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According to Robin Sellers' Femina Perfecta, in 1914 members of the even-year classes of Florida State College for Women (juniors and freshmen) wore their green and yellow class colors to chapel on the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving. A spontaneous pep rally ensued. On the following Wednesday, odd-year class members (seniors, sophomores, and sub-freshmen) carried canes wrapped with ribbons in their individual class colors of red, white, and purple. On Thanksgiving Day the odd-year classes defeated the even-year classes 26-5 in basketball and celebrated with a march into town before they returned to a traditional turkey in the recently-completed dining hall. From 1910-1920, President Conradi allowed students to establish several rituals, the most important of which were athletic contests between Odds and Evens. Competition between the two groups remained keen and Thanksgiving continued to be the focal point of the rivalry. Odd/Even rivalries continued practically unaltered from the 1920s through the 1940s, and ended in 1946 with the arrival of male students at the Tallahassee Branch of the University of Florida.

From the description of Florida State College for Women/Florida State University "Odd" team beanies. (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 659513135

In 1905, through the Buckman Act, the State Legislature reorganized higher education in Florida, establishing a school for male students in Gainesville, and a school for female students in Tallahassee. Florida State College in Tallahassee became the female school and was named Florida Female College. In 1909, because of objections to the name it was renamed Florida State College for Women (FSCW).

In 1946 a flood of applicants at the University of Florida created a crisis situation. As a result a branch accommodating 500 men opened at Tallahassee's Dale Mabry Field, a deactivated army installation. In 1947 the Legislature designated both the University of Florida and Florida State College for Women as coeducational, at the same time changing the name of FSCW to The Florida State University.

From the description of Florida State College for Women (FSCW) history 1910-1976 (bulk 1910-1946). (Florida State University). WorldCat record id: 52397987

  • 1905: The Florida Legislature establishes Florida Female College.
  • 1909: The Florida Legislature changes name to the Florida State College for Women (FSCW).
  • 1909: Dr. Edward Conradi becomes college president.
  • 1911 - 1916 : The erection of the Wescott Building (Administrative Building) marked a time of rapid expansion for the college. The School of Education was created, and many new dormitories were built. Finally, in 1915 the FSCW became fully accredited and was admitted to the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of the Southern States (now called the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
  • 1920: Enrollment reaches 500 and the first dean of the School of Music, Ella Scoble Opperman, is hired.
  • 1928: Enrollment reaches 1500 and FSCW becomes the seventh largest college for women in the country.
  • 1930: Enrollment expands to 2,663. Because of the Great Depression, students often barter citrus and livestock with the University to cover fees. Faculty reaches 176 members.
  • 1933: 16 teachers are fired due to Depression era legislative cutbacks and budget concerns. However, in the late 1930s, FSCW recovers, and the campus continues to acquire land and buildings. New faculty are added and FSCW quickly becomes the third largest women's college in the country.
  • 1941: Dr. Edward Conradi retires.

From the guide to the Florida State College for Women Surveys and Reports, 1911-1941, 1920-1939, (Florida State University Libraries)

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creatorOf Florida State College for Women. Florida State College for Women surveys and reports, 1911-1941 (inclusive) (bulk 1920-1939). Florida State University
referencedIn Autrey, Elizabeth Parker. Elizabeth and Katharine Autrey collection, 1931-1999 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Gallant, Mary Petway. Mary Gallant collection, 1935-1940, 1961-1965 [bulk 1961-1965]. Florida State University
referencedIn Wood, Mary Mendenhall. Mary Lucy (Mendenhall) Wood FSCW photographs, 1916. Florida State University
referencedIn Montgomery, Katherine W. Katherine W. Montgomery Gym collection, 1948-1973. Florida State University
referencedIn Odd Demonstration Play, 1940. Florida State University
referencedIn Kurz, Herman, 1886-. Herman Kurz collection, 1932-1957 (inclusive). Florida State University
creatorOf Florida State College for Women. Florida State College for Women/Florida State University "Odd" team beanies. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University. Florida State University general faculty records, 1938-1976 (inclusive). Florida State University
creatorOf Florida State College for Women. Florida State College for Women (FSCW) history 1910-1976 (bulk 1910-1946). Florida State University
referencedIn Nellie Colcord Weidenbach Scrapbook, 1935-1936 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Colman, Marian Emmett. Marian Emmett Colman papers, 1914-1918 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Bryan, William James. Letters, 1930. Florida State University
referencedIn Marshall, William L. William L. Marshall Jr. Papers, 1933-1935. Florida State University
referencedIn Conradi, Edward, 1869-1944. Edward Conradi Papers, 1911-1981. Florida State University
referencedIn Cooper, Jewell Genevieve. Jewell Genevieve Cooper scrapbook, 1924-1930 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Elston, Marie. Marie Elston scrapbook, 1927-1929 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Pope, Helen Smoyer. Helen Smoyer Pope collection, 1927-1930 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University. Alumni Association. FSU senior class gift files, 1912-2003 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Gates, Philomene, 1918-2009. Philomene "Phil" Gates collection, 1934-1938 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women. Curriculum Committee. Florida State College for Women (FSCW) and Florida State University (FSU) Curriculum Committee, 1945-1974. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women Department of Botany and Bacteriology Ledger Book, 1918-1940 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Florida State College for Women/ Florida State University Reports to Board of Control, 1927-1970, 1927-1940 1947-1962
referencedIn Liddell, Anna Forbes, 1891-1979. Anna Forbes Liddell papers, 1902-1961 (inclusive) (bulk 1930-1961). Florida State University
referencedIn Benson, Laura Quayle. Laura Quayle Benson scrapbook, 1917-1919 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women. Office of the President. Edward Conradi administrative files, 1939-1941. Florida State Archive
referencedIn Edward Conradi Presidential Anniversary Book, May 25, 1934
referencedIn Crocker, Carrie Forehand. Carrie Forehand Crocker collection, 1931-1947 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women. Campus Defense Council. Campus Defense Council, Florida State College for Women (FSCW), 1940-1944. Florida State University
referencedIn Lewis, Victoria J. Victoria J. Lewis scrapbook, 1940-1944 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University. Faculty Senate. Florida State University Faculty Senate minutes, 1905-2006 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Emily Jackson Swanson Scrapbook, 1929-1942 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Faculty and Friends Club (Florida State University). Faculty and Friends Club papers, 1926-2005 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Park, Kathrine. Kathrine Park scrapbook, circa 1920's. Florida State University
referencedIn Kurz, Herman, 1886-. Herman Kurz collection, 1923-1948. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida county and city histories, 1922. Florida State University
referencedIn Ryburn, May. May Ryburn papers, 1880-2003 (inclusive) (bulk 1925-2003). Florida State University
creatorOf Anvil Literary Society. Anvil Literary Society papers 1915-1929. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women. Dept. of History. History Department meeting minutes, 1927-1930. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida. Board of Regents. Minutes, 1905-1974,1987-1988. Florida State Archive
referencedIn Flory, Daisy Parker, 1915-2006. Daisy Parker Flory papers, 1929-1990 (inclusive) (bulk 1961-1979). Florida State University
referencedIn Diamond, Ruby, 1886-1982. Ruby Diamond collection, 1773-1981 Florida State University
creatorOf Florida State College for Women Surveys and Reports, 1911-1941, 1920-1939 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Opperman, Ella Scoble. Estate of Ella Scoble Opperman, 1740-1953. Florida State University
referencedIn Lofton, Giles O. Giles O. and Anicia Aleman Lofton collection, 1947-1950 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Murphree, Albert Alexander. Letterpress books, 1902-1908. Florida State University
referencedIn Weidenbach, Nell Colcord. Nellie Colcord Weidenbach scrapbook, 1935-1936 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Swanson, Emily Jackson. Emily Jackson Swanson scrapbook, 1929-1942 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women Student Record Books, 1890-1927, 1913-1927
referencedIn Larson, Olga. Larson collection, 1905-1961. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University General Faculty Records, 1938-1976 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Taylor, Elizabeth Byrd, 1903-1985. Elizabeth Byrd scrapbook, 1922-1926 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Baldwin, Bertha N. Baldwin letters, 1914-1918. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University. Florida State University (FSU) building appraisals as of April, 1955 1934-1956 (bulk 1955). Florida State University
referencedIn Venila Lovina Shores Speech, September 23, 1941 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Marian Emmett Colman Papers, 1914-1918, 1916-1918
referencedIn Florida Home Economics Association Records, 1918-1969, 1938-1945 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Tarpon Club. Florida State College for Women/ Florida State University Tarpon Club collection, 1931-1994 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida. Board of Regents. University construction records, 1946-1971. Florida State Archive
referencedIn Dodd, William George. William George Dodd papers, 1922-1963. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University Libraries. Florida State University Libraries accession books, 1909-1969 (inclusive) (bulk 1923-1951). Florida State University
creatorOf Florida State College for Women student record books, 1890-1927 (inclusive) (bulk 1913-1927). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University. Planning Committee. Florida State University Planning Committee minutes, 1948-1949 (inclusive). Florida State University
creatorOf Florida State College for Women. Class record books, 1918-1957. Florida State University
referencedIn Lamar, Sam. Sam Lamar collection, 1938-2005 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Burrow, Dorothy, Papers, 1840-1979 University of West Florida Libraries
referencedIn Florida State University Summer Music Camp. Florida State University Summer Music Camp records, 1943-2008 (inclusive) (bulk 1943-1985) Florida State University
referencedIn Norwood, Mary Lou. Mary Lou Norwood collection, 1941-2007 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University Faculty Senate Minutes, October 7, 1905-October 18, 2006 Florida State University Libraries
creatorOf Florida State College for Women. FSCW faculty/staff/student directories, 1941-1945. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida. Dept. of Public Instruction. Scholarship files, 1923-1927. Florida State Archive
referencedIn FSCW Faculty/Staff/Student Directories, 1941-1945
referencedIn Smith, Mary Ellen. Research paper, 1967. Florida State University
referencedIn Price, Janet. Janet Price Collection, 1917-1919. Florida State University
referencedIn Black, Gladys Martin. Gladys Martin Black collection, 1914-1993 (bulk 1914-1918). Florida State University
referencedIn William George Dodd Papers, ca. 1939-1940
referencedIn Wood, Mary Mendenhall. Mary Mendenhall Wood collection, 1901-1967 (inclusive) (bulk 1964-1967). Florida State University
referencedIn Morse, Katherine Moore. The Katherine Moore Morse collection, 1891-2007 (inclusive) (bulk 1943-1947). Florida State University
referencedIn Richardson, Louise, 1889-1963. Louise Richardson collection, 1920-1964. Florida State University
referencedIn Pipkin, Beulah Mary, 1895-. Beulah Pipkin Papers, 1924-1985. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women/Florida State University Executive Council Minutes, 1930-1958 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Ella Scoble Opperman Papers, 1719-1963, 1900-1963 Florida State University Libraries
referencedIn Florida Home Economics Association. Florida Home Economics Association records, 1918-1969 (inclusive) (bulk 1938-1945). Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State College for Women. Executive Council. Florida State College for Women/ Florida State University Executive Council minutes, 1930-1958 (inclusive). Florida State University
referencedIn Richardson, Louise. Autograph and typed letters signed collection, 1895-1963. Florida State University
referencedIn Women's Recreation Association. Records, 1925-1947. Florida State University
referencedIn Gregory, Lucile. Lucile Gregory Florida State College for Women (FSCW) papers 1911-1924. Florida State University
referencedIn Moor, Beth, 1897-1986. Beth Moor Papers, 1918-1986. Florida State University
referencedIn Florida State University. Office of the President. Doak S. Campbell administrative files, 1941-1957. Florida State Archive
referencedIn Richardson, Carolyne Doyle. Carolyne Doyle Richardson scrapbook, 1926. Florida State University
referencedIn Welch, Catherine. Welch collection, 19?? Florida State University
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Florida
Leon--12072
Florida
Florida
Florida--Tallahassee
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Bacteriology--Study and teaching (Higher)
Universities and Colleges--Accreditation--Florida--Tallahassee
Zoology--Study and teaching (Higher)
Women's colleges
Education, Higher--Archival resources
Surveys
Women's colleges--Directories
Botany--Study and teaching (Higher)
Biology--Study and teaching (Higher)
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