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A Guide to the Pattillo Family Papers

Finding aid created by Bridget Bihm-Manuel

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

June 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pattillo family
Creator: Pattillo, Nell, 1885-1979
Creator: Pattillo, Anne, 1883-1965
Title: Pattillo Family Papers
Dates: 1885-2000
Bulk dates: 1900-1940
Abstract: Photographs, diplomas, histories, and other items from the Pattillo family in Volusia County, Florida.
Extent: 1.09 Linear feet. 4 Boxes.
Identification: MSS 0396
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1885, James Alexander Pattillo and his wife Mary moved from Gwinnet County, Georgia, to Florida. Most of their children chose to move with them, and twenty-two members of the family settled near Osteen. Pattillo owned a mercantile business in Buford, Georgia, which he sold before the move. He then purchased the general store in Osteen and went into partnership with his son, Alfred Thomas Pattlllo. Alfred became owner after his father retired; the store remained in business until 1911. Alfred moved his family to Deland in 1912. He and his wife, Era Woodward, had six children, Lovick, Millard, George, Anne, Nell, and Lewis. Lovick, Millard, and Anne attended Florida Agricultural College in Lake City; Anne also attended Florida State College in Tallahassee along with her sister, Nell. Lovick moved to Atlanta and became a doctor. Anne and Nell both became teachers, and Read-Pattillo Elementary in New Smyrna Beach is named after Anne.

Scope and Content

The Pattillo Family Papers contain photographs, diplomas, certificates, and histories of the Pattillo family in Volusia County, Florida. Most of the material relates to Alfred Thomas Pattillo's children, particularly Lovick, Anne, Nell, and Lewis. There are photos of students at Florida Agricultural College in Lake City and Florida State College in Tallahassee from the time when Lovick, Millard, Anne, and Nell attended in the early 1900s. Other photographs depict residents of Osteen, Florida, in the 1880s and 1890s; flooding in New Smyrna in 1924 (almost 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours); and members of the Pattillo family. The collection also contains five scrapbooks of photos, primarily collected by Anne, Nell, and Lewis. Most of the photos are of family members, but the albums also include tourist photos of areas around Florida in the first decades of the twentieth century, including New Smyrna, Coronado Beach, and St. Augustine. One of the albums also includes photos of students from Stetson University, probably from the time that Anne and Nell were in college. The diplomas and certificates in the collection are from the Florida Agricultural College Military Department, the University of Florida, the Masons, and the Shriners. In addition, the collection contains family histories told in reminiscences of James L. Pattillo and Era Woodward Pattillo. Similar documents on the school and store in Osteen, Florida, were written either by Anne or Nell Pattillo.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Some of the images of Florida Agricultural College are duplicated in the University Archives Photograph Collection and the Morgan Family Collection.

Information on Lovick Thomas Pattillo can be found in the LeRosen letters, 1874-1952, located at LSU Shreveport Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Edward Pattillo donated the collection to the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections in 2017.

Contents List

Box Folder
11 Commencement program - University of Florida. 1946 August 30
12 Diploma - Anne Pattillo, University of Florida. 1947 February 8
13 "Mother Remembers" by Era Woodward Pattillo and Nell Pattillo. 1939-1949
14 New Smyrna, Florida: Its History and Antiquities by Zelia Wilson Sweet. 1925
15 Newspaper clippings and post cards. 1918-1948
16 "Osteen, From 1890 to 1900: The School". undated
17 "Osteen, From 1890 to 1900: The Store". undated
18 Pattillo family genealogy information. 2000
19 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College dorm rooms. around 1900
110 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College students. 1899-1903
111 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College students having a picnic at Falling Creek. between 1901 and 1905
112 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College in cadet uniforms. around 1900
113 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College surveying class. around 1900
114 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College/Florida State College students. between 1901 and 1905
115 Photographs - miscellaneous. undated
116 Photographs - New Smyrna Beach flood pictures. 1924
117 Photographs - Osteen, Florida. between 1885 and 1900
118 Photographs - Pattillo family. undated
119 Photographs - Pattillo family - Anne and Nell Pattillo. undated
120 Photographs - Pattillo family - James, Alfred, and Lovick Pattillo. before 1911
121 Photographs - Pattillo family - Lewis Woodward Pattillo. undated
122 Photographs - Pattillo family home, Deland. 1912-1933
123 Photographs - Pattillo family home, New Smyrna.
124 "Reminiscences of Fifty Years in Volusa County" by James L. Pattillo. undated
2 Pattillo family albums. undated
3 Pattillo family albums. undated
41 Pattillo family albums. undated
42 Diploma - Nell Pattillo, University of Florida. 1951 August 18
43 Florida Agricultural College Military Department certificate - Lovick Thomas Pattillo. 1900 May 23
44 Mason's certificate - Leroy Pattillo. 1859 May 29
45 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College class of 1901. around 1901
46 Photographs - Florida Agricultural College Philosthian Society. between 1901 and 1905
47 Photographs - Florida State College class of 1905. around 1905
48 Photographs - Florida State College Kappa Deltas. 1904
49 Photographs - Polymnia Music Club. undated
410 Shriners certificate - Alfred Thomas Pattillo. 1911 May 12


Sources consulted by Bridget Bihm-Manuel while writing this finding aid:

Anne Pattillo obituary. New Smyrna Beach News, 16 December 1965.

University Record, vol. 5, no. 4, May 1911.

"Osteen, From 1890 to 1900: The Store," by Anne or Nell Pattillo.

"Reminiscences of Fifty Years in Volusa County" by James L. Pattillo.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Florida Agricultural College (Lake City, Fla.)
Florida State College
Florida--Volusia County
Pattillo family

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