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Autograph Collection

Identifier: MS-1974-01
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Scope and Contents

This collections consists of two series. Series one includes signed correspondence, signed photographs and programs, and miscellaneous autographs. Signatures are from notable politicians, performers, businessmen, and distinguished members of the armed forces. These item range from 1826-1950. Series two consists of autograph albums from the United States, 1835-1928. Known publishers of these albums include Leavitt and Allen, New York and J. C. Riker, New York.


  • Created: 1826-1950
  • Other: Acquired 1974


Conditions Governing Use

None.  The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Autograph albums emerged from a mostly Dutch and German tradition during the 16th century. These books were exchanged amongst friends and acquaintances in order to collect signatures, personal messages, keepsakes, verses, and illustrations. European immigrants transmitted these books to America, wherein these albums experienced a height of popularity during the 19th century. The collection was donated by Dr. Ben Gatliff.


1.7 Linear Feet

5 boxes

Language of Materials



The Autograph Collection is a series of materials acquired and curated by the University of South Florida library, including correspondence, photographs, and assorted signatures.The second series in this collection consists of 49 personal autograph books from the United States, with two books written in the German language.

Arrangement Note

The autograph albums are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Autograph Collection
Sydney Jordan
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US