The Collection contains the personal papers and business / professional files of George W. (Washington) Simons, Jr., a prominent Jacksonville, Florida, city planner active in the Southeastern United States in the twentieth century. His preparation of Florida's first comprehensive municipal plan (Jacksonville, 1929) launched his professional career as a municipal consultant, and over a forty year period he was retained by over seventy municipalities to prepare city, county, regional and zoning plans, reports and studies. His plans for major Florida cities include: Tampa, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Beach.
Publications and printed materials form the majority of the collection. The project files of Mr. Simons provide added depth to the planning documents, and a wide range of subject files show his broad interests in various planning topics. The collection in totality provides rare insights into Florida's urban history, and an overview of the work and contributions of a major urban planner during Florida's century of unparalleled growth and development.
To learn more about the collection, please see the finding aid.