The Online Catalog
allows searching and browsing of information about the State Archives of Florida's
holdings of over 40,000 cubic feet of state and local government records
and historical manuscripts. The catalog provides descriptions of over
2,700 collections and lists the contents of containers and folders in
many of those collections.
28 cubic ft. 16.1 megabytes (419 files, 18 folders: Size 16.1 MB (16,896,196 bytes); Size on disk 16.8 MB (17,698,816 bytes))
Alphabetical by subject within gubernatorial administration (Chiles, 1994-1998; Bush, 1999-2007). Boxes three through sixteen are unarrangned.
RESTRICTED: Boxes 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 are RESTRICTED BOXES containing confidential/exempt records separated from other boxes. Redacted copies have been placed in original record locations where possible.
Terms Governing Use:
The post of Governor of the state was created in the 1838 Constitution (Article III, Section 1, 1838 Constitution; Article IV, Section 1, 1885 and 1968 Constitutions; Ch. 14 FS) and became effective in 1845. The Governor serves a four-year term and, since 1968, can succeed himself for one term.
The Governor is the Chief Executive Officer of the state and as such is commander-in-chief of the state militia, signs all commissions for state and county officers, fills hundreds of state and county offices by appointment, and has the power of suspension over state and county officers. The Governor is also chief planning and budgeting officer for the state, has veto power over legislative acts, can call special sessions of the Legislature, and can call for adjournment if the Legislature cannot agree upon a time.
The Executive Office of the Governor was created in 1979 (Ch. 79-190, Laws). The Office is comprised of staff members handling the administrative functions required by the Governor. The Office also houses various committees, commissions, and councils created by the Governor.
This series consists of files maintained by the Governor's Office of General Counsel under Governors Chiles and Bush documenting a variety of legal issues in which the Governor's Office was involved or had some interest. Files maintained in paper form by Thomas Crapps, Assistant General Counsel to Governor Lawton Chiles, contain legal correspondence, memoranda, case law, etc. relating to crimes committed in Florida, capital collateral cases, clemency, prisoners mental health, prisoner extraditions, supreme court cases, executive orders, transportation of prisoners, international prisoner transfers, as well as victims rights. Files maintained in electronic form by Governor Jeb Bush's legal office document such issues as litigation; immigration; nursing home surveillance; university governance; constitutional revision; state agencies; judicial vacancy appointments; fee caps for lawyers; Cuba policy; election issues; faith based prisons; negotiating a gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe; and abortion. Files maintained in paper form by Governor Jeb Bush's legal office document such issues as litigation; immigration; nursing home surveillance; university governance; constitutional revision and state agencies. Bush administration records also include unsigned Executive Orders and lists of Executive Orders, unsigned death warrants for execution of death row inmates, and a charging document in the death of Martin Lee Anderson, an inmate in the juvenile boot camp operated by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.