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Virgil R. Deane Collection Finding Aid

Collection Number: M02-1
Dates: (Inclusive) 1944-1970? (Bulk) 1945-1965
Size: 4.7 linear ft. (213 photographs, 4 boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Mr. Deane's number system, unique numbers stamped on the back of each photograph, was used to arrange the photographs into broad subject categories. As an aid to the researcher, these numbers are included in the collection's container list.
Language: English
Container List: View Container List


Mr. Deane was a professional photographer active in Jacksonville Beach, Florida for over forty-six years.  His work, as depicted in this collection, provides a visual documentation of life at the Beaches and Northeast Florida in the second half of the twentieth century. The collection consists of 213 photographs and other miscellaneous materials. With only a few exceptions, the photographs are undated, with the earliest known photograph in the collection being 1944.


The collection was a gift of Mrs. Valarie Lockwood in 2001.

Access to the Collection

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

Preferred Citation

Virgil R. Deane Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Related Materials

For further information on Mr. Deane, contact the Beaches Area Historical Society. All of Mr. Deane's negatives, over 100,000, are held by the Society. No negatives are included in the UNF Library Deane Collection.

Historical / Biographical Note

Professional photographer, instructor. Virgil R. Deane was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, in 1915. He opened his photography studio in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, in 1943. Major photographic assignments included a long tenure, 1947 - 1965, as staff photographer for Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Beach, and extensive work for national advertising agencies. His business clients included Winn-Dixie, General Electric, Life / Fortune / Time and other journals, United Press, Florida Times-Union / Jacksonville Journal, and Ponte Vedra Inn. Deane was also a photography instructor at Florida Community College. He maintained his studio unitil 1989, and died in Jacksonville Beach in November 1999.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 213 photographs and other miscellaneous materials, including Deane's photo order book for January 1945. The photographs are primarily 8x10 black and white prints, featuring daylight scenes. With only a few exceptions, the photographs are undated, with the earliest known photograph in the collection being 1944. Empirical evidence dates the majority of the collection as mid-twentieth century, ca. 1945-1965.

The Jacksonville Beaches area is the prime setting for most of the photographs. Scenes and events depicted range from Beach parades, extensive Boardwalk activities (ferris wheel, carousel, bingo, arcade games, etc.), interior and exterior views of the Ponte Vedra Inn, African-American school children and group dinner events, and several unique 1950s road scenes. Major subject categories with their corresponding number of photographs include:

Personal and group photographs - 37
Beaches - 48
Boats and the Intracoastal Waterway - 11
Hospitals - 1
Hotels, motels and apartments - 10
Jacksonville Beach (Fla.)--Boardwalk - 38
Ponte Vedra Inn (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) - 23
Restaurants and bars - 10
Retail and business establishments - 14
Roads and streets - 3
Schools - 18

Index Terms

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

  • Deane, Virgil R., 1915-1999.
  • Photographers--Florida--Jacksonville Beach.
  • Hotels--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Motels--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Roads--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Streets--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Beaches--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Schools--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Business enterprises--Florida--Jacksonville Beach--Photographs.
  • Jacksonville Beach (Fla.)--Pictorial works.
  • Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.)--Pictorial works.
  • Jacksonville Beach (Fla.)--History--Photographs.
  • Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.)--History--Photographs.