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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: N2017-140
Creator: Douglas, Marjory Stoneman.
Title, Dates: Letters, 1930,
Amount: 1 folders
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Biographical/Historical:     Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998) was a journalist, advocate for women's rights and an environmental conservationist. Her father invited her to join the editorial staff of his newspaper, later The Miami Herald, in 1915. She spent some time in the U.S. Naval Reserve and the American Red Cross before returning to the paper as an assistant editor and columnist. She wrote a very popular column, "The Galley," which covered topics of interest to her. She quit working for the newspaper in 1923, focusing instead on freelance writing, especially poetry and fictional short stories.

    Douglas is remembered for her work as an advocate for protecting the Everglades, publishing "The Everglades: River of Grass" in 1947. Her book stirred public interest in conservation of the Everglades and helped impact environmental policy in the state. Her efforts to protect the Everglades continued for decades, as the Everglades faced more threats from continued interest in developing the land. Her work earned her the admiration of conservationists worldwide, and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Summary:     This collection includes two letters from Marjory Stoneman Douglas to William Thomas Cash, the first State Librarian. The letters document Douglas' responses to an inquiry from Cash regarding her life history. She writes about her education and career, including her column in The Miami Herald, relief efforts with the American Red Cross and her freelance writing. She mentions highlights of her career, such as her poem, "Martin Tabert of North Dakota;" a gardening book she co-authored with Mabel Dorn, "The Book of Twelve;" and her one-act play, "The Gallows Gate."
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Associated Materials: For a copy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' poem, "Martin Tabert of North Dakota," see Collection N2017-51, Samuel Duff McCoy Papers, 1922-1924, 1955.
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General Note: Previously State Library of Florida Manuscripts Collection MS162.
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Subject Access Fields: Douglas, Marjory Stoneman.
Cash, William Thomas, 1878-1951.
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