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Northeast Florida Community Organizations Collection, 1976-2009

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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 additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or email: lib-special@unf.edu
Preferred citation:
Northeast Florida Community Organizations Collection. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The collection contains materials relating to the activities of the following Northeast Florida organizations during the time periods listed: Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, Florida (1990-2000); Community Foundation in Jacksonville (2001); Duval Audubon Society (1993-1996); Florida League of Conservation Voters, Northeast Florida Chapter (1982-1997); Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (1996-2000); Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board (1983-1984); Jacksonville Symphony Association Guild (1984-2009); Northeast Florida Coastal Zone Management Citizens Advisory Committee (1977-1981); Riverside Avondale Preservation (1983-2009); San Marco Preservation Society (1981-1999); Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc. (1994).
Extent:
1.50 Linear Feet
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
Northeast Florida Community Organizations Collection. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Background

Scope and Content:

The collection contains materials relating to the activities of the following Northeast Florida organizations during the time periods listed: Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, Florida (1990-2000); Community Foundation in Jacksonville (2001); Duval Audubon Society (1993-1996); Florida League of Conservation Voters, Northeast Florida Chapter (1982-1997); Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (1996-2000); Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board (1983-1984); Jacksonville Symphony Association Guild (1984-2009); Northeast Florida Coastal Zone Management Citizens Advisory Committee (1977-1981); Riverside Avondale Preservation (1983-2009); San Marco Preservation Society (1981-1999); Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc. (1994). Documents, primarily research and study materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, surveys, newsletters, and minutes and agendas of meetings. The majority of correspondence and documents relate to the membership and activities in these organizations of Robert G. Grimes, a Jacksonville insurance executive and community activist. Mr. Grimes was active in a number of community organizations from 1977 to 2000, and served in different capacities as an officer, board member, and newsletter editor. Environmental groups are well-represented, due to his interest in conservation issues. Of particular interest are printed materials and correspondence relating to the Mimi and Lee Adams Environmental Awards, an annual Jacksonville environmental award named in memory of Mimi Adams, an environmental activist, and her husband, Lee, a nature artist.

Biographical / Historical:

The collection contains materials relating to the activities of the following organizations: Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, Florida. Founded on August 13, 1935, the group, focusing on programs of civic betterment, serves as an umbrella organization for Jacksonville's civic, charitable and social organizations. It provides a forum for members to share ideas and techniques, and to coordinate their activities through joint action. Community Foundation in Jacksonville. In May 1964, four Jacksonville leaders – J.J. Daniel, Robert R. Feagin, Laurence Lee, Jr. and Thomas R. McGehee – formally created The Greater Jacksonville Area Community Foundation, the first community foundation in the State of Florida. Renamed as the Community Foundation in Jacksonville, it currently serves as steward of more than $100 million invested by the people of Jacksonville. In its first four decades, it made grants in excess of $90 million to benefit individuals and organizations. Duval Audubon Society. Founded in 1939, the Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the enjoyment of birds and other wildlife with a primary focus on preserving a diversity of habitats through education, conservation, environmental leadership, and community involvement. The Duval Society is affiliated with the Florida Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Florida League of Conservation Voters, Northeast Florida Chapter. Founded in 1976, the Florida League, an informal coalition of conservation activists and leaders, serves as the nonpartisan advocacy and educational arm of the environmental/conservation movement in Florida. The group monitors the voting records and activities of Florida legislators and issues an annual "scorecard" on their environmental voting records. Jacksonville Community Council Inc. Founded in 1975 as the Jacksonville Council on Citizen Involvement (1975-1978), JCCI is a nonpartisan civic organization that engages diverse citizens in open dialogue, research, consensus building and leadership development to improve the quality of life and build a better community in Northeast Florida. Its predecessor was the Community Planning Council. Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board. The Board consists of nine members chosen to represent industry, conservationist organizations, professional engineers, the medical profession, and the general public. Its purpose is to develop regulations necessary for the administration and enforcement of the City's environmental laws. Jacksonville Symphony Association Guild. Since the early 1950s, the Guild of the Jacksonville Symphony Association has worked to fulfill the goals of its founders "to further an awareness of music and to create strong community support of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra through fundraising projects." Northeast Florida Coastal Zone Management Citizens Advisory Committee. From 1975, this Region IV Florida group was charged with evaluating and developing regional policies to complement the state Coastal Management Program. Riverside Avondale Preservation. Founded in 1974, this non-profit agency has been working to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, cultural heritage and economic viability of the historic Jacksonville neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. San Marco Preservation Society. This Society was formed in 1975 as a non-profit corporation to protect the integrity of the San Marco residential neighborhood and to enhance the revitalization of the business district. Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc. Founded in 1973, the organization provides support and assistance to individual volunteers, and to mission-based organizations who serve the local community.

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Acquisition information:

The majority of the collection was donated by Carol Grimes, widow of the late Robert G. Grimes, a Jacksonville insurance executive and community activist

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