Southern College now home
to official Florida Citrus Archives
LAKELAND, Fla. (July 2, 2001) - The Florida Legislature passed a bill
during the 2001 Legislative Session designating the Thomas B. Mack
Citrus Archives at Florida Southern College as the official citrus
archives for the State of Florida, effective July 1, 2001.
honored to have been designated as the state's official citrus archives,"
said Florida Southern College President Thomas L. Reuschling. "Professor
Mack has worked diligently for years to compile photographs, historical
records, maps and books among other items which effectively capture
the essence of the Florida citrus industry. We are proud of this
citrus archives have been housed in the Jack M. Berry Citrus Building
on campus. When the collection outgrew its available space in that
building, the college designated a house to accommodate the Thomas
B. Mack Citrus Archives. The new location, a two-story historic
house at 901 Callahan Court, will offer more space for the archives
and allow visitors better ease in accessing them.
to have the Callahan house," said Tom Mack, professor emeritus
at Florida Southern and the archives' namesake, "and I'm especially
pleased the State saw fit to designate our collection as the 'official'
archives. Now all we need is the appropriate funding to see this
project through to fruition."
on Callahan offers ample space and parking, but to properly store
the archives, some renovations need to be made, including installing
air conditioning and a fire suppressant system, as well as remodeling
for handicap accessibility. The anticipated budget for renovations
to the building and purchase of office supplies and furnishings
is approximately $200,000.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.