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Record Group Number: 000402
Series/Collection Number: .S 1121
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Public Instruction.
Title, Dates: Superintendent of Public Instruction William N. Sheats county correspondence, 1913-1921.
Amount: 2.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by county, then 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.
    William Nicholas Sheats was born on March 5, 1851 in Auburn, Georgia.  He moved to Florida in 1866.  He obtained degrees from Emory College and Stetson University.  He served as a delegate from Alachua County to the 1885 Constitutional Convention and authored the Article on education.  He served as Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1893 to 1905 and was re-elected to serve a second term from 1913 to 1922.  He died in 1922 while in office.
Summary:     The series contains the correspondence of Superintendent of Public Instruction William N. Sheats and various county superintendents between 1913 and 1921.  The correspondence includes general administrative functions such as annual reports, high school surveys, teacher and school board appointments, certification exams, textbook lists, and speaking engagements.  Only the following counties are represented in the correspondence:  De Soto, Duval, Jefferson, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, and Volusia.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
County school systems Florida
School management and organization Florida
Jefferson County (Fla.)
Palm Beach County (Fla.)
Duval County (Fla.)
De Soto County (Fla.)
Pasco County (Fla.)
Pinellas County (Fla.)
Volusia County (Fla.)
Added Entries Sheats, William Nicholas, 1851-1922
Florida. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.