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picking oranges @1900

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The Lakeland Photograph Collection is a collection of photographs gathered from a variety of sources depicting buildings, people, places, and events related to the history and development of the city of Lakeland. Almost all of the photographs were donated to the Special Collections unit over a period of many years. In some instances the names of the donors are known. Many were donated anonymously. Some of the photographs are dated, but most are not and the dates attached to them are educated guesses at best.

This collection serves as a complement to the major photograph collections in the Special Collections unit, including the Dan Sanborn Photo Collection (P720, P721), the Albert I. Lodwick Photo Collection (P700), the W. M. "Hap" Harper Photo Collection (P800), and the Earl Morgan Savage Photo Collection (P1000). In addition, the following collections of personal papers include substantial numbers of photographs documenting Lakeland: the Leonard C. Carter Family Papers (RG1080), the Norman A. Riggins Family Papers (RG1000), the Spanish-American War Collection (RG1100), and the Records of Historic Lakeland (RG5520). All of the above collections should also be consulted in order to locate photographs significant to Lakeland's history and development.

The photo above depicts workers harvesting citrus from a Lakeland grove, c. 1900.

After processing, the Lakeland Photograph Collection was organized into six series as follows:

Series I, Activities;
Series II Aerial Photos;
Series III Buildings;
Series IV Lakes;
Series V People;
Series VI Places.

Series I, Activities, @1890's-1973, contains photographs documenting a wide range activities, including a turn of the century citrus harvest, road construction, a variety of festivals and parades, phosphate mining, lawn bowling, and story time at the Lakeland Public Library.

Series II, Aerial Photographs, 1905-1974, contains aerial and panoramic photographs of various areas of Lakeland. Included are downtown Lakeland, Drane Field, Kentucky Avenue, the west side of Lake Parker, the Lakeland Municipal Airport (now Tiger Town), and a turn of the century panoramic view of Lakeland.

Series III, Buildings, @1890-2001, contains photographs of many historic buildings of Lakeland, some of which no longer exist. Included are the Bowyer Building, City Hall, the Clonts Building, the Coca Cola Building, the Lake Mirror Civic Center, the club houses of the Lakeland and Lakeland Highlands Country Clubs, the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club, the Park Trammell Building, the Sorosis Club, Lakeland's first railroad depot, and private residences in Cleveland Heights and Lakeland Highlands.

Series IV, Lakes, @1920-1994, consists of photographs of many of the lakes from which the city derives its name. Included are photographs of the following lakes: Beulah, Fish, Gibson, Hollingsworth, Mirror, Morton, Scott, and Seward.

Series V, People, 1895-1996, contains photographs of local politicians city officials, and prominent private citizens. Included are photographs of the city commission, several mayors of the city, city managers, police chiefs, and other prominent city officials.

Series VI, Places, @1910-1973, contains photographs of street scenes, parks, citrus groves, and other prominent locations in Lakeland. Includes are photographs of Lake Hollingsworth Drive, the Lake Mirror Promenade, Munn Park, citrus groves in Lakeland and Winter Haven, and the Temple Emanuel Cemetery gate.