Name and location of repository
Level of description
Oliver Griswold Papers - 1840s-1966
- 1840s-1966 (predominant: 1947-1966) (Creation)
Name of creator
Griswold was a journalist and book author. He was a leader in local conservation and historical groups.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
Correspondence, clippings, and typescripts of articles and books by Griswold. Much of the material pertains to his unpublished work on Dr. Henry Perrine. Articles date primarily from the 1940s, when Griswold was freelancing in Key West.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, and photocopies of 19th century letters pertain to Indian Key history, especially the estate of Jacob Housman, who owned much of the island until Indians destroyed the settlement in 1840.
A diary of a 1960 visit to Jamaica (probably by Mrs. Griswold) and typescripts on Islandia (by C.P. Idyll) and the Museum of Science.
Source material, correspondence, typescripts, and photographic prints pertain to Griswold as a writer and conservationist. Includes a letter from William C. Sturtevant about the political action leading to the establishment of Everglades National Park; correspondence relating to the Historical Association's preservation of the Housman grave marker from Indian Key; material about the 1905 murder of game warden Guy Bradley, a victim of the egret plume trade; a radio script: Going places with Griswold; and detailed outlines for a proposed South Florida handbook, to be written by Griswold and Charles Brookfield.
35mm mounted slides (primarily Ektachrome) of Caribbean, Central and South American sites. Dates, when given, are for 1958-1961.
System of arrangement
Material arranged in folders by topic
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Gift of Charles Brookfield, 1984 Gift of W. F. Younkin, 1989
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Related materials elements
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
Photographic prints are housed in the South Florida Photograph Collection under: Griswold, Oliver, Collector.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Islandia (Elliott Key, Fla.) (Subject)
- Allen, Hervey (Subject)
- Bradley, Guy, 1870-1905 (Subject)
- Griswold, Oliver Tudor (Subject)
- Housman, Jacob, 1799?-1841 (Subject)
- Perrine, Henry (Subject)