Special Collections and Archives acquired nearly 200 individual and unique issues of the Gulf Beach News in October 2007. These issues represent the largest and most complete run of this newspaper known to exist. They came indirectly from the collection of Walter Pliny Fuller (1894-1973), a native of Bradenton and early pioneer of St. Petersburg who wrote for local newspapers and earned a notable reputation as an amateur local historian. Fuller frequently contributed articles for this newspaper. He also authored two first-person accounts of St. Petersburg history. The contents occupy 2.75 linear feet and include 198 individual issues of the newspaper. Inclusive dates cover weekly issues printed between January 1944 and February 1951, with some notable gaps (especially in 1945 and the first half of 1946). Items reside in chronological order.
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Special Collections and University Archives.; Schnur, James Anthony; Reynolds, Shawn; and Fuller, Walter Pliny (1894 - 1973), "Walter Fuller Archives of the Gulf Beach News [finding aid]" (2007). Special Collections and University Archives Finding Aids: All Items. 31.
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