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James "Jim" Robinson Collection

Identifier: UA28F

Scope and Contents

Series I: Early Life, c. 1930-1955 contains letters, newspaper clippings, photographs and other memorabilia.

Series II: Education and Career, 1940-2006 contains certifications, degrees, and various papers.

Series III: Orlando Area, 1975-2012 contains correspondence, newsletters, files, and various informational pieces.

Series IV: Publications, 1979-2016 contains miscellaneous papers and books.


  • Created: c. 1930 - 2016


The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

According to "A Boy From Conway", his autobiography, James "Jim" Carson Robinson was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on July 19th 1922. He was the third child of James Clarence and Agnes Bryan Robinson. He grew up in Conway within Orange County, Florida during the Great Depression when it "was mostly orange groves" separating neighbors. He graduated from the University of Florida with an Associate of Arts degree on January 28th, 1942. Sequentially, he graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts on May 24th, 1943.

According to his obituary on, Jim served as an officer "when his Field Artillery Battalion was sent to Europe to replace the severe losses during the Battle of the Bulge." After his service, he returned to Gainesville to finish his law degree. Sequentially, he received a Bachelor of Laws on June 7th, 1948. On May 15th, 1949, he received a Certificate of Ordination as Deacon of the Presbyterian Church and remained an active member of the Presbyterian community throughout his career. He received his Juris Doctorate on December 17th, 1967 and began a long career revolving around law, community, and faith. He would serve as president of the Giles & Robinson law firm, the Aviation Authority, the Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Kiwanis Club, the Central Florida Civic Theater, and WMFE Public Television. He had an unsuccessful run for Congress under a Democratic ticket in 1968, but served as County Attorney in Orange County during the removal of segregated facilities in the area.

According to "Accent on the Individual: The First Twelve Years of Florida Technological University" by Kenneth Sheinkopf, "Robinson recommended the land owned by his client, Frank Adamucci, who then sold the county 357 ½ acres of his land and donated 357 ½ more acres to be used for the university site." As County Attorney at the time, Robinson handled the legal and behind-the-scenes work concerning the initial creation of Florida Technological University. He received an Honorary Alumnus Degree from the University of Central Florida in 1983 from then-President Trevor Colbourn due to his influence and foundational support. In 1996, he was presented the University of Central Florida President's Medallion Society Award by then President John C. Hitt.

According to his biography on his law firm's website, he passed away on May 28, 2017 at the age of 94.


3 boxes (2.33 Linear Feet)


James "Jim" Robinson was the County Attorney in Orange County during the initial construction and early foundations of Florida Technological University, now known as the University of Central Florida. This collection serves to preserve documents concerning his early life, career, and influence on the Orlando area.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in four series and four subseries. Series I contains documents and photographs from the early life of James "Jim" Robinson. Series II contains certifications and degrees concerning his education and career. Series III, which is composed of four subseries, relate to the Orlando Area and Jim Robinson's connections. The four subseries are as follows: 1) UCF Related Materials, 2) Presbyterian Church Materials, 3) Orlando Aviation Authority Materials, and 4) Miscellaneous Orange County Materials. Series IV contains publications.

Method of Acquisition

Betty Robinson gifted these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 2018, (CFU2018_17).

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Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Joseph Kaminski in 2018. Staples and paperclips were removed from documents and replaced with plastic clips. All materials were placed into acid free folders and in an acid free box. All certifications and degrees were unframed and placed into acid free folders as well.
James "Jim" Robinson Collection
Joseph Kaminski
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576