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Betty Castor papers

Identifier: MS-2003-05
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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of printed materials, such as newspaper clippings and publications, documenting Castor’s political career.  Also accompanying the papers are numerous awards and plaques presented to Castor for her service to the citizens of Florida.  In August 2008, action was taken to re-assess and weed the plaques and awards.  Only those items that were considered relative to the history of the University of South Florida or of significance to Betty Castor’s career were retained.  A CD (compact disc) containing pictures of the plaques and trophies is included, and an itemized list has been added to Castor's donor file. Materials compromising the "Betty Castor papers" do not include her official USF presidential papers, which are a part of the University Archives.


  • Created: 1962-1999
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/27/2003


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Biographical or Historical Information

Elizabeth “Betty” Bowe Castor-Bell was born to Irish immigrants on May 11, 1941. A native of Glassboro, New Jersey, Castor moved to Florida in 1966, where she became a politician, a proponent of educational causes, and the first female president of the University of South Florida (1994-1999).

Castor’s career has spanned continents, bridged social and political gaps, and afforded numerous awards, honors and appointments. She received her BA in Education at Glassboro State College and an MA in Education at the University of Miami, Florida. Castor served on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners from 1972 to 1976, and she was a Senator for the State of Florida from 1976 to 1986. Castor also was a part of the Florida Commission of Education from 1986 to 1993. After her position as the President of the University of South Florida ended in 1999, Castor became the President of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

In accordance, Betty Castor’s most acknowledged achievements include: an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Florida (2000); the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic’s 1994 Humanitarian Award; recognition as the 1986 Legislator of the Year; the “Class of ‘56” distinction, which the University of South Florida bestows upon non-graduates who have rendered outstanding service to USF and to the community; and the honor of being one of the youngest presidents of Tampa’s League of Women Voters.


3.88 Linear Feet

8 boxes

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

Alphabetically by subject within series.

Source of Acquisition

Betty Castor

Method of Acquisition


Related Publications

"Betty Castor." Who's Who in America.  56th edition.  Chicago, IL: A.N. Marquis, 2001.

"Betty Castor." Who's Who of American Women. 22nd edition. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who’s Who, 2000.

"Betty Castor." Who's Who in American Politics. 17th edition. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1999.

Betty Castor: President of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Education World. 24 Apr 2000.  Accessed Oct 19, 2004. />. 

Cadow, Gail.  “Ex-Senator Picked for USF Liaison Position.” The Tampa Times 24 October 1979.

“Castor Sworn in as Education Chief.” St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 1 Jan 1987: 2B.

“Castor Wedding a Capitol Event: Commissioner, Ex-Representative Marry.” St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 19 Mar 1989: 2B.

“CEO Profiles: Betty Castor.” Tampa Bay Business Journal 18.44 (Oct 30, 1998): S10.

Commissioner of Education Betty Castor Administrative Files, 1987-1991, Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida.

“The EL Interview: Betty Castor Talks about Florida’s Commitment to Technology.” Electronic Learning 13.2 (Oct 1993): 58.

Frank, Grace and Patty Ryan.  “Castor Resigns: The Decision: USF’s Leader Quits after 5 Years to Take Over a Teacher Certification Group.”  The Tampa Tribune 21 July 1999: 1.

“Glassboro Student Teacher Official Flight to Uganda.” The Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia), 5 Oct 1962, New Jersey ed.: 1F.

Grossman, Cathy Lynn.  “Why Women Need Lessons in Politics.”  The Miami Herald 8 June 1992: 1-C.

March, William and Michael Fechter.  “Castor Resigns: Why: Frustration with the Status Quo and a Chance for National Impact Prompt Betty Castor to Leave USF.” The Tampa Tribune 21 July 1999: 1.

Miller, Sam.  “Carrollwood’s Castor Again State Political Star: Senator Castor Will Be Installed as Senate Pro Tempore at Legislature’s November 20 Session.” The Tampa Tribune 8 October 1984.

O’Neill, Joe.  “Betty Castor: A First for USF.”  University of South Florida 36.1 (Jan 1994): 4-5.

“Our ‘Cover Lady’: Betty Castor.” The Sunland Tribune: Journal of the Tampa Historical Society 8 (Nov 1987): 23.

Strickland, Bill.  “Mrs. President: An Exclusive Interview with USF President Betty Castor.” Creative Loafing 7.2 (April 14-20, 1994): 6.

“USF President Betty Castor.” USF History & Traditions Website.  University of South Florida. Accessed Oct 19, 2004. />. 

Wheat, Jack. “The Woman Who Could be Governor.” Miami Herald 8 Jun 1992: 1A.

Betty Castor papers
Stacy Dolan
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US