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Record Group Number: 000402
Series/Collection Number: .S 1125
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Public Instruction.
Title, Dates: Superintendent of Public Instruction Colin English administrative files, 1940-1947.
Amount: 0.50 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.
    [John] Colin English was born on July 3, 1895 in Alva, Florida. He received his Ph.B. degree in 1917 from Emory University; attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1918-1919, after serving with the AEF in World War I; received his A.M. in 1934 and Ed.D in 1945, both from Columbia.  As an educator, Mr. English was a high school teacher, principal, and county superintendent prior to his election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1937.  He served in this position until 1949.
Summary:     This series contains the administrative files of Superintendent of Public Instruction Colin English from 1940 to 1947.  The series is incomplete, as very few records exist from English's term as Superintendent.  The records include correspondence, reports, resolutions, and financial ledger pages.  It documents the Superintendent's involvement in matters related to public instruction, including school financing and land proceedings.
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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Education Finance Florida
School management and organization Florida
Added Entries English, Colin, 1895-
Florida. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.