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New Collection: The Pride Student Union Records, 1964-2015

2012queerodyssey015We are excited to announce our most recently processed collection, the Pride Student Union Records, 1964-2015. Now a major fixture in the Student Government Association, the collection documents Pride’s predecessor organizations and their steps towards becoming an official agency, introducing non-discrimination policies on campus, and empowering FSU’s LGBTQ+ population.

In 1969, gay and lesbians in Tallahassee organized the People’s Coalition for Gay Rights, which later became the Alliance for Gay Awareness, as a response to the Stonewall Riots. The group was primarily a political organization active in the gay rights movement of the 1970s. In 1973, staff of the University Mental Health Center (now the Student Counseling Center) formed Gay Peer Counseling to provide support and counseling for gays and lesbian students. It became the most active LGBTQ+ group on campus in the early 1970s. In 1978, the group evolved into the Gay Peer Volunteers (GPV), which provided students opportunities for services in the community outside of the counseling environment. To include all students directly served by this student organization, the Gay Peer Volunteers changed its name to the Gay/Lesbian Student Union (GLSU) in 1989, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Student Union (LGBSU) in 1994, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Student Union (LGBTSU) in 1998, and finally Pride Student Union in 2005.

dragwarsThere are several other auxiliary groups at FSU that have served the LGBTQ+ population. In 1984, Gay/Lesbian Support Services formed to continue and expand upon the goals and services of the preceding organizations.  In the 1990s, a specialist in student counseling continued the mission of GPV by founding Gay and Lesbian Allies (GALA), which was later absorbed by Tallahassee LGBTQ+ community center, Family Tree. Safe Zone-Tallahassee was founded in 1997 as a response to FSU administration to fund an LGBTQ+ committee or office space. In 2012, Safe Zone was revamped into Seminole Allies & Safe Zones, and provides workshops to students, faculty, and staff.

The collection contains administrative records, promotional materials, artwork and banners, newspapers, and journal and magazine clippings produced and collected by the organization since the late 1960s. Spanning from meeting minutes to posters for drag shows, protest banners and queer literature, the Pride Student Union Records provide a varied look at the voices of the LGBTQ+ community in Tallahassee.

To see more photographs, ephemera, and artifacts related to the history of Florida State, check out the FSU Heritage Protocol Digital Collections or like the Heritage Protocol Facebook page.

Behind the scenes: Preserving Scrapbooks in Heritage Protocol & University Archives

While many of us no longer create traditional scrapbooks and rely on digital solutions in the form of Pinterest, Facebook, and Flickr, there are still many examples from the long history of scrapbooking that need special care. At Heritage Protocol & University Archives, we use a variety of methods to preserve our large collection. We choose the best way to preserve while trying to maintain the original look and feel for the viewer.

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Some scrapbooks have a multitude of types of materials that need extra consideration. In the over 100 scrapbooks created by the Florida State College for Women and  FSU alumni, we have found things such as bones, hair, fabric, dolls, jewelry, flowers and other plants, along with paper based memorabilia. This scrapbook has varnished wood covers that require special handling and usually a sturdy box. 

 

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If the scrapbook is in relatively good condition (clean of obvious dirt and debris, dry, no mold, or obvious insect activity) wrapping gently, and/or boxing and storing in a cool dry place is a simple way to preserve.When tying with linen tape, we are careful not to tie so tightly that the covers or pages are damaged at the edges.

 

IIMG_2873nterleaving pages containing photographs and other items with buffered or at least acid free paper can also provide  stabilization. Cutting the sheet to fir the page and gently tucking it in works well.

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With photographs,  a properly cut piece of buffered or acid free paper can be slid under it to create a barrier between it and the paper it rests on. There is still the matter of the photo corners, but some separation is better than none.

If many additional sheets are needed, the spine of the scrapbook may not accommodate the extra pages. Scrapbooks that are too large, over-stuffed with objects (anything that exceeds the capacity of the binding) may need to be separated into parts, and either wrapped or boxed in sections to keep fragile items and brittle paper from falling apart.

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Photo: Ohio History Connection

For albums with pages that are falling apart or otherwise in bad condition (bugs, mold, etc.) it may be wise to document the pages through scanning, photocopying, or photographing, and then remove as many items as possible and preserve them individually. Documenting the original order and other details of the pages preserves the context of items and the overall creation of the scrapbook, especially if there are notations or other items to preserve that cannot be removed easily. One method for removing old photos from paper and magnetic pages (sticky, striped backing), very gently saw back and forth with fine, waxed dental floss. 

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These procedure are great tips for preserving your own scrapbooks, however removing items involves tools, patience, and a steady hand. The first rule of thumb with archival materials is to “do no harm.” If you aren’t sure what to do or aren’t comfortable with some of the more aggressive techniques, simply stabilizing your scrapbook is best (see interleaving and wrapping). If you are more daring, practice on something you aren’t attached to first.

FSU’s first Homecoming, 1948

Homecoming Illustration, Florida Flambeau, 1948
Homecoming Illustration, Florida Flambeau, 1948
Amidst all of Homecoming Week’s non-stop events, one doesn’t have time to think about the festivities of the past and their influence on the present.  FSU’s first Homecoming, celebrated over the weekend of December 3-4, 1948, boasted concerts, dances and dinners held by various organizations, skit night, Pow Wow, and a football game for students and alumni alike to enjoy. Many of FSU’s greatest traditions started at the 1948 Homecoming.
Friday’s Homecoming events started with a continuation of an older tradition from FSCW by hosting an Odd-Even Archery event. Men weren’t excluded from the fun, and competed in an intramural volleyball match. Festivities continued with an Odd-Even modern dance, Garnet and Gold Key Banquet, a Tarpon Club exhibition, with Friday’s activities culminating in the first annual Pow Wow. Pow Wow, now a concert featuring popular comedians and performances by various student groups, used to be held at Centennial Field (now the location of Cascades Park). The Pow Wow program consisted of skits and performances by students, speeches by the President and Master of Ceremonies, and concluded with a “pyrotechnics show.”
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Homecoming brochure, 1948
Homecoming prop outside Pi Beta Phi house, 1948, Lillian M. Mandyck Photograph Album
Homecoming prop outside Pi Beta Phi house, 1948, Lillian M. Mandyck Photograph Album

Saturday was packed full of activities for students and alumni to attend. Starting with breakfast and followed by campus tours, visitors were able to view the newest buildings on campus (including the new music building, the first building on campus to have air conditioning), as well as see the entries in the House Decorating Competition. In the afternoon, students held a parade from campus to centennial Field, just in time to catch the game against the University of Tampa Spartans. The first Homecoming game set the precedent of the Seminoles winning bowl games. Homecoming coincided with the first bow game of the newly reorganized Dixie conference. The Seminoles finished their second season by trouncing the University of Tampa Spartans with a 33-12 victory.

After the game, students reconvened on campus for a dance that featured Hal McIntyre and his 15-piece Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Orchestra. Formerly a saxophonist for Benny Goodman and later the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Hal McIntyre toured over seas and around America during the mid-century. FSU students and alumni were excited welcome him and his band to campus. At the dance, students chose their new Homecoming Queen. Whittled down from an original 32 Homecoming hopefuls, 5 finalists were rated on an applause-meter, and junior Clara Moffat Howell was chosen to reign supreme.
To see more photographs, ephemera, and artifacts related to the history of Florida State, check out the FSU Heritage Protocol Digital Collections or like the Heritage Protocol Facebook page.

What’s in a song? The many melodies of FSU

Continuing with tradition, the University Recreation Association continued to distribute song books after the transition to FSU.
Continuing with tradition, the University Recreation Association continued to distribute song books after the transition to FSU.

If you’ve ever attended orientation at Florida State, most likely you learned the words to the fight song (or at least how to spell F-L-O-R-I-D-A S-T-A-T-E), and probably heard the Alma Mater and “The Hymn to the Garnet and the Gold” two, maybe three or four times each. You can also hear these songs at football games, graduation ceremonies, concerts, and as the tinny and garbled hold-music while waiting to get through to financial aid. These pervasive melodies and chants are just a few among a long tradition of campus songs at Florida State.

Universities all over America have their own campus songs, written to spread school spirit or wax poetic about campus traditions. Often, though, school songs develop from chants meant to trash talk competitors. Our predecessor institution FSCW was no exception – the intracollegiate competition between the Odd and Even classes produced some pretty snarky verses. One such song, an Even anthem, skewers the Odds:

The FSCW Music Club edited the book with “the hope that this material may help toward a real renaissance of information college singing on campus.” This is the first collection of Florida State songs.
The bells of Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
For the Odds and not for us,
Up where the angels sing-a-ling-a-ling,
That’s where you will find us.
“The Bells of Hell”
The Odds weren’t going to just take that, however:
Go easy, Odd team,
‘Cause we don’t want to kill ’em quite.
We’re out to beat ’em.
So holler for the Red and White.
That Even team is mighty slow
Because they fear the Odd team so.
Go easy, Odd team,
‘Cause we don’t want to kill ’em quite.
“Go Easy, Odd Team”
The Florida Flambeau made appeals for the University to adopt an alma mater.
The Florida Flambeau made appeals for the University to adopt an alma mater.

After FSCW became co-educational in 1947, the school needed some new songs, specifically an alma mater. On May 16th, 1947, The Florida Flambeau announced a contest to select a new alma mater, and on November 21st, it was announced that Johnny Lawrence had won with his song “High O’er the Towering Pines.” While the song had been selected and performed at convocation and homecoming, the university dragged its heels to adopt the song. Flambeau writers appealed to the administration to make a decision, but were rebuffed by Dean of Music, Karl O. Kuersteiner: “[Choosing] an alma mater is like choosing a wife and that it demands much consideration.” Finally in 1949, two full years after the original alma mater contest announcement, the university officially announced “High O’er the Towering Pines” as the alma mater.

A blurb about the first time the “Hymn to the Garnet and the Gold” was performed at FSU

A little over a year later, a phenomenon happened: “The Hymn to the Garnet and the Gold” was premiered at the 1950 Homecoming by The Collegians (men’s glee club). Written by J. Dayton Smith for SATB choir, the song blew up. Women in their dorms were being serenaded with The Hymn and it was often sung at campus events. Eventually, the song was arranged by Charlie Carter for FSU Marching Chiefs in 1958 and captured the hearts of Seminole fans. FSU alum and friend of Heritage Protocol Paul Ort recounts the time when he committed a little petty theft to get a hold of a copy of The Hymn: “I still remember how guilty I felt when I hooked that copy of the SATB music from a University Singers folio while the choral rehearsal room was empty. But Carter had to have something to start with…”

Since then, there have been several other songs that have developed and shaped the identity of FSU: The Fight Song, written by Doug Alley and Dr. Thomas Wright, and the Warchant, a tradition that has one of FSU’s most disputed origin stories. Campus songs are still written today, in musical styles that are popular with modern students. A few years ago, FSU premiered “I’m in the Doak,” a parody of the Saturday Night Live sketch “I’m on a Boat” featuring famous former-Tallahassee denizen, T-Pain. More recently, FSU student Daniel Stamphil a.k.a. Blak Iron, released a remake of the Drake track “Know Yourself,” titled “Nole Yourself.” While these tracks herald a new era of campus songs, they will always echo FSU.

Lee Causseaux: FSU’s First Chief of Police

Lee Causseaux's FSU Chief of Police badge
Lee Causseaux’s FSU Chief of Police badge. Badge courtesy of Patsy Yawn.

Born in 1900 in Woodville, FL, Lee Causseaux was the descendant of a long line of Leon County residents and spent his whole life serving the greater Tallahassee community. Considering FSCW and FSU his second home, “Mr. Lee” (as most people called him) occupied many positions on campus, ranging from laundry operations, Superintendent of Landscaping, and his eventual promotion to Chief of FSCW Police in 1945. His influence was felt outside of campus, too – he was often called on by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Culley’s Funeral Home for assistance.

 
Chief Declares Cops Guard Students, Florida Flambeau, October 16, 1956
Chief Declares Cops Guard Students, Florida Flambeau, October 16, 1956

Before taking his position as FSCW Chief of Police, Causseaux protected students from a pervasive threat: the sun. As the Superintendent of Landscaping, one of his major projects was transplanting live oak trees from the campus arboretum to various locations around campus and Tallahassee. Causseaux’s love of landscaping never faded after leaving the position, evident from the friendship he had with accomplished horticulturist and FSU’s first First Lady, Mrs. Edna Campbell. He helped her landscape  the President’s home after renovations, and she would often share plants with him for his new home.

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Lee Causseaux on Campus. Photo courtesy of Patsy Yawn.

Causseaux’s law enforcement career started in 1932, when he was sworn in as a Leon County Deputy Sheriff and FSCW’s first day officer. In a 1956 Florida Flambeau article about the necessity of campus police, Causseaux remarked that when he started at the university in the early 1930s, there was only “one man, whose duties were chiefly those of a night watchman.” Throughout the 1930s, the FSCW police force grew to include 3 more officers, and by 1939, police uniforms had been issued. The department continued to grow during the 1940s, as the transition from FSCW to FSU saw an increased need for police. By the time of Causseaux’s death in 1959, the FSU Police Department employed nearly 20 officers. Lee Causseaux served as Chief of Police from 1945-1959.

Lee Causseaux and his Wife, Alma
Lee Causseaux and his Wife, Alma. Photo courtesy of Patsy Yawn.
Lee Causseaux had two children with his wife Alma, whom he married in 1923. Causseaux’s daugher, Patsy Yawn, describes her father as someone who “cared for all [his] employees,” saying that he considered “FSCW/FSU faculty and staff [as] his extended family.” On October 24, 1959, after seining for mullet out of the FSU Marine Laboratory, Causseaux complained of not feeling well and passed away on the shore.  Yawn proclaims that her father’s death on FSU soil was “a fitting exit for a man who loved, lived, and breathed for the school.”

Homecoming at FSU

It’s Homecoming Week at FSU and there have been many exciting events happening around campus for students and alumni. Homecoming is always a festive time of year at FSU, with events like Pow Wow, Warchant, the Homecoming parade, and the Homecoming football game to keep folks busy all week.

Please enjoy some photographs and ephemera from past Homecoming activities.

 

Homecoming Prop Outside Pi Beta Phi House, "FSU's First, Welcome Alums" (Lillian M. Mandyck Photograph Album, 1948)
Homecoming Prop Outside Pi Beta Phi House, “FSU’s First, Welcome Alums”, 1948 (Lillian M. Mandyck Photograph Album)
Florida State QB Ed Pritchett of Decatur, Ga., scores FSU's second and final touchdown during the game against North Carolina State. This marked FSU's first homecoming win since 1958.
Florida State QB Ed Pritchett of Decatur, Ga., scores FSU’s second and final touchdown during the game against North Carolina State. This marked FSU’s first homecoming win since 1958. (FSU Historic Photograph Collection)
A decorated pickup truck with the name "Jennie" on the front carrying several women dressed in Seminole-inspired costumes makes its way up the street passing the Capitol Radio Labs during the 1948 Florida State University Homecoming parade, as spectators in formal wear watch.
A decorated pickup truck with the name “Jennie” on the front carrying several women dressed in Seminole-inspired costumes makes its way up the street passing the Capitol Radio Labs during the 1948 Florida State University Homecoming parade, as spectators in formal wear watch. (FSU Historic Photograph Collection)
Student Cars in Homecoming Parade
Student Cars in Homecoming Parade, 1948 (FSU Historic Photograph Collection)
Football program from FSU vs. Stetson (10/27/51)
Football program from FSU vs. Stetson (10/27/51)(FSU Vertical Files)
1953 Homecoming program
1953 Homecoming program (FSU Vertical Files)
Florida State University's 1970 homecoming Queen Doby Lee Flowers poses in the traditional headdress. On November 13, 1970, she became the first black Homecoming Queen in the history of FSU. She was a social welfare student and was sponsored by the Black Student Union.
Florida State University’s 1970 homecoming Queen Doby Lee Flowers poses in the traditional headdress. On November 13, 1970, she became the first black Homecoming Queen in the history of FSU. She was a social welfare student and was sponsored by the Black Student Union. (FSU Historic Photograph Collection)
 1955 Homecoming queen Margaret Ann Ballinger shown crowning 1956 Queen Laytie Brown with the traditional headdress, both in formal wear.
1955 Homecoming queen Margaret Ann Ballinger shown crowning 1956 Queen Laytie Brown with the traditional headdress, both in formal wear. (FSU Historic Photograph Collection)

To see more photographs, ephemera, and artifacts related to the history of Florida State, check out the FSU Heritage Protocol Digital Collections or like the Heritage Protocol Facebook page.