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A Guide to the Robert Colder Beaty Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beaty, Robert Colder
Title: Robert Colder Beaty Papers
Dates: 1921-1963
Abstract: Beaty's papers include a copy of his master's thesis, notes and correspondence for his race relations class as well as one on marriage and the family, speeches, and a copy of his reminiscences. Copies of the Georgia Tech student handbook, the T Book, are also found.
Extent: 1.25 Linear feet. 3 boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 95
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Colder Beaty was the University of Florida's second Dean of Students. He was born near the town of Ripley, Mississippi, April 23, 1890. After graduation from Mississippi College in 1917 and service in the army during World War I, Beaty earned an MA as a student in the YMCA's Southern College at Vanderbilt in 1921. He came to the University of Florida in 1926 as assistant secretary of the campus YMCA. In 1928, he accepted a position as Assistant Dean of Students under Dean B. A. Tolbert. When Dean Tolbert died in 1937, Beaty was asked to take his place. After serving briefly as Acting Dean, Beaty accepted the Dean's chair in 1939. In 1949, a new position, Dean of Student Personnel, was created to head the student affairs office. In the meantime, the University of Florida became coeducational and Beaty was appointed Dean of Men. Beaty became Dean of Student Personnel in 1955 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1960.

Beaty was recruited to the Dept. of Sociology upon his arrival to Florida in 1926. He introduced a course on race relations and also taught Marriage and Family and other sociology classes. In 1934, he began doctoral studies in sociology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Soon afterwards, he left to serve one year as the state director of the National Youth Administration in Florida and never completed his dissertation. He held the rank of full professor when he retired.

Scope and Content

Beaty's papers include a copy of his thesis, "The Negro boy problem of Nashville, Tennessee," and the notes and correspondence for his race relations class. The papers also include other course notes, his speeches on a variety of topics related to youth work, a copy of his reminiscences, and several copies of the Georgia Tech "T book". Beaty was the editor of the "T book" during the early 1920s when he was secretary of the Georgia Tech YMCA. Beaty's correspondence is located in records series 49a in the Public Records Collection of the University Archives.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Colder Beaty Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Biographical
1 Beaty's thesis. 1921
1 Rosenwald Fund. 1937
1 Miscellaneous
1 YMCA Georgia Tech (T books)
1 Course notes
1 Eugenics
1 Race relations - Bibliography
1 Race relations - notes
1 Interracial material
1 Social demography
1 Marriage and the Family, correspondence
2 Marriage and the Family, notes
2 Misc. courses, notes
2 Short course, notes
2 Speeches
2 Speeches. 1937; 1940-1949
3 Speeches. 1950s
3 Speeches. 1960s
3 Speeches notes

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Race relations -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
Sociologists -- Florida -- History.

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