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First Families of Florida
First Families' Clothing
First Families' Clothing
order by year
Year Clothing Piece Image
1920-1921 Mrs. Maud Randell Hardee, Evening Cape photo of Maud Hardee's Evening Cape
1929 Mrs. May Mann Jennings, Academic Gown photo of May Jennings's Academic Gown
1941-1945 Mrs. Mary Alice Holland, Evening Gown photo of Mary Holland's Evening Gown
1945 Mrs. Mary Harwood Caldwell, Evening Gown photo of Mary Caldwell's Evening Gown
1945 Governor Millard Caldwell, Morning Suit photo of Millard Caldwell's Morning Suit
ca. 1948 Mrs. Mary Harwood Caldwell, Felt Hat photo of Mary Caldwell's Felt Hat
ca. 1948 Mrs. Mary Harwood Caldwell, Woman’s Pantsuit photo of Mary Caldwell's Woman’s Pantsuit
ca. 1948-1949 Mrs. Mary Harwood Caldwell, Woman’s Wool Suit photo of Mary Caldwell's Woman’s Wool Suit
ca. 1952 Governor Dan McCarty, Formal evening suit photo of Dan McCarty's Formal evening suit
ca. 1952-1953 Mrs. Olie Brown McCarty, Evening gown and cape photo of Olie McCarty's Evening gown and cape
1952-1953 Mrs. Olie Brown McCarty, Woman’s Wool Suit photo of Olie McCarty's Woman’s Wool Suit
1953-1954 Mrs. Thelma Brinson Johns, Woman’s Tweed Suit photo of Thelma Johns's Woman’s Tweed Suit
1955 Mrs. Thelma Brinson Johns, Evening Gown photo of Thelma Johns's Evening Gown
1957 Mrs. Mary Call Collins, Evening Gown photo of Mary Collins's Evening Gown
1961 Governor Farris Bryant, Formal Evening Suit photo of Farris Bryant's Formal Evening Suit
1961-1965 Mrs. Jullia Burnett Bryant, Cocktail Dress and Coat photo of Jullia Bryant's Cocktail Dress and Coat
1967 Mrs. Erika Mattfield Kirk, Woman’s Suit photo of Erika Kirk's Woman’s Suit
1971 Mrs. Donna Lou Askew, Evening Gown and Dress Coat photo of Donna Askew's Evening Gown and Dress Coat
1975 Governor Reubin Askew, Morning Suit photo of Reubin Askew's Morning Suit
1978 Mrs. Margie Grace Mixson, Campaign Dress photo of Margie Mixson's Campaign Dress
1979 Mrs. Margie Grace Mixson, Evening Gown photo of Margie Mixson's Evening Gown
1985 Mrs. Adele Khoury Graham, Evening Gown photo of Adele Graham's Evening Gown
1987 Mrs. Mary Jane Marino Martinez, Dress and Cape photo of Mary Martinez's Dress and Cape
1987 Mrs. Mary Jane Marino Martinez, Evening Gown photo of Mary Martinez's Evening Gown
1991 Mrs. Rhea Grafton Chiles, Day Dress photo of Rhea Chiles's Day Dress
1995 Mrs. Rhea Grafton Chiles, Evening Tunic photo of Rhea Chiles's Evening Tunic
1995-1998 Governor Lawton Chiles, Man’s Shirt photo of Lawton Chiles's Man’s Shirt
1999 Mrs. Columba Garnica Gallo Bush, Woman’s Suit photo of Columba Bush's Woman’s Suit

Florida First Ladies Gown Collection In 1996 Dr. Patricia L. Clements initiated the idea of beginning a distinctive collection of first ladies gowns. At that time there were only two gowns in the Museum of Florida History's collection. Now there are more than a dozen with the collection still growing. Dr. Clements has also compiled background information on the histories of many items in the gown collection which is as fascinating as the first ladies themselves. The Museum of Florida History is pleased to officially recognize and credit her work in conceiving and developing the gown collection. In recognition of her contributions, Dr. Clements has been named honorary Emeritus Curator of the Florida First Ladies Collection.