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Walter P. Fuller papers

 Collection — Container: Manuscripts; correspondence; photographs
Identifier: MS-1987-01

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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.


  • Created: 1800-1973
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1918-1973
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1987


Conditions Governing Access

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

A prominent St. Petersburg realtor, historian, and politician, Walter Pliny Fuller was born on April 6, 1894 in Bradenton, Florida. His real estate career began during childhood, when he purchased several lots from his father using money earned from various jobs outside of his eighth grade classroom. While making payments on these lots, Fuller improved them and sold them at a considerable profit. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1915, becoming St. Petersburg High School’s first paid football coach. He went on to become a licensed real estate broker and was responsible for managing his father’s real estate empire. For two years, Fuller worked as an editor for the St. Petersburg Times and the Manatee River Journal. Between 1925 and 1926, he opened the Jungle Prada shopping center, the Jungle Country Club Hotel, and the Piper-Fuller Flying Field, the city of St. Petersburg’s first airfield. With the end of the economic boom in 1926, Walter Fuller lost much of his fortune. He became a supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential campaign in 1936 before going on to serve a two-year term in the Florida legislature. In 1940, Fuller ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Senate, and three years later, became the chief clerk of Florida’s House of Representatives. He authored numerous publications, including St. Petersburg and its People (1972), This was Florida’s Boom (1954), and History of Florida Cavalcade: Six Lectures (1965). Fuller died in 1973 at the age of seventy-nine. Hartzell, Scott. Remembering St. Petersburg, Florida : Sunshine City Stories . Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006. Print.

Note written by Jean McAllister, 2011


19.64 Linear Feet

42 boxes

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Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged alphabetically by series. Boxes within each series are also alphabetically arranged.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

Fuller Family

Related Materials

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. [Letter] 1931 April 8, Cross Creek, Hawthorn, Florida to Walter, Fuller, Snell Arcade, St. Petersburg, Florida. Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Related Publications

Fuller, Walter P. History of Florida Cavalcade: Six Lectures. St. Petersburg, FL: St. Petersburg Junior College, 1965. Fuller, Walter P. St. Petersburg and its People. St. Petersburg, FL: Great Outdoors Pub. Co., 1972. Fuller, Walter P. This was Florida's Boom. St. Petersburg, FL: St. Petersburg Times, 1954. Civil War Diaries: Robert Watson and Samuel Lowry. St. Augustine, Fla: State Arsenal, St. Francis Barracks, 1992.

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Processing Information


Archon Finding Aid Title
Jean McAllister and Joe Tamargo, 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US