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John E. Mathews, Jr., Collection, 1900-1988, bulk 1956-1970

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. For information relating to Mr. Mathews and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or email: lib-special@unf.edu
Preferred citation:
John E. Mathews, Jr. Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
John E. Mathews, Jr. was a Florida state legislator from 1956 to 1970 and President of the Florida Senate in 1969-70. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida in 1963/64 and 1969/70. The collection contains the extensive personal papers, documents, and memorabilia of Mr. Mathews, spanning the years 1920 - 1988. His early years are particularly well documented, with scrapbooks, report cards, awards, etc. The legislative years (1956-70) are chronicled by detailed reports, documents, and newsclippings; and the gubernatorial campaign years (1963; 1969-70) are well-represented with a near complete set of the master campaign files of correspondence, lists, speeches, newsclippings, scrapbooks, and travel / itinerary materials. The collection is of primary value for research on Mr. Mathews, but in totality, provides insights into Florida political history and government circa 1950-70.
Extent:
157.00 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
John E. Mathews, Jr. Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research. For information relating to Mr. Mathews and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or email: lib-special@unf.edu

Background

Scope and Content:

John E. Mathews, Jr. was a Florida state legislator from 1956 to 1970 and President of the Florida Senate in 1969-70. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida in 1963/64 and 1969/70. The collection contains the extensive personal papers, documents, and memorabilia of Mr. Mathews, spanning the years 1920 - 1988. His early years are particularly well documented, with scrapbooks, report cards, awards, etc. The legislative years (1956-70) are chronicled by detailed reports, documents, and newsclippings; and the gubernatorial campaign years (1963; 1969-70) are well-represented with a near complete set of the master campaign files of correspondence, lists, speeches, newsclippings, scrapbooks, and travel / itinerary materials. The collection is of primary value for research on Mr. Mathews, but in totality, provides insights into Florida political history and government circa 1950-70.

Biographical / Historical:

Politician, Florida state legislator and attorney. Born in Jacksonville, Florida on June 20, 1920. Educated at Emory University (A.B. 1942); Harvard University (LL.B. 1948). Served in the United States Navy, 1942-1946. Member, Florida House of Representatives, 1956-1962; Member, Florida Senate, 1962-1970. Candidate, Florida Gubernatorial elections: 1964, 1970. Retired from politics to private legal practice, 1970. Died on January 7, 1988 in Gainesville, Florida.

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Acquisition information:

The materials were donated to the Thomas G. Carpenter Library by Gwendolyn Mathews in 1983

The materials were acquired by UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives on 00/00/1983.

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