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History of the University of Central Florida Seal Collection

Identifier: UA00A

Scope and Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1966-1967, holds correspondence and sketches from various designers, citizens, Board of Regents officials, and Dr. Charles Millican. The correspondence in this series shows how the search for the seal began and the effort by the Board of Regents to gather information from all of the public and private Florida universities.

Series II: Seal Design, 1967, holds notes, suggestions photographs, and logo examples. Many handwritten lists were created as well as typewritten seal queries for the FTU staff. There are also handwritten notes that were taken during an unnamed university seal conference.

Series III: Publicity, 1968, holds news releases, a photograph, and a graphics usage brochure. The collection holds several copies of the news release sent to inform the public of the new FTU seal design. A photograph and a copy of the newspaper article it was featured in is included in this collection, as well as a university publication that explains how to use the university seal in digital form.

Series IV: University Seal Preliminary Designs, undated (est. 1967-1968), is comprised of artwork created as design concepts for the new university seal. There are forty-two in this series and all are primarily made from a heavy paper or paper board while some use plastic sheets with logos painted on them to create the final piece.


  • Created: 1966-1968



The collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished records are protected by copyright.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

Biographical or Historical Information

From the beginning, the creation, final design, and current use of the University of Central Florida's seal was a collaborative effort of both the university and the central Florida community. As Dr. Charles Millican oversaw the development of the new Florida Technological University in 1966, a Winter Park citizen named Major Forrest Shoup sent the then Florida governor, Haydon Burns a letter explaining his thoughts on what the seal for the new University should look like. Subsequent correspondence followed and the Board of Regents Business Manager, Philip Goree, responded by sending letters to all of the public and private Florida universities asking for copies of their seals. Dr. Millican's staff then assembled lists of seal icons and color combinations, attended university seal conferences, and consulted with various artists before compiling a final designers criteria list. The entire process took twenty-two months and on April 5th, 1968 the new FTU seal was unveiled to the public. There was no one designer for the seal, but many involved were acknowledged including two women who contributed significantly to the final design: the president's secretary, Ms. Mildred Kennedy and the secretary for the College of Business Administration, Mrs. Sonia Cirocco.


2 boxes (2.0 Linear Feet)

Language of Materials



The seal of the University of Central Florida was one of the first items created for Florida Technological University. In 1966, a local citizen wrote a letter to the Florida Governor asking to take into consideration some thoughts he had as to what the new seal should look like. Within a few months, the staff at the newly formed Florida Technological University, with the help of the Board of Regents, began to collect information and designer input as to what the new seal should be. In a twenty-two month long process, the seal was finally chosen and unveiled to the public on April 5th, 1968. The final seal is made up of the Pegasus, designed to "bridge the gap between the humanities and space technology" and was chosen to keep with the university's goal of moving forward and making a "rendezvous with space and the stars". This collection highlights the initial correspondence between the community and the university and the task undertaken by the staff at FTU to create the new university seal.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in four series.

Method of Acquisition

It is unknown who transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 1979 (CFU1979_01).

Accruals and Additions

Previous Collection Identifier: CFU1979_01

Related Materials

For more information on university archives, please see our website. Further information about this collection may be found in the University of Central Florida Office of the President Records.

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by April Karlene Anderson in 2006. Rusted paper clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. News clippings were photocopied onto acid-free paper. All materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. At one point many items of artwork items in this collection were mounted with a liquid adhesive and thus, they still have a sticky residue. Acid free paper was used to back these items so as to lessen damage to the archival material and the folders housing them. Some materials of interest but not archival were removed to the vertical file.The finding aid was updated for consistency among all collections by Mary Rubin in 2012, resulting in edition 2. The finding aid was placed into Archon, with adjustments made for Archon and resulting in edition 3, by Mary Rubin in 2015. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 2.

History of the University of Central Florida Seal Collection
April Karlene Anderson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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