Historical Records & Papers
The FMHI Research Library’s Historical Records and Papers document the development of policy affecting particular aspects of both public and mental health as well as the Florida Mental Health Institute’s involvement with the local community and the state regarding mental health services delivery.
In addition to the collections below, the Library also maintains the Chiles Commission on Maternal and Infant Health papers and the papers of George W. Albee, Ph.D. and Dr. Greg Alexander.
Colleen Lunsford Bevis collection
In addition to documenting Bevis’ 45-year span of working with a range of organizations to advocate for children’s mental health, the Colleen Lunsford Bevis collection chronicles the early years of children’s mental health advocacy in and around Hillsborough County.
Dr. Charles S. Mahan papers
The papers of former dean and professor emeritus of the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health document important public health initiatives during Mahan’s careers as Deputy Secretary for Health, State Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, and as Dean of the college.
Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse papers
Created in 1999 by House Bill 2003 for the purpose of conducting a systematic review of the overall management of the state’s mental health and substance abuse system, the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse (FCMHSA) conducted a year-long series of public meetings culminating in recommendations for change improvement in the areas of planning service strategies, funding, accountability, emergency health services, and the unique needs of children, adults, and the elderly. Chaired by David Shern, former dean of FMHI, this collection was donated to the Institute to document its involvement in informing public policy.
Several reports generated by the FCMHSA have been digitized:
- Final Report (January 2001)
- Adult Workgroup Report (2000)
- Data Workgroup Report (2000)
- Older Adult Workgroup Report (2000)
- Children’s Workgroup Report (2000)
Florida Study Commission on Child Welfare papers
The Florida Study Commission on Child Welfare was established to investigate and make recommended changes to existing child welfare laws and the state’s social services and welfare systems.
Several reports generated by the Commission have been digitized:
- Report of the Study Commission on Child Welfare v. 1: Recommendations [full-text]
- Report of the Study Commission on Child Welfare v.2: Background and Findings [full-text]
- A survey of Florida’s child protective investigators: Report of the Study Commission on Child Welfare [catalog record]
National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality papers
Collection includes documents, photographs, and other materials detailing the formation and work of the Commission as established and chaired by former US Senator Lawton Chiles (D-FL). The bulk of the collection includes materials related to national hearings and meetings in which various high-profile organizations and individuals met to address the delivery of services associated with preventing infant mortality.
Joseph B. Sidowski research materials
Research materials and assorted publications form this collection of items by former USF psychology professor Joseph B. Sidowski, Ph.D.
SEDNET: Multiagency Service Network for Severely Emotionally Disabled Students
Papers documenting SEDNET’s development in the state of Florida.
David Speer research materials
Research and teaching materials produced by former USF aging studies professor David Speer.