Women's History Month (Jacksonville, Fla.) Collection

Finding Aid

Collection Number: M08-1
Dates: 1973-
Size: 35 linear ft.
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically within series.
Language: English
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Abstract

Women's History Month (March) is celebrated annually in Jacksonville, Florida with a number of special activities, including the publication of a commemorative poster and other printed materials issued by the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. The posters honor three or four local women for their outstanding contributions to the Jacksonville community. This collection consists of twenty-six framed posters since their inception in 1986 to 2012, and other printed materials relating to Women's History Month activities in Jacksonville. The framed posters can be viewed on the third floor of the Library. Digital copies of the posters and recent printed materials are available for viewing at UNF Digital Commons.

Acquisition

The majority of the materials were donated to the Library by the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women in 2007-2012. Additional items were collected by the Library's Archival staff.

Access to the Collection

The collection is open for research. For additional information, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail lib-special@unf.edu.

Preferred Citation

Women's History Month (Jacksonville, Fla.) Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Related Materials

Additional information is available on the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women website. Digital copies of the Women's History Month posters and recent printed materials are available for viewing at UNF Digital Commons

 

The collection complements the Papers of the Women's Public Leadership Consortium, an earlier women's group in Jacksonville, whose purpose was to develop innovative programs for political education and to encourage women's political and public leadership.

Historical / Biographical Note

The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women was established as an advisory commission on May 30, 1972. It was upgraded to full commission status in 1982. The Commission is comprised of 25 members appointed by the Mayor to three-year terms. Their stated purpose is "to develop a public consciousness of the talents of women, regardless of race, color or creed, as equal partners in the private, business and civic community; to encourage women to become actively involved in matters pertaining to the community; to work toward utilization of capable women in roles of leadership; and to serve as a source of information for women on legal and human rights, economic equality, health and discrimination."

 

Each year, as part of Women's History Month, an annual Breakfast is held in March where the Women's History Month poster honorees are presented. Poster nominees meet the following criteria:

 

  • Contributed a lasting value to the Jacksonville community
  • Reside in Jacksonville or adjacent county 
  • Served as an exemplary role model for young women and others
  • Encountered life experiences and/or occupations that have been varied and meaningful

 

A complete list of past honorees is available on the Commission website. Digital copies of the posters and recent printed materials are available for viewing at UNF Digital Commons. Other Commission projects include an Equal Pay Day Luncheon held every April, the publication of women's resources information, support of women's health programs, career mentoring of young women, and workshops and networking events for women. 

Scope and Content Note

The Women's History Month collection consists of twenty-six framed posters, from March 1986 - March 2013, and other printed materials, including bookmarks, newsletters, and newsclippings relating to Women's History Month events and honorees. Four photographs of the 2005 Annual Breakfast are also included. The bulk of the collection are framed posters; other printed materials are mixed for each year. Included are items created by or relating to the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women.

Index Terms

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

     

  • Women's History Month -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- Posters.
  • Women -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- History.
  • Women -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- Biography -- Portraits.
  • Women in public life -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Women in higher education -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Women in business -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Women volunteers in social service -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Women in community organization -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Women civic leaders -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Leadership in women-- Florida -- Jacksonville.