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J. Floyd Monk Collection

Identifier: SPC 5075

Scope and Contents

J. Floyd Monk began amassing his book collection in the 1930's and continued collecting throughout his life. He was especially interested in books on Florida history, geography and wildlife. Most of his books were purchased from the used book stores he frequently visited. A large portion of his Florida book collection was compiled as part of his research while writing the two books and several articles he authored. Although his books went unpublished, several of his articles were accepted for publication. The J. Floyd Monk papers are comprised of 5 boxes of research in Florida history. Some of his frequently addressed topics include: The Seminole War, tourism in Florida, and the history of Cedar Key—one of Monk's special interests which also served as a vacation place for his family. The sub-topics within Cedar Key that he researched include: wildlife conservation (sea turtle habitat), industry (the pencil company) and racial tensions (Rosewood Massacre). Included are the manuscripts of his scholarly articles and works of fiction.


  • Other: Majority of material found within 1826 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights: In copyright. Standardized rights statement:

Special Collections & University Archives provides copies of materials in our collections for private study, scholarship, or research. Patrons are responsible for determining the proper copyright holder and securing permission to publish, quote, broadcast, exhibit, or perform that work. FIU Special Collections will provide all available information about the copyright holder of materials found in our collections.

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Biographical / Historical

J. Floyd Monk was born in 1914 in Moultrie, Georgia. He was the youngest in a family of 13 children. Though all of his brothers (and a few of his sisters) went to college, the highest degree he earned was a High School diploma (as class valedictorian) in 1932. Floyd worked in Moultrie for a few years before moving to Miami, Florida in 1936. He took a job as a clerk for Florida National Bank. By the time he retired in the 1970's—after 42 years—he had ascended to Vice President of the bank. He died in September of 2004 at the age of 90. Monk's collection of books and papers were donated to FIU's Special Collections department in 2005.


4.00 boxes

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J. Floyd Monk Collection
Althea (Vicki) Silvera
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida International University Repository

Green Library
11200 SW 8th Street, GL 422
Miami FL 33199 US