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Jensen Beach Campus Records Edit


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Micah Crawford
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  • 1977-1998 bulk, 2001 extent. (Creation)


  • 1.34 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    3 Boxes, 36 folders.

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  • Language of Materials

    English, Spanish

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright of these materials is held by Florida Tech and others. It is the responsibility of the user to determine and satisfy copyright. Users must seek written permission from both the Harry P. Weber University Archives and the original copyright holder regarding use of the material and to distribute, publish, post, or display in any way either in print or electronically.

  • Accruals

    No further accruals are expected.

  • Related Materials

    Department of Marine and Environmental Systems Records.

  • Abstract

    These records contain administrative documents related to the acquisition, closure, and sale of the Jensen Beach Campus by the Florida Institute of Technology from 1977 to 2001 as well as some documents related to the operation of the campus. The records are held within three boxes and takes up 1.34 cubic feet.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Jensen Beach Campus was used by Florida Institute of Technology starting in 1972/1973 for classes in the fields of Oceanography, Marine Sciences, and Applied Technology, mostly for the School of marine and Environmental technology (SOMET). Classes at the campus continued until 1986, when the campus was closed due to a financial deficit. In the years that followed the classes that were taught at Jensen Beach were transferred to the Melbourne campus and the inventory at the Jensen Beach Campus was either transferred to the Melbourne campus or sold to third parties. During the 1990s FIT attempted to sell the Jensen Beach Campus with limited success. Ultimately, the campus was sold in parts to many parties, and was used for many different things, including a retirement home and a park. The entirety of the campus had been sold by 1998.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Jensen Beach Campus Records consist primarily of administrative documents regarding the Jensen Beach Campus. While there are news articles in the collection, the majority of the documents in the collection are internal reports and memorandums among the administrative faculty. The documents relate to the acquisition of the Jensen Beach Campus from St. Joseph College, the transfer of students, courses, faculty, and inventory from the campus to the Melbourne Campus, the closure of the Jensen Beach Campus, and its eventual sale. The collection is divided into four series, related to the acquisition, transfer, sale, and operation of the Jensen Beach Campus respectively. The majority of the collection relates specifically to the Jensen Beach Campus transfer, with many of the documents within that series being correspondence between faculty of the Jensen Beach Campus and the administration of FIT. The records of the Jensen Beach Campus are largely limited to the purchase, closure, and sale of the campus by FIT. Because of this, only a small number of documents have been collected that describe the normal operation of the campus.

  • Arrangement

    The collection has been arranged to the file unit level. The files within series 1, 2, 3, and 4 are in alphabetical order, and either original order or chronological order at the item level. The collection has been divided into four series:

    Series 1: Jensen Beach Campus Acquisition, 1971-1973

    Series 2: Jensen Beach Campus Transition, 1985-1988

    Series 3: Jensen Beach Campus Sale, 1989-2000

    Series 4: Jensen Beach Campus Operation, 1972-1976

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. Some files are restricted.

  • Preferred Citation

    “Item, date.” Jensen Beach Campus Records, UA-JBC009. Harry P. Weber University Archives, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.

  • Related Materials

    The Ocean and Engineering Science Records contain related material on the programs at Jensen Beach. Jensen Beach "Leviathan" yearbooks exist in the archives from 1974-1982.