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Proper citation must be given to Dr. Boyd for quotes taken from any of his research, published or unpublished.
Mary Bailey Lewis was the spouse of William Lewis. She was very involved with local history, collecting materials on the Lewis family history, Florida history, and on prominent Florida writers. The Lewis family was a prominent Tallahassee family, active in the financial, social and civic life of Tallahassee and Leon County, Florida. Benjamin Cheever (B.C.) Lewis came to Tallahassee in the 1830s. In 1856, he entered banking. His three sons, George, Edward, and William, followed him in the banking business, forming B.C. Lewis and Sons, which was later named the Lewis State Bank. B. C. Lewis died in 1880; his son, Edward Lewis, died in 1901. In 1929, William and Mary Lewis resigned from the bank. The bank was continually under the Lewis family ownership until it became a part of First Florida Bank in 1974. Dr. Mark Frederick Boyd (1889-1968) was an internationally known doctor in the field of public health and tropical medicine, as well as a published Florida historian. In 1931, Dr. Boyd established a research laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida, and worked for the State Board of Health of Florida from 1947 to 1952. His work in tropical diseases, especially malaria, earned him the Brumpt Award in 1953. He was elected President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine, and received awards for his achievements in tropical medicine.
Dr. Boyd's other primary interest was in Spanish colonial history, especially the settlement of Florida. He served as president of the Florida Historical Association and as a historian for Florida's National Parks. In 1951, Dr. Boyd co-authored the book "Here They Once Stood: The Tragic End of the Apalachee Missions," with Hale Smith and J. W. Griffin. In addition to these pursuits, Boyd studied and published in astronomy, ecology and botany. Because of his interest in Florida history, Dr. Boyd acquired the historical files from the Mary Lewis estate for his research files. Lewis and Boyd both often conducted research for the Tallahassee Historical Society.
The Historical Records Survey (HRS) was a federal work relief program designed to identify and preserve historical records throughout the nation. Administered through the Federal Writers Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, HRS activities included transcribing original documents, creating soundexes for federal censuses, and publishing lists of cemetery records, historic maps, school records and military records. They also conducted hands-on surveys of local, state, and national records to identify series for archiving. On the state level, the HRS was administered through the Florida Writers Project and the State Library Board. Administrative costs were shared by the state and Federal government.
This manuscript collection consists of the historical research files of Mary Lewis, acquired and organized by Dr. Mark Boyd. Covering the years 1888 to 1942, the files range from family history, to WPA typescripts and weekly reports, to drafts of historical manuscripts. The Lewis family historical files include receipts, maps, speeches, and collected ephemera such as invitations to the 1901 Presidential inaugurations, fraternal organization publications, and Key West broadsides. Also included are three maps: one from the 1920s showing real estate plots in Pensacola; another of the Everglades drainage district in 1915; and the third a 1915 rail map for the Florida East Coast Railway. There are also weekly reports -- from June 1937 to December 1938 -- of the WPA's Florida Historic Records Survey. Finally, there are several typed manuscripts by various Florida historians, including Dr. Boyd and William T. Cash. Overall, the papers provide not only information on Florida history from the 1880s to the 1940s, but also document the efforts to research and preserve the state's history in the first half of the twentieth century.
For more on Mark Boyd and his research, see the Mark Boyd Papers collection, M86-40. For more information on the Lewis Family, see the Lewis Family Papers, M87-38. Also, for additional material from Dr. Boyd's Mary Lewis historical files, see the Mark F. Boyd collection at the University of Miami. A collection description and finding aid can be found at http://www.library.miami.edu/archives/papers/boyd.html
Finally, for more records relating to the WPA's Florida Historic Records Survey, see series S 1935 -- Florida Historical Records Survey files, 1936-1938.
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Lewis family. Lewis, George Edward, 1880-1972
Lewis State Bank (Tallahassee, Fla.) Tallahassee Historical Society. Works Progress Administration (U.S.) Federal Writers' Project (Fla.) Florida East Coast Railway.
Family Florida Bank directors Florida. Financial institutions Real estate investments. New Deal, 1933-1939.
Manuscripts. aat Maps. aat Broadsides. aat Financial records. aat Surveys. aat
Tallahassee (Fla.) Key West (Fla.) Everglades (Fla.) Washington (D.C.) Pensacola (Fla.)