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Agricultural Science Archival and Digital Collection: Agricultural Sciences: Digital Collections and Print Archives

Agriculture Administrative Records

Public records series in the UF Archives, listed by the collecting unit.

University Archives Public Records Collection

Includes records and correspondence from Dept of Agronomy, the Experiment Station, Chipley Dairy Unit, Hastings Potato Lab, more

Archival and Manuscripts

Select Digital Agricultural Science Collections

Food and Agricultural Sciences General Collections contains the following sub-collections:

  • Florida Agriculture and Rural Life includes historic publications of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute for Food and Agricultural Services (IFAS), University of Florida. (annual reports; bulletins)
  • Arthropods of Florida and Neighboring Land Areas includes 16 digitized publications from 1965 to 1998 on the arthropods of Florida. Examples include: Coreidae of Florida or the Scarab Beetles of Florida.(Florida; arthropods; 1965-1998; publications)
  • Hildebrand International Farming Systems includes research in the area of farming systems research-extension methods, gender analysis, small-farm livelihood systems, and tropical conservation and development 
  • USDA Soil Surveys consists of historic Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands soil surveys published by the the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Digital Library of the Caribbean a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.

Florida Water Law includes documents, photographs, maps, plans, and more, on the history of water management in Florida. (St. Johns River, South, Southwest, Suwannee, and Northwest districts; Water Law; Environmental Law)

Women in Development collects research on societal structures in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. These materials reflect the impact of women in rural and urban settings. (issues of education, economic growth and legal rights among other topics.)

America's Swamp: the Historical Everglades Project is UF’s most important historical record collections documenting the despoiling of the Everglades and the development of South Florida in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes an online exhibit


Aerials, photographs, newspapers, serials

  • Aerial photography is the largest and most complete collection of Florida aerial photographs (~160,000 photos) outside of the National Archives. These photos document the dramatic changes in Florida's land use between 1937 and 1990.  Search by map or county. (agriculture; conservation; urbanization; hydrology; geology; ecology; geography; etc.) 
  • Florida Photograph Collections visually documents Florida and the University of Florida in particular. (includes subcollections, including: UF Archives Photograph Collection; Florida Photograph Collection; etc.)
  • UF Newspapers news and history of Florida. All of the over 1,376,000 pages of historic through current Florida newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library are openly and freely available with zoomable page images and full text. (rural Florida; 1762-1885; Florida Agriculturalist; Indian River Farmer; Florida Farmer and Fruit Grower, etc.)
  • Agricultural and IFAS Serials includes 40+ serials published by IFAS Agricultural units. (Agronomy; Citrus; Dairy; Forestry; Impact Magazine; etc.)
  • Cigar and Citrus Package Labels includes 25 images of Florida cigar and citrus labels. (Florida; label collection)

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Chase Collection: Florida’s first agribusiness. Primarily interested in citrus, the company also invested in celery, tung oil, winter vegetables, sugar cane, and peaches.  Some items have been digitized in the UFDC. Includes business records, weather damage and fruit fly information, and more. Includes a Collection Finding Aid

Rolfs Collection: Subject content includes agricultural extension and experimentation in Florida, as well as general topics related to Florida agriculture, and botanical and horticultural research. Some items have been digitized in the UFDC. Includes publications, drafts of articles, notes, lists, and speeches. 

H. Harold Hume Collection: Personal, professional, and administrative papers of horticulturist and educator H. Harold Hume, as well as photographs, manuscripts of his publications, and a collection of historical documents related to Florida agriculture.  Items in this collection are not digitized. Hume published works on Camellias, Hollies, Zephryanthes. 

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