Roxcy Bolton (right) at Miami's Rape Treatment Center, 1974

3. Personal Papers

The following collections consist of the papers of individuals, including the papers of public officials, prominent professionals and other leading women, as well as scrapbooks, diaries, letters and oral history interviews of private women. Taken together, these collections can provide a glimpse into women working as homemakers and in professional and social settings in Florida in the 19th through the early 21st century.

Frank Papy Woodward
Collection, 1844-1939
.5 cubic foot

The papers of Woodward, a prominent Tallahassee writer, include many poems and writings of his mother, Mary C. Woodward, and grandmother, Anna S. Bowers Woodward.

Edmund Cottle Weeks
Papers, 1854-1935
3.25 cubic feet, 11 volumes

Major Edmund Cottle Weeks was a United States Naval Officer who transferred to the United States Army and took command of the 2nd Florida Calvary during the Civil War. Following the war he became involved in Florida Republican politics; was appointed to the Marshal Service; and ended his professional career as Surveyor General of Florida. Among these papers is the personal and business correspondence of Weeks' wife, Elizabeth H. Weeks (1836-1936). Mrs. Weeks' business interests included copper mines in New Mexico and property in Iowa inherited from her first husband, Gilbert D. Craft.

Mary McLeod Bethune in front of Bethune-Cookman College's White Hall, ca. 1940s

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.

Beth McCollough Johnson
Papers, 1957-1970
8 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 a special interest in mental health issues and reapportionment. This collection consists of both business and personal papers from the beginning of her term as State Representative in 1957 until 1970.

William Dunnington Bloxham
Papers, 1896-1911
1.5 cubic feet

William D. Bloxham served as Florida's Secretary of State and Governor. Most of his collection postdates his last term as governor, and includes photographs and personal and business correspondence (1907-1935) of his wife, Gertrude Norrell Bloxham.

Elizabeth Fisher Smith
Papers, 1898-1899 1935-1977
1.5 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. Her diaries reflect her early interest in writing, her personal views on social and political issues, and information on her early family life and the people close to her. Her scrapbooks reflect her academic life, participation in the war effort in Florida, the birth of her children, family history and tidbits on life in North Florida. Her correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters to family members and friends.

Nettie Clare Bowen
Oral History, 1972
1 cassette

Nettie Clare Bowen was active in political and civic affairs in Tallahassee. This interview concerns the history of buildings and families in the area of historic Calhoun Street and life in that area at the turn of the century.

Bessie Whitaker
Travel Journal, ca. 1862
1 volume

This journal was maintained during a European tour in the 1860s. Entries describe tourist sites, social events and travel. The diary also includes sketches by the writer.

George H. Asbell
Papers, 1914-1967
1.5 cubic feet

George Asbell was an engineer whose work took him to various sites in Florida, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. He also served as the Director of the Florida Motor Vehicle Commission. The collection includes the diaries and correspondence of his wife, Charlotte.

Abby Crawford Milton
Oral History, 1982
1 videotape

One hundred years old at the time of this interview, Milton discusses her life in Florida with Governor Bob Graham; Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner; and Secretary of State George Firestone.

Helen Louise Terwilleger Zebley
French Family Genealogical Collection, 1984
1.5 cubic feet

This collection contains genealogical materials on the French and related families, early settlers of Volusia and Seminole counties. The material formed the basis of Helen Louise Terwilleger Zebley's book on her ancestors' immigration from New York and their lives in Orange City and Sanford, Florida.

Juanita Forbes
Papers, 1931-1965
2.5 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.

Thelma Ann Boltin
Papers, ca. 1894-1978
3 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.

William George Dodd
Genealogical Notebook, ca. 1930
1 folder

William George Dodd taught at and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of Florida State College for Women. This collection contains an early map of Tallahassee with property owners noted; lists of early city officials; and local death and wedding announcements.

Cora S. Morse
Papers, 1940-1980
8 cubic feet

Cora S. Morse was involved in the preservation of historic buildings in Tallahassee, and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Colonial Dames of the XVII Century; and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. These papers and scrapbooks consist of her correspondence, brochures, photographs and other memorabilia documenting her involvement with historic organizations and preservation.

Francis Arlington Rhodes
Papers, 1950-1980
3.25 cubic feet

F. Arlie Rhodes was a prominent educator in Florida. This collection contains audiotapes of his lectures on the history of Leon County, including a talk titled, "Florida Women Get the Right to Vote."

William Tennent Stockton
Papers, 1845-1869
1.25 cubic feet

William Stockton served as mayor of Quincy, Florida. The collection includes the letters of Stockton and his wife Julia, most notably their correspondence during the Civil War, as well as genealogies, clippings and poems.

Elizabeth Ann Love Wilson
Papers, 1848-1892
8 items

Elizabeth Ann Love Wilson resided in Gadsden County, Florida. Her papers consist of a diary and prayer book, poems and letters, including correspondence with her brothers during their service in the Civil War.

Daniel W. Wiggins
Diaries, 1816-1834, 1831-1841, 1862
.5 cubic foot

This collection includes the letterbooks of Daniel W. Wiggins and Mary L. Wiggins (relationship unknown). Mary Wiggins’ diary dates from 1862 when she was a student at the Female College Institute in Annapolis, Maryland.

Bobbie M. James
Records, 1923-1978
9 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.

Zabud Fletcher
Family Papers, 1835-1870
.25 cubic foot

The Fletchers resided in China Hill in Gadsden County, Florida. The collection includes the correspondence and poetry of Sarah Ann Monroe Fletcher, wife of Zabud Fletcher.

Anna Hahn
Diaries, 1897-1925
6 volumes

The diaries and papers of Anna Hahn of Chester, Pennsylvania, are of both a personal and business nature. Hahn owned several rental properties in Florida with her sister. The diaries reflect Hahn's travels between Pennsylvania and Florida, and her interest in the national and international events of the era.

Barbara L. Frye
Press Files, 1944-1981
8 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.

Roxcy O’Neal Bolton
Papers, 1956-2013
40.5 cubic feet

Roxcy O'Neal Bolton is a leading advocate for women's rights in Florida. Included in her many projects was the organization of Florida's chapter of the National Organization for Women; the founding of Women in Distress, a program to assist women in personal crisis; and the development of the Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. This collection contains her subject files, clippings, correspondence, photographs and videotapes. It documents Bolton's fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, the above-mentioned projects, her work in the struggle for women's rights, and her local and national recognition for this work.

Daniel M. Williams
Biographical Records onMary McLeod Bethune, 1890-1960
1.25 cubic feet

Mary McLeod Bethune was nationally recognized as an educator and civil rights leader. She founded the National Council of Negro Women and the 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 was accumulated by Daniel Williams, who planned to write a biography of Bethune, and consists of photographs, biographical pieces, interview transcripts, letters, and other materials related to Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman College, and the National Council of Negro Women.

Eunice Liberty
Papers, 1967-1995
2 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 collection includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs and records relating to the National Council of Negro Women.

Louise Barcus
Journal, ca. 1895-1912
1 volume

Mrs. Louise Barcus was born in 1865 or 1866. She lived in both Springfield, Ohio and Virginia, and attended college in Indiana. Before 1910, Mrs. Barcus moved to Princeton in Dade County, where she filed a homestead claim and taught at the town school for three or four years prior to 1912. She also served as the Princeton postmistress and wrote fiction for the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal. The notes found within her journal contain information on the pioneers of Flamingo and Cape Sable (births, deaths, occupations, etc.), and on area events (storms, settlements, etc.).

Mohinder Jain
Papers, 1989-1998
.5 cubic foot

Dr. Mohinder "Mona" Jain is a Fulbright scholar, a National Science Foundation scholar, a medical doctor, and a health and science educator. This collection contains the personal papers of Dr. Jain documenting her personal life, professional career, interests and activities. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, press releases, news clippings, minutes, reports, and other materials concerning Dr. Jain's involvement with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women, the Governor's Commission on Education, Manatee County Head Start and other organizations and interests.

Leona H. Cooper
Papers, 1948-1996
2.5 cubic feet

Leona H. Cooper moved to Miami from the Bahamas at age 14, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1949, and after receiving her certificate in Medical Technology, began a long and successful career as a microbiologist. This collection documents the Cooper’s family, professional and religious life. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, publicity materials, and other materials documenting her activities and interests, including papers relating to the St. Martin De Porres Association; African Americans in the Catholic Church; women in the Catholic Church; the Archdiocese of Miami; defending the rights of Haitian immigrants and Haitian nationals; the visit of Pope John Paul II to America in 1987; honors and awards, including her honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University and her Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice awarded by Pope John Paul II; City of Coral Gables and Dade County government and business; and the activities and achievements of her children.

Reminiscences about Aunt Memory Adams
ca. late 19th century 
2 items

Aunt Memory Adams was brought to Tallahassee by slave traders in the mid-nineteenth century and remained there for the rest of her life. She was a bondwoman to the Argyle family until emancipation, and then earned her living as a house servant for some of Tallahassee's elite families and as a janitor for some downtown businesses. This manuscript collection is a reminiscence of Aunt Memory Adams and consists of handwritten anecdotes concerning Aunt Memory in Tallahassee.

Dorothy Lee Hamilton Page
Papers, 1935-1997
.24 cubic foot

Dorothy Lee Hamilton Page was active in community affairs, volunteer work and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale. After her son, Ricky, took his own life with a handgun in December 1974 at age 19, she began taking an interest in gun legislation and became a vocal advocate of handgun control laws. This small collection of letters, newsletters, photographs and other items documents the life, career and activities of Page.

Mary Crozier
Tallahassee Interview Tapes and Transcripts, 1991-2000
6 items

This collection consists of audio cassette tapes and typed transcripts of interviews with Ida Myrick and Adalaide Owens of Tallahassee, Florida. The interviews were conducted by Mary Crozier, a friend of the Myrick and Owens families. In the Myrick interview, Ms. Myrick discusses her childhood, early family life and schooling; Tallahassee schools and businesses; her teaching experiences; building her Myrick Road house; and starting the Covenant Church. In the Owens interview, Ms. Owens discusses Lake Jackson and the Indian Mounds, her life with her husband, their church activities, and caring for her husband in his years of declining health until his death in 1999.

Molly Turner
Papers, 1949-1996
3 cubic feet

Molly Turner, a pioneering television broadcaster and feminist, is a living legend in Florida broadcasting history. She is among the first female television reporters and the first female broadcaster in Florida. This collection contains speeches, correspondence, scripts, newspaper articles, newsletters, magazine articles, awards, and photographs documenting the professional broadcasting career of Molly Turner from the beginning of her career in radio and television in the late 1940s, continuing through her retirement in 1989 and subsequent years.

Rosemary Barkett
Papers, 1970-1997
5 cubic feet

This collection contains the personal papers of Rosemary Barkett, primarily documenting her legal and judicial career. Barkett was appointed by Governor Bob Graham to the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in 1979. She was elected chief judge in 1983, making her the first female chief judge in Florida's history. In 1985 she became Florida's first female Supreme Court Justice, and in 1992 Florida's first female Supreme Court Chief Justice. In 1994 she was nominated and confirmed for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Included in these papers are correspondence, newspaper clippings and magazine articles, biographical information, investiture transcripts, photographs and awards.

Patricia Clements
Oral History Interviews, 1997-1998
8 items

This collection consists of compact disk recordings of oral history interviews conducted by Dr. Patricia Clements with Florida women active in public life and/or community affairs, including community activist, Alicia Baro; microbiologist, and Catholic Church and community activist, Leona Cooper; Seminole medicine woman, Susie Jim Billie (possibly the oldest living Seminole at the time of the interview at approximately 100 years of age); radio talk show host and community activist, Audrey Finkelstein; athlete, equity activist and lobbyist, Barbara Palmer; Judge Rosemary Barkett; and Brigadier General Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, Persian Gulf War veteran and highest ranking woman in the Florida National Guard. The interviews discuss each woman's family background; education; career; home life; and personal philosophies. Interviews with Alicia Baro and Susie Jim Billie lack interviewee release forms, and are restricted until donor submits said forms.

O. Kathryn Bell Meyer
Papers, 1937-1993
.75 cubic foot

This collection documents Kathryn Bell Meyer's career as a banker with Barnett National Bank of Jacksonville, and her efforts to direct attention to the progress of women in the banking profession. The collection consists of her speech drafts about women in banking; how people handle their money/finance and the banking business; minutes of the Jacksonville Clearing Association from 1965 to 1993 when she was secretary; and news clippings and publications about her role in the banking field and her opinions on the bank industry.

Marjorie Turnbull
Papers, 1979-1980
.5 cubic foot

This collection consists of the personal papers of Marjorie Turnbull, including correspondence, memoranda, notes, meeting summaries and reports that represent Turnbull's service as a commission staff member for the Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Postsecondary Education from 1979-1980.

Patricia Clements
Florida First Ladies Collection Development and Exhibit Records, 1999-2001
.25 cubic foot

Dr. Patricia Clements grew up in Miami, Florida, and earned her Ph.D. in education. She was appointed to Florida's Commission on the Status of Women in 1996, serving as the Commission's Women's History Liaison. This collection documents activities and events related to the efforts of Dr. Clements to collect, for the Museum of Florida History, the gowns worn by Florida's First Ladies at governors' inaugural ceremonies and celebrations.

Nikki Beare
Women's Rights and Public Service
Papers and Tapes, 1971-1994
.5 cubic foot

This collection consists of audio cassettes, video tapes and news clippings documenting the debate in Florida over women's rights and the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, as well as the political career of State Representative and women's and children's advocate, Elaine Gordon.

Virginia Daire
Florida Supreme Court's Gender Bias Study Commission
Reports and Correspondence, 1987-1990
.75 cubic foot

In 1987, the Supreme Court of Florida created a 27 member panel of judges and lawyers in response to a Florida State University study concluding that gender bias was pervasive in the state's courts. This collection consists primarily of reports compiled by the Florida Supreme Court's Gender Bias Study Commission. The reports study gender bias in Florida courts; the legal profession; and law enforcement through an examination of issues such as prostitution, sexual harassment and discrimination.

Ruth Bryan Owen
Papers, 1930-2003
1.5 cubic feet

This collection contains correspondence, news clippings, subject files and photographs documenting Ruth Bryan Owen's career as a legislator, diplomat, educator and public speaker. Materials of interest include clippings and correspondence from her work as a Representative from Florida in Washington, D.C.; clippings of her career in the Foreign Service to Denmark and the United Nations; and biographical information.

Gertrude Petersen Winnie
Torry Island, Everglades Pioneering Reminiscences, ca. 1950s
.25 cubic foot

This collection consists of 11 slim handwritten volumes in which Gertrude Winne recounts her experiences as a Torry Island pioneer with her husband and baby son. She discusses her train travels from her native Ohio to Jacksonville, and then Fort Myers in late 1911; traveling by boat to Torry Island; clearing land for their tent and later their house; the challenges of travel, weather, isolation and illness; encounters with settlers on neighboring islands; and their daily work and family life.

Beatrice Swain Szumanski
Riddle Field Pilot Training Papers, ca. 1943-1945
.1 cubic foot

Riddle Field, near Clewiston, Florida, was a training field for military pilots and during World War II was used for training U.S. Army Air Corps/Army Air Forces cadets and British Royal Air Force cadets. This collection consists of photographs and papers from Beatrice Swain Szumanski's time assisting at Riddle Field for British Royal Air Force cadet pilot training. Among the papers are images of Ms. Swain's friend and RAF cadet Alan Davidson in the cockpit and with Ms. Swain; a certificate of appreciation to "Bertha Swain" for her assistance "to the British Mission in North America;" and an invitation to the graduation ceremony for the cadets of Course 23 on June 16, 1943.

Louise Webber
Letter Regarding 1926 Hurricanes, 1926
1 item (12 pages)

This collection consists of a single letter describing the hurricanes that hit Southeastern Florida on September 18 and October 21, 1926. Written by "Kaye" from the Floridian Hotel, Miami Beach, to Louise Webber of Bangor, Maine, the 12 page letter gives a detailed account of Kaye's activities, both during and in the aftermath of the storms. She begins with a brief account of the October 21st storm, before plunging into the events of September 18th and the days that followed.

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