The Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Archives Center

The McKay Archives Center serves as a place where records, documents, and collections of enduring administrative or historical value for Florida Southern College are preserved.

The Center also houses the Ruth K. and Charles T. Thrift, Jr., Florida United Methodist Heritage Center; the Governor Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History; the Florida Citrus Archives; and the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Arrangements to use the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church materials must be made through the Conference Archivist (863.688.5563). The James A. Haley Collection contains the papers, correspondence and speeches of Congressman James A. Haley, who served as the U. S. Representative for the Seventh Congressional District of Florida (Sarasota-Lakeland area) from 1952 through 1976. A paper index to the collection is located in the archives building with the files. Consult the archives' staff for assistance in using the collection.

For additional information please contact the archives at 863-680-4994.

McKay Archives CENTER Hours

Sunday Closed
Monday - Friday 8:00am-12:00pm
Saturday Closed

Hours vary during special events.

Florida Southern College Archives

Archives Collection Development Policy & Forms
Digital Collections
Finding Aids
McKay Archives Digital Image Service
Poster Printing Service

Florida Southern College History

Alma Mater
Athletics, 1908 to Present
Faculty Publications
Florida Citrus Hall of Fame
Florida Southern College History Sources
Florida Southern College Press
Freshman Proverbs
Graduates of Southern College, 1890 to 1934
Honorary Chancellors
  Chain and Medallion of the Honorary Chancellor
Honorary Degrees & Citations
I Want to Go Back to S. C. (An A. B.'s Lament)
Library Bookplates
Past Presidents of Florida Southern College
Southern Voices Oral History Project

Our Building

The groundbreaking for the McKay Archives Center took place during the College's Founders Day Celebration on March 19, 2007, with Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington delivering the Founders Day address and participating in the groundbreaking ceremonies. The building was dedicated on February 20, 2009. Special guests included former first lady of Florida Rhea Chiles, United States Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and FSC's Board of Trustees.

The architects are Lakeland-based Straughn Trout Architects, LLC, and a time-lapse view of the construction is available at their site. Other project photographs may be found here.