The Online Catalog
allows searching and browsing of information about the State Archives of Florida's
holdings of over 40,000 cubic feet of state and local government records
and historical manuscripts. The catalog provides descriptions of over
2,700 collections and lists the contents of containers and folders in
many of those collections.
50000 photographs (negatives, including some acetate) 8x10,4x5,35m
Alphabetical by studio patron's name.
Terms Governing Use:
John Gordon "Jack" Spottswood Junior was the son of a Jacksonville stock claim agent. Jack Junior did free-lance photography and worked as an assistant sports editor and photographer for the Florida Times-Union before establishing an independent photographic studio in 1915. Jack's son, John Gordon Spottswood (known as Gordon or J. Gordon), graduated from Bolles Military Academy in 1943, then served in the United States Navy during World War II running a photography lab in Jacksonville with prisoners of war under his supervision. After the war, Gordon went to work as a photographer in Spottswood Studio, later known as Jack Spottswood Photography (or Jack Spottswood Studio). After Jack's death (ca. 1950), Gordon operated the studio for several decades, then closed it and established a studio in his home to continue taking portraits. Gordon became the first certified forensic photographer in the state and the first lifetime member of the Professional Photographers of Florida. Gordon Spottswood died March 22, 2009.
This collection consists of over 50,000 images comprising five decades of photography by Jack and Gordon Spottswood. As commercial photographers, the Spottswoods were kept on retainer by the Seaboard Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and they did a considerable amount of work for real estate agencies and for insurance companies photographing accident scenes. As a result, the collection contains numerous images of Jacksonville-area street scenes, businesses, churches, hotels, theaters, and trains, as well as studio portraits and wedding photographs. Among the images in this collection are stores, restaurants, banks, automobile dealerships, service stations, and other businesses; synagogues, churches, choirs, and pastors and their families; scouting groups, political organizations, athletic clubs, charitable organizations, fraternal organizations, and other clubs and civic organizations; construction sites and equipment; funerals and wakes; railroad train engines, crews, passenger cars, freight cars, tracks, yards, and terminals; other transportation images, including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, ships and boats, and planes; residences, including private homes, apartments, and housing projects; school buildings, groups, and events, including public and private high schools, vocational schools, military academies, and business colleges; sporting groups and events; and advertising displays for banks, stores, food manufacturers, and other businesses. Women are well represented in the collection. Areas of particular interest are postmortem photographs, women working in health care, and union strike photographs.
Searchable index available on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at http://www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/
Index to negative envelopes organized by broad subject categories (e.g. animals, businesses, churches, transportation, etc.) and therein alphabetical by name or subject of negative(s) in each envelope.
Additional Physical Form:
Contact prints of the oldest negatives are available in the Florida Photographic Collection.
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
This collection was found in a Jacksonville second-hand store by the donor and was purchased from him by the Florida State University Library for the Florida Photographic Collection.
Photographs are published on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at http://www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/
Spottswood, Jack d. ca. 1950 (John Gordon), Spottswood, Gordon d. ca. 1976 (John Gordon),
Jack Spottswood Photography Spottswood Studio Jack Spottswood Studio
Photography Women History 20th century Florida Women in medicine Florida Commercial photography
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