Public Life

These collections consist primarily of the papers of public officials, prominent professionals, and other leading women. See also Part IV, Women's Rights, for the papers of Roxcy O'Neal Bolton, leading women's rights activist in Florida. See also Part VII, Governors' Records, for the papers of Florida's First Ladies.

M74-60 Sara Dillingham Alberson.

Scrapbooks, 1946-1974. 2 volumes.
Sara Alberson was a home economist, editor and author, and sportswoman who held several public positions in Florida, including Executive Secretary of the Eustis Chamber of Commerce and Florida's Home Economist. She encouraged the participation of women in organized sports and was an activist for the conservation of Florida's natural resources. Her scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs, recipes, and correspondence.

M75-74 Beth McCollough Johnson (1909-1973).

Papers, 1957-1970. 9.00 cubic feet
Beth McCollough Johnson was the first woman to serve in the Florida Senate. She held several other public positions over the course of her career and was a delegate to the 1952 Democratic National Convention. As a Senator, Johnson had special interest in mental health issues and reapportionment. This collection consists of both business and personal papers.

M77-166 Elizabeth Fisher Smith (d. 1977).

Papers, 1898-1899, 1935-1977. 1.50 cubic feet
Elizabeth Fisher Smith was the founder of the magazine Magnolia Monthly which covered the history and news of Wakulla County and north Florida. Her papers include diaries, stories, scrapbooks, correspondence, and essays.

M84-2 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site (Hawthorne, Fla.).

Scrapbooks, 1928-1983. 1 microfilm reel.
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site sits on the home and acreage of the writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Cross Creek, The Yearling). These scrapbooks, the originals of which are maintained by the Historic Site, contain articles, photographs and clippings related to the author's life, work and home.

M84-29 Juanita Forbes.

Papers, 1931-1965. 2.50 cubic feet
Juanita Forbes worked for the Florida Securities Commission and served as Secretary of the North American Securities Administrators during the 1950s and 1960s. This collection contains correspondence, minutes, photographs, financial reports, legislative materials, and conference materials related to her duties as Secretary.

M85-5 Thelma Ann Boltin (1904-1992).

Papers, 1955-1978. 2.00 cubic feet
Thelma Ann Boltin, "The Queen of Florida Folklife," was a nationally-recognized folklorist and the director of the Stephen Foster Memorial Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida. The collection consists of Boltin's correspondence, memorabilia, clippings, poetry, plays, and scrapbooks.

M90-4 Records of Bobbie M. James, Republican Historian (1967-1980)

1923-1978. 9.00 cubic feet
Bobbie James served as the first Historian of the Florida Republican State Committee. The collection documents her role as Historian as well as the activities and history of the Republican State Committee. It includes reports, clippings, correspondence, publications, and scrapbooks.

M90-18 Barbara L. Frye (1922-1982).

Press Files, 1944-1981. 8.00 cubic feet
Barbara L. Frye served as Tallahassee Bureau Manager for United Press International from 1944 to 1982. This collection contains her articles with background materials. They primarily concern national and local elections and the Florida Legislature.

M95-2 Records on Mary McLeod Bethune

ca. 1890-1960. 1.00 cubic feet
Mary McLeod Bethune was nationally recognized as an educator and civil rights leader. She founded the National Council of Negro Women and Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls in Daytona Beach, which later merged with the Cookman Institute to become Bethune-Cookman College. This collection consists of photographs, biographical pieces, interview transcripts, letters, and other materials related to Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman College, and the Council for Negro Women.

M95-3 Eunice Liberty.

Papers, ca. 1957-1985. 1.00 cubic feet
This collection consists of the papers of Eunice Liberty of Dade County, a leader in education and civil rights. She worked to educate people on Mary McLeod Bethune and African American history and was a leader in the National Council of Negro Women. The series includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and records relating to the National Council of Negro Women.

S 1196 Board of Regents. Office of the Chancellor.

Chancellor Barbara Newell Trip Files,1982-1985. 16.00 cubic feet

S 1199 Board of Regents. Office of the Chancellor.

Chancellor Barbara Newell Subject Files, 1979-1984. 51.00 cubic feet

Barbara Newell was the first woman state university chancellor in the United States. These two series relate to her travels as Chancellor and to her duties as the chief administrator of the Board of Regents and administrator of the State University System of Florida. The series include reports, agendas, subject files, and correspondence.

S 1272 Dept. of Administration.

Secretary Adis M. Vila Speeches, 1987-1989. 1.00 cubic feet
Adis M. Vila, a Cuban-born American citizen, graduated from the University of Florida Law School and has held high-level positions with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State. She also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison and was a practicing lawyer before being appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Administration. This series consists of speeches delivered while she was Secretary. Background materials for the speeches are also included.

S 1355 Dept. of Education.

Commissioner of Education Betty Castor Administrative Files, 1987-1991. 67.00 cubic feet
Betty Castor, as Commissioner of Education, was the first woman elected to the Florida Cabinet. She served from 1987 to 1994, when she resigned to become President of the University of South Florida. She also served as a state senator. This series documents Castor's role as a Cabinet member and as the chief educational officer of Florida. The files consist of memoranda, correspondence, clippings, reports, and other materials.

S 1507 State Library Board.

State Archivist Dorothy Dodd Papers, 1941-1951. 1.00 cubic feet

S 1508 Library and Historical Commission.

State Librarian Dorothy Dodd Correspondence, 1961-1965. 1.00 cubic feet

Dorothy Dodd served as the first Florida State Archivist and the second State Librarian. She also worked as a reporter and teacher and wrote extensively on Florida history. These series document her role and duties as State Librarian and State Archivist. They also record her development of a collection of Floridiana and of historical materials on Florida at the State Archives and State Library. The series contain correspondence, reference materials, subject files, and other related documents.