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Record Group Number: 000161
Series/Collection Number: .S 2389
Creator: State Library of Florida.
Title, Dates: Dorothy Dodd Project recordings, 2001-2002
Amount: .25 cubic ft. 13 audio cassettes
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Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by last name.
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Biographical/Historical:     Dr. Dorothy Dodd was appointed Florida's first State Archivist in 1941 and served as State Librarian from 1952 until 1965. Throughout her tenure at the State Library of Florida, Dr. Dodd actively preserved valuable Florida records and documents. She is credited with assembling more than 15,000 cataloged items in the Florida Collection of the State Library of Florida. Although there was no money for the archives, she managed to rescue from destruction and organize 260 linear feet of territorial and state records and manuscript collections chronicling the development of Florida. Many of these records are now part of the collections of the Florida State Archives; others remain in the State Library's Florida Collection.

Summary:     This series consists of recorded interviews conducted by Robin Sellers in 2001 and 2002 as part of the Dorothy Dodd Project. The interviews document the experiences of the Florida State Library (now State Library of Florida) employees and other library professionals who worked with Dodd. Interviewees discuss their history at the Florida State Library, their education and working with Dodd. Interviewees answer questions about Dodd's demeanor, her interactions with patrons, her relationship with her parents, antidotes about her, possible resentment toward her from other state librarians, her health and her later years as a patron at the library. The interviews include a considerable amount of anecdotal history about the Florida State Library and the Leon County Public Library.

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Subject Access Fields: Dodd, Dorothy, 1902-1994
Librarians Florida
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