The Florida State University Libraries and the Claude Pepper Foundation are pleased to announce the release of the Claude Pepper Library Web Site and POLARIS (Pepper OnLine Archival and Retrieval Information System) at http://pepper.cpb.fsu.edu/library/default.htm
POLARIS, powered by Inmagic DB/TextWorks and DB/Text WebPublisher applications, enables local or remote users to search for specific names or topics within the holdings of the Claude Pepper Library. Researchers can familiarize themselves with the contents of the collection before coming to the Library to use the source materials. At present POLARIS searches at the folder level, but the goal of the first phase of the POLARIS project (scheduled to be completed in January 2001) is to provide searchable access to the full text of a large portion of the documents in the collection. In subsequent phases of the project, a digital archive of the photographs and audiovisual materials in the collection will be developed.
Congressman Pepper donated the Claude Pepper Collection to the Florida State University Libraries in the early 1980s. Containing over two million pages (1200 linear ft.), the collection includes his official and personal correspondence, speeches, news clippings, and his legislative, committee, and campaign files. In addition, the collection contains a number of photographs, audiovisual recordings, and memorabilia. The Library also houses the personal papers of Mildred Webster Pepper, his wife, and those of various other members of the Pepper and Webster families. The Claude Pepper Library is located on the first floor of the Claude Pepper Center on the Florida State University campus.
In public life for more than 50 years, the political career of Claude Denson Pepper (1900-1989) spanned the period from his years as a Florida state legislator in the late 1920s, as a U.S. Senator during the 1930s and 1940s under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, as a U.S. Representative and champion of the nation's elderly from the 1960s, until his death in May 1989. His public service career encompassed the administrations of nine presidents. This collection documents the legacy of his accomplishments - a strengthened Social Security program, the National Institutes of Health, the minimum wage, equal pay for equal work for women, health care reform, protection of age discrimination in the work force, and a more revitalized Medicare program.
The Pepper Library web site features a browsable finding aid to the collection; describes the Pepper Library's resources, services, and activities; includes links to related web sites and online resources; and provides news about the Library, including online exhibits. The finding aid is currently available in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) format. Soon it will also be available as an SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) document using the EAD DTD (Encoded Archival Description Document Type Definition).
We encourage you to examine the Pepper Library web site and POLARIS. Please take a few moments to complete the short evaluation form that we have included on the web site. We value your input and look forward to your comments.
Burt Altman, Archivist
John Nemmers, Project Archivist
Claude Pepper Library
Claude Pepper Center
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1123
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