Current Exhibit by Special Collections & Archives
All Ends are Beginnings: The Transformation of FSCW to FSU, 1930s to 1965
Produced by HIS 6087: Exhibiting History, Fall 2016
Featuring items from FSU Special Collections & Archives, Heritage Protocol & University Archives and the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience
Before Florida State University (FSU) became the large research university that we know today, it was the Florida State College for Women (FSCW). This exhibit explores the transformation of FSCW to FSU from the 1930s through 1965, especially the time surrounding World War II. By highlighting the university as a women's liberal arts college in the 1930s, a co-educational school in the 1940s and 1950s, and the beginning of racial integration in the 1960s, the exhibit guides you through this transitional period. The exhibit features contemporary photographs of the school and students from the era alongside artifacts from Florida State's Special Collections and University Archives and the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience. The exhibit examines the changes as well as the continuity of the university through an era of great transformation.