of the Society of Florida Archivists. Sister Dorothy, as she was known to all, passed away in October 2015. She was a tenured full professor and had held several positions, such as University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian and Library Director/Director of Library Services, over her 50-year career with Saint Leo University in Pasco County ,Florida. Sister Dorothy’s Papers delve into her experiences, to name just a few, with the Catholic Library Association (member and past president), Florida State University (graduate study for her PhD in library science), and the publication in 1999 by University Press of America of her doctoral dissertation In the Benedictine Tradition: The Origins and Early Development of Two College Libraries. Her Papers also illuminate the daily decisions during the decades of academic development and leadership of Cannon Memorial Library for which she was responsible. For more information, please contact Professor Carol Ann Moon, Outreach Librarian, at the email carol.moon@saintleo.edu. Sister Dorothy in the Periodicals Stacks at The Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library

    Submitted by: Carol Ann Moon, Saint Leo University

  • 17 Oct 2023 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 1893, Danish-born labor leader, journalist, and land promoter Louis Pio published The East Coast of Florida: Its Climate, Soil, and Products. Originally written in Danish to promote Florida to Scandinavian audiences, Pio distributed about 50,000 small circulars and 10,000 books from his office in the Florida State Building at the Chicago fair. This circular features an advertisement for Linton Manufacturing Co., a Michigan-based lumber yard managed by politician and businessman William S. Linton. Linton, like Pio, was interested in land development in Florida. In 1896, Linton purchased land from the Model Land Company, a subsidiary of the Florida East Coast Railway, and founded a small settlement of Florida’s east coast: the town of Linton. Following several financial troubles in 1898, however, Linton abandoned the town, and it was quickly renamed Delray.

    Submitted by: Kayleigh Howald, Delray Beach Historical Society

  • 16 Oct 2023 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The mission of Martin Digital History (MDH) is to encourage the appreciation of Martin County’s unique history by collaborating with community members and local organizations to collect, present, and interpret relevant digital content.

    The project, orchestrated by the Martin County Library System, is the result of the planning teamwork of several far-sighted community members and organizations, including Sandra Thurlow, Historical Society of Martin County, Black Heritage Initiative, Stuart Heritage, The Library Foundation of Martin County, and many others. So far, we’ve added almost 1,500 digital images and are continuing to add more every week. Please visit the project at http://www.martindigitalhistory.org/

    Submitted by: Georgen Charnes, Martin County Library System

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