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Record Group Number: 000402
Series/Collection Number: .S 1124
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Public Instruction.
Title, Dates: Superintendent of Public Instruction William S. Cawthon administrative files, 1922-1937.
Amount: 3.00 cubic ft.
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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 Stanmore Cawthon was born in 1871 in Coffee County, Alabama.  He obtained degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Chicago.  He served as the first State High School Inspector from 1909 to 1922.  He then served as Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1922 to 1937.  Cawthon died in 1963.
Summary:     The series contains the administrative files of Superintendent of Public Instruction William S. Cawthon from 1922 and 1937.  The records include letters, reports, court documents, and memoranda on a wide variety of topics.  Subjects covered include appropriations, budgets, land transactions, annual reports, position vacancies, accreditation, universities, state prisons, and other state institutions.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
School management and organization Florida
Education Finance Florida
Added Entries Cawthon, W.S., 1871-1963
Florida. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.