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Scope and Content Note

The Herbert Jackson Drane Papers were donated to the Special Collections unit of the Lakeland Public Library in 1996 by Stephen A. Moore, Jr., Drane's great-grandson. The records were in no particular order when received and their condition was fair to good.

The records contained herein comprise 3.75 linear feet and document to a small extent the business and personal life of Herbert Jackson Drane, one of Lakeland's pioneer settlers and a leading political figure in both Lakeland and the state of Florida. Drane arrived in what is now Lakeland in late 1883 and remained a resident of the city until his death in 1947. The collection also includes records relating to the disposition of Drane's estate after his death. It does not include, however, any materials relating to his long political career, which included stints as city clerk/treasurer, mayor, county commissioner, a member both houses of the Florida Legislature, and 16 years as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives.

After processing, the records were organized into four series as follows:

Series I, Personal Papers;
Series II, Estate Files;
Series III, Lakeland Building and Investment Company;
Series IV, Lakeland-Gulf Canal Company

Series I, Personal Papers, 1874-1946, contains materials relating more to Drane's personal than business life and includes a typescript copy of his autobiography, correspondence, deeds, mortgages, indentures, leases, speeches, stock certificates and a Drane family genealogy.

Series II, Estate Files, 1931-1957, contains records relating to the distribution of Drane's estate after his death. Included are an appraisal of the value of the estate, executors' annual inventories and reports, a copy of Drane's will, petitions, court orders, correspondence, deeds, mortgages, bank pass books, and estate tax forms.

Series III, Lakeland Building and Investment Company, 1903-1938, contains records relating to a real estate investment and holding company created by Drane and several partners in 1903. Included are the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the company, minutes of board of directors meetings, ledgers, stock certificates, and treasurers' reports.

Series IV, Lakeland Gulf-Canal Company, 1933-1959, contains materials relating to efforts by Lakeland and Polk County business and political leaders in the late 1930's to promote the construction of a canal linking Lakeland to the Gulf of Mexico at Tampa. Included are an application for funding of the project to the Public Works Administration, company by-laws, blueprints, correspondence, economic surveys, a list of company officers and staff, a list stockholders and the numbers of shares they owned, a company prospectus, reports, stock certificates, and newspaper clippings.