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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M85- 5
Creator: Boltin, Thelma Ann, 1904-1992
Title, Dates: Papers, ca. 1894-1978, (bulk 1955-1978).
Amount: 3.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Portions arranged alphabetically.
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Biographical/Historical:     Thelma Ann Boltin (1904-1992), affectionately known as "Cousin Thelma," was actively involved in the field of Florida folklore for over 50 years. She was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1904 and moved with her family to Gainesville, Florida, in 1907. Boltin was actively involved with the Gainesville Little Theatre and the University of Florida Players. In 1954, she became the director of the Stephen Foster Memorial Folk Festival after dedicating her energies from its inception in 1952 and served in that capacity for many years afterward.

    Boltin was the first certified full-time speech teacher in Florida and has become known as the "Queen of Florida Folklife," a human institution among the ranks of Floridians dedicated to preserving and collecting folkways in the state. She served as chairman of folk music for the Florida and National Federation of Music Clubs and was recipient of a national award from the American Association for State and Local History for "contributions to preservation and popularization of Florida folkways, folklore and folk music."

Summary:     This collection contains Thelma Ann Boltin's correspondence, newspaper clippings, theater programs relating to the University of Florida Players and the Gainesville Little Theater, plays, poetry, and readings. The collection also contains folk song books and a scrapbook that belonged to R.T. Schaeffer, and Boltin's collection of sheet music, primarily from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.

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Subject Access Fields: Florida. Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center.
Folklife.
Manners and customs.
Performing arts Florida
Women History 20th century Florida
Scrapbooks. aat
Scores. aat
Sheet music. aat
Alachua County (Fla.)
Florida Social life and customs
Gainesville (Fla.)
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