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Dr. Edna Louise Saffy Papers

Identifier: 2013.003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains awards, correspondence, memorabilia, printed materials, photographs, personal papers, and writings. Many printed materials and photographs relate to politics and political activism. There are numerous photographs and newspaper clippings, as well as Dr. Saffy’s dissertation. The collection contains many memorabilia items, particularly from various political events, and there are two large portraits of Dr. Edna Louise Saffy.


  • 1962 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1979
  • Majority of material found within 1991 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research by appointment only. Please contact to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accordance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Use of reproductions of copyrighted works in excess of " fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement and be subject to the civil and criminal penalties of federal law. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at for further information

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Edna Louise Saffy, human rights advocate and Jacksonville native was born on March 9, 1935. She attended college at the University of Florida where she received several degrees, including the Master’s and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees. She was a professor of Rhetoric and Public Address at University of Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville, where she was elected Professor Emeritus following her retirement in December 2007.

Dr. Saffy was a founder of the National Organization for Women chapters in Jacksonville and Gainesville, as well as founder of the Jacksonville Women’s Network. She was named “A Woman of Courage and Vision” by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the recipient of a Lifetime EVE Award by the Florida Times Union. As a humanitarian and activist, she served on numerous local, state, and national committees, including the John F. Kennedy Center Committee for the Performing Arts during the Clinton Administration, the Advisory Committee on LaVilla Cultural Heritage District, American Arab Institute, Duval County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. Dr. Saffy was also politically active. She led a 1975 march in Tallahassee in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. She served as a Florida delegate to the International Women’s Conference and as a Florida State delegate in six Democratic National Conventions. She was also the president of the Florida Women’s Political Caucus. Dr. Saffy died June 20, 2010.


36 Linear Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was dontated to the University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library Special Collections by Dr. Grady Johnson in 2013.

Dr. Edna Louise Saffy Papers
Jennifer Bibb
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville FL 32224 US