Finding Aids

A finding aid is a document containing detailed information about a specific collection of papers or records within an archive. Finding aids are used by researchers to determine whether information within a collection is relevant to their research. The finding aid for a collection is usually compiled by an archivist during archival processing.

The content of a finding aid may differ depending on the type of material it is describing. Usually, a finding aid includes a description of the scope of the collection, biographical and historical information related to the collection, and restrictions on use of or access to the materials. At the McKay Archives we include a detailed inventory that list contents. They may also include subject headings drawn from LCSH, AAT, or other controlled vocabulary.

Use the finding aid to help you determine if the collection meets your research needs. You will request materials from collections by specifying the box and folders you would like to view.

Check back as more finding aids are added, or contact the archivist with questions about other collections the archives holds.

FSC History

Henry Green Barnett Papers PDF logo icon Barnett was a faculty member of the English Department at Florida Southern.

Gary L. Conner Newspaper Columns, 1958-1961 Conner was a FSC student campus correspondent for the Lakeland Ledger during the years of 1958-1961.

L. Harold DeWolf Papers L. Harold DeWolf (1905-1986) was a Methodist minister, college professor, and theologian. He was the dissertation advisor for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and served as the Distinguished Theologian in Residence at Florida Southern College.

Florida Southern College's Buildings and Grounds collection lists the built structures and features of the Lakeland campus, 1922 to present.

The Southern  PDF logo icon Florida Southern College’s Student Newspaper Collection.


John Attaway Florida Freeze and Hurricane Research Files John Attaway was a citrus researcher who developed a program to define orange juice quality by the content of desirable components.

The Florida Citrus Mutual Minutes document Board decisions made between January 20, 1949 and January 4, 2011.

The Florida Citrus Showcase Papers detail festival planning in 1982.

James T. Griffiths Papers Griffiths founded the Citrus Growers Association and served in a variety of capacities in the Florida citrus industry.

The Winter Garden Citrus Products Cooperative was a co-op for turning juice into citrus concentrate.


Charles E. Canady Papers Canady served as Lawton Chiles’ Chief of Staff in Washington D.C. from 1970 to 1989 and for a further two years for Andy Ireland.

James A. Haley Papers PDF logo icon James Andrew Haley (January 4, 1899 – August 6, 1981) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.

Andrew P. Ireland Papers  Andrew P. "Andy" Ireland was a U.S. Representative from Florida.



The Florida Bandmasters Association Records document the functions and activities of the Florida Bandmasters Association between 1936-2010.

Macasphalt Records, A. P. "Pat" Bolton  PDF logo icon The records of the Florida based paving company.

Polk Progress PDF logo icon Polk Progress, authored by Dr. Carl C. Brown a former faculty member at Florida Southern, offers a detailed examination of the economy of Polk County, Florida and environs from 1983 through 2013.