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Thomas LeRoy Collins Papers

 Collection — Container: 28 Linear ft.
Identifier: MSS 1991-012

Scope and Contents

The Thomas LeRoy Collins Papers, 1903-1991, largely document this prominent Florida statesman's post-Gubernatorial career (1961-1991). While these materials are predominantly from this period, there are also files from his earlier years as Florida Representative, Florida Senator, and Florida Governor.

The collection includes campaign materials, correspondence, newsclippings, records from organizations in which he served, speeches, and press releases. In addition, there are articles written by Collins, books, personal memorabilia, photographs, and sound and video recordings. Miscellaneous items include articles about Collins and personal reference (information) files.

The three largest groups of materials in the collection are LeRoy Collins' post-gubernatorial correspondence, organization files, and speeches. His correspondence documents his work with such groups as the Leon County (Florida) Research and Development Authority, the "Five for Florida's Future" campaign, and the Southern Legal Council in the 1970s and 1980s; his "V.I.P." files include correspondence from such prominent individuals as President Lyndon Baines Johnson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Eleanor Roosevelt, and economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

The post-gubernatorial speeches contain addresses and interviews given by LeRoy Collins to various groups and individuals. The largest volume of speeches are those he gave as President of the National Association of Broadcasters.

His post-gubernatorial organization papers include background information, correspondence, meeting files, proposals, and reports from those groups in which he participated during the 1970s and 1980s. These files include the Collins Center for Public Policy, Commission on the Future of the South, Community Relations Service, Florida Commission on Ethics, Governor's Advisory Council on Productivity, and the Legislative and Executive Joint Commission on Postsecondary Education.

His post-gubernatorial organization papers include background information, correspondence, meeting files, proposals, and reports from those groups in which he participated during the 1970s and 1980s. These files include the Collins Center for Public Policy, Commission on the Future of the South, Community Relations Service, Florida Commission on Ethics, Governor's Advisory Council on Productivity, and the Legislative and Executive Joint Commission on Postsecondary Education.

Dates

  • Created: 1909-1991

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Users may access this collection at the Claude Pepper Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to the Florida State University Libraries All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

March 10, 1909: Born in Tallahassee, Florida. 1927: Graduated from Leon High School, Tallahassee, Florida. 1931: Received LL.B degree from Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. 1932: Married Mary Call Darby, great-granddaughter of Florida Territorial Governor Richard Keith Call. 1935-1940: Served as Florida Representative 1940-1953: Served as Florida Senator. 1954: Elected Florida Governor in primary campaign against Acting Governor Charley Johns. 1955-1961: Served two terms as Florida Governor. 1960: Elected permanent chairman of Democratic National Committee. 1961-1964: Served as President, National Association of Broadcasters. 1964-1965: Served as Director, Community Relations Service. 1965-1966: Served as Undersecretary, U. S. Department of Commerce. 1968: Ran for U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Senator George Smathers; was defeated by U.S. Representative Edward Gurney.

1970: Returned to law practice in Tallahassee with firm of Ervin, Varn, Jacobs, Odom, and Kitchen. 1971: Published his book Forerunners Courageous. 1974: Served on Florida Commission on Ethics. 1977-1978: Served on Florida Constitution Revision Commission. 1978: Received first Annual Nelson Poynter Award for his public service in preserving civil rights. 1978-1983: Served on Governor's Advisory Council on Productivity. 1979: Served on Florida Joint Legislative and Executive Committee on Postsecondary Education. 1980-1981: Served on Commission on the Future of the South. 1981: Selected as first recipient of the Florida Distinguished Service medal at the premiere of his film, LeRoy Collins, Great Floridian. 1982-1984: Served as Director of the Committee on the Constitutional System in Washington, D.C. 1983-1990: Produced Public Service Radio Broadcast Series. 1986-1989: Served on U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission of Florida. 1989: Collins Center for Public Policy Founded. 1990: Received first Distinguished Community College Alumni Award. March 12, 1991: Died at his Tallahassee home, The Grove.

Extent

28.00 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Claude Pepper Library.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Call Collins

Method of Acquisition

Collection materials were donated in August 1991 and January 1992.

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Related Materials

There is an additional collection of Collins' printed and audiovisual materials housed in Special Collections at the University of South Florida. The finding aid for that collection may be viewed here.
Title
Thomas LeRoy Collins Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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