1914 Commencement of Florida State College for Women invitation

$15.00 CAD

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Forerunner of Florida State University. Last commencement before the world was turned upside down a couple of months later with the outbreak of WW1.

Mailed from Tallahassee on May 22, 1914 to Mr. & Mrs. McDonald in Gainesville.

Inside mailing envelope is another envelope which is blank, but on whose back flap is an embossed ‘14’.

Inside the inner envelope is the invitation:

The President, the Faculty and the Senior Class of
Florida State College for Women
Request the honor of your presence at the
Commencement Exercises
On the tenth of June
Nineteen hundred and fourteen
At eight o’clock
Tallahassee Florida

Invitation is folded horizontally. It is a four-page document, with one the inside pages listing the graduates and their degrees: M.A., M.S., B.A., B. S., Certificate in Music, Certificate in Expression, Normal School L. I. Degree Teacher’s Course, Kindergarten Course.

In 1914, there were a total of 58 graduates.

The McDonalds’s daughter, Clara Rosalind, was receiving her B.A.

Printed on thicker paper.

Some stains, glue stains.

Invitation Envelope: 3” x 7” Invitation (unfolded) 5 ¾” x 6 ¾”


In a 1905 reorganization of Florida's educational system by the Legislature, six state institutions of higher learning were consolidated into two when the University of Florida in Gainesville was established and designated a men's school and the Florida State College became a women's school called the Florida Female College. The male student body moved from Tallahassee to Gainesville, taking with it the fraternity system and the College football team, which had been state champions in 1902, 1903, and 1905. In 1909 the name of the college was changed to Florida State College for Women, an institution which grew to become the third largest women's college in the nation during the 1930's.