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John E. Mathews, Jr. Collection

Welcome to the online exhibit of the John E. Mathews, Jr. Collection. Mr. Mathews was a Florida state legislator from 1956 to 1970 and President of the Florida Senate in 1969-70. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Florida in 1963/64 and 1969/70. The exhibit features biographical highlights from his life, selected photographs from the collection, an extensive online subject index, and detailed information regarding his University of North Florida involvement.

Collection Description:

Personal papers, documents, and memorabilia of Mr. Mathews, spanning the years 1920 - 1988. 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.


Hours & Access: Due to the unique nature of our non-circulating
materials and in order to best utilize the collections, access is by appointment. Please contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail