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Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/19

First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1892-2018

78 Linear Feet
The First Baptist Church of Fort Muyers, opened in 1892, is one of the frst churches in Southwest Florida. The organization continues to hold religous services in conjunction with Citygate Ministries. The collection consists of but is not limited to documents, books, photographs, and genealogical records of members and families involved in the church.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.05.0172

James Crooke papers, 1921-1945, bulk 1943

1 folders
This collection consists of an oral history transcript of an interview with 2nd Lt. James J. Crooke, who served in World War II. Crooke served in the Army Air Corps with the 303rd Bomb Group in the European Theater (ETO).
FSU Special Collections & Archives: HP-2010-005

Ken van Assenderp Collection, 1963-2010

343.00 items
The collection consists primarily of correspondence and documents relating to Ken van Assenderp's involvement with Florida State University in the years since his time as a student. The Task Force Papers document Van Assenderp's service with a task force appointed to serve under Dr. Leo Sandon to assess and write the Statement of Values of the Florida State University dealing with "responsible freedom, values, and moral standard at the Florida State University". The Florida State University Research Foundation Papers consist of correspondence and documents, particularly drafts of strategic plans and background material, relating to the formation of the Foundation. The Garnet and Gold Infrastructure Papers include correspondence relating to Ken van Assenderp's attempts to set up an organization to inform prominent alumni about issues relating to the university. "Florida State At Fifty" is a draft of a history of Florida State University since its coeducational transition in 1947. The Oral History Papers include an oral history given by Van Assenderp when interviewed by Robin Sellers for Florida State's Oral History Program. The FSU Supercomputing Papers consist of correspondence, documents, and newspaper clippings relating to supercomputing initiatives at Florida State. The Presidential Search Papers contain correspondence relating to Florida State University's presidential search in 2009. Also included in the collection are correspondence between Ken van Assenderp and longtime Florida State football coach, Bobby Bowden. The Forward Tallahassee Papers contain correspondence and documents relating to Forward Tallahassee, a community organization formed to encourage local economic and cultural development. Finally, the Miscellaneous Papers in the collection include correspondence and documents (as well as one photograph) of a wide variety concerning Ken van Assenderp's relationship with Florida State University.
Florida Gulf Coast University Special Collections: 02/01/11

Minnie L. Gatewood Papers, 1892-1900

12 Linear Feet
Minnie L. Gatewood (1875-1944), who married a minister when she was 16 years old, kept diaries chronicling her life in Southwest Florida.  The five volumes of her diary at Florida Gulf Coast University cover her life from 1892 to 1900, and are a valuable resource for scholars of Florida history.  Mrs. Gatewood also kept a "Want Book"—mostly reflections on religious matters such as "Christian stewardship"—with the latest dated entry being from 1936.  The 5 volumes of her diary and her Want Book have been transcribed and digital versions available on FGCU's Digital Library.  FGCU has also prepared lists of names mentioned in the diaries to assist researchers. Mrs. Gatewood wrote mainly of her travels and family life, and her role as a minister's wife.  Her husband, the Rev. George W. Gatewood (1862-1947), was an influential figure in Southwest Florida during his day.  The Gatewoods and their children either lived in or travelled to cities ranging as far south as Key West and as far north as Leesburg.  FGCU also owns a copy of Rev. Gatewood's book, On Florida's Coconut Coasts, which was published in 1944.  Their granddaughter, Hazel Hoffman Wall, donated a copy of her 2006 autobiography, Cracker Girl; A Love Story, in which she writes about her family, including the older Gatewoods.