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A Guide to the Florida Blue Key Homecoming Records

Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

February 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Florida Blue Key (Fraternity).
Title: Florida Blue Key Homecoming Records
Dates: 1924-2015
Abstract: Records documenting the University of Florida Homecoming celebrations beginning with 1924. Includes printed programs, video recordings of Gator Growl, and official Florida Blue Key files related to Homecoming.
Extent: 5 Linear feet. 13 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 006
Language(s): English
Online ContentItems 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

Florida Blue Key was founded by Bert C. Riley, Dean of the General Extension Division, at the University of Florida in 1923. Originally formed as a group to organize the annual Dad's Day and Homecoming the group evolved into a student leadership organization. However, Florida Blue Key continues to oversee and run most of the functions and events associated with Homecoming at the University of Florida. These include Gator Growl, the Homecoming Parade, the Florida Blue Key Homecoming Banquet, the Alumni Barbecue, and the Sweetheart Pageant.

Scope and Content

The records here document the Homecoming celebrations beginning with 1924. The earliest records consist solely of a few printed programs. The official Florida Blue Key files begin in 1931. They may include committee reports, correspondence, publications, and press books. Content varies from year to year. The Florida Blue Key files end with 1984 and succeeding years consist solely of printed materials. Included in this collection are programs and other promotional materials to Gator Growl, the Homecoming Pageant, and other Homecoming events. Also included are video recordings from Gator Growl.

This is an ongoing collection arranged by year.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Records of Florida Blue Key are contained in Ms Coll. 83.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Florida Blue Key Homecoming Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Homecoming Records.

1 1924-1952.
2 1953-1960.
3 1961-1965.
4 1966-1969.
5 1970-1971.
6 1972-1976.
7 1977-1982.
8 1983-1984.
9 1984-1999.

Box Folder
101 Homecoming Materials. 2000
102 Homecoming Materials. 2001
103 Homecoming Materials. 2002
104 Homecoming Materials. 2003
105 Homecoming Materials including design books [folder 1 of 2]. 2004
106 Homecoming Materials including design books [folder 2 of 2]. 2004
107 Homecoming Materials. 2005
111 Homecoming Materials. 2006
112 Homecoming Materials. 2007
113 Homecoming Materials. 2008
114 Homecoming Materials. 2009
115 Homecoming Materials. 2010
116 Homecoming Materials. 2011
117 Homecoming Materials. 2012
118 Homecoming Materials. 2013
121 Homecoming Materials. 2014
122 Homecoming Materials. 2015
123 Homecoming events and Gator Growl tickets and passes.
124 43rd Annual Homecoming Presentation Speech. 1972
125 BBQ Committee Reports and Correspondence. 1979
126 Correspondence: Cardwell, David [folder 1 of 2]. 1974
127 Correspondence: Cardwell, David [folder 2 of 2]. 1974
128 Correspondence: Criser, Marshall M.. 1986
129 Correspondence: Garcia, Reggie. 1984
1210 Correspondence: Rion, William . 1982, 1986
1211 Correspondence: Shimberg, Robert. 1984
1212 Correspondence: Tedcastle, Thomas. 1976
1213 Correspondence: York. E.T.. 1973
1214 Distinguished Faculty Awards Committee. 1985
1215 Final Report for the Community Liason [sic[. 1977
1216 Gator Growl ticket disbursement concerns. 1984
1217 Gator Growl ticket policy. 1982
1218 General Homecoming Information. 1979
1219 General Homecoming Information. 1981
1220 Homecoming 1983 Ticket Summaries. 1983
131 Homecoming Audits reports. 1978-1983, 1985
132 Homecoming Banquet schedule of activities and speakers. undated
133 Homecoming Budgets. 1967-1972
134 Homecoming budget request for assistance from Alumni Affairs. 1975
135 Homecoming budget reports. 1984-1985
136 Homecoming memos. 1978
137 Homecoming staff lists. 1982, undated
138 Homecoming Steering Committee and Homecoming Review Committee minutes. 1984
139 Honorary Alumnus Award: Jackie Gleason. 1969
1310 House, Organization and Merchant Decoration applications and information. 1982
1311 Incorporation of Florida Blue Key Homecoming, Inc. files. 1985

Video recordings.

Gator Growl. 1996
Gator Growl: Part One. 1997
Gator Growl: Closing Credits. 1997
Gator Growl. 1998
Gator Growl: Additional Video. 1998

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida Blue Key (Fraternity).
Florida Gators (Football team).
Football -- Social aspects.

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