The time I come to you not with a research paper which has resurrected from oblivion with the help of original documents a certain phase or episode of Florida history. That kind of job is tedious but rewarding and requires expert training, enthusiasm, perseverance, and often linguistic and paleographic knowledge. This last might seem to be snobbish or an expression of professional conceit. It is not. Rather, it emphasizes the problem we face here in Florida in dealing with state and local history. This problem is nothing other than what is the difference and what should be the proper cooperation between the professional and the amateur historian. Many of our troubles have stemmed from our wrong concepts of these two types of historians. Unfortunately there has developed - expecially when dealing with St. Augustine history which is one of the most important chapters in the annals of Florida - a sort of misapprehension between these two types of historians. This is hardly a matter of personalities or jealousies but is one consequence of Florida’s tremendous neglect of the stimulation of historical research and writing.
Arnade, Charles W.
"Recent Problems of Florida History,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 42:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol42/iss1/4