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John E. Mathews, Jr. Collection Finding Aid

Collection Number: M83-1
Dates: (Inclusive) 1900-1988 (Bulk) 1956-1970
Size: 157 linear ft.
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Organized in 12 series; chronological within folder.
Language: English


Personal papers, documents, and memorabilia of Mr. Mathews, spanning the years 1920 - 1988. Extensive personal memorabilia of his early years; numerous legislative reports, documents and correspondence from his long tenure as a Florida state senator; and master gubernatorial campaign files of correspondence, lists, speeches, newsclippings, scrapbooks, and travel / itinerary materials.


In 1983, the collection was donated to the Library by Mrs. John E. Mathews, Jr.

Access to the Collection

 The collection is open for research. For information relating to Mr. Mathews and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail

Preferred Citation

John E. Mathews, Jr. Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

An online exhibit of the Mathews Collection is available. Electronic versions of some collection materials are available on the World Wide Web as part of the Florida Heritage Collection, and the archival guide, Named Campus Buildings. Descriptions of individual items and photographs are available in the Mathews Collection Subject Guide.

Related Materials

Historical / Biographical Note

 Politician, Florida state legislator and attorney. Born in Jacksonville, Florida on June 20, 1920. Alice Schumpert, mother; John E. Mathews, Sr., father, state legislator, constitutional lawyer, and Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court (1955). Educated at Emory University (A.B. 1942); Harvard University (LL.B. 1948). Served in the United States Navy, 1942-1946. Awarded Bronze Star, and eight Battle Stars for war service. Member, Florida House of Representatives, 1956-1962; Member, Florida Senate, 1962-1970. President, Florida Senate, 1969-1970. Unsuccessful candidate, Florida Gubernatorial elections: 1964, 1970. Retired from politics to private legal practice, 1970. Member, Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, 1977-1978. Died on January 7, 1988 in Gainesville, Florida.


Two Special Collections guides provide additional information on the life of Mr. Mathews and his connection to the University of North Florida: Biographical Highlights, and Mathews and UNF. The latter provides detailed information on Mr. Mathews' pivotal role in the establishment of the University.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains extensive personal and professional materials encompassing his entire life. His early years are particularly well documented, with scrapbooks, report cards, awards, etc. The legislative years (1956-70) are chronicled by detailed reports, documents, and newsclippings; and the gubernatorial campaign years (1963; 1969-70) are well-represented with a near complete set of the master campaign files of correspondence, lists, speeches, newsclippings, scrapbooks, and travel / itinerary materials. The collection is of primary value for research on Mr. Mathews, but in totality, provides insights into Florida political history and government circa 1950-70.

Index Terms

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

  • Mathews, John E., Jr., 1920-1988
  • Legislators--Florida--Biography
  • Florida. Legislature. Senate--Biography
  • Florida. Legislature. House of Representatives--Biography
  • University of North Florida
  • Florida--Politics and Government--1951-
  • Jacksonville (Fla.)--History