Collection Development

The State Archives of Florida seeks to expand its holdings in the area of women's history. Materials documenting the history of women in Florida are actively sought. Relevant collections include the records of women's organizations and of individuals that document the social, legal, and economic status of women throughout Florida's history.

The Archives welcomes donations in the area of women's history, with the understanding that the collections will be made accessible to the public. All potential acquisitions are reviewed by the Archives' Acquisition Committee and must conform to the guidelines outlined in the Bureau's Collection Development Policy. In general, the Archives will accept records in a wide variety of formats, including paper originals, microfilm, photographs, audio recordings, and videotapes. The Archives does not collect artifacts, newspapers, or other materials not related to Florida, nor does the Archives purchase collections. The Archives also welcomes suggestions regarding possible acquisitions and the documentation of the history of women in Florida.

For further information, comments, or suggestions, contact the Archives staff at: Florida Department of State, State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250; (850) 245-6700.

The Roxcy Bolton Papers and Fund

The Roxcy Bolton Papers collection is a major source of information on modern women's history and the women's movement in Florida. Ms. Bolton's instrumental role in the fight for equal rights for women and other minorities in the state and country is well documented in these records which reflect her life's work. The Bolton collection (1960-1994) was donated to the State Archives in 1994 by Ms. Bolton herself. The collection consists of correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, photographs, audiotapes, and videotapes which document Bolton's role in the women's movement for equal rights.

In recognition of the enduring legacy of Roxcy Bolton, the Roxcy Bolton Fund has been established at the State Archives. This fund provides for the further development, use, and promotion of this and other collections related to women's history in Florida. A contribution to the Roxcy Bolton Fund can help the Archives increase public awareness and use of its valuable resources on women and women's history. For more information or to make a contribution, contact the Archives staff at: Florida Department of State, State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250; (850) 245-6700.