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Richard A. Martin Papers Finding Aid

Collection Number: M97-1
Dates: (Inclusive) 1863-1993 (Bulk) 1967-1970
Size: 12.50 linear feet (18 boxes)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Alphabetical by topic; chronological within folder.
Language: English
Container List: View Container List


The majority of the collection contains administrative, legal and subject files, and printed materials relating to the Jacksonville - Duval County, Florida government consolidation period of 1967-70. The papers provide insight and documentation on this pivotal era of Jacksonville history as witnessed by Richard A. Martin, a central participant in the consolidation process. Martin, a Jacksonville, Florida author, used the files as source materials to complete his book, Consolidation: Jacksonville-Duval County, the Dynamics of Urban Political Reform (1968). As a local journalist, editor, and municipal employee, Martin was a prime observer of Duval County history and politics. He held the position of Chief of Public Relations, City of Jacksonville from 1968 to 1970 and reported on consolidation for the Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal newspapers in 1967.


The collection was donated by Richard A. Martin in 1997.

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

Richard A. Martin Papers, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

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

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]


Humphries, Homer H., Jr. Papers, 1967-2008. (bulk 1967-1971)


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.


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


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]

Historical / Biographical Note

Richard A. Martin was a journalist, educator, historian and author. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. Graduated from University of Florida, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education. Teacher, Ocala, Florida public schools, 1955. Reporter, columnist and editor with The Florida Times-Union and the Jacksonville Journal, 1956-67. Head, Department of Educational Services and Historical Research, Silver Springs Inc., 1966-67. Chief of Public Relations Division, City of Jacksonville, 1968-70. Free lance writer, 1970-.

Also, Creative Director/Partner, Radcliffe Advertising Agency, Jacksonville, Florida, 1978-85.  Research and Development Specialist, Division of Convention Support Services, City of Jacksonville, Florida, 1985-. Author of numerous articles and publications on Jacksonville and Florida history.  Pulitzer Prize nomination, 1959 and 1968. Winner of Arthur W. Thompson Memorial Prize in Florida History, 1975. Died on March 27, 2003.

Scope and Content Note

The consolidation materials span the years 1963-1993, with the bulk of the items concentrated in the transitional consolidation years of 1967-70. Newspaper clippings and printed materials form the majority of the collection. Few personal items are included.


Resources include primary reports and speeches from prominent elected officials; an extensive group of editorials and daily newspaper articles (many written by Mr. Martin) exploring the numerous issues arising from merging the Jacksonville - Duval County governments; and insights into the Hans Tanzler era of Jacksonville mayoral history. The collection also complements the Joe Carlucci Papers, who was a Jacksonville City Councilman during the same period.


Miscellaneous materials include additional research items held by Mr. Martin: newsclippings and correspondence relating to the British War Relief Society (1940-41); copies and transcriptions of Jacksonville, Fla. City Council. Minutes, 1870-85 / Selected Ordinances, 1870-1883; Jacksonville, Fla. Board of Trade. Official Minutes, 1867-1871; Otis L. Keene Diaries, 1863-1910; and research materials on Charles H. Jones.

Index Terms

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

  • Martin, Richard A., 1927-2003.
  • Metropolitan government -- Florida -- Jacksonville.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- Biography.
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) -- History.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- Politics and government.
  • Duval County (Fla.) -- Biography.
  • Florida -- Politics and government -- 1951-