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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M75- 93
Creator: Smathers, Bruce A.
Title, Dates: Papers, 1970-1974.
Amount: 28.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Subdivided into:  (1) Personal papers; (2) Duval-Jacksonville records; (3) Subject files; and (4) Senate records.
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Biographical/Historical:     Bruce A. Smathers represented the Ninth District (Jacksonville) in the Florida Senate from 1972 to 1974.  He resigned to seek the office of Secretary of State, which he held from 1975 to 1978.  As a State Senator, he served on three key committees:  Ways and Means, Education, and Governmental Operations.  Also named to the Special Conference Committee, Smathers helped restore the death penalty to the state's criminal laws in 1972.  He was instrumental in reorganizing the state's educational funding.
    Born in Miami in 1943, Smathers attended school in Washington, D.C. and Florida.  He graduated with honors from Yale and received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.  He comes from a family of public servants, including his father, George Smathers, who was a U.S. Congressman from 1947 to 1968.  Bruce Smathers served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer with the elite Underwater Demolition Team (1965-1967).  For his service in Vietnam, he was rewarded with a number of honors, including the National Defense Medal.  He also served in the Naval Reserve. Before entering politics, Smathers moved from Miami to Jacksonville, where he joined the Duval County's State Attorney's Office and, subsequently, the firm Moss, Mitchell, and Smathers.
Summary:   The collection contains the papers of Bruce A. Smathers from 1970 to 1974.  The type of records include personal papers, 1970-1974; Duval-Jacksonville records, 1970-1973; subject files, 1970-1974; and State Senate records, 1972-1974. The collection documents Smathers commitment to government service and his involvement in a wide variety of economic, social, educational, and political issues.
    The personal papers include biographical, family, and financial information; correspondence; awards; photographs; and campaign files.  The campaign files include outlines of strategy, speeches, lists of contributors, and correspondence.
    The Duval-Jacksonville records contain correspondence and reference files on activities, agencies, and organizations in the City of Jacksonville and Duval County.  The subject files contain materials on various state and national topics, agencies, and organizations.  The State Senate records include issues files, which contain draft bills and pre-legislative data; and bill files by numbered bills and committee substitutes.
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Subject Access Fields: Education Florida
Legislators Florida
Electioneering Florida
Legislation Florida
African Americans Education. Florida
African Americans History 1964- Florida
Duval County (Fla.)
Jacksonville (Fla.)
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