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A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Public Administration Clearing Service, 1948-1965

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
April 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Public Administration Clearing Service.
Title: Records of the University of Florida Public Administration Clearing Service
Dates: 1948-1965
Abstract: Records of four Public Administration Clearing Service directors, Arthur J. Waterman, William F. Larsen, William C. Havard, and Gladys Kammerer.
Extent: 4.2 Linear feet. 10 Boxes.
Identification: Series 63
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Public Administration Clearing Service (PACS) was established in 1948 "to make available research and consultant facilities in the field of Public Administration." It was intended to provide assistance to city, county, and state agencies in preparing surveys on specific issues or needs and to publish such surveys for the benefit of other agencies. PACS was administered by the Dept. of Political Science and many members of the faculty, such as Ruth McQuown and Manning J. Dauer, were active participants. PACS published two pamphlet series entitled Studies in Public Administration and Civic Information.

Scope and Content

Series 63 consists of the records of four PACS directors, Arthur J. Waterman, William F. Larsen, William C. Havard, and Gladys M. Kammerer. As such, the series contains records related to their activities outside PACS. Non-PACS documentation includes files on the University of Florida chapter of the American Association of University Professors of which Larsen and Kammerer were active members. Members of PACS were also involved in local political and civic activity including the Civic Action Association of Greater Gainesville (1954-1964) and the Alachua County Citizens' Tax Council of the Florida Citizens' Tax Council.

The first PACS records date from 1948. Among the early PACS records are a study of Florida municipal administration (1948), an examination of state purchasing procedures (1948-49), and a survey of Florida municipal revenue (1949-1951). The latter includes assessed valuation of property for many state municipalities for 1940 and 1950 and a breakdown of their 1950 revenues. Also noteworthy are records related to the Florida Legislature Joint House-Senate Survey Committee on the state's budget system and financial needs (1948-1949).

Records for the 1950s include research and manuscript notes on the Florida Legislature compiled by William C. Havard and Loren P. Beth. Much of this work focuses on reapportionment. The records of the early 1960s include a profile study of city managers in Florida and the council/manager system of municipal administration. The study includes a set of questionnaires completed by city managers on their career and education backgrounds and their personal and political philosophies, including attitudes towards labor unions, civil liberties, and government's role in economic development. In addition to the questionnaires, there is information supplied by city and town clerks on local elections for 1949-1959, including elections results for mayors, council members, and special elections. (Not all of the responses include both questionnaires and election results.) A list of participating municipalities is included in the contents list. Of particular interest are nine city profiles done for Dania, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville Beach, Largo, Miami Shores, Naples, Pensacola, Plant City, and Winter Park. In addition to the questionnaires and election information, the city profiles include summaries and analysis of interviews conducted with local politicians and civic leaders on local politics, factionalism in the councils, council-manager disputes, race relations, power structures, and other matters. The material was compiled for a study published in 1961 by Kammerer and John M. DeGrove.

Kammerer's correspondence for 1958-1965 is included in the series. This includes letters related to her involvement in AAUP, letters related to state and local politics, correspondence with the Institute of Governmental Research at Florida State University, as well as matters concerning PACS. The outgoing correspondence appears to be more complete than the incoming. Also contained in the series are materials related to city manager short courses conducted by the Service in collaboration with the General Extension Division.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Records of the Public Administration Clearing Service, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Accounting courses for government students. 1953
1 Alachua County Citizens Tax Council. 1956-57
1 AAUP. 1952-63
1 Announcement-PACS
1 Arts and Sciences
1 Bar Association Committee. 1955-56
1 Budget (PACS). 1960
1 Business Administration, College of. 1951-54
1 Campus Civil Defense. 1954
1 Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District. 1954-56
1 City Managers (General). 1951-58
1 City Management training. 1953
1 City Managers' Short Course. 1951
1 City Managers' Short Course. 1952
1 City Managers' Short Course. 1953
1 City Manager Studies. 1964
1 City Manager Studies, 1961 (Studies in Public Admin. No 22). List of participating municipalities: Atlantic Beach, Auburndale, Bal Harbour Village, Bartow, Bay Harbor Islands, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Chiefland, Clearwater, Clewiston, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Coral Gables, Crystal River, Dade City, Dania, Deland, Deerfield Beach, Dunedin, Eau Gallie, Eustis, Fernandina Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meade, Fort Peirce, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville Green Cove Springs, Gulfport, Haines City, Hallandale, Hastings, Highland Beach, Hollywood, Homestead, Indian Creek Village, Indian Rocks Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Jasper, Jupiter Island, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Largo, Leesburg, Longboat Key
2 City Manager Studies, 1961 (Studies in Public Admin. No 22). List of participating municipalities: Lynn Haven, Maccleny, Madeira Beach, Madison, Manalapan, Marianna, McIntosh, Melbourne, Miami, Miami Shores, Miami Shores Village, Miami Springs, Mulberry, Naples, New Smyrna Beach, Niceville, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, North Palm Beach, Ocala, Ocean Ridge, Opa-Locka, Palm Beach, Panama City
3 City Manager Studies, 1961 (Studies in Public Admin. No 22). List of participating municipalities: Pensacola, Plant City, Pompano Beach, Safety Harbor, Saint Augustine, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Beach, Sanford, Sarasota, Stuart, Surfside, Tallahassee, Temple Terrace, Titusville, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Zephyrhills.
3 City and Community Planning. 1953-55
3 City Planning. 1952
3 City Revenue. 1947-49
3 Civil Action Association of Greater Gainesville. 1955-63
3 Civic Information Series Bid. 1964-65
3 Civil Defense Mutual Aid Contracts. 1954
3 Civil Defense Survey. 1956
3 Code of Ethics of planning officials. 1963
3 Coding instructions for Councilmen
4 Colloquium (Political Science Dept). 1956-57
4 Constitutional Amendments. 1964
4 Correspondence. 1962-65
5 Correspondence. 1958-61
5 County Officers Fee system Study foe legislative subcommittee. 1952-53
5 Curriculum, Public Administration Community Planning. 1948
5 Dade County Home Rule. 1956-57
5 Dauer, Manning J. 1951-54
5 Dittos (Kammerer). 1962-63
5 Draft Bill Project, Grinter. 1957
5 Fencing Bill. 1949
5 Florida Legislature - State campaign expenditures. 1957
5 Florida Legislature - Opening day
5 Florida Legislature - Political background (Chapter 2)
5 Florida Legislature - Parts of Chapters 1-7
6 Florida Legislature - Senators and representatives in 1957 Legislature
6 Florida Legislature - Relations Between Florida House and Senate
6 Florida Legislature - Water study. 1957
6 Florida Merit System. 1950-51
6 Florida Municipal Administration. 1948
6 Florida: Reorganization of State government. 1948
6 Florida State Medico-Legal Investigative System. 1953
6 Florida State University. 1950-53
6 Florida Urban Research Conference
6 Foreign Students Program in Public Admin.. 1953
6 Gainesville City Charter Summary and Record of McKinney
6 Garbage disposal, correspondence. 1954
6 General Extension Division - Tallahassee. 1957-60
6 General Extension Division - University of Florida. 1950-53
6 Government Affairs Institute. 1952-56
6 Graduate affairs, General
6 Graduate faculty in community planning. 1953-5
6 Graduate program in Pol. Sci. 1963-64
6 Graduate students, on the job experience. 1950-52
6 Graduate students. 1950-52
6 Gulf beaches consolidation project. 1954
6 Havard-Beth legislative study. 1957
6 Institute of Public Administration. 1956-57
6 Intern programs. 1953-54
7 Internal Improvement Funds. 1956-57
7 Inter-University Case Program. 1952-56
7 Joint House-Senate Tax Survey Committee. 1948
7 Joint house-Senate Committee on study of state financial needs. 1948-49
7 Journal of Politics
7 Journalism, College of. 1951
7 Kammerer, Personal, clippings
7 Leadership training clinics. 1952
7 Legislative Committee on fees, Compensation, and duties of county officers. 1952
7 Legislative Research Agency. 1949
7 Legislature, consultant lists, correspondence. 1952
7 Lutz and Brandon, Florida, Municipal incorporation. 1958
7 Merit System in Florida
7 Miami, University of. 1950-54
7 Municipal Finance Officers and City Clerks. 1951-1955
7 Municipal Finance Officers Association. 1953
7 Municipal Finance Study. 1951
8 Municipal Waste and Trash collection, Coral Gables. 1953
8 NDEA fellowships. 1961-64
8 National Municipal League. 1950-60
8 Personnel- A Modern Personnel Program for Florida by Hulda Grobman
8 Planning
8 Planning, Graduate faculty. 1953
8 Planning and zoning conferences and seminars. 1957-58
8 Prohibition Against Livestock on Highways. 1949
8 Programs, Short courses, Conferences, etc
8 Public Administration Clearing Service - Ditto list of studies and civil information series
8 Public Administration Clearing Service - Field work with cities. 1949
8 Public Administration Clearing Service - Correspondence. 1953-54
8 Publications - Industrial location study. 1950-52
8 Publications - Police Manual
8 Publications - Policy Study, corrected copy
8 Publications - Papers on studies of PACS
8 Purchasing laws. 1949
9 Purchasing Department. 1949
9 Reports of State Natural Resources Agencies in Florida. 1953
9 Reports - Prepared by PACS
9 Reports - To Dean Page. 1953-60
9 Reports - To Research Council. 1938-49
9 Research Programs. 1949
9 Research Project. 1949-50
9 Resource Use in Education. 1952
9 Ridge League of Municipalities. 1957
9 St. Petersburg Beach Consolidation. 1957
9 St. Petersburg Planning Survey. 1958
9 Satra, Mr. and Mrs. John. 1963-64
9 Severance tax on timber and timber products. 1949
9 Short courses - Programs. 1948-49
9 Short courses - City managers. 1948
9 Simmons, Richard. 1950-53
9 Social security and retirement. 1952-53
9 Southern Regional Research Group in Public Administration. 1951-52
10 Spanish translation of program budgeting pamphlet. 1964
10 Speeches-McQuown
10 Southern Public Administration Research Council. 1954
10 Staff-PACS. 1958
10 Stetson University. 1951
10 Study guide for students planning to take qualifying exam in public admin. 1963-65
10 Summer Internship Program. 1955
10 Survey of Florida Municipal Revenue and Related Subjects. 1949-51
10 Syllabi for PCL 625, 633, 626
10 Teaching loads, AAUP report. 1959
10 Urban Problems Program. 1964
10 Vita Statements
10 Vita Sheets of Professors in Metro study
10 Waterman Speech-"Planning for Democracy". 1948

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

American Association of University Professors. University of Florida Chapter.
City managers -- Florida.
Florida -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Havard, William C.
Kammerer, Gladys M. (Gladys Marie)
Municipal government -- Florida.

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