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A Guide to the Raymond E. Crist Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Crist, Raymond E.
Title: Raymond E. Crist Papers
Dates: 1929-1970
Abstract: The Crist Papers consist of diaries, correspondence, publication manuscripts, photographs, and reports related to his personal and professional life.
Extent: 3.5 Linear feet. 10 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 49
Language(s): Materials are written in English, Spanish, French and German.
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond E. Crist was born October 11, 1904 in Seven Mile, Ohio. He received his B.A degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1925, attended Cornell University 1927-1928, and received his Docteur es Lettres (with honorable mention) from the University of Grenoble in July 1937. He was a Field Geologist in Mexico and Venezuela for the El Aguila and Atlantic Refining Companies from 1926-1931. From 1936-1942 he was an Instructor and Associate at the University of Illinois. He was an Associate Professor of Geography and Chief of the Department of Economic Geography from 1942-1947 and the University of Puerto Rico. From 1947-1951 he was a Professor Geography at the University of Maryland and from 1951 until his retirement he was a Research Professor at the University of Florida. During his teaching years he continued to conduct extensive field research in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, and Puerto Rico. He wrote books and articles about his field work.

Scope and Content

The papers consist of handwritten diaries, personal, group, and general correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and reports. The diaries and the transcriptions provide a more in depth look at his research. The voluminous correspondence both hand written and typed include letters of a personal and professional nature. The correspondence is in English, Spanish, French, and German. The photographs show scenes and people in Latin America and Europe. Some of the photographs are identified while others are not.

Dr. Crist's writings reflect an interest beyond the usual research parameters of the field of geography. He had a great interest in the relationship between people and the land on which they lived and farmed. For instance, one of his books Land of the Fellahin means land of the poor.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Raymond E. Crist Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Diary - Transcriptions
1 Diary - Transcriptions II
1 Diaries 1-2
1 Diaries 3-4
1 Diaries 6-7
1 Diary Transcription, Notes
2 Crist, Hilda
2 Correspondence. 1932-1949
3 Correspondence. 1950-1954
4 Correspondence. 1954-1956
5 Correspondence. 1956-1959
6 Correspondence. 1959-1964
7 Correspondence. 1964-1968
8 Correspondence. 1969-1970
8 General Correspondence. Not Dated
8 Group Correspondence - Cornell University
8 Correspondence - Creole Petroleum Foundation
8 Group Correspondence - FAO
8 Group Correspondence - Smithsonian Reports
8 Group Correspondence - Social Science Research Council
8 Reports - Dominican Republic
8 Crist, Raymond E. - Migration and Population Change in the Irish Republic
8 Manuscripts - Puerto Rico
8 Manuscripts - Puerto Rico
9 Photos with ID
9 Photos from travels - some ID
9 Photos - no ID
9 Photographs from Negative Lot #16 - No ID
10 Photograph Albums (2)

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