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Collection ID: UA1973-1

University of North Florida. Historical Files., 1969-1973

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Terms of Access:
Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
Preferred citation:
University of North Florida. Historical Files. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The Historical Files Collection consists of the enabling legislation, initial site selection and planning documents for the University of North Florida. Documents include correspondence, committee reports, feasibility studies, personnel directories, publicity and press releases, transcripts of interviews, minutes of meetings, and ephemera. The majority of the materials were created by the University; also included are documents published by external organizations, such as the Florida Board of Regents, Florida Dept. of Education, and local media sources.
Extent:
3.00 boxes
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
University of North Florida. Historical Files. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research.

Terms Of Use:

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Historical Files Collection consists of the enabling legislation, initial site selection and planning documents for the University of North Florida. Documents include correspondence, committee reports, feasibility studies, personnel directories, publicity and press releases, transcripts of interviews, minutes of meetings, and ephemera. The majority of the materials were created by the University; also included are documents published by external organizations, such as the Florida Board of Regents, Florida Dept. of Education, and local media sources. Subject files relating to the planning and organization of the University's Groundbreaking ceremony (Sept. 18, 1971) contain minutes, correspondence, invitations, programs, speeches, press materials, newsclippings, and reports of the University Groundbreaking Committee.

Biographical / Historical:

In 1965 the Florida Legislature authorized the establishment of a state university in Jacksonville. State Senator John E. Mathews, Jr. introduced a higher education bill calling for a feasibility study for a Duval County "senior" college. The study, with a positive recommendation for an upper and graduate level Duval County institution, was published by the Board of Regents in May 1967. The first phase in UNF's development was the selection of a permanent location. In April 1968, a Site Selection Committee was appointed, and Jacksonville businessman Gert Schmidt was named chairman. Other members of the Site Selection Committee were Hugh Abernathy, Charles Brooks, Kenneth Craig, Justin Montgomery, Jack Quaritius and John Trekell. On September 4, 1969, after extensive studies and rigorous debate between urban and suburban site supporters, the Board of Regents accepted a 1,000 acre site in south Jacksonville from the City of Jacksonville for the permanent campus. On July 11, 1969, the Board of Regents announced that the new institution would be called the University of North Florida and appointed Dr. Thomas G. Carpenter as its first President. As the founding UNF administrator, he personally directed the physical development and initial administrative organization of the University and assembled a team of faculty, administrators, and support staff. On September 1, 1969, the skeleton University staff occupied its first home: one large room on the sixth floor of the Florida National Bank Building in downtown Jacksonville. In August 1970, after the recruitment and the continuing addition of personnel, the University moved to its second (and last) interim location, the former Florida Chamber of Commerce building on Arlington Expressway. The official Groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus was held on September 18, 1971. President Carpenter welcomed over 600 guests, among them keynote speaker Governor Reubin Askew, state and local dignitaries, faculty and staff, and the general public, including prospective students. After a fast track construction program, the University opened on October 2, 1972, as an upper division and graduate institution with a 2,027-member student body. UNF consisted of only four major buildings and three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, and Business Administration. In 1984 the University admitted freshmen and sophomores for the first time. Three doctoral programs were added in later years: educational leadership (1990); nursing practice, and physical therapy (2007). In 2005, the School of Nursing was named as the University's first Flagship Program, which focuses resources to help transform existing excellence into academic programs with national prominence. Two Coggin College of Business programs – International Business and Transportation and Logistics – and Coastal Biology were awarded flagship status in 2006. The University has developed into a comprehensive urban institution of higher education, one of eleven public colleges and universities in Florida. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters, and doctorate degrees. Its programs are offered through five colleges: Brooks College of Health; Coggin College of Business; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Computing, Engineering and Construction; and College of Education and Human Services.

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Acquisition information:

The materials were collected by the University Archives from various campus sources, including the Division of University Relations and Office of the President

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