Skip to Search

A Guide to the Al Burt Papers


Finding aid created by James Cusick
with the assistance of Candice Ellis, Ian Gaffney, Anastasia Bower, Bronwyn McCarthy, Jen Kiser, and Nicole Milano

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
April 2010


Al Burt

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burt, Al
Title: Al Burt Papers
Dates: 1948-2009
Bulk dates: 1961-2007
Abstract: Subject files, background notes, interviews, talks, and copies of articles and columns from the noted Miami Herald journalist Al Burt, author of Becalmed in the Mullet Latitudes, Al Burt's Florida, Tropic of Cracker, and other works.
Extent: 22 Linear feet. 44 boxes, including boxes for articles, columns, and Tropic features, additional audio and audiovisual materials.
Identification: MS 269
Language(s): English
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

Alvin Victor Burt Jr. (1927-2008), Miami Herald reporter and columnist, was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Oglethorpe County, Georgia but grew up at the family home in Jacksonville, Florida. In later life, he prided himself on being both a native Georgian and a native Floridian. He always described Florida as "home," however, and would immortalize its people and places in his column "Al Burt's Florida."

Burt studied journalism at the University of Florida, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, served as an editor for The Alligator, and worked part-time at the Jacksonville Journal. His first job after he graduated in 1949 was condensing United Press wire service news to be read on the radio. "This was probably the best training I ever had," he said in an oral history interview in 1999, "to take a 600- or 700-word story and boil it down to two sentences for the radio."

In 1950 Burt joined the Atlanta Journal as a sports writer, then went back to the Jacksonville Journal for four years and was hired onto the Miami Herald in 1955. This started him on his 37 year career with the Herald as sports writer, reporter, editor, feature writer, and columnist. Burt headed the Herald's Broward County news bureau, then became night city editor, and then went to Cuba in 1961 as a foreign correspondent. He won the Ernie Pyle Award that year for his reports on the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. In 1962, Burt became the Herald's editor on Latin America, an assignment that took him on travels throughout the Caribbean and South America. He covered Haiti in 1963 and was expelled when his stories angered dictator Francois Duvalier. Burt and co-author Bernard Diederich later published a book about Duvalier, Papa Doc: The Truth About Haiti Today (1969).

However the news assignment that changed Burt's life was his coverage of the American military occupation of the Dominican Republic in 1965. On May 6th, 1965, while out on a story, both Burt and Herald photographer Doug Kennedy were severely wounded in a friendly fire incident at a roadside check point set up by the U.S. Marines. "They gave us conflicting signals," he later recalled, "come forward, go back." Confused, their driver put the car in reverse to back up and the Marines opened fire with a machine gun. Kennedy, in the front seat, took hits to the head and belly. Burt was shot nine times, the bullets shattering his hip. They were treated in the field, then air-lifted to Fort Bragg, N.C. Kennedy came out of the shooting permanently crippled in one leg and with shattered health. For Burt, recovery took two surgeries and three months in hospital. He afterwards suffered from life-long problems with walking, blood circulation, and other medical complications.

Burt returned to the Herald after his recovery but in 1966 he relocated to Hartwell, Georgia, where he was part-owner of a weekly newspaper. The following year, on June 23, 1967, he married Gloria White [Burt]. A few months later, Burt rejoined the Herald and the couple moved to Miami. Burt covered events in the Bahamas, hit the presidential campaign trail with George Wallace in 1968, and worked as lead editorial writer on affairs in Latin America. In 1973 he accepted the Herald's offer to become a feature writer and columnist covering Florida. It was the job that would give him his legacy, allowing him to pick and choose his own topics and to work as a roving reporter.

In order to make travel around the state easier, Burt and Gloria moved from Miami to rural small-town Melrose in north central Florida. From their house on the lake, Burt launched the best-known part of his career as a writer on all things to do with life in Florida, focusing on people both celebrated and unknown, on nature and wildlife, and on the many hamlets and communities of the state's back roads. He and Gloria traveled the state together. "It was very much of a partnership thing, and we shared it. The best years of my life are the ones I spent traveling Florida."

Burt wrote his features with a news reporter's attention to accuracy but with a satirist's wry wit, highlighting what was quaint and charming about Florida while decrying the rape of its natural beauty. The cover of his book Becalmed in the Mullet Latitudes (1983) summed up his view of Florida. It featured a map that divided the state into such regions as Floribama (the Panhandle), Florgia (Central and Northeastern Florida), the Colonized Coast (South Florida), and the Conch Republic (Key West). With his column "Around Florida" and his regular feature "Al Burt's Florida," he ranked among the Herald's most popular writers.

Burt's feature stories included profiles of such well-know people as Jackie Gleason, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Archie Carr, Harry Crews, Bob Graham, Stetson Kennedy, and Willie Nelson, but most of his writing focused on people and places little known to the urban South Florida readership of the Herald. He described an older more rural Florida represented in the hundreds of small towns he and Gloria visited.

"I tried to explain some of the shock and disorientation that come with rapid changes," he said in one of his autobiographical talks, "and how old customs and traditions and natural beauty were being exchanged for new conveniences and new opportunities and greater diversity. Over the years with building melancholy I reached the horseback conclusion that Florida, a great state, was putting itself in jeopardy." An advocate of all things "cracker" Burt often drew comparisons between rural and metropolitan life in Florida, almost always in favor of what was rural.

By the 1990s complications from his 1965 injury were slowly decreasing his mobility, from walking with the aid of a cane, to use of crutches, and finally to use of a wheelchair. He retired from the Herald in 1995 to become a freelance writer. His own favorite work Al Burt's Florida appeared in 1997 followed by Tropic of Cracker (1999). Burt found himself in demand as a speaker, especially with libraries and conservation groups. He crisscrossed the state doing talks and book tours. His interest in the Caribbean remained with him, as well. Among the works he never finished was a biography of Lynden O. Pindling, first prime minister of the Bahamas. Other published works were Florida: A Place in the Sun (1974) with photos by Heinz Erhardt and contributions to The Wild Heart of Florida (1999) and The Book of the Everglades (2002).

Besides the Ernie Pyle Award (1961), Burt was the recipient of an Associated Press award (1964) for feature writing, a Scripps-Howard award (1966) for an interview with Fidel Castro, an Overseas Press Club of New York award for foreign correspondence (1971), the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors award for best editorial (1973), and the J.C. Penney-Missouri Journalism Award for feature writing (1980).

In addition, the Florida Audubon Society named him outstanding journalist (1984), the 1000 Friends of Florida established an annual Al Burt Award for environmental journalism and named him the first recipient (1989), and the Alachua Conservation Trust named him a conservation steward (2006). He was inducted into The Independent Alligator Hall of Fame in 1999 and was also named distinguished alumnus to the College of Journalism, University of Florida. In 1998 the Florida Historical Society awarded him the Patrick Smith Literary Prize. In 2004 Leadership Florida honored him with the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award. Burt also received numerous commendations for his advocacy to protect Florida's springs and rivers.

Al Burt died in Jacksonville on November 30, 2008, at the age of 81.

References: "A Legend Rests," by Michael Browning, Miami Herald, Sunday, January 21, 1996, 3B; Interview with Al Burt, by Dr. Jean Chance, Florida Newspaper Project, October 6, 1999, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida; "Herald reporter, columnist once shot by U.S. Marines," Miami Herald, Obituaries, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2008; Al Burt resumes, Box 1, Al Burt Papers; fragment, autobiographical talk, Box 1, Al Burt Papers; Who's Who in America, 65th edition, 2011.

Scope and Content

The Al Burt Papers are divided into major sections for public talks, correspondence, subject files, writings and articles, photographs, audiovisual materials, and clippings.

Boxes 2 through 4 contain files of Burt's talks to libraries, civic groups, and conferences. Many of these are variations on the themes of "cracker" life in Florida, sense of place, and preserving Florida's environment. Others are subject specific, such as talks about his career as a reporter. He also made book tour appearances for all three of his popular works on Florida.

The collection is surprisingly sparse in correspondence given the length of Burt's career. Much of his incoming and outgoing mail is incorporated into the subject files as part of the research he was doing on stories for the Herald. A small box of general correspondence (Box 5) contains letters pertaining to the wounding of Burt and Doug Kennedy in the Dominican Republic in 1965; letters from editors and writers at the Miami Herald; letters from family and friends; and fan mail. Where there are two or more letters from the same correspondent, the correspondent is identified by name. Usually these letters are ones that Burt himself kept in a scrapbook of notable mail. Two folders of fan mail contain short notes of appreciation from many well-wishers, including Florida governors LeRoy Collins, Bob Graham, and Bob Martinez, U.S. senators Lawton Chiles, George McGovern, and Ed Muskie, fellow writers Dave Barry, Patrick Smith, and Erskine Caldwell, historians Michael Gannon and Albert Manucy, and other colleagues, interviewees, and readers. This mail is arranged alphabetically by last name.

Subject files fall into several categories: general, county, and Caribbean. These files typically include background research Burt collected on a topic as well as interview notes, letters, emails, and drafts of articles. Burt tended to write down his interview notes on yellow notepads and also backed up his interviews with tape recordings. His notes are legible and in the longer interviews contain material that did not appear in print.

The general subject files are arranged alphabetically according to the labels Burt provided, usually a key word for the topic, individual, or place he was researching for a story. A subsection of the general files (following the letter "M") consist of papers and correspondence about Burt's home base, Melrose, along with files about Historic Melrose, Inc., an association dedicated to preserving the town. The county files are in alphabetical order. With the exception of Okeechobee and Collier counties, they represent Burt's research on central and north Florida and the Panhandle. The Caribbean files are divided into Bahamas, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. The latter include extensive documentation of Burt and Kennedy's law suit for compensation stemming from the 1965 friendly fire incident.

Box 22 contains miscellaneous writings by Burt, including his college fiction and drafts for Tropic of Cracker.

Burt kept an extensive photo file and most photographs are labeled or otherwise identified. Photos illustrate his career, places he visited, people he interviewed, and assignments he had as a foreign correspondent.

Audiovisual materials supplement all aspects of the collection. Included are CDs and DVDs of Burt reading from his works and taped interviews backing up his written notes. Of interest is his taped interview with Fidel Casto, his set of tapes from interviews with author Harry Crews, and a reel-to-reel news report about the 1965 shooting of Burt and Doug Kennedy in the Dominican Republic (see inventory for audiovisual items). These materials are currently being reformatted and duplicated and may not be accessible for research. Researchers are advised to check beforehand about availability.

The Miami Herald provided Burt with clippings of his articles and stories and the collection includes a long run of his Tropic magazine feature articles (1974-1988) as well as hundreds of other stories he wrote. Burt created a useful index for his Tropic articles and this has been reproduced online (link). The remainder of his archived clippings - features, news reports, op. ed. pieces, foreign correspondence, etc. - are arranged chronologically and are not indexed. They represent a substantial body of his career's work but they are not comprehensive. Tropic Sunday magazine articles are stored in chronological order by decade. Other articles are stored in folders in oversize newspaper boxes by decade.

Two oversize boxes contain citations, awards, and plaques that Burt received. These are also preserved as digital images, as is a 1949 caricature of Burt from around the time of his graduation from UF. The original of this sketch is with Gloria Burt. Other memorabilia include Burt's press identification cards, UF and Herald pins, and copies of the 1947-1948 UF student handbook, of which Burt was the editor.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for use EXCEPT for the audiovisual and electronic media, which are being inventoried and duplicated.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in the Al Burt Papers 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], Al Burt Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Al and Gloria Burt.

Contents List


1 Envelope of ID cards
1 Al Burt: An Oral History (1999) with Dr. Jean Chance: Transcript
1 Burt's curriculum vitae and biographical materials
1 Profiles and articles about Burt
1 Articles about appearances by Burt
1 Burt on being a "Cracker"
1 Articles about awards
1 1965 state resolution in honor of Burt and Kennedy
1 J.C. Penney-Missouri Journalism Award
1 Suwannee River Water Management District Citation
1 Memorabilia: Caricature in "Calamity Calendar"
1 Burt's sports writer years (sample articles)
1 Burt family genealogy
1 Family letters (4 originals) Oglethorpe Co., Georgia (1862, 1876, 1917, 1921)
1 Family history: Census data on William, Joseph, and E.P. Burt
1 Family history: Burt family tree by Dan Burt
1 Family history: James Jarvis and Emily Burt, wills (copies) from Dan Burt
1 Family history: miscellaneous from Tommy Cummings
1 Family history: miscellaneous form Tommy Cummings
1 Family history: census records (copies)
1 Family history: North Carolina
1 Family history: Oglethorpe County, Georgia

Talks and Speeches

2 Jokes, compiled (for talks)
2 Jokes, from friends and acquaintances (for talks)
2 Quotes about "crackers" for talks
2 Draft example of how Burt constructed a public talk
2 Lecture about reporting (no date)
2 Talk on the Florida Keys to the Izaak Walton (Conservation) League, March 19-20, 1882
2 Talk to the Coastal Environment Conference, Sept. 18, 1982
2 Talk on the Florida Keys to the Sierra Club, Islamorada, June 25, 1983
2 Talk to the Izaak Walton (Conservation) League, Sept. 22, 1984
2 Talk to the Indian River Symposium, January 18, 1985
2 Talk to the Florida Defenders of the Environment, Feb. 14, 1985
2 Talk to the Space Coast Writers Conference, March 2, 1985
2 Talk to the Lively Arts Preview, Sept. 8, 1985
2 Talk to the Florida League of Women Voters Annual Meeting, June 1, 1985
2 Talk to the Friends of the Library, Fort Pierce, April 4, 1985
2 Talk to the University of Florida Environmental Law Society, Nov. 20, 1985
2 Talk to the Friends of the Everglades Annual Meeting, Oct. 27, 1985
2 Talk to the Florida Audubon Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 8, 1986
2 Talk to the Vision 2020 Annual Conference, Jan. 31, 1987
2 Talk to the Marine Resources Council, Florida Institute of Technology, Feb. 6, 1987
2 Talk at the 19th Annual Environmental Conference, April 4, 1987
2 Talk to the Florida 2020 Conference, Oct. 7, 1987
2 Talk to the Florida Press Club, May 14, 1988
2 Talk to the Florida Water Management Districts, Oct. 27, 1988
2 Talk to the Florida Audubon Society, Nov. 7, 1998
2 Talk to Environmental Conference, Florida Phosphate Council, Nov. 17-18, 1988
2 Talk to the Martin County Audubon Society, December 17, 1988
3 Talk to the Governor's Commission on the Future, Jan 4, 1989
3 Talk on Florida and Floridians, Tallahassee, Jan. 4, 1989
3 Talk to the Florida Council on Environmental Education, Jan. 13, 1989
3 Talk on 1000 Friends, April 1989
3 Talk at Key Largo Library Dedication, Nov. 12, 1989
3 Talk at Earth Week, Naples, April 25, 1990
3 Talk on the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Feb. 21, 1991
3 Talk to the Naples Women's Club Annual Meeting, April 10, 1991
3 Talk to the Our Florida Environment Conference, FIU-FAU, April 19, 1991
3 Talk to University of Florida Landscape Architecture Class, March 18, 1993
3 Talk to the Annual Meeting of the Florida Audubon Society, Jan. 21, 1995
3 Talk to the Second Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, March 1, 1996
3 Talk at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Sept. 8, 1997
3 Marjorie Harris Carr eulogy, Oct. 16, 1997
3 Talk to the St. Petersburg Times Book Fair, Nov. 9, 1997
3 Talk to the Florida Coastal Management Conference, Feb. 17, 1998
3 Talk to the Palm Beach Bookfest, March 15, 1998
3 Talk at the Matheson Center, April 13, 1998
3 Talk to the Palm Beach Trust, April 19, 1998
3 Talk to the Nature Conservancy, May 15, 1998
3 Talk to the DCA Growth Management Conference, May 27, 1998
3 Talk to the Florida Land Acquisition and Management Conference, Nov. 19, 1998
3 Talk on Trilogy Readings (Becalmed, Al Burt's Florida, Tropic of Cracker), 1999
3 Talk on Old Florida (fragments) 1999
3 Talk for Tropic of Cracker book promotion, Blake Library, Stuart, Fl, 1999
3 Talk on book introduction (Tropic of Cracker), 1999
3 Talk for Tropic of Cracker book promotion, Lake Wales, 1999
3 Talk to UDC, Lakeland, 1999
3 Talk for Tropic of Cracker book promotion, Daytona, 1999
3 Talk to the American Association of University Women, Vero Beach, Feb. 6, 1999
3 Talk to the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, April 16, 1999
3 Talk to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, May 20, 1999
3 Talk on Trinity History, May 22, 1999
3 Talk to Melrose MBCA, June 9, 1999
3 Talk on Florida Stories, Sept. 30, 1999
3 Talk at Florida Southern, Oct. 28, 1999
3 Talk to All Saints Academy, November 3, 1999
3 Talk to the Florida Defenders of the Environment, Nov. 13, 1999
3 Talk to Spring Conference, Feb. 10, 2000
3 Talk at the Harn Museum, May 12, 2000
3 Talk to the Live Oak Kiwanis Club, March 29, 2000
3 Talk to DCA 2000, May 17-18, 2000
3 Talk at Wakulla Springs, May 21, 2000
3 Talk to the Gainesville Kiwanis, July 5, 2000
3 Talk to the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, August 18, 2000
3 Talk at the Alligator Hall of Fame, Oct. 21, 2000
3 Talk to the Florida Planning and Zoning Association, Oct. 26, 2000
4 Talks on Melrose/Putnam County, 2001
4 Talk to the Nature Conservancy, Feb. 20, 2001
4 Talk to the Keystone Heights Rotary Club, March 9, 2001
4 Talk to the Alachua and Marion Medical Societies, March 16, 2001
4 Talk to the First Presbyterian Church of Ocala, April 5, 2001
4 Talk to the Historic Melrose Inc., Spring Meeting, April 6, 2001
4 Talk to Melrose Town Meeting, June 29, 2001
4 Talk to the Jim Carr Luncheon Group, July 19, 2001
4 Talk to the Putnam Country Historical Society, Sept. 20, 2001
4 Talk at the Black Bear Festival, Oct. 6, 2001
4 Talk at the dedication of Old Florida Heritage Highway, Oct. 7, 2001
4 Talk on being a foreign correspondent, University of Florida, August 29, 2001
4 Talk to the Florida Trust, Micanopy, Dec. 9, 2001
4 Talk to the American Association of University Women, Jan. 10, 2002
4 Talk to the Wildfire Society, April 13, 2002
4 Talk to the Santa Fe Lake Dwellers, June 3, 2002
4 Talk at the Matheson Award, Sept. 22, 2002
4 Talk to the Clearwater Library, Oct. 23, 2002
4 Talk at the Mission Inn - Howey in the Hills, Nov 22, 2002
4 Talk to the Springs Conference, Feb. 7, 2003
4 Talk on foreign correspondents, March 3, 2003
4 Talk to the Alachua Trust, April 23, 2003
4 Talk at Luther Springs, Tropic of Cracker book promotion, Nov. 14, 2003
4 Talk to the High Springs Water Congress, Dec. 4, 2003
4 Talk at Live Oak, Tropic of Cracker book promotion, July, 23, 2003
4 Talk to Florida Forever, April 3, 2004
4 Talk at Rally for the Ocklawaha River, Feb. 19-20, 2005
4 Talk at the Alachua Conservation Trust Award Acceptance, March 8, 2006
4 Talk at the Ichetucknee River Dedication, Oct. 11, 2006

Correspondence - General

5 Awards
5 Book tours and appearances
5 Dominican Republic shooting
5 Family and friends
5 Fan mail and thank you notes A-J
5 Fan mail and thank you notes K-Z
5 First reporting jobs 1951-1955
5 Miami Herald, Rich Bard, Viewpoint Editor
5 Miami Herald, Richard Capen, Chairman and Publisher
5 Miami Herald, Janet Chusmir, Assist. Managing Editor
5 Miami Herald, Jim Hampton, Editor
5 Miami Herald, Bob Ingle, Managing Editor
5 Miami Herald, David Lawrence, Jr., Publisher
5 Miami Herald, Heath Meriwether, Executive Editor
5 Miami Herald, Carol Weber, Assist. Managing Editor
5 Miami Herald, Gene Weingarten, Tropic
5 Miami Herald, Miscellaneous
5 Batista, Fulgencio
5 Bauer, Marlene
5 Bosch, José M.
5 Browning, Michael C.
5 Cardona, José Miró
5 Douglas, Marjory Stoneman
5 Fiorini, Frank
5 Gailey, Phil (and family) (St. Petersburg Times)
5 Gaskins, Tom
5 Godoy, Joaquin
5 Graham, Rev. Billy
5 Hemphill, Paul
5 Hiassen, Carl
5 Kennedy, Doug and Eileen
5 Kennedy, Stetson
5 Klinkenberg, Jeff
5 Knight, John S.
5 Lyon, Eugene
5 Lyons, Ernest F.
5 Matthews, Herb (New York Times)
5 Morris, Allen
5 Neuharth, Allen (USA Today)
5 Nolan, David
5 Quiros, Daniel Oduber
5 Ray, Manuel
5 Reed, Nathaniel P.
5 Will, Lawrence E.
5 Miscellaneous letters and cards

Subject Files A-M

6 Alligators/Alligator Attacks
6 Allen, Ross
6 Audubon Society
6 Banana Grist Mill - Melrose: Documentation
6 Banana Grist Mill - Melrose: Interview with Roy Samson
6 Baskin, Norton
6 Birds
6 Caldwell, Erskine - Article/Interview
6 Capitol Building, Tallahassee
6 Carr, Archie and Marjorie 1953-1999
6 Chiles, Lawton
6 Chiles, Rhea
6 Courthouses
6 Coyotes in Florida
6 Crackers
6 Crews, Harry
7 Cross, Prof. Clark (UF geographer) -- Notes
7 Cross Creek - Burt's Notes / Materials
7 Cross Creek - Clippings
7 Cross Creek / Rawlings - Research Materials
7 Datil Peppers
7 Davis, Buddy
7 Dillard Family History - Raburn Country, GA
7 Dillards - Manuscripts and Pictures
7 Dillard, Earl John
7 Dillard Family Charts
7 Dillard, Henry E.
7 Dillard, James A.
7 Dillard, John
7 Coldren, Lousie D.
7 Dillard Redux
7 Dillard, Carrie E.
7 Dillard - Outline and Papers
7 Dillards - General
7 Douglas, Marjory Stoneman (articles about)
8 Everglades
8 Fauna / Endangered Species
8 Festivals (Florida)
8 Fish
8 Fishing - Articles by Burt
8 Flach Family (notes for Tropic magazine article)
8 Flora / Invasive Plants
8 Florida (General) Burt's annotations on favorite articles
8 Florida Scrub, Writing and Research
8 Folklife, Florida Folk Festival
8 Food / Cuisine: Southern, Cracker, Ethnic
8 Forum Magazine articles / Florida Humanities Council
8 1000 Friends of Florida
9 Gailey, Phil (St. Petersburg Times)
9 Glisson, J.T. - Interview and Notes
9 Glisson, J.T. - "Portrait of Cross Creek"
9 Glisson, J.T. - "Portrait of Cross Creek" - Draft
9 Glisson, J.T. - "Portrait of Cross Creek" - Portions
9 Glisson, J.T. - "Portrait of Cross Creek" - Draft Chapters
9 Glisson, J.T. - "Portrait of Cross Creek" - Rawlings - Draft
9 Glisson, J.T. - "Portrait of Cross Creek" - Portions
9 Graham, Bob: Notes and Clippings
9 Hiassen, Carl: Notes and Clippings
9 Historic Melrose Inc. - Minutes 2000 - 2002
9 Historic Melrose Inc. (HMI) - Tax Documents
10 Historic Melrose Inc., (HMI) - Notes / Correspondence
10 Historic Melrose Inc., (HMI) - Heritage Park Project
10 Historic Melrose Inc., (HMI) - Clippings
10 Hurricanes
10 Hutchinson, James
10 Indians River
10 Katharine Ordway Preserve
10 Kennedy, Stetson
10 Koreshan Unity
10 Lahr, John
10 Lake Okeechobee
10 Ocklawaha River Restoration / Marjorie Carr
10 Reed, Nathaniel
10 Rudloe, Jack and Anne
10 Sandhill Cranes
10 Keystone Heights: Clippings
10 Keystone Heights: Dentist Case
10 Legislature (Florida) - Pork Choppers and Reapportionment
10 Leroy Collins Lifetime Achievement Awards 2004 - Burt Recipient of
10 Lightning - Research and Articles
10 Lyons, Eugene - Interview and Notes
10 Marshall, Arthur (Ecologist) Emails
10 Marshall, Arthur (Ecologist) Interviews, Background
10 Matheson Center / Alachua Press
10 Majorie Kinnan Rawlings Society - Misc.
10 Miami Herald (Staff)

Subject Files - Melrose

11 Melrose: Articles
11 Melrose: Articles and Clips
11 Melrose: Articles and Clips
11 Melrose: Articles for Forum and other publications
11 Melrose: Baldwin Store
11 Melrose: The Burt House (architectural sketch)
11 Melrose: Eliam Cemetery
11 Melrose / Gainesville: General History
11 Melrose and Highway 20
11 Melrose: The Seasons
11 Melrose: Maps, including the Burt property
11 Melrose: History of
11 Melrose and Robert Frost
11 Melrose: Clippings
11 Research: North Central Florida
11 Research: Water Concerns
11 Research: File on conducting searches in land records
11 Research Notes: Land Grants in Putnam Co.
11 Research: Early Melrose/Putnam County Settlers
11 Gravestones: Johnson, Sipprell, Wall
11 Robert Ashley / William Birt: Notes
11 Interview / Research: Joseph Chiappini
12 Interview: Maurice Chiappini
12 NARA documents: Stirling Garner Land Grant
12 Elizabeth Johnson: Notes
12 King / Ward Family: Notes
12 Research on Nelson Mason
12 Genealogy of Charles Bryan Norton Family
12 Truman Perry Notes and Interview
12 Laborn Price / Jimmy and Polly Price: Notes
12 Sipprell Family and Florahome: Research
12 Florahome: Articles
12 Research for Article: James Candler Turner and Purnam Co.
12 Misc. on Elijah Wall
12 Elijah Wall Research: Emails
12 Wall Family - Census Research
12 George Wall - Military Service
12 Elijah Wall - Family Genealogy
12 Elijah Wall Land Records: 1847-1868
12 Weatherbee Family: Notes
12 Rev. Fred Gerker Yerkes

Subject Files O-W

13 Neuharth, Allen (USA Today)
13 Okefenokee Swamp - Background Research
13 Panther (Florida) - Background Research
13 Panhandle - Background Notes
13 Pennekamp, John (reporter/conservationist) Interview, Articles
13 Readership Survey of Tropic Magazine 1985
13 Reed, Nathaniel (Conservationist): Articles, letters, enclosures
13 Rivers, Preservation of
13 Rogers, Gamble - Notes, Interview, Background
13 St. Johns River
13 Sanibel - Notes / Interviews
13 Sanibel - Background
13 Scrub Pines / Ocala National Forest
13 Seasons - Articles by Burt
13 Sense of Place
13 Shackley, Ted, CIA and Cuba
13 Sinkholes - Articles and Notes
13 Sinkholes - Background
13 Springs - Articles / Awards of Burt's
13 Short Stories
13 Suwannee River - Articles by Burt
13 Suwannee River - Background
13 Water
13 Wetlands - Articles by Burt

County Subject Files

14 Alachua (University of Florida)
14 Baker (Baxter and Crews family)
14 Bradford (law enforcement)
14 Clay (Keystone Heights)
14 Collier (Everglades/Corkscrew Swamp)
14 Columbia
14 Duval (Jacksonville)
14 Franklin (Apalachicola)
14 Lake (Howey in the Hills)
14 Lee (Frog Smith)
14 Levy (Cedar Key)
14 Leon (Tallahassee)
14 Marion
14 Martin
14 Nassau
15 Nassau (American Beach)
15 Okeechobee/Lake Okeechobee
15 Okaloosa
15 Palm Beach (Custard Apple Notes)
15 Orange (Disney)
15 Putnam
15 St. Johns (St. Augustine)
15 St. Lucie
15 Union
15 Wakulla
15 Walton

Subject Files: Bahamas

16 Bahamas: Bahamian election and politics (notes) 1971-1973
16 Bahamas: "Building a Nation" speech by Lynden O. Pindling
16 Bahamas: Burt article and bibliography about Pindling 1965-1973
16 Bahamas: Hawksbill Creek Agreement
16 Bahamas: Independence for the Commonwealth
16 Bahamas: Independence souvenir programme
16 Bahamas: Gambling laws 1967-1970
16 Bahamas: Pindling speeches 1967
16 Bahamas: Pindling speeches 1968-1969
16 Bahamas: Pindling speeches 1970
16 Bahamas: Pindling speeches1971
16 Bahamas: Pindling speeches1972
16 Bahamas: Pindling speeches 1973
16 Bahamas: Third World Group Independence Issue

Subject Files: Cuba

17 Cuban Exiles: interviews, research, Manuel Artime
17 Cuban Exiles: notes and materials
17 Cuban Exiles: Manuel Ray
17 Cuban Exiles: Manuel Ray and Manuel Artime
17 Cuba: "Marchas de Guerra y Cantos de Presidio" by Manuel Artime (inscribed)
17 Cuba: Eight (8) notebooks, also including 1965 Dominican Republic
17 Cuba: Notes (including quotes by Echandi)
17 Cuba: Notes (1960s) and notes (1980s)
17 Cuba: Clippings of Burt's articles (1960s, Folder 1)
17 Cuba: Clippings of Burt's articles (1960s, Folder 2)
17 Cuba: Clippings of Burt's articles (early revolution and 1961)
17 Cuba: Articles and bylines by Burt (1965)
17 Cuba: Series by Burt (Nov. 2 to Nov. 15, 1965)
17 Cuba: Interview with Fidel Castro (transcript; in English)
18 Burt's travel papers 1964
18 Bay of Pigs research material (1961-1965)
18 Research (Spanish language) (1964-1965)
18 Bay of Pigs research material (1962-1968)
18 Bay of Pigs research material (1961-1966)
18 Bay of Pigs: notes and articles written by Burt (1963)
18 Bay of Pigs research materials (Spanish language)
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Introduction
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Chronology
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: José Miro Cardona
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: DRE
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Activists
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Manuel Ray
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Manuel Artime
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Pepita Riera
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Gutierrez Menoyo
18 Research on anti-Castro movement: Alleged CIA plot
18 Research on anti-Castro Movement: Orlando Bosch and Felipe Rivero
18 "Portrait of Cuba," Tropic magazine, May 3, 1970, Cuba in the 1970s by Al Burt
18 Costa Rica and the Cuban Revolution

Subject Files: Dominican Republic

19 Dominican Republic, copies of bylines, August 1965
19 Dominican Republic, Burt's articles/bylines
19 Dominican Republic research (Folder 1)
19 Dominican Republic research (Folder 2)
19 Dominican Republic research (Spanish language)
19 Dominican Republic news wires

Subject Files: Dominican Republic, Shooting Litigation

20 Litigation, decision, compensation
20 Clippings: shooting and its aftermath
20 Other materials: shooting
20 Correspondence regarding shooting May-July 1965
20 Correspondence from Congress and others about shooting (Folder 1)
20 Correspondence from Congress and others about shooting (Folder 2)
20 News copy sent from Dominican Republic
20 Notes for story about shooting incident
20 Notes for possible book/article on civil war in Dominican Republic 1965 with diskette
20 Article about Court of Claims case
20 Shooting: information about litigation case
20 Shooting: transcript of hearings from Congressional Record 1968
20 Shootings: documents and testimony in Court of Claims case 1971
20 Fragment of metal shrapnel removed from Burt's mouth
21 Transcripts of testimony in Court of Claims case (1970-1971)

Photographs: Family and Career

22 Family photos: mother, father, Talbot, etc.
22 Photos: mother, Steinhatchee
22 Photos: family (?), Oglethorpe County, Georgia
22 Photos: Methodist Church, Oglethorpe County
22 Photos: Al Burt family, Oglethorpe County
22 Photos: Headstone for Elijah Wall (ancestor)
22 Photos: Burt as a child
22 Photos: Burt as teenager and young man
22 Photos: Andrew Jackson High School baseball team 1943
22 Photos: University of Florida yearbook 1948
22 Photos: Burt with others having a drink (no date-College)
22 Photos: Burt at microphone with copy (no date-College)
22 Photos: Burt at Underwood typewriter (The Alligator?) 1948
22 Photos: Burt with others as sports writer (no date-Jacksonville Journal?)
22 Photos: Burt staff photo for the Miami Herald 1956
22 Photos: Young Burt at desk (probably the Herald)
22 Photos: Burt with camera and Burt reading in latrine 1960
22 Photos: Burt receiving Ernie Pyle Award 1961
22 Photos: Burt with Pres. Lyndon Johnson, in group, Jamaican independence 1962
22 Photo: Al Burt (1960s)
22 Photos: Burt talking with soldier in front of helicopter (1960s)
22 Photos: Burt with camera and Burt an reading in latrine 1960
22 Photos: Burt at meeting of American Press Institute
22 Photos: Burt with Miami mayor Robert King High 1965
22 Photos: Burt returning to Herald offices after wounding 1965
22 Photos: Miami Herald Editorial Board (no date-negative only)
22 Photos: Herald Women's Club Award gathering 1965
22 Photos: Burt on train to Jacksonville 1968 (negatives only)
22 Photos: Gloria Burt in Nassau, Bahamas (color transparencies) 1968
22 Photos: Al Burt at Sanibel (slides) 1973
22 Photos: Burt on steps with notebook (Tallahassee 1973?)
22 Photos: Gloria Burt in Madrid (slide) 1974
22 Photos: Various, Gloria Burt (slides, negatives, and prints) 1981
22 Photos: Burt with Herald Executive Editor Heath Meriwether and writers Pete Bratager, Bill Kitchen, and Juanita Greene (1987)
22 Photos: Burt posed shots (book tour?-no date-late 1980s)
22 Photos: Burt posing outdoors, using cane supports (no date-late 1980s)
22 Photos: Burt color print (no date-late 1980s or early 1990s)
22 Photos: Burt at book signing (no date-1990s)
22 Photos: Al and Gloria Burt color prints (no date-late 1990s or 2000)
22 Photos: Al Burt promotional shots (late 1990s or 2000)
22 Photos: "A Legend Rests" article from Herald (negatives) 1996
22 Photos: Al and Gloria Burt in Historic Melrose t-shirts (2003)
22 Photos: Al Burt with Historic Melrose certificate (2003?)
22 Photos: Burt family at Glade Methodist Church, Oglethorpe County (2003-4?)
22 Photos: Burt and Eric Flagg recording Al Burt's Latin America video (2004)
22 Photos: Burt at the Ichetucknee Springs dedication (2006)
22 Photos for Al Burt's Florida (Folder A) (1996-1997)
22 Photos for Al Burt's Florida (Folder B) (1996-1997)
22 Photos for Al Burt's Florida (Folder C) (1996-1997)
22 Photos for Al Burt's Florida (Folder D) (1996-1997)

Photographs: Florida Places

23 Photos: Alexander Springs (negative only) 1974
23 Photos: Cedar Key (negative and slide) (no date)
23 Photos: Corkscrew Swamp (negative only) (no date)
23 Photos: Cumberland Island-Fernandina (slide) 1974
23 Photos: Cumberland Island-Fernandina (negatives) 1973
23 Photos: Day, Florida, Post Office (no date)
23 Photos: Fishermen seining at Destin 1974
23 Photos: Edgar, Florida 1974 (negatives)
23 Photos: Everglades (slides) (no date)
23 Photos: Fort Gates, Marion County 1977 (negatives and slides)
23 Photos: Fort Gates, Marion County (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Davis condo in Gainesville 1993
23 Photos: Heartbreak Hotel (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Horseshoe Beach 1978 (negatives)
23 Photos: Kingsley Plantation 1973 (negatives)
23 Photos: Lakeland, highest point in Florida (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Hay stacks in Levy County (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Episcopal Church of Our Savior, Mandarin (no date)
23 Photos: Masaryktown (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Melrose, early buildings including Lee House (no date)
23 Photos: Melrose Festival 1999
23 Photos: Melrose, general 1999
23 Photos: Melrose, homemakers club 2002 (slides)
23 Photos: Melrose (slides, prints, digital) by Eric Dusenberg 2002
23 Photos: Melrose and Grist Mill, Folder A (no date)
23 Photos: Melrose and Grist Mill, Folder B (no date)
23 Photos: Melrose and General Store (early 1900s)
23 Photos: Melrose Service Station (late 1940s?)
23 Photos: Melrose, Chiappini's store (no date)
23 Photos: Melrose, Chiappini family (no date)
23 Photos: Melrose, Burt resident (no date)
23 Photos: Melrose, Historic Melrose Inc. auction 2005
23 Photos: Melrose, Fourth of July celebration 1990
23 Photos: Melrose, workers with historical society building 2005
23 Photos: Melrose early steam ferry (no date)
23 Photos: Mossman House (no date)
23 Photos: Nassau County (no date) (misc. slides)
23 Photos: New Smyrna (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Ordway Preserve (no date) (prints and negatives)
23 Photos: Panhandle 1973 (negatives)
23 Photos: Pine Land Cemetery (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Rainbow Springs (1974) (negatives)
23 Photos: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine (no date) (slides and negatives)
23 Photos: Sand figures at New Smyrna Beach (no date) (slides and negatives)
23 Photos: Snow at Burt Plantation 1977 (negative)
23 Photos: Steinhatchee (no date)
23 Photos: Sunrise at Cedar Key (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Sunset in the Panhandle 1974 (slides and negatives)
23 Photos: Sunset at Burt Plantation 1974
23 Photos: Thomas Edison home, Ft. Myers (no date) (negatives)
23 Photos: Turtles at Wakulla 1974 (negatives)
23 Photos: Wakulla Springs 1974 (slides and negatives)
23 Photos: Wakulla Springs wildlife 1985 (negatives)
23 Photos: Windley Key and Monroe County 1997-1998

Photographs: Non-Florida Places and Featured People

24 Photos: Alabama and Florida places (misc.) (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Alexander Spring, Omedos, Monson Ranch 1974 (negatives)
24 Photos: Apalachians (?) (no date) (slides)
24 Photos: Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, Ala. (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Coyote (taxidermy) in shop (no date) (negatives and contact print)
24 Photos: Germany (no date) (slides)
24 Photos: Miscellaneous (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Rabun Gap, Georgia (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: The South (misc.) (no date) (slides and negatives)
24 Photos: Unidentified (no dates) (transparencies and negatives)
24 Photos: Watson's Mill (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Atkinson, E.L. (no date) (slide and negatives)
24 Photos: Chandler, Rod (Clewiston) (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Cooks, Noah (Carrabelle) (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Crews, Harry (no date) (print and negatives)
24 Photos: Crews family (Baker County) (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Crews brothers (Baker County) 1973 (print)
24 Photos: Crews, Daniel and Crews, McKinley (Baxter) 1976 (negatives)
24 Photos: Crews, Lacy (Baxter) no date (negatives)
24 Photos: Crider, Dale 1976 (negatives)
24 Photos: Crosby, Rev. Toby (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Daniel, George (Cedar Key police chief) 1975 (negatives)
24 Photos: Destin, Capt. John (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Duette (?) (Manatee County) (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Edgar, Albert (no date) (slide and negatives)
24 Photos: Flach family (and hog killing) (no date) (negatives and slide)
24 Photos: Gailey family (Phil, Joyce, and Daniel) (no date) (transparencies and negatives)
24 Photos: Harris, Colon with mule 1976 (transparencies and negatives)
24 Photos: Heidi (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Heinl, Col. Robert (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Hicks, Dan (Madisonville, Tenn.) (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Hurston, Zora Neale (copy, no date)
24 Photos: Hutchinson, Jim (Hawaii) (no date) (prints and negatives plus diskette)
24 Photos: Jenkins family (no date) (print and negatives)
24 Photos: Kennedy, Stetson (no date) (transparencies)
24 Photos: Knight, John (no date) (print inscribed to Al Burt)
24 Photos: Layne, Dr. James (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Lyons, Ernest (cropped print)
24 Photos: Mager, Doris (the eagle lady) (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Marler (?) (Destin) (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Matthews (?), Rev. (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Medina, Rafael (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Newell, David M. (Fruitland Park) (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Padgett, Duncan (Pahokee) (no date) (negatives and slide)
24 Photos: Rogers, Gamble (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Rudloe, Jack (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Rutlan, Clarence (Sanibel) 1973 (negatives)
24 Photos: Smith, Frog (no date) (negatives
24 Photos: Taber, George (Glen St. Mary Nursery) 1976 (negatives)
24 Photos: Turner, James (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Williams, Lonnie (Graceville) (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Workman, Dick (no date) (prints and negatives)
24 Photos: Wyatt, Wyatt (no date) (negatives)
24 Photos: Yerkes, Fr. Fred Gerker 1988 (print)

Photographs: Caribbean and Latin America

25 Photos: Bahamas, Lynden Pindling (no date)
25 Photos: Bahamas, Nassau 1968 (negatives)
25 Photos: Brazil, Joao Belem 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Brazil 1962
25 Photos: Brazil and Paraguay border, Iguazu Falls (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba/Bahamas, Arrest of Manuel Ray (no date)
25 Photos: Cuba, Carlos Rafael Rodriguez (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba, Baseball Stadium, Havana, includes Fidel Castro (1965?) (slides)
25 Photos: Cuba, Baseball Stadium, Havana (continued) (1965?) (slides)
25 Photos: Cuba, Baseball Stadium, Havana (continued) (1965?) (slides)
25 Photos: Cuba, Manolo Reyes and Cuban exiles (no date)
25 Photos: Cuba, Cardenas (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba, Guantanamo (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba, Havana (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba, the Capitol in Havana (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba, Santiago (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Cuba, militia women in Santiago (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Dominican Republic 1962
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (border area) 1963
25 Photos: Dominican Republic 1963
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt talking with soldiers at hanger) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt at Calle el Conde and Calle Sanchez) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt in front of mural art) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt on the street) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt outside U.S. embassy) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt on stretcher after being shot) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt on stretcher after being shot) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt aboard USS Raleigh after being shot) 1965
25 Photos: Dominican Republic (Burt on assignment) 1965 (contact prints)
25 Photos: Ecuador (no date) (slides)
25 Photos: Guatemala (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Guatemala (Easter Parade) 1964 (slides)
25 Photos: Guatemala (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti 1961-1963 (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti 1963-1963 (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti (airport) (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti / Dominican Republic (?) 1963 (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti (Movement Renovation Nacionale) (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti (Papa Doc Duvalier on balcony) 1963
25 Photos: Haiti (Papa Doc Duvalier addressing crowd) (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Haiti (Francois Papa Doc Duvalier) 1962
25 Photos: Honduras (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: Honduras 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Honduras (Dr. Butso) 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Honduras (rural school) 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Mexico and Teotihuacan 1967 (slides)
25 Photos: Nicaragua 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Panama (no date) (prints and negatives)
25 Photos: Paraguay (cowboy) 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Paraguay (Stroessner) 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Venezuela (Carupano) 1962 (negatives)
25 Photos: Venezuela (salt hats) 1963 (negatives)
25 Photos: Venezuela 1964 (negatives)
25 Photos: People, Latin America (Juan Bosch) 1963 (negatives)
25 Photos: People, Latin America (Dr. Mellon) (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: People, Latin America (Thurston Mellon?) (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: People, Latin America (Elias Pina) (no date) (negatives)
25 Photos: People, Latin America (unidentified) (no date)
25 Photos: People, Latin America ("Marie") 1963
25 Photos: Miscellaneous (1 folder)


26 Miscellaneous Writings
27 Slides-Bahamas, Caracas, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras
27 Slides-Cuba
28 Slides-Cuba
29 Reformatted Audiovisuals
30 Al Burt memorabilia
31 Al Burt Tropic Magazine column (submitted story copy) 1974
32 Al Burt columns and articles (submitted story copy) 1975
33 Al Burt columns and articles (submitted story copy) 1976
34 Bound photocopies of Tropic Magazine columns 1982-1987
35 Tropic Magazine columns (original tear sheets) 1979-1988
36 Tropic Magazine (original issues, including Burt cover stories)


37 Al Burt articles (clippings) 1960s
38 Al Burt articles (clippings) 1970s and miscellaneous 1979-2003
39 Special issues of the Herald (examples); first issue of USA Today
40 Oversize photographs and awards
41 Oversize-Awards and Plaques

Temporarily Closed for Research

42 Audiovisual Materials (Unprocessed) see inventory
43 Audiovisual Materials - Disks, Compact Disks, DVDs (Unprocessed)
44 Manuscripts (Unprocessed)

For further information, please contact: Special Collections Access Services.

University of Florida Home Page