Northeast Florida Regional Organizations, Societies and Clubs Collection
||3 linear feet (5 boxes)
||Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
||Collection arranged alphabetically by organization; chronological within folder.
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The collection contains print materials which document the history, activities and events of cultural, educational, and social organizations in the Northeast Florida region. The collection contains brochures, information sheets, promotional folders, documents (primarily research and study materials), correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, surveys, newsletters, and minutes and agendas of meetings.
The majority of the materials were collected by Archives staff. Research and document files were donated by Carol Grimes, widow of Robert G. Grimes, a Jacksonville insurance executive and community activist.
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Northeast Florida Regional Organizations, Societies and Clubs Collection. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
Historical / Biographical Note
Brief organizational overviews are available for the following groups:
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.
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.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains brochures, information sheets, promotional folders, documents (primarily research and study materials), correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, surveys, newsletters, and minutes and agendas of meetings. The majority of correspondence and research 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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:
- Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, Florida.
- Audubon Society of Duval County (Fla.)
- Florida League of Conservation Voters. Northeast Florida Chapter.
- Jacksonville Community Council.
- Jacksonville (Fla.) Environmental Protection Board.
- Northeast Florida Coastal Zone Management Citizens Advisory Committee.
- Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc.
- San Marco Preservation Society.
- Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc.
- Citizens' associations -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
- Nonprofit organizations -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
- Environmental policy -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- Citizen participation.
- Grimes, Robert G.