Digital Collections

The McKay Archives Center provides access to select collections in digital formats. Click the links to view our collections.

Child of the Sun: Florida Southern College's Digital Papers Collection
The initial criteria for the selection of paper items for this collection was any correspondence, contracts or publications that may give insight to the creation, form and history of the Child of the Sun structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Florida Southern College campus. This includes correspondence between Florida Southern College and Frank Lloyd Wright and his associates which were deemed important enough for digitization and online viewing. Date span of items: 1937-present. The first items for this collection were pulled from various Florida Southern College archival collections in 2006. The process is ongoing. Though the initial criteria for this collection involved items that only concerned the Child of the Sun structures, the collection criteria has been changed to include any paper items that shed light on the history of Florida Southern College itself. As yet, these selections have not be made but will be added in the future.

Child of the Sun: Florida Southern College Digital Photograph Collection
This collection was created from a selection of black-and-white and color photographs, negatives and slides that were pulled from various Florida Southern College archival collections. The first selections were made in 2006 and are ongoing. The image selection criteria is any images that may give insight to the creation, form and history of the Child of the Sun structures which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright including images of the buildings, blueprints and people associated with the buildings which were deemed important enough for digitization and online viewing. Date span of images: 1937-present.

Florida Citrus Photographs Collection
With Florida Southern College located on former orange groves since 1922 the connection to the citrus industry has provided a position presence on campus. The relationship was further strengthened with the formation of the Citrus Institute in 1947 which provided training and education to future leaders in the field. FSC at one time was the only private school in the nation with a citrus curriculum. In 1962 the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame was established to recognize industry leaders; since 1999 it has been located at FSC. The collection of materials related to the Citrus Industry grows by donations every year. This digital collection is a composite of a variety of sub-series collections that span the 1900’s through present day.

Florida Citrus Postcards Collection
The Florida Citrus Postcard Collection highlights postcards collected by Brenda Eubanks Burnett, Donald Ball, Jerry Chicone and the Weaver Brothers, Brian and Richard. While postcards were originally intended to serve as souvenirs and keepsakes, now postcards help depict our history. This collection includes postcards from the early 1900’s including one of a farmer using oxen to haul citrus and real photo postcard of tourists visiting citrus groves. This collection also details the arrival of the railroad in Florida, packing houses, fruit stands, and how development has impacted the citrus community throughout the past century. We encourage feedback and are actively seeking additions to this collection.

Florida Southern College Digital Archives Collection
The Florida Southern College Digital Archives includes a sampling from collections housed on site. This currently includes papers and records of:

Florida Southern College Digital Postcards Collection
Postcards have been telling stories as souvenirs, correspondence and keepsakes for over 100 years. This collection of postcards chronicles Florida Southern College's early years as Southern College in Sutherland (now Palm Harbor), through its 1922 move to Lakeland, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Child of the Sun Campus, and subsequent development. The selection criteria for this digital collection is historical importance, artistic merit, architectural significance, and the general growth of Florida Southern College into one of this country's most beautiful college campuses. We are actively seeking additions to this collection.

Florida Southern College Fruit and Vegetable Crate Label Collection
The Citrus Crate Label Collection at Florida Southern College contains digitized labels from the Citrus Hall of Fame, primarily private collector James Ellis. These colorful labels are both artistic and useful as a tool in the citrus industry. Lithography for citrus crate labels began in the late 1880s in California and migrated to Florida soon after. The unique artwork, drawn by popular artists of the time but not identified, was used for advertising for a particular grower or shipper. The labels were glued to the end of the wooden shipping crate prior to going to market. The peak years for crate labels were between 1920 and 1950 when the use of cardboard shipping cartons became prevalent. The label's color also denotes the grade of fruit and registration with the Florida Citrus Commission.

Florida Southern College Master’s Theses Collection
Florida Southern College awarded master's degrees requiring a thesis in 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949. The theses were submitted either to the Graduate School of Florida Southern College or to the School of Education at Florida Southern College, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degrees Master of Arts, Master of Education, or Master of Arts in Education. Roux Library is the official repository for those theses, and while most relate to education and teaching, they offer unique insight into the academic interests of our students during that era.

Florida Southern College Yearbooks
McKay Archives and Roux Library are pleased to announce that FSC yearbooks from 1911-1912, 1924, and 1926-present are accessible through the Internet Archive. The yearbooks may be viewed with a web browser or downloaded for non-commercial offline use.

Historic Florida Southern College
America’s "most beautiful campus" wasn’t always located in Lakeland, Florida and it wasn’t always named Florida Southern College. This collection spans the first 54 years of Florida Southern College in three segments:

Religion in the Making
This journal published by the Florida School of Religion at Florida Southern College was edited by Shirley Jackson Case. The entire run (1940-1943) is accessible through the Internet Archive. The volumes may be viewed with a web browser or downloaded for non-commercial offline use.

The Southern: Florida Southern College's Student Newspaper
This collection contains issues of The Southern, Florida Southern College's student newspaper. Currently, issues from 1919, 1922, and 1933-1952 have been digitized and are available in this collection. Those published during the construction of the Child of the Sun structures (1930s-1950s) which were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright were cataloged first. Note: Some issues are lost.

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McKay Archives Digital Image Service

The files in these collections are protected by copyright law. No commercial reproduction or distribution of these files is permitted without the written permission of Florida Southern College Archives. Unfair use of these images is prohibited. For questions or further information on this collection, e-mail the McKay Archives.