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Atkins Warren Papers

Identifier: MS 325

Scope and Content

The main components of this collection are: photographs of Atkins Warren, throughout his professional career; scrapbooks and notebooks documenting his time in St. Louis; documents and correspondence pertaining to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); papers related to his professional interests and initiatives; and certificates and awards commemorating his time in St. Louis, Gainesville, NOBLE, and the Department of Justice. Most of these items are from the period 1970 to 1995.

Newspaper clippings speak directly to Warren's professional accomplishments. Others relate more generally to African American police officers and the St. Louis Police. A variety of pictures from conferences and events, specifically with the Department of Justice and NOBLE, are also included in this collection. Some of these images consist of prominent public figures such as Janet Reno and Gerald Ford. Several family members and a variety of family events are also represented in photographs.


  • Creation: 1948-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1995



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Atkins Warren (June 30, 1925 - August 7, 2010) was the first African American police chief of Gainesville, Florida. He served from 1980 to 1984, during a period of severe race relations issues in the city. He began his long career in law enforcement with the St. Louis Police Department, serving from 1948 to 1980. Following his retirement from the Gainesville Police Department, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice in the Community Relations Service, serving as a race relations specialist and as a regional director in the Midwest. After leaving the Department of Justice in 2002, he established Atkins Warren and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in race relations. Warren graduated from Webster University in Missouri with a B.A. in Sociology and a Master's degree in Public Administration. He was a founding member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and served as president in 1981-1982.


4.25 Linear feet (5 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Papers and photographs related to the career of Atkins Warren, the first African American chief of police for Gainesville, Florida. Aspects of his career covered include his time with the St. Louis Police Department, with the Gainesville Police Department, and with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, as well as his presidency and service with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired in 2014 from Carrie Parker-Warren, widow of Atkins Warren.

A Guide to the Atkins Warren Papers
Finding aid created by Anna Armitage
December 2014
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America