Homer H. Humphries, Jr. Papers

Finding Aid

Collection Number: M07-4
Dates: 1967-2012 (bulk 1967-1971)
Size: 2.5 linear ft. (1 box)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Chronological
Language: English
Container List: View Container List

Abstract

The collection contains correspondence and subject files, and printed materials relating primarily to the political activities of Homer H. Humphries, Jr., and the Jacksonville-Duval County, Florida government consolidation period of 1967-1971. On October 1, 1968, the governments of the city of Jacksonville and Duval County merged into one unified and consolidated government. Humphries served on the Jacksonville City Council during the transitional consolidation years (1967 - 1971), and was a prime participant in and witness to the many changes brought about by Consolidation. The collection, when used in conjunction with other sources such as the Jacksonville, Florida, Government Consolidation Collection and the Richard A. Martin Papers, provides insights and documentation on this pivotal era of Jacksonville history.

Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Library by Homer H. Humphries, Jr., in 2007 and 2010.

Access to the Collection

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

Preferred Citation

Homer H. Humphries, Jr. Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Related Materials

Carlucci, Joe. Collection, 1911-1986. (bulk 1968-1978)


Crooks, James B. Jacksonville : the consolidation story, from civil rights to the Jaguars. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2004.

 

Hancock, Robert. The history of area planning in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida : historical background, 1513-1810, 1811- 1899, 1900-1960 : area planning, 1961-66 : consolidation, 1967-69. [Jacksonville, Fla.] : Jacksonville Area Planning Board, [1971]

 

Jacksonville, Florida, Government Consolidation Collection, 1968-2008.

Jacksonville, Florida, merges city and county governments. Washington, D.C. : Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, c1968.

Jacksonville, the inside story [videorecording] / [presented by] Florida Community College at Jacksonville ; a Lifelong Learning production ; produced by Kathleen Clower. Jacksonville, Fla. : Florida Community College at Jacksonville, c1988.

Martin, Richard A. A quiet revolution : Jacksonville-Duval County consolidation and the dynamics of urban political reform. [Jacksonville, Fla.] : White Pub. Co., c1993.

 

Martin, Richard A. Papers, 1963-1993. (bulk 1967-1970)

Race relations [videorecording] / [produced by] UNF Humanities Council ; producer, James Crooks; project director, Carolyn Williams. Jacksonville, Fla. : University of North Florida, 1993. (Jacksonville civic leaders discuss the racial situation in Jacksonville prior to consolidation of the city and county government on October 1, 1968. They share their perceptions of how consolidation helped begin the move toward racial equality in Jacksonville and discuss what has yet to be accomplished if racial equality is to be achieved.)

Reflections & rededication [videorecording] : 25 years of consolidation / produced by Carolyn Broughton, Capt. Rob Sorensen [for the City of Jacksonville]. [1993] (Marks the October 1, 1993, 25th anniversary of consolidated city/county government in Jacksonville, Florida, by reviewing the conditions which motivated the move to a consolidated form of government and the numerous changes which can be attributed to consolidation.)

Towers, William Benjamin. The Duval County-Jacksonville experience : a case study of the consolidation movement in local government. [1947] Thesis.

Wright. L. M. A summary of "Consolidation: Jacksonville-Duval County, the dynamics of urban political reform" presented to the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Charter Commission, September 9, 1969, by L.M. Wright, Jr. [S.l. : s.n., 1969]

Electronic versions
of related materials are available on the World Wide Web as part of the Florida Heritage Collection. Online selections include:

Blueprint for improvement / Local Government Study Commission of Duval County. [Jacksonville, Fla. : The Commission], 1966.

Charter of the consolidated government of the City of Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville : Florida Publishing Co., [1967]

The Facts on annexation : Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Forward Jacksonville Committee. [Jacksonville, Fla. : Forward Jacksonville Committee?, 1963?]

Miller, Damon C. The Jacksonville consolidation : the process of metropolitan reform. Thesis (B.A.)--Princeton University, 1968.

Historical / Biographical Note

Homer Hudson Humphries, Jr., was born in Jacksonville, Florida on January 15, 1930, and attended local schools. After graduation from the Bolles School, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Stetson University in 1961. His early legal work included positions as the Assistant Duval County Solicitor (1963-1965), and Assistant State Attorney for Duval County (1965-1967). In June 1967, he was elected from Ward 8 to the Jacksonville City Council (prior to Consolidation), and under the new consolidated government, won election to the City Council from District 13. He became Council President on July 1, 1970, the third and the last President of consolidated government's first City Council. In 1971, he did not seek re-election to the Council, and returned to private law practice in Jacksonville.


Humphries has been active in a number of civic, fraternal, professional, and religious organizations. A month after Humphries left the Council in 1971, Mayor Hans Tanzler appointed him to the first Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and he served the next eight years as DDA Chairman. In 1989, he was appointed to the Fourth Judicial Nominating Commission by Florida Governor Bob Martinez, and served a four-year term until 1992. Other civic activities included service affiliations with the Florida League of Cities, Florida Community College, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Children's Museum, and St. Luke's Hospital.

His involvement with the University of North Florida deserves special mention. In 1969, as a member of the Jacksonville City Council, he was a strong supporter of the present suburban location for the University versus an urban site as proposed by other Council members. He was appointed to the first University of North Florida Foundation Board of Trustees, and was elected Foundation Board President in 1976-77. For his extensive service to the University, he was awarded a UNF Presidential Medallion in October 2008. A Homer Hudson Humphries Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the University in 2012.

He had a long and distinguished service in the U.S. military. In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and entered the Cadet Aviation Program. He served in the U.S. and overseas as a squadron pilot until his release from active duty in 1958 to pursue his civilian education. Subsequently, he joined the Florida Air National Guard, serving in several capacities where he held leadership positions: Air Operations Officer for State Headquarters (1972); Lieutenant Colonel and Director of Operations (1976-77); Chief of Staff and promotion to Colonel (1980); and promotion to Brigadier General in 1984. He retired from the Guard in 1989, and was awarded the Legion of Merit medal for his 36 years of outstanding military service. He died on March 1, 2012.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, subject files, and campaign and printed materials relating to Humphries' political activities, chiefly his tenure on the Jacksonville City Council from 1967-1971. The core of the collection are newspaper clippings pertaining to the Council's activities under the new consolidated government. Additional printed materials provide documentation on the site selection of the University of North Florida in 1969.

The Humphries Papers are of interest to scholars researching Jacksonville's consolidation period, as well as providing information on Humphries as a key political figure during the same time period. The collection, when used in conjunction with other sources such as the Jacksonville, Florida, Government Consolidation Collection and the Richard A. Martin Papers, provides insights and documentation on a pivotal era of Jacksonville history.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:

     

  • Humphries, Homer H., 1930-2012.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- City Council.
  • Metropolitan government -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Florida -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • University of North Florida.