The Claude Pepper Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established by Senator Claude Pepper in 1986. Senator Claude Pepper was a key participant in shaping public policy at the state and national level throughout the 20th Century and knew the educational potential and historical significance of his vast collection of papers, images, recordings and memorabilia.
The Pepper Foundation was established to provide the resources to properly preserve, store and conserve the collection. Senator Pepper wanted to develop curricula and public activities that would maximize the educational potential of the collection. Since its founding the Pepper Foundation has not only fulfilled that purpose, but has developed extensive programs to further the objectives of Senator Pepper. The Claude Pepper Library at the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University houses the collection of Senator Pepper as well as other notable public figures.
The Claude Pepper Documentary
Following the establishment of the Pepper Foundation, a major focus of its officers was the preservation of Senator Pepper’s vast collection of Congressional records, photos, recordings, and memorabilia. In time it was agreed that a separate permanent home on the Florida State University campus would be created. With the participation of the Pepper Foundation, Florida State University administration, and the Florida Legislature the Claude Pepper Center was constructed and now houses the Pepper Foundation, the Pepper Center, the Claude Pepper Library, Claude Pepper Museum, and the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. The documentary that follows attempts to tell the story of the Pepper Center and its work. We hope you find it enlightening.