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In the fall of 1947, the recently established Florida State University student body voted that the athletic symbol of the new school should be the Seminole Indian. Not long after that the first FSU Seminole design was created in 1948 until the late 1950s, this first image served as the athletic identity for the university. The original interpretation is unique, and differentiated from current imagery in that it is a more authentic representation of a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In 2009 Heritage Protocol was given special permission by FSU NCAA licensing to reproduce this rarely used design on a special Heritage Protocol throwback t-shirt. To obtain one of these unique replicas from FSU history please contact us at Lib-heritageprotocol@fsu.edu. Special thanks to FSU alumnus Mike Rupp, owner of RagZ of Tallahassee for making all of this possible. Show your support for documenting and preserving Florida State University’s history by wearing one of these unique T-shirts!


Mission Statement

The mission of the FSU Heritage Protocol is to locate, identify, record, assist in the preservation of, and promote knowledge about the heritage of Florida State University and its predecessor institutions. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends have expressed this heritage through published, unpublished, audio, and visual materials, memorabilia and ceremonial objects, and official university records.

By acquiring, preserving, and making these materials accessible to researchers, the university will be better able to chronicle and promote its history from its inception as West Florida Seminary in the 1850s to the present. Records in the university archives are generated by the various campus administrative and academic departments, and document the official day to day business of the institution and its administration. These materials are essential in understanding the growth and development of the university, especially with regard to faculty, curriculum, and the campus physical plan.

Heritage Protocol also desires to document the student experience through the acquisition and preservation of materials acquired by alumni while they were students at the university. These items, unique in some respects, and quite similar in others, give researchers insight into student life, both socially and academically. The materials that were acquired by each student during their years at the university serve as time capsules that document the important events in their lives and campus lifestyles. It is not uncommon for alumni to have saved their yearbooks, commencement programs and invitations, and other commemorative and important items from their college years. However, it is through the study of other more personal items such as photographs, scrapbooks, and seemingly inconsequential ephemera that a deeper understanding of the students’ day to day lives is gleaned. Documenting the student experience at Florida State University can only be achieved with the cooperation of our alumni, friends and family of alumni, and friends of the university. Unfortunately, some alumni believe that the materials that they have saved from their years as students might be too personal, silly, or trivial to be donated. This is rarely the case and most items related to the student’s university experience are desirable additions to our collections.

To donate FSU related materials please contact Sandra Varry, Heritage Protocol & University Archivist.



Florida State University

With the support of University Libraries, Eddie Woodward, has authored an FSU edition of the Campus History Series by Arcadia Publishing. The book, Florida State University, contains over 220 photographs compiled from the Heritage Protocol Photograph Collections, the Historic Photograph Collection in Special Collections & Archives at Strozier, and a variety of other sources. The book is available in bookstores, at online retailers, and from FSU University Libraries. All of the author’s royalties generated from its sale in bookstores and online go to support the FSU University Libraries. However, to provide additional support to the University Libraries, we encourage you to obtain the book directly from FSU. For further information please visit the University Libraries website at http://www.lib.fsu.edu/ or contact us at