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A Guide to the Florida Agricultural College Forum Society Minutes

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Forum Society (Florida Agricultural College).
Title: Florida Agricultural College Forum Society Minutes
Dates: 1900-1903
Abstract: Minutes of the society including roll calls, debate topics, judges verdicts, entertainment provided, and speeches given at each meeting.
Extent: 0.03 Linear feet. 1 volume.
Identification: Ms Coll. 074
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Forum Society was a student debating society at the Florida Agricultural College, Lake City. In addition to debates between fellow Forum members, the society held debates with its rival, the Bema Society.

Florida Agricultural College (FAC) was established in Lake City, Florida in 1884. FAC was the first land grant college in the state of Florida, and as such received federal and state funding. Because of its land grant status, the FAC also had an agricultural experiment station as a part of the college. FAC was a co-educational school, with a military component required for all male students. In 1903, the FAC's name was briefly changed to the University of Florida.

In 1905, the Buckman Act reorganized higher education in the state of Florida, and four of the state's institutions were merged to form the University of the State of Florida (now the University of Florida). The four institutions that were merged were the East Florida Seminary, the Florida Agricultural College (University of Florida at Lake City), the St. Petersburg Normal and Industrial School, and the South Florida Military College.

Scope and Content

The minutes of the society contain roll calls, debate topics, judges' verdicts, entertainment provided, and speeches given at each meeting. Pages 43-44 of the minute book are missing.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Florida Agricultural College Forum Society Minutes, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

College students.
Debates and debating.
Florida Agricultural College (Lake City, Fla.).
Universities and colleges -- Societies, etc.

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