Joseph Byrne Lockey (1877-1946) was a native of Jackson County, Florida, and a prominent professor of history at UCLA. He maintained a lifelong interest in Latin America and in the Spanish borderlands, including Florida. He retired to Florida in 1945, thinking to begin a series of books documenting the late colonial period of his home state. He died before finishing the first volume, which was completed and published posthumously. His collection of papers, held at both UCLA and the University of Florida, includes transcriptions, translations, and photocopies from British, Spanish, and U.S. archives. Series 1 contains Spanish records, while Series 2 contains British records. The British records in particular are well-annotated, and useful for researchers seeking an overview. Papers in Series 2 include Admiralty papers, Foreign Office papers, War Office papers, and others. For more information, see the finding guides.