A Guide to Women's History Collections

at the State Archives of Florida


Office of the Governor

These series originate from the Executive Office of the Governor and include correspondence, meeting, administrative, survey, budget, subject and conference files on women's issues, as well as Women's Hall of Fame nomination files. These series have a variety of creators: governors and their wives, staff members and appointed cohorts. Also included are records that document the work of relevant commissions due to their creation by executive order and administrative position within the Office of the Governor.

Women meet with Florida Governor Reubin Askew

Governor Reubin Askew meets with a delegation of Floridians, 1972

Florida first lady Columba Bush, left, joins former first ladies Donna Lou Askew, center, and Rhea Chiles in greeting children during a Governor's Mansion ceremony..

First Ladies Columba Bush, Donna Lou Askew and Rhea Chiles greeting children at the Governor's Mansion, 2000

S79
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Records, 1974-1985
18 cubic feet

The Florida Governor's Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. The series consists of subject files, reference files, audio and videotapes, meeting files, correspondence and publications.

S111
Governor (Askew)
Social Service Subject Files, 1971-1979
42 cubic feet

This series of Governor Reubin Askew's files consists of studies, correspondence, memoranda, financial records and publications. Topics discussed in these subject files include women's health issues, abortion and family services.

S926
Governor (Kirk)
Legal Files, 1967-1971
9 cubic feet

This series documents the activities of Governor Claude Kirk's administration concerning legal issues. Of special interest are files regarding pornography, including reports and correspondence of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography.

S1308
Governor (Martinez)
Abortion Issue Correspondence, 1989
5 cubic feet

This series consists of correspondence to Governor Bob Martinez regarding abortion. The letters were in response to the calling of a special session of the Florida Legislature to consider changing the state's abortion laws.

S1323
Governor (Martinez)
First Lady Mary Jane Martinez
Administrative Files, 1987-1990
4 cubic feet

Prior to her time as First Lady of Florida, Mary Jane Martinez had an extended career as a librarian and media specialist. During her husband's administration she worked to fight drug abuse, promote libraries and strengthen families. This series consists of subject files, correspondence and speeches related to her work for these and other causes.

S1341
Governor (Graham)
First Lady Adele Graham
Correspondence and Subject Files, 1979-1986
2 cubic feet

This series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Adele Graham on subjects of special interest to her in her role as Florida's First Lady. Much of the correspondence concerns her work on aging issues and with the elderly.

S1458
Governor (Graham)
Office of Minority Affairs
Administrative Files, 1979-1986
6 cubic feet

The Office of Minority Affairs was responsible for ensuring minority (including women) access to, and participation in, state government. These files consist of correspondence, memoranda, subject files and reports pertaining to affirmative action and equal employment opportunities.

S1495
Governor (Martinez)
Legislative Affairs Correspondence, 1987-1989
24 cubic feet

This series consists of the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Governor Martinez regarding legislative matters. Subject matter includes abortion and women's health services.

S1741
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Correspondence and General Administrative Files, 1980-1999
10.33 cubic feet

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. The series consists of correspondence, memoranda, articles and news clippings, press releases, reports and studies, and video tapes.

S1742
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Meeting Files and Tapes, 1991-2008
11 cubic feet

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. This series contains files and audio cassette tapes documenting the proceedings of regular meetings of the Commission, including full Commission meetings, Executive Board meetings and committee meetings.
S1743
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Budget and Grant Files, 1992-1996
1 cubic feet

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. This series documents the Commission's efforts to obtain funding adequate to carry out its mission by identifying private funding sources and by obtaining and monitoring state funding through annual and special budget appropriations.

S1773
Florida Office of the Governor
Florida Women’s Conference Records, 1997
1.75 cubic feet

This series contains records documenting the organization and administration of the Florida Women's Conference, which addressed the efforts and needs of various individuals and groups that were operating in support of the multiple interests of women and girls in Florida. Topics include health, family and legal issues, as well as leadership institutes for girls and women.

S1774
Florida Office of the Governor
Women’s Hall of Fame Records, 1996-1998
.75 cubic foot

This series contains records concerning the nominations and selections of inductees to the Women's Hall of Fame during the administration of Lawton Chiles. The Florida Commission on the Status of Women solicited nominations and sent them to the Governor for final selection. The records include nomination forms and backup materials.

S1789
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Employment Survey Files, 1993-2000
6 cubic feet

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. The series documents the annual Women in the Workplace survey conducted to gather information about companies' experiences in recruiting, retaining, developing and advancing women in the State of Florida.

S1790
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Nomination Files, 1992-2008
6.25 cubic feet

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. The series documents the nomination and selection process of candidates for the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

S2020
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Conference, Workshop and Summit Packets, 1996-2002
1 cubic foot

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women such as women's rights, equal opportunity employment and affirmative action. This series documents the various leadership forums, health initiatives workshops, annual summits and Behind Closed Doors conferences sponsored or attended by members of the Commission.

S2021
Florida Commission on the Status of Women
Reporting and Issue Files, 1995-2005
10 cubic feet

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is responsible for investigating issues affecting women. This series documents a variety of issues that the Commission researched and/or reported on, such as Florida's domestic violence laws, pay equality, elder care and abuse, women's health issues, women's history month, and programs and facilities relating to young/teenage girls incarcerated in Florida's juvenile justice system.

S2059
Governor (Bush)
First Lady Columba Bush
Scheduling and Project Files, 2000-2006
1 cubic foot

This series consists primarily of daily itineraries and travel schedules documenting the interests and activities of First Lady Columba Bush during the two terms of Governor Jeb Bush, especially her initiatives and activities in her areas of concern such as substance abuse, the arts and domestic violence.

S2060
Governor (Bush)
First Lady Columba Bush
Correspondence Files, 1999-2006
6 cubic feet and 11.6 megabytes

This series consists of correspondence, booklets and assorted literature of First Lady Columba Bush pertaining to her interests and activities, particularly substance abuse, domestic violence and the arts.

S2095
Governor (Bush)
First Lady Columba Bush
Addresses and Public Service Announcements, 2001-2006
4.76 megabytes

This series consists primarily of First Lady Columba Bush's speeches and remarks along with a small number of public service announcements concerning a wide variety of issues and topics.


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