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This series consists of the subject files of the State Defense Council from 1940 to 1946. The series provides information on the activities of the Council and its officers. Letters, publications, reports, resolutions, maps, and charts from local, state, and federal agencies detail defense issues affecting the Council from its creation in 1940 to its dissolution after the war. Due to their size, some charts, reports, and scrapbooks are boxed separately from the subject files. All divisions of the State Defense Council are represented in the series in correspondence, conference proceedings, reports, and various publications. The correspondence of individual officers such as Governor Spessard L. Holland, Executive Director George L. Burr, and Vice Chairman Carl Borerin are filed under their surnames. Other officers and individuals are filed according to the divisions, agencies, or programs they were associated with. Extensive correspondence between the State Defense Council and local defense councils throughout Florida reveals the objectives and functions of defense projects in the state. Local defense councils are filed by county or, when appropriate, by city.
Federal defense agencies are well represented in this series. Records from the Office of Civilian Defense contain correspondence between agency officials and the State Defense Council. Reports, publications, and maps detail a variety of civilian defense campaigns in Florida on topics such as negro recreation, farm labor, cars, scrap collection, and rationing. The series also contains records from the Works Projects Administration, the Office for Emergency Management, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Security Agency, among others. It also documents the military service and civilian defense activities of Florida women.
A scrapbook entitled "Fore and Aft" details the collection of scrap metal in Florida during the war in newspaper clippings, photographs, and newsletters. In addition, a collection of maps marks the placement of dim-out lights in Florida by county.
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World War, 1939-1945 Florida Civil defense Florida Women History 20th century Florida