Fonchen Lord exhibit at Polk State College
Lakeland has been home to a host of writers, artists, musicians, composers, and circus and vaudeville performers over the years. The collections of records in this category document to a small degree the work and activities of some of those artists. Included are records relating to such artists and sculptors as Kent Hagerman and Fonchen Lord, composers Howard Buss and Harry Mayhall, singer/songwriters James Bennett and Dottie Waddell, artist/illustrator Chryssie Tavrides, and the circus and vaudeville Bernard family. The types of records found in these collections include audio and video recordings in various formats, photographs, flyers, posters, correspondence, concert and recital programs, paintings, sketches, etchings, exhibition catalogs, and published and unpublished writings.
Also included in this category are the records of a number of organizations in Lakeland that sponsor and support the "arts" in the broadest sense of the term. Among the organizations represented are the Bertha Cole Music Club, the Creative and Performing Arts Council, the Lakeland Art Guild, the Polk Museum of Art, the Polk Theater, and the Southern Association of Habitat Artists. The types of records include agenda, minutes, by-laws, correspondence, memos, posters, programs, exhibit catalogs, and newspaper clippings.