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UNF [manuscript class project] Finding Aid

Collection Number: M09-4
Dates: 2008
Size: 1.7 linear feet (2 boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Arrangement by format.
Language: English
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In Spring 2008, a University of North Florida (UNF) Common Boundary class, Art 3930 - Medieval Manuscript Workshop, collaborated on designing and creating an illuminated manuscript featuring UNF, in the tradition of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Under the direction of UNF Dept. of Art and Design professors Raymond Gaddy and Peter Scott Brown, the students explored the art and techniques of medieval painting, using medieval materials and techniques to depict contemporary stories and narratives in a medieval pictorial idiom.

The class worked together in a workshop fashion, each making their own ink, paint and conceiving of and executing their assigned pages of the manuscript. A list of participating students is provided on p. 92: Jonathan Atkins, Mary Brady, Nancy Bruno, Gina Fogle, Kei Horiuchi, Katelin Hughes, Lauren McLuckie, Matthew Mendillo.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the founding of UNF, the topic of the manuscript was a creative interpretation of the history of UNF. The manuscript was separated into several parts, each typically associated with medieval manuscripts but manipulated to the purposes of the class and the assignment. There are an introduction, calendar, sections devoted to the groundbreaking, names of faculty and major disciplines at the time of UNF's founding, events from the University's history and sections devoted to the flora and fauna common on the campus.


The manuscript was donated to the Library by the class and professors in 2009.

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

UNF [manuscript class project], Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Scope and Content Note

The UNF manuscript is a largely pictorial history "in celebration of the twenty fifth anniversary of the University of North Florida." It primarily depicts themes and symbols relating to the founding and history of the University. Subjects featured include the University's groundbreaking and names of founding faculty; animals, birds, mammals, and reptiles seen on campus, including alligators, armadillos, black bears, deer, egrets, geese, rabbits, gopher tortoise; flora and fauna indigenous to the area; monthly calendar; and the school's logo and alma mater. The pages are bovine parchment (produced by U.S. parchmentor Jesse Meyer) and the binding was made by professor Gaddy from oak boards and covered in hand-stitched leather.


Materials also include five mounted photographs of students working on the manuscript and the design materials used to create the volume, as well as fourteen mounted photocopies of selected manuscript pages. These items were displayed in a Special Collections exhibit, The Art of Medieval Manuscript Painting: a UNF Manuscript, in December 2008 - January 2009.

Index Terms

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


  • University of North Florida -- History.
  • Manuscripts, English -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, American -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Manuscripts -- Specimens.
  • University of North Florida. Dept. of Art and Design.
  • Thomas G. Carpenter Library.