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Walter T. Dartland papers


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Dade County Consumer Advocate

Printed materials, Florida


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Walter T. Dartland papers, 1970-2011 | Morse Department of Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: Walter T. Dartland papers, 1970-2011Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Dartland, Walt (1935-)

Extent: 16.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection consists of five series:  Series 1) subject files; Series 2) insurance; Series 3) Dade County Consumer Advocate, 1975-1986; Series 4) printed materials, Florida; Series 5) audiovisual materials.  Series 1 and 2 are in alphabetical order by topic. Series 3 and 4 are in original order.  Series 5 is arranged by audiovisual format.

Date Acquired: 04/26/2012. More info below under Accruals.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of files from Mr. Dartland's career in various capacities as a consumer advocate.  The bulk of the materials cover the mid-1970s to mid-1990s. The vast majority pertain to Florida though there are examples of consumer advocacy from other states. Folder titles indicate the subjects included in the collection.  Folders contain a wide variety of publications: business correspondence, brochures, pamphlets, speeches, flyers, newspaper clippings, reprints of trade articles, magazine clippings, ordinances, news releases, trade publications, agendas, reports, surveys, public hearing notices, legal documents, legislative documents, advertisements, business cards, conference proceedings, conference programs, printed email messages, registration forms and several other forms of ephemera and publications.  Most items pertain to activities and issues that Mr. Dartland was directly involved in though some items seem to be just areas of interest. In addition to the publications, there are 34 VHS tapes, 3 DVDs, 1 flash drive, and 134 cassette tapes.

Biographical Note

Walter T. Dartland was born January 17, 1935. He is widely known for his expertise on consumer protection, investment and insurance fraud, and public interest issues. He earned a national reputation for diligence and effectiveness in exposing frauds and deceptive practices perpetrated against citizens and businesses alike. He gained national recognition as a consumer advocate from 1975 until 1986 while he was serving as the Miami-Dade County Consumer Advocate. Through his association with consumer groups, senior citizen organizations, and Florida business leaders, he exposed schemes directed at Florida’s elderly and low-income populations. In 1987, he was named Deputy Attorney General under Attorney General Bob Butterworth. For two years Dartland oversaw litigation in environmental protection, land use, consumer protection, antitrust enforcement, and execution of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). At the request of the Attorney General, Dartland rejoined the office to serve as Special Counsel on critical issues from 1996 to 2000. While serving as Special Counsel, he earned the admiration of industry leaders for his unique ability to work with businesses to effectuate solutions to complex business transactions. Dartland has been involved with numerous professional, civic and charitable boards. Notable positions include past vice-president of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, past Chairman of the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Committee, past president of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of South Florida, past president of the Florida Association of Accountants in the Public Interest,  board member of the Consumer Federation of America, founding member and co-chair of the National Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, member of the National Board of Common Cause, and chair of Florida Common Cause. Dartland’s education began at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes, where he earned a B.S. Degree in Engineering.  He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Michigan.  At some point in his career, he returned to Michigan when elected District Attorney.

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Accruals: No additional accruals are expected.

Access Restrictions: No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full reponsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Technical Access Note: Audiovisual equipment needed to use the collection:  VHS player and monitor, CD player, cassette player.

Acquisition Source: Walter T. Dartland

Acquisition Method: Mr. Dartland drove from his home in Florida to deliver 11 boxes of materials to the Morse Department of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Walter T. Dartland papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information:

Files were refoldered during processing and labeled with Mr. Dartland's original file title.

The collection was processed by curator Jane Schillie under the supervision of Anthony Crawford, curator of manuscripts.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Subject files, 1970-2011],
[Series 2: Insurance],
[Series 3: Dade County Consumer Advocate, 1975-1986],
[Series 4: Printed materials, Florida],
[Series 5: Audiovisual],

Series 3: Dade County Consumer Advocate, 1975-1986Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Conflict of interest, DadeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Spanish education, anti-bilingual ordinance, Tel-ConsumerAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: AccountantsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Advanced fee listingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Attorney advertisingAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Auto registration - owners on titleAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Auto repair, release of lien; auto repair, Dade ordinanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Auto warrantyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Ford clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Vega, Cadillac, General MotorsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Better Business Bureau, news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Consumer Federation news releases, FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Firestone tires, news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Fifty-five mile hour speed limitAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Florida Power and Light, electricityAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: FuneralsAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Lemon Aid, DadeAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Pool chemicals, hazardAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Miami-Dade Metro public service boardAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Nominating councilAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Swimming pool news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Teenage unemploymentAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Tel Consumer news articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Truth in menu news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Usury news articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Utility depositsAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: ZoningAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Aventura water ratesAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Florida water and utilitiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: General waterworksAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Miami Dade utility clippinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: North Miami Beach waterAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Southern gulf clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Speaking engagements, seminars, workshops, etc.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Statewide consumer advocacy, public advocacyAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Consumer advocate copyrights publicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Dartland vs Dade CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Local measured service (LMS)Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Consumer Advocate, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Insurance redlining, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Consumer movement into business, 1980Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1981, January - MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: 1981, June - DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Consumer advocacy historyAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Subject files, 1970-2011],
[Series 2: Insurance],
[Series 3: Dade County Consumer Advocate, 1975-1986],
[Series 4: Printed materials, Florida],
[Series 5: Audiovisual],

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