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Record Group Number: 000650
Series/Collection Number: .S 632
Creator: Florida. Attorney General.
Title, Dates: Opinions, 1859-1913, 1941-1948, 1992-1998.
Amount: 4.00 v.
54.00 cubic ft.
Medium Included:
Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
Terms Governing Use:
Biographical/Historical:     The Attorney General is the chief State legal officer (Chapter 16, Florida Statute).  The office of the Attorney General provides legal services required by any state department.  The Attorney General renders legal opinions on request to government agencies; reports on laws; directs state attorneys; and receives supreme court reports.  The Attorney General appears on behalf of the state in all suits in the District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court in which the state has an interest.  In the 1969, Dept. of Legal Affairs assumed the duties of the office of the Attorney General (Ch. 69-106, Laws).
Summary:     This incomplete series contains the official opinions of the Attorneys General of Florida.  No records are extant from 1914 to 1940, and there are also some gaps in the records between the years 1859 and 1913:  missing are the years 1867-1876, 1882-1884, and 1887-1894.  The opinions are in the form of correspondence addressed to the government official who requested the opinion or legal advice in writing on a matter related to their official duties.
    There are four bound volumes of opinions.  Volume 1 is a handwritten letterbook which contains the opinions of Mariano D. Papy (1859-1860); John B. Galbraith (1861-1866); George P. Raney (1877-1881); and C. M. Cooper (1885-1886).  Volume 1 is not indexed.  Volumes 2, 3 and 4 are letterpress books. Volume 2 contains the opinions of William B. Lamar (1895-1903) and has administrative correspondence interspersed with the opinions.  Volume 2 has a recipient index.  Volume 3 contains the opinions of James B. Whitfield (1903-1904) and W. H. Ellis (1904-1908). Volume 4 contains the opinions of W. H. Ellis (1908) and Park Trammell (1909-1913).  Volumes 3 and 4 have both a recipient index and subject index.

    The bulk of the series is the opinions of Attorney General J. Tom Watson from 1941 to 1948.  These are contained in boxes (34 cubic feet) arranged chronologically by case number.  There is no index, but the subject of the opinion is listed on the file folder labels.  Additional opinions were received in July 2007: Boxes 39 - 58 contain the opinions of the Attorneys General from 1992 - 1998 and are arranged chronologically by case number.
Finding Aids: Box listing available.
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Subject Access Fields: Attorneys general's opinions Florida
Added Entries Cooper, C.M. 1856-1923 (Charles Marian),
Ellis, W.H. 1867-1948 (William Hull),
Galbraith, John B., 1828-1869
Lamar, William Bailey, 1853-1928
Papy, Mariano D., 1824-1875
Raney, George P., 1845-1911
Trammell, Park, 1876-1936
Watson, J. Tom b. 1885 (John Thomas),
Whitfield, James Bryan, 1860-1948