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Digital Collections Around the State

Key Libraries and Archives of Florida History

  • P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History
    Founded at UF in 1945. Previously a private collection in Pensacola (date of origin 1892). Created by P.K. Yonge and his son Julien Yonge. Especially strong in the colonial history of Florida and in 19th century history. Extent: 33,000 books and periodicals; 2,500 historic maps of Florida; 10,000 brochures and pamphlets; extensive postcard and photo collection; with manuscripts division, hundreds of unpublished collections, records, diaries, etc. on Florida.
  • Florida Historical Society
    Founded in 1856 and in continuous operation since 1902. Private not-for-profit and the official state historical society. Runs the largest annual conference on state history. Publishes "The Florida Historical Quarterly." Produces the PBS radio program "Florida Frontiers." Sponsors awards for books, articles, and other scholarly work. Headquarters and research library are in Coca, Florida.
  • State Archives of Florida
    Created 1967. Repository for the official government records of Florida as well as private and family papers. Single largest archive in the state. Online photo archive of 170,000 photos. Has digitized highly used collections for use online.
  • West Florida History Center
    Based at the University of West Florida. Comprehensive coverage of the history of the Panhandle and those sections of colonial West Florida that are now part of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Especially strong on Pensacola history. Created the Panton Leslie Collection on early Indian trade.
  • St. Augustine Historical Society Catalog
    Access, including digital versions of some items, to the Society's collections.
  • Black Archives Research Center, FAMU
    Founded 1976. Home to 500,000 records and documents, especially important in the history of education in Florida, but covers many aspect of the African American experience: arts, literature, business, sports, politics.
  • Special Collections, University of North Florida
    Main floor of the Pace Library. Strong collection in the development of Jacksonville and North Florida. Houses Eartha M.M. White Collection and others important in history of civil rights and philanthropy.
  • Special Collections, University of South Florida
    Contains the Florida Studies Collections. Strong regional focus on Tampa-St. Petersburg. Areas of major focus include civil rights, African-American experience, Florida-Cuba relations, cigar-making industry. Good online access to many collections.
  • Special Collections, Florida State University
    Collecting in all areas of state history, includes the Claude Pepper Library, a major archive of political papers, as well as personal and organization papers from all eras in Florida's history.
  • Special Collections, University of Miami
    Rich in collections on South Florida and the Caribbean, significant collections include the Mark Boyd Collection, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Collection, and Cuban Heritage Collection.
  • Additional Museums and Archives


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