C-03. Florida Environment and Natural History Collections
As a strategic collecting area, Special Collections seeks Environmental and Natural History Research Collections that further understanding of environmental history of both Florida and beyond. Collections including, but not limited to, materials about the State of Florida, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico will strengthen existing holdings of Audubon Florida and the pioneering ornithologist Robert Porter Allen.
Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract This collection reflects decades of ecological research undertaken by Audubon Florida at the Everglades Science Center in Tavernier, Florida. Boxes 1 and 2 of the collection represent the earlier history of the research center, including the following two studies, primarily conducted by Alexander Sprunt: I. Life Studies of the White-crowned Pigeon in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean; II. Endangered Species Act - Laws, Regulations, Literature. The remaining boxes are comprised of research...
Dates: Created: 1956-1998; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2016
Abstract This collection consists of materials related to the Audubon Society’s Florida Coastal Island Sanctuaries, whose mission is the protection of the great colonial waterbird populations of the Florida coast, and the natural systems that support them. Materials in this collection include reports from wildlife wardens, Florida sanctuaries, Texas sanctuaries, Whiskey Stump, Green Island, Tavernier, and the Florida Keys. Logs and studies in this collection report on bird populations, landscape...
Dates: Created: 1918-1995; Other: Majority of material found in 1944-1995; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2016
Abstract The Bill Fehring collection is composed of slides and photos that document the ecological health of the Tampa Bay area.
Dates: Created: 1978-1997; Other: Majority of material found in 1991-1997; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2015
Scope and Contents Following Garald Parker’s long career in Florida hydrology, his materials focus almost exclusively on groundwater resources in southern Florida. The “Papers” boxes cover articles and other writings by Parker, along with the “Publications" boxes, which include other writings Parker collected. The “Projects” boxes are arranged around certain cases and may contain correspondence, reports, or court documents. Two other boxes deal with extensive materials Parker collected relating to two court...
Dates: Created: 1939-1990; Other: Majority of material found in 1970-1987
Content Description Six binders currently comprise the collection. Donation is ongoing.
Dates: Other: First donation acquired in 2020.
Dates: Created: 1977-2009; Other: Date acquired: 02/13/2017
Collection — Papes; slides
Abstract This collection consists of slide presentations, photographs, video tapes, bird reports, and promotional and educational materials from the Florida Audubon Society. The materials in this collection document local bird life, conservation projects, and infrastructure issues, as well as environmental initiatives specific to the Florida Audubon Society branch. Most of all, the slides document the educational efforts of the Audubon Society in Florida, specifically in the Tampa Bay region.
Dates: Created: 1900-2005; Other: Majority of material found in 1960-2005; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2015
Abstract This collection contains slides showcasing the natural habitat of the Tampa Bay Area, along with local bird life.
Dates: Created: 1973-1989; Other: Majority of material found in 1973-1976; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2015
Scope and Contents This collection contains approximately 16,100 postcards that represent Florida's culture, environment and history. Postcards depict a variety of images, such as beaches, streets, hotels and government buildings, plants, landmarks, and tourist attractions. The collection primarily consists of postcards from the first half of the twentieth century. Many have been postmarked and mailed.
Dates: Created: 1900-1985
Collection — Annual reports
Abstract This collection consists of publications relating to a bird migration study conducted by Harry Robinson. Robinson has been conducting research in the eastern half of Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area since August 15, 1998. Thus far, Robinson has published annual reports for the first sixteen years of his study of the 10,000 acre Central Florida reserve. Additionally, he has published three five-year reports. His study is currently ongoing and further publications of his research are...
Dates: Created: 1998-2017; Other: Date acquired: 09/28/2016
Scope and Contents Collection consists of the research files of the Hillsborough County Department of Museums developed under the Florida Maritime Research Grant, or PSE VI. The files contain photographs, news articles, brochures, pamphlets, publications, directories, book listings, and other materials. The content of the files covers a wide range of subjects, including steamboats, historic ships, shipwrecks, the commercial fishing industry, the Port of Tampa, and the Tampa Port Authority.
Dates: Created: 1947-1978; Other: Date acquired: 04/30/1979
Scope and Contents The collection includes annual and semi-annual reports, memos, property holding records, inventories, histories, correspondence, memoranda, and publications (1903 to the 1920s). Photographs (1904 to c. 1972) depict company structures and mining and dredging operations in Florida. Also includes records of the white and negro public schools in the “company town” of Pierce (1936-1943).
Dates: Created: 1890-1960; Other: Date acquired: 09/18/1995
Collection — Papers; correspondence; professional reports
Scope and Contents The Jan K. Platt Papers focus on environmental concerns, regional development, operating budgets, and public services, such as libraries and welfare, within Hillsborough County. This collection also includes correspondence, memorandum, and reports from the numerous boards, authorities, and commissions that Platt chaired and served on, in addition to miscellaneous campaign ephemera.
Dates: Created: 1974-2004; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1996
Collection — Periodicals
Collection — reports and photographs
Abstract This collection is composed of records from Audubon Florida's station at Lorida near Sebring. These include environmental reports, documents concerning conflicts with neighbors and violators, internal correspondence, and information on the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park.
Dates: Created: 1935-2010; Other: Majority of material found in 1980-2010; Other: Date acquired: 04/01/2016
Collection — Photographs
Scope and Contents The collection primarily consists of photographs of Lue Gim Gong with the Burlingame family, the citrus grove in DeLand, and the many visitors who came to the family home. Also includes newspaper clippings, legal papers, and a Bible study journal.
Dates: Created: 1886-1935; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1988
Collection — Multiple Containers
Abstract This Rita B. and James Lassiter botany collection primarily contains publications, writings, photographs, and pictures of John Kunkel Small. These items focus on botanical subjects, as well as natural environments of the United States and the Bahamas.
Dates: Created: 1895-1975; Other: Date acquired: 01/28/2016
Abstract This collection consists of the research materials left behind by renowned ornithologist field researcher Robert Porter Allen. While doing research for the Audubon Society, Allen researched and wrote extensively on the flamingo, roseate spoonbill, and whooping crane, among others. His groundbreaking research on the whooping crane, including his identification of Canada's Slave Lake as the crane's northern nesting place, is acknowledged to have brought the species back from sure extinction. ...
Dates: Created: 1920-2000, predominantly 1930-1963. ; Other: Date acquired: 12/01/2015
Collection — Documents
Abstract The Roy Robin Lewis Collection contains books, reports, and field note books pertaining to environmental factors in South Florida, dates range from 1957- 1963.
Dates: Created: 1957- 1963; Other: Majority of material found in 1957- 1963
Abstract The Gandy papers consist mostly of negatives of commercial and aerial photography, but also includes prints and digital materials. Only the negatives, which comprise the bulk of the materials, have been fully processed.
Dates: Created: 1950-2010; Other: Date acquired: 12/01/2010
Collection — Manuscripts; correspondence; photographs
Scope and Contents Materials consist of correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The collection relates primarily to Fuller's activities as a real estate developer during and after the Florida land boom. Subjects covered include farming, fish, Florida natural history, Florida population and economy, geology, hurricanes, the New Deal, and real estate in Cuba, Levy County, Melbourne, Ocala and Sarasota County.
Dates: Created: 1800-1973; Other: Majority of material found in 1918-1973; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1987