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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Poynter, Nelson, 1903-1978; Times Publishing Company (St. Petersburg, Fla.); Journalism and Media Studies Provenance; Local and Regional History Provenance


On 13 September 2013, William C. Ballard—a former member of the Fisher & Sauls law firm—deposited a collection of personal correspondence and other documents related to the management and operation of the Times Publishing Company with Special Collections and University Archives, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. These documents, held by the firm since approximately 15 June 1978, the date of Nelson Poynter’s death, cover the years primarily from 1936 through 1959 and may have been helpful in establishing intra-familial relationships regarding the St. Petersburg Times [now Tampa Bay Times], St. Petersburg Evening Independent, and other publishing and operational entities of the Times Publishing Company during any probate or other hearings. Although many documents discuss newspaper operations, they were also of a personal nature and were not necessarily official company documents. Ballard maintained contact with heirs of the Poynter estate, and with their consent supplied these materials to the USFSP Poytner Library for possible inclusion in the collection. The special collections librarian contacted all parties in December 2013 and processing of this collection began in early 2014.

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