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Courtland Buckman Papers Finding Aid

Collection Number: M00-2
Dates: (Inclusive) 1860-1938 (Bulk) 1897-1899; 1903-1904
Size: 11.6 linear feet; 11 boxes
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Alphabetical by series; chronological within folder.
Language: English
Container List: View Container List


Courtland Buckman was a real estate executive, civil servant, merchant, and community leader in Jacksonville, Florida. The collection contains correspondence and printed materials relating to Mr. Buckman's real estate business. Items span the years 1860-1938, with the bulk of the materials concentrated in 1897-99 and 1903-1904.


Access to the Collection

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail

Preferred Citation

Courtland Buckman Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Descriptions of individual items and photographs are available in the Courtland Buckman Papers Container List.

Related Materials

Civic Leader Dies at Home at Age of 89. Florida Times-Union, October 2, 1952: A1:2.

Historical / Biographical Note

Born in Lake City, Florida, during the Civil War, on December 8, 1863. Third child of Captain Thomas Ellwood Buckman (Civil War veteran) and Selina Cleland Buckman. Educated in Jacksonville, Florida schools; lived there most of his life, except for a brief period in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 1886, he served as Deputy to his father who was the County Clerk of Duval County; relocated in the late 1880's to Daytona Beach where he entered the mercantile business and served one term as Mayor. In 1894, he returned to Jacksonville, worked briefly with the Singer Manufacturing Company before becoming a real estate agent with the C. C. Robertson Real Estate Company. After establishing his own real estate firm in May 1897(C. Buckman), he later formed a partnership with Alfred C. Ulmer (Buckman, Ulmer and Mitchell, Inc.)


Mr. Buckman was a prominent civic and business leader, and a member of numerous social and business organizations, including the Jacksonville Board of Trade. His older brother, Henry Holland Buckman, was a Florida state legislator and Jacksonville attorney. The H. H. Buckman bridge spanning the St. Johns River in Orange Park, Florida is named in his honor.


Courtland Buckman died on October 1, 1952.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily incoming business correspondence, most of which are inquiries about land purchases in Florida and rental property management transactions. The collection in general provides documentation of business life in Jacksonville in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes also: Florida Uniform Examination Questions (1896); campaign literature and messages of Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward; a nineteenth century Jacksonville newsletter, 'St. Andrew's Messenger' (1891); and several letters referring to the Jacksonville fire of May 3, 1901.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:

  • Buckman, Courtland, 1863-1952
  • Real estate development--Florida--Jacksonville
  • Real estate agents--Florida--Jacksonville
  • Jacksonville (Fla.)--History
  • Jacksonville (Fla.)--Economic conditions
  • Jacksonville (Fla.)--Biography