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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M87- 34
Creator: Kerce, Red (Benjamin L.), 1911-1964
Title, Dates: Photographic collection, 1940-1964.
Amount: 1600.00 photographs acetate negatives 4x5
Medium Included: photographs (negatives)
Organization/Arrangement: Numerical.
Terms Governing Use:
Biographical/Historical:     Benjamin L. ("Red") Kerce was born in 1911 in Alachua County, Florida.  He began his career as a photojournalist at the age of 21 with the Bradford County Telegraph in Starke, Florida.  In 1944, he settled in Tallahassee, Florida, after serving in the military. Throughout his career, Kerce worked as Feature Editor for the Tallahassee Democrat, covered legislative news for the Associated Press, worked as a stringer for Life Magazine, and was Press Relations Director for the Florida Highway Patrol.  Kerce died in 1964 at the age of 53.
Summary:     This collection consists of 1,600 negatives taken by Red Kerce. Subject matter includes news events, government officials, fairs, residences, and street scenes in the Tallahassee, Florida, area and neighboring counties in northern Florida.  The images include those taken by Kerce in the capacity of photojournalist for the Tallahassee Democrat, the Associated Press, the Florida Highway Patrol, and Life Magazine.
Finding Aids: Searchable index available on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at
Additional Physical Form: Contact prints made from some of these negatives are available in the photo subject files of the Florida Photographic Collection.
Reproduction Note:
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
Associated Materials: Other negatives taken by Red Kerce are in the possession of his son, Douglas Kerce.
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Publication Note: Photographs are published on the Florida Photographic Collection web site at
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Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields: Kerce, Red 1911-1964 (Benjamin L.),
Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, Fla. : Newspaper)
Photographs. aat
Negatives. aat
Tallahassee (Fla.)
Leon County (Fla.)
Florida Officials and employees
Added Entries Florida. Division of Highway Patrol.
Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, Fla. : Newspaper)
Life (Chicago, Ill.)
Florida Highway Patrol.
Associated Press

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