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Record Group Number: 000402
Series/Collection Number: .S 244
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Public Instruction.
Title, Dates: Superintendent of Public Instruction letterbooks, 1869-1870, 1877-1913.
Amount: 50.00 v.
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Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction was created by the 1868 Constitution.  In the 1885 Constitution, the Superintendent became an elected official.  The Superintendent headed the Dept. of Public Instruction (1869-1938) and the State Dept. of Education (1939-1968).  Under the 1968 Constitution, the name was changed to Commissioner of Education and the position became one of the elected Cabinet posts.  The Commissioner heads the Dept. of Education and serves as chief state school officer.
    The first Superintendent of Public Instruction was C. Thurston Chase who served from 1868 to 1870.  Between 1877 and 1913, the position of Superintendent was held by William P. Haisley (1877-1881); Eleazer K. Foster (1881-1884); Albert J. Russell (1884-1893); William N. Sheats (1893-1905); and William M. Holloway (1905-1913).
Summary:     The series contains the letterbooks of outgoing correspondence of the Superintendents of Public Instruction from 1869-1870 and 1877-1913.  An index of persons receiving the correspondence is in the front of each volume.
    William N. Sheats also served as the president of the Southern Education Association in 1902, and that correspondence is included in one volume.  Additionally, one volume contains the 1902 correspondence of the managing editor of Southern School and Home magazine.
Finding Aids: Volume listing available.
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Subject Access Fields: Superintendent of Public Instruction.
School management and organization Florida
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Added Entries Chase, C. Thurston, 1819-1870
Haisley, William P., d. 1906
Foster, Eleazer K., 1841-1899
Russell, Albert J., 1829-1896
Sheats, William Nicholas, 1851-1922
Holloway, William M., b. 1862
Southern Education Association.