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Governor's House Library and St. Augustine: Collection Research Guide

Resources and information for researching the history of St. Augustine and using Governor's House Library.

About This Collection Guide

This collection guide details items in the Governor's House Library collection that are specifically related to historic structures restored and reconstructed by the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. This guide was created with students in the UF Historic Preservation Program in mind but will be useful to anyone undertaking research on St. Augustine and its preservation.

To navigate the guide, hover your mouse over the Collection Guide tab and click on the building you are researching. Each building page contains a brief history, as well as an individualized spreadsheet of collection items related to that structure.

This guide was created by Governor's House Spring 2022 intern Hunter Makin under the supervision of Laura Marion and Casey Wooster. It is not a complete inventory of the Governor's House holdings but serves as a comprehensive starting point and locator for research. For a complete inventory of items in the Governor's House Library collections, please see the Governor's House Finding Aids tab. Our archival finding aids are downloadable and text-searchable.

This page is still under construction; continue to check back for updates!

Researching Tips and Resources

A map of St. Augustine's blocks divided into three districts.

St. Augustine's built environment can be best understood through the Block and Lot system. Loosely based on a system created in 1764, the Block and Lot system divides the historic district of St. Augustine into large sections, known as "blocks", and then subdivides the blocks into even smaller sections, known as "lots". This system is the preferred method of identifying structures and their evolution through time because even if the address of a structure changes or the structure type evolves, the location remains the same. This standardized system is used in the City of St. Augustine's Archaeology Program as well as other city departments to identify sites within the downtown area.

The Governor's House Library collections are arranged using the Block and Lot system to provide the highest level of consistency and show the evolution of St. Augustine's built environment.

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