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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M99- 23
Creator: Dodd, Dorothy, 1902-1994
Title, Dates: Florida State College for Women photographs, 1918-1934 (bulk 1920).
Amount: 105 photographs
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Biographical/Historical:     The Florida State College for Women (FSCW) was one of the many incarnations of what is today Florida State University, one of the largest and oldest of the nine institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida. It started in 1851 when the Florida Legislature established two seminaries. In February 1857, the institution began offering postsecondary instruction to male students at the Seminary west of the Suwannee River. The following year it became coeducational when it merged with the Tallahassee Female Academy. By 1897 the institution had evolved into the first liberal arts college in the state, and in 1901 it became Florida State College, a four year institution. In 1905 the University of Florida was established and designated a men's school, and the Florida State College became a women's school call the Florida Female College. In 1909 the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women. In 1947, the Florida State College for Women was returned to coeducational status and renamed The Florida State University.
    Dorothy Dodd was a former student at FSCW, where her father taught. She was later appointed Florida's first State Archivist in 1941 and served as State Librarian from 1952 until 1965.  Dr. Dodd published numerous scholarly articles and books, including Florida, the Land of Romance.  Nominated by former Governor LeRoy Collins, she was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 1986.
Summary:     These images were collected by former Florida State College for Women (FSCW) student Dorothy Dodd for a (now dismantled) scrapbook. Images are primarily of student activities such as track and field competition, swimming, plays, dances, and recreational outings to Camp Flastawoco at Lake Bradford and the coast. Of particular interest are the images detailing the junior-senior wedding ceremony, a tradition until 1927 wherein juniors dressed as bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the seniors dressed as brides and grooms. Also included are images of the campus buildings and a few of the faculty, including Dodd's father, Dr. William Dodd, and Dr. Edward Conradi.
Finding Aids: Searchable index to selected images available on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at
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Associated Materials: Additional Dorothy Dodd photographs are in collection M83-12 Florida Flowers and Birds Photographic Collection, ca. 1960-1979.  Additional FSCW photographs are available in collection M82-23, FSCW Memorabilia, 1913-1917; M82-106, FSCW Photographs, 1897-1943; M82-149, FSCW Photographs, 1902-1904; M82-150, FSWC Photographs, 1909; and M83-23 FSCW, Photographs, 1912-1940.
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Publication Note: Selected images are published on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at
General Note: Florida Photographic Collection Number P1999-20
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Subject Access Fields: Dodd, Dorothy, 1902-1994
Florida State College for Women.
Florida State University.
Women's colleges Florida
Universities and colleges--Students
Students Florida
Photographs. aat
Leon County (Fla.)
Tallahassee (Fla.)
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