Answered By: Rich Gause
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2020     Views: 204

1967-1968 -- The Orlando Main Campus John C. Hitt Library was the first academic building constructed at UCF.

According to Accent on the Individual: The First Twelve Years of Florida Technological University by Kenneth G. Sheinkopf:

  • March 19, 1967 Groundbreaking (page 39)
  • "The official groundbreaking meant that construction would soon be starting on the campus buildings. As a matter of fact, construction actually began on the first academic building at 8 o'clock the next morning." (page 42)
  • "...the FTU offices would be moving from downtown to the campus site on June 24 [1968]. The move to the campus would put most of the faculty and staff members in offices in the library, with the science building and village center scheduled for opening later." (page 64)
  • "Many of them had the chance to see the university for the first time during an open house on October 6 [1968]... Mrs. Millican and I stood in the receiving line and personally shook hands with everybody who came into the library..." (pages 73-74)

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