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Nathaniel Glover, Jr. Papers Finding Aid

Collection Number: M09-2
Dates: 1970-2012 (bulk 1995-2003)
Size: 5 linear ft. (6 boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Arrangement by series, chronological within folders.
Language: English
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On April 11, 1995, Nathaniel Glover, Jr. was elected Sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida, the first African American Sheriff in Florida in more than one hundred years. At the end of his first term Sheriff Glover was reelected, thus completing a highly successful eight-year service. The collection contains correspondence, personal and subject files, printed materials and photographs relating to his campaigns for Jacksonville Sheriff (1995; 1999) and his unsuccessful bid for Mayor (2003), and his activities and accomplishments during his two term tenure as Sheriff.


Also included are materials highlighting his higher education work since his retirement from the Sheriff's Office in 2003. After serving for three years as Special Advisor to University of North Florida President John Delaney, Glover was named President of Edward Waters College in 2010. The core of the collection are printed materials, including newspaper clippings and articles, which provide documentation on this pivotal era in local and state history. Numerous photographs chronicling the career of Sheriff Glover add a unique dimension to the collection.


The collection was donated to the Library by Nathaniel Glover, Jr., in 2009. Additional newspaper clippings were added by Archival staff in 2010-2012.

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

Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Glover, Jr. Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Related Materials

Annual report. Office of the Sheriff, Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville, Fla. : Office of the Sheriff, Planning and Research Unit, 1971-

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office 1996 community attitudes study. [Jacksonville, Fla.?] : Ulrich Research Services, Inc., 1996.

The Jacksonville Commitment press conference, March 24, 2008. 1 videodisc (26 min.).
Press conference to announce a cooperative program between four universities in Jacksonville and the Duval County School System. The program will provide scholarship support to academically deserving Duval County high school graduates who do not have the financial resources to attend college. The program is intended to encourage students to stay in school and out of trouble. Academic standards for these students will be the same as for any student applying to one of the universities. Includes comments by: Nat Glover, John Peyton (Mayor of Jacksonville), Betty Burney (Chair of the Duval County School Board), Lois Becker (Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jacksonville University), Steve Wallace (President, Florida Community College at Jacksonville), Ed Pratt-Daniels (Superintendent of Duval County Schools), John A. Delaney (President, University of North Florida).

Historical / Biographical Note

Nathaniel Glover, Jr., was born in Jacksonville, Florida on March 29, 1943, and attended local schools. After completing high school at New Stanton, he received a scholarship to play football at Edward Waters College (EWC), and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Science. His higher education work continued later at the University of North Florida (UNF) with a Master's in Education degree in 1987.


His law enforcement career began in 1966 when he was hired as a police officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO). In 1969, he became an investigator in the Detective Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974, and held other leadership positions in the Sheriff's Office, including Chief of Services, and Director of Police Services. He led one of the first hostage negotiation teams in the nation, and was named Police Officer of the Year four times during his career. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the 1989 class of Leadership Jacksonville.


Glover was elected to JSO's top position of Sheriff on April 11, 1995, as the first African American Sheriff in Florida since the end of Reconstruction. He served two terms as Head of the City's largest department, with 3,000 employees and a two million dollar budget. His tenure as Sheriff was noted for his accessibility to the community through approximately 400 neighborhood walks, and his direct communication and interaction with the public. He retired from the Sheriff's Office in 2003 after 37 years of service.


A brief foray into the political arena occurred in 2003, when he ran for Mayor of Jacksonville. He campaigned on a platform emphasizing education, economic development and management of the City's growth. Defeated by John Peyton in the most expensive mayoral campaign in the City's history, Glover went on to serve as Co-chair and then Chair of Mayor Peyton's Transition Team.


His involvement with education and the University of North Florida deserves special mention. Sheriff Glover has exhibited a lifelong passion for education. During his first term as Sheriff he donated approximately $250,000 of his pension benefits to a college scholarship fund for deserving low-income children in Jacksonville. In 1995, he received the UNF College of Education and Human Services Outstanding Alumni award for his efforts to address problems facing youth in the Jacksonville community. On November 2006, he came out of retirement to rejoin both his alma maters, UNF and EWC, and the Florida Community College at Jacksonville, as a roving ambassador for higher education in Jacksonville, focusing on college recruitment, and drop-out prevention. In addition to serving as Special Advisor to UNF President John Delaney, Glover's role at UNF evolved into building support for "The Jacksonville Commitment" - a joint initiative of UNF, EWC, FCCJ, and Jacksonville University that guarantees the full cost of college to any low-income public high school graduate in Duval County who meets admissions standards.

In February 2010, he was named Interim President of Edward Waters College, after the resignation of EWC President Claudette Williams. A 1966 EWC graduate, Glover served on the Board of Trustees since 2008. On February 12, 2011, he was selected as the twenty-ninth President of the College. His inauguration was held on October 15, 2011.

Among other recognition, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1995 UNF Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored as the UNF commencement speaker in April 2000. In 1995, Edward Waters College presented Sheriff Glover with an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree. He is also proud to have received the 1999 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for his efforts to combat crime through community involvement, the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, and the Sallye B. Mathis Award for Outstanding Community Service. He was chosen to participate in the White House Leadership Conference on Youth, Drug Use and Violence.

Glover is a member of numerous community organizations, including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Fraternal Order of Police, Brotherhood of Police Officers, and the St. Stephen AME Church Board. He is married to Doris J. Bailey, and is the father of two children.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, personal and subject files, and campaign and printed materials relating to Glover's career, chiefly his election and tenure as Jacksonville Sheriff from 1995 to 2003. The core of the collection are printed materials pertaining to his campaigns for Jacksonville Sheriff (1995; 1999) and Mayor (2003), and photographs showing highlights from his JSO years. The images provide visual documentation of his extensive involvement in the community, through neighborhood walks, speaking engagements at local schools, and attendance at numerous ceremonies, events and receptions.

In totality, the Glover Papers are of interest to scholars researching race relations in Jacksonville and Florida in the late twentieth century, as well as providing information on Glover as a key figure in promoting change. His post-retirement work is also well-documented in the collection, and significant for its potentially far-reaching effects on Jacksonville's children and social welfare issues.

Index Terms

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

  • Glover, Nathaniel, Jr. 1943-
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) Office of the Sheriff.
  • Sheriffs -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- History.
  • Police -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- History.
  • Law enforcement -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- History.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Biography.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History.
  • African Americans -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- History.
  • Education, Higher -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville Commitment (Project)
  • University of North Florida.