Charles T. Thrift
donated to Center for Florida History
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2002) - Nell Thrift, daughter of FSC's
14th president, the late Charles T. Thrift, has donated her father's
books and maps to FSC's Center for Florida History. The collection,
valued at approximately $11,000, includes significant works on Florida's
Over 150 books, a few published in the 1800s, represent several
centuries of Florida history and include literature by Florida authors,
such as Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Kinnen Rawlings.
Many of the 17 maps of Florida cities and natural areas are between
100 and 200 years old.
Charles T. Thrift, FSC's president from 1957 to 1976, was a well-known
and well-regarded Florida historian. He served as president of the
Polk County Historical Association and was a member of the board
of directors of the Florida Historical Society. "I am extremely
honored to have Dr. Thrift's materials because I've always respected
his work," said Dr. James M. Denham, director of the Center for
Florida History. "(Thrift's daughter) Nell has always taken an interest
in the Center, and she was very supportive of us and willing to
help. She just wanted us to have her father's books, and I'm honored
that she feels that way."
Although copies of most of the books are also in the Roux Library,
Denham wants to see these books used as much as possible. "They
are extremely valuable, and I think it's wonderful to have them
here," he said. The books and maps are on display and are available
for use at the Center for Florida History, 960 Callahan Court on
the FSC campus. For further information about the Center, please
contact Denham at 863-680-4312 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.