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Florida's Political Past:
A Guide to Manuscript Collections, Archival Records, and Other Primary Historical Documents of Florida's Politicians

Compiled by John R. Nemmers

This guide describes the personal papers, family papers, archives, diaries, and other primary sources for the scholar interested in researching the leading political figures of Florida. Represented in this list are governors, members of the U.S. Senate, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, territorial delegates to the U.S. Congress, chief justices of the Florida Supreme Court, and selected lieutenant governors and gubernatorial cabinet members. Although this guide primarily focuses on Florida's statehood (1845-present), earlier politicians also are included. The guide also includes a small number of leading individuals who never held these positions but whom had considerable influence on politics in the state. Although the institutions included in this guide are predominately Florida repositories, it is important to note that the list is not limited to Florida. Primary sources for several leading political figures actually are held by institutions outside of the state, and these holdings are included as well as those of the Florida repositories.


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