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Object ID 2003.010.0001
Object Name Documents
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1989
Collection Great Oaks Village Records
Title Great Oaks Village Records
Scope & Content This record group documents the administration of the Orange County Parental Home and Orange County Juvenile Court. Additionally, some documents relate to peripheral interests of the Juvenile Judges and charitable organizations that contributed to the Parental Home. The span dates are 1920-1989. The collection is divided into eight series:

Series I, Juvenile Court (1925-1954): Judges, legislation, employees, budgets, a regional conference and statistics of cases handled. A transcript of the hearing on the case of Johnson vs Johnson forms a sub series on its own. Also included are speeches and radio broadcasts designed to explain the problems of juveniles and research materials into how other regions treat juvenile delinquents. Other materials document related matters, such as, the Community Welfare Council and private children's homes. The Probation and Parole Association carried out a survey in the late 1940s; the resulting figures are held in this series. The miscellaneous folder in this series contains, among other documents, an unusual item: a letter from the Ku Klux Klan on headed notepaper addressed to the Board of County Commissioners, which is signed and dated.

Series II, Parental Home (1924-1966): Donors, employees, the Parental Home Commission and expenses are all documented in this series. The largest sub series, however, relates to the Board of Visitors and holds minutes of meetings, monthly reports and budget information. Additionally, there is limited information on the Youth League of Central Florida.

Series III, Detention Home (1954-1958): Correspondence relating to the Detention Home.

Series IV, Great Oaks Village (1974-1986): Most of these materials concern capital projects, such as, construction and a new computer system. However, some correspondence concerning the daily administration of the facility is also held in this series as well as materials concerning the Juvenile Board and the budget process.

Series V, State Welfare Board (1934-1959): minutes, correspondence, and Judge Mattie Farmer's signed verdicts.

Series VI, Florida Children's Commission (1944-1954): Judge Mattie Farmer was involved and which resulted in her being invited to join the Mid Century White House Conference on Children and Youth by President Truman.

Series VII, Orange County Youth Council (1943-1956): meeting minutes, constitution, correspondence, and published material.

Series VIII, Charitable Organizations (1943-1959): Correspondence, publications and newsletters (Optilando) from Children's Home Society of Florida, Rainbow Ranch, American Red Cross, Kiwanis and Optimists Club.
Condition Good
Dates of Creation 1920-1989, bulk 1933-1959
People Bailey, Joseph W.
Beckham, Walter H.
Birks, A. L.
Bush, Frank J.
Butler, Byron
Caldwell, Millard
Cheney, Donald Alexander
Clouse, J. M.
Cobb, Frances
Cobb, James O.
Conely, T. W., Jr.
Derby, D. A.
Farmer, Mattie H.
Fleckenstein, Robert, Mrs.
Gardiner, William G.
Gwynn, James C.
Hitchcolk, George R.
Johnson, Donald A., Jr.
Johnson, Eleanor
Jolley, S. S.
King, James B.
Livingston, Howard G.
Lynn, C. W.
Lyons, J. C.
Martin, John W.
Martin, Pearl, Mrs.
Miller, Gwendolyn S.
Miller, Locke P.
Mizell, June, Mrs.
Odom, Archie M.
Olsen, Bertha
Page, Harvey E.
Postel, Olive
Stenstrom, Douglas
Stults, R. W.
Weaver, Chester L.
Wilbern, M.
Search Terms American Red Cross
Children
Children's Home Society of Florida
Courts
Florida Children's Commission
Great Oaks Village
Institutions
Judges
Kiwanis Club of Orlando
Kiwanis Club of Sanford
Kiwanis International
Legal
Miami, FL
Minutes
Newsletters
Optilando
Optimist Club
Optimist Club of Miami
Optimist Club of Orlando
Orange County Juvenile Court
Orange County Parental Home
Orange County Youth Council
Rainbow Ranch
Sanford, FL
State of Florida
State Welfare Board
Youth