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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Pinellas County (Fla.) -- History; St. Petersburg (Fla.); St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- History; Local and Regional History Provenance


In November 1993, Niela M. Eliason, a free-lance writer and St. Petersburg resident, permitted the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library to copy the contents of two scrapbooks in her possession. The “City in Transition” series documented the social and cultural history of St. Petersburg through the voices of civic leaders and common citizens alike. As stated in the first column, these essays examined "a changing community--the people, the buildings, the activities, the attitudes and reactions, the progress and deterioration." This collection contains photocopies of her 123 City in Transition articles, as well as photographs from the St. Petersburg area. Her writings first appeared in the St. Petersburg Evening Independent, and later moved to the St. Petersburg Times after the afternoon Independent folded in November 1986. All materials fall within the inclusive dates from 1983 to 1988, with the bulk of the material representing the period from 1984 to 1988.



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