“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known... They are unique also in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of the light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slow-moving below, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades of Florida. It is a river of grass.” - Marjory Stoneman Douglas
UF is home to many collections that document the history of the Everglades. Many of these resources cover early plans for draining the Everglades in the 1880s and 1890s, the dredging of canals and subsequent development of the destroyed wetlands at the start of the 20th century, as well as early attempts by conservationists to preserve the natural resources of the Everglades. Use the tabs in this guide to learn more about specific projects to digitize Everglades materials and to raise awareness of these holdings.
Digital resources relating to the Everglades are available at: