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Record Group Number: 000198
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Creator: Florida. State Library Board.
Title, Dates: State Library Board record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The State Library Board was created on June 4, 1925 by an act of the Legislature which replaced the old State Library and gave the new one operating authority under the State Library Board. (Ch. 10278, Laws).  Governor John W. Martin appointed the first three member-board in 1927.  The State Library Board was headed by a Chairman and authorized to appoint a Secretary to "act as Librarian of the State Library,...not as a member of the Board...who shall have charge of the work in organizing and conducting the State Library...[and] in organizing new libraries and improving those already established."  As Secretary of the Board, the State Librarian was charged to "keep a record of the proceedings of the Board."
    William T. Cash was selected as the first Secretary and State Librarian.  Cash served from 1927 until his death in 1951.  Dorothy Dodd was appointed the second State Librarian in 1952 and was suceeded after her retirement in 1965 by F. William Summers. As State Librarian, both Dodd and Summers acted as Secretary of the State Library Board. On May 14, 1963 the State Library Board became the Florida Library and Historical Commission (Ch. 63-39, Laws).
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