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Brevard County


Brevard Community College

Carol Marshall, Librarian
1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, FL 32922

(321) 632-1111 ext. 62956
Fax (321) 634-3734

The Library manages an institutional archives documenting events at the College with photographs.

Brevard County Historical Commission/Brevard County Historical Records

801 Dixon Blvd
Suite 1110
Cocoa, FL 32922

(321) 433-4415

Brevard Museum of History and Science

Contact: Kay Davis
2201 Michigan Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32926

(321) 632-1830

Florida Historical Society

Debra T. Wynne
435 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922

(321) 690-1971
Fax (321) 690-4388

Extensive archives and manuscript collections documenting all aspects of Florida life including government records and the private papers of prominent Floridians. Also documenting Brevard County regional history. The Society was founded in 1856 in St. Augustine and has a long history of documenting Florida.

The GLBT History Museum of Central Florida

Dr. Kenneth Kazmerski, President of the Board
2100 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931

(407) 721-9686

The GLBT History Museum of Central Florida is a virtual and mobile museum whose purposes are to collect, preserve, and educate about local GLBT history. "Our legacy shall not be forgotten."

North Brevard Historical Museum

301 South Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 6199
Titusville, FL 32782

(321) 269-3658


Florida Institute of Technology

Ann Sepri
Evans Library
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901-6988

(321) 674-8021
Fax (321) 724-2559

Besides its work as an institutional archives, this repository holds the papers of Edwin A. Link, an inventor and founder of the Harbour Branch Oceanography Institute and Col. John Maderis, considered the father of the modern space program.


Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum

Terry O'Toole, Parks Services Specialist
9700 S A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951-4116

(561) 388-2750
Fax (407) 984-4854

Historical photographs to support the exhibits at the Fishing Museum documenting commercial fishing at the Inlet beginning in the early 1900’s.

Lake County


South Lake County Historical Society

480 West Ave.
Clermont, FL 34711

(352) 394-6611


Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society Inc

Sid Trask-President
Brenda Herbst-Curator
536 North Bay Street
Eustis, FL 32726

(352) 483-0046
Fax (352) 483-0015

Eustis Memorial Library

Steven Benetz, Library Director
120 N. Center Street
Eustis, FL 32726

(352) 357-5686
Fax (352) 357-5450

With a concentration on the City of Eustis, this local history collection contains maps, photographs, historic postcards and other sources.


Leesburg Heritage Museum

Contact Rick Reed-Curator
111 S. Sixth Street
Leesburg, FL 34749-0693

(352) 315-1800


Historic Mount Dora, Inc

Lucretia Freed-West, President
P.O. Box 1166
Mount Dora, FL 32757

(352) 383-8546
Fax (352) 383-3646

Apply by mail to use this collection of historic photographs of Mount Dora.


Lake County Historical Museum

Contact: Dr. Diane D. Kamp
P O Box 7800
317 W. Main Street
Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-9600

The Lake County Historical Museum offers an exciting and informative view of Lake County’s history. Every month, new exhibits are on display and the museum offers a variety of programs for the community’s enjoyment.

Lake County Historical Society

Contact: Sanna Henderson
P O Box 7800
Tavares, FL 32778

(352) 343-9890
Fax (352) 343-9814

Photographs, maps, oral and video histories, old newspapers, genealogical records and other historical records of Lake County.

Orange County


Apopka Historical Society & Museum (Museum of Apopkans)

Contact: Belle Gilliiam
122 E. 5th Street
Apopka, FL 32703

(407) 703-1707
Fax (407) 703-1773


Fort Christmas Historic Park

Contact: Vickie Prewett
1300 Fort Christmas Rd
Christmas, FL 32709

(407) 568-4149
Fax (407) 568-6629 (attention Vickie Prewett)


Eatonville Community History Association

Contact: N.Y. Nathiri
227 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Eatonville, FL 32751

(407) 647-3307
Fax (407) 647-3959


Holocaust Memorial Resource &

Education Center of Central Florida
Eva L Ritt, Assist Administrator
851 N Maitland Aveue
Maitland, FL 32751

(407) 628-0555 ext. 285
Fax (407) 628-1079

Letters, photographs and interviews of survivors and liberators of the Holocaust.

Maitland Historical Society and Museums

Contact: Allison Olds Chapman-Director
Gary Glidden-Curator
P O Box 941001
Maitland, FL 32794

(407) 644-2451
Fax (407) 644-0057

Well organized local history collection containing family histories, photographs, obituaries, etc. of the Maitland, Orlando and Orange County areas.


Ocoee Historical Commission Inc

Contact: Elizabeth Maguire/Betty Irvine/Ruth Graften/Karen Woodard
150 North Lakeshore Drive
Ocoee, FL 34761

(407) 656-2051
Betty Irvine
(407) 656-0073


Campus Crusade for Christ International Archives

100 Lake Hart Drive, Dept. 1900
Orlando, FL 32832-0100

(407) 826-2084
(407) 826-2741 fax
Contact: Susan Allendorf

Besides documenting all aspects of a 48 year-old worldwide missions organization, this institutional archives will also include the papers of Dr. Bill Bright, founder of CCCI, and Mrs. Vonette Bright, co-founder of CCCI and founder of the National Prayer Committee.

Leu House Musuem/Gardens

Mantana Brown, Curator
1920 North Forest Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 246-2620
Fax: (407) 246-2849

National Vietnam War Museum

3400 N. Tanner Road
Orlando, FL 32826

(407) 601-2864
Fax (407) 601-2864

Orange County Regional History Center

Joseph L. Brechner Research Center
65 East Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801-2401

(407) 836-8500

The Joseph L. Brechner Research Center at the Orange County Regional History Center houses the special collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, documenting nearly 200 years of Central Florida history. The Research Center features a photo archives, a research library, and a vast collection of archival material.

University of Central Florida Library

UCF Library, Special Collections & University Archives
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando, FL 32816-2666

(407) 823-2576
Fax (407) 823-2529

Primarily a university archives collection, the repository also holds some personal papers of local individuals.


Windermere History

Carl Patterson
219 W 3rd Ave.
Windermere, FL 34786-8519

(407) 876-2372
Fax (407) 876-0103


Central Florida Railroad Museum

101 S. Boyd Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787

(407) 656-0559
Open daily 1-5

Winter Garden Heritage Museum

Rod Reeves, Director
1 North Main St.
P.O. Box 770475
Winter Garden, FL 34787

(407) 656-5544
Fax (407) 877-4258
Open daily 1-5

Has history/research center that features over 1700 family files.


Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden

633 Osceola Avenue
P.O. Box 1691
Winter Park, FL 32790

(407) 647-6294
Fax (407) 647-0410

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

445 Park Avenue North
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 645-5311
Fax (407) 647-1284

Collections are being developed, please contact the Museum for further information.

Henry Nehrling Society (Palm Cottage)

Contact: Nancy Decker
P. O. Box 2653
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 646-2421
Fax (407) 646-2265

Rollins College Archives

Wenxian Zhang, Dept Head
Box 2768
Holt Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 646-2231
Fax (407) 646-2421

This sophisticated academic institutional archives and special collections includes Floridiana, the papers of Hamilton Holt and the Jesse B. Rittenhouse Collection of Poetry. Its extensive College archives holds the papers of former faculty, students, administrators and staff. Also documents the history of Winter Park.

Winter Park Historical Assoc. & Museum

Contact: Marianne Popkins or Kim Mould
P.O. Box 51
Winter Park, FL 32790

(407) 647-2330
Fax 407-647-2343

Winter Park Public Library

Dean Padgett, Archivist
Rhea Marsh & Dorothy Lockhart Smith Winter Park History Collection
460 E. New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 623-2300
Fax (407) 623-3489

The library holds historic city documents, clipping files, postcard and photograph collection, and an institutional archives. Significant collections include the Paula Hawkins Collection, the Philip Crosby Collection, the Hiram Powers Family Collection, and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Poster Collection.

Osceola County


Holipaw Heritage

Contact: Cheryl McCuiston
551 Peyton’s Place
Kenansville, FL 34739


Kissimmee Historical Society

Contact: Jean Johnston
117 South Clyde Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Seminole County


Altamonte Springs City Library

Richard A. Miller
281 N. Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, 32701

(407) 830-3895
Fax (407) 263-3716

Begun during the 75th anniversary of the City, this collection contains over 800 photographs of city people, places and events. Other primary source materials include public records such as city commission records.

Altamonte Springs Historical Society

Contact: Opal Register
380 Lake Seminary Circle
Maitland, FL 32751-3308

(407) 339-2337

Myrna Knab
612 Lake Spur Lane
Altamonte Springs FL 32714


Geneva Historical & Genealogical Society Inc

Geneva Museum
Contact: Mary Jo Martin
P.O. Box 91
Geneva, FL 32732

(407) 349-5697


Goldenrod Historical Society & Museum

Contact: Joyce Graves

(407) 677-5980


Lake Mary Historical Commission

Contact: Allan Plank, Chair
P.O. Box 958445
Lake Mary, FL  32795-8445

(407) 324-3002


Central Florida Society for Historic Preservation

Contact: John Bistline
P.O. Box 520500
Longwood, FL 32752-0500

(407) 322-6920

Bradlee-McIntyre House

130 W. Warren Ave.
Longwood, FL 32750

(407) 332-0225


Oviedo Historical Society

Paul McQueen
P O Box 620841
Oviedo, FL 32762-0841

(407) 977-1273


Museum of Seminole County History

Karen Jacobs, Coordinator
300 Bush Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773-6179

(407) 665-2489
Fax (407) 665-5220

This county museum holds historic public records, photographs, private papers and business records documenting all aspects of County history including agriculture such as celery farming, citrus, cattle and the turpentine industry.

Sanford Historical Society

Jay Jacobs
P O Box 168
Sanford, FL 32772-0168

(407) 323-8952

Sanford Museum

Alicia Clark, Curator
City of Sanford
Department of Recreation and Parks
P. O. Box 1788
520 East First Street
Sanford, FL 32772

(407) 302-1000
Fax (407) 323-8952

Concentrating on the City of Sanford, this repository holds the papers of Henry Sanford, city founder including correspondence and photographs. Collections also include city directories, oral histories of city pioneers and census records.

Seminole County Historical Commission

Contact: Linda Batman
200 Maitland Ave. #122
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701-5534

(407) 339-5666 or (407) 321-2489

Seminole County Public Schools

“Student Museum”
301 West Seventh St
Sanford, FL 32771

(407) 320-0520
Fax (407) 320-0522

Contact: Myriam Garrett- Museum Specialist
Contact:Dee Gouchenour

Volusia County


Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts Inc

Contact: Marilyn Breeze
P O Box 6
Barberville, FL 32105

(386) 749-2959
Fax (386) 749-2087


Bethune-Cookman College

640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(904) 225-1401

An institutional archives and special collections holding documentary, photographic, and other materials including the papers of Joseph M. Taylor and Florence Roane and the Thelma Harris Livingston Collection.

Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services

Dorothy Minor, Archivist
420 Platt Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-2804

(904) 239-6000 ext 6055
Fax (904) 239-6062

Some correspondence, photographs, annual reports documenting the Division of Blind Services, founded in the 1930’s and the Bureau of Braile and Talking Book Library founded in the 1950’s.

Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences

Contact: Susan Cerbone, Communications
1040 Museum Blvd
Daytona Bch. FL 32114

(386) 255-0285
Fax (386) 255-5040

Embry Riddle University

Richard Waddell
Jack R. Hunt Memorial Library
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(904) 226-6593
Fax (904) 226-6368

An institutional archives holding photographs.

Halifax Historical Society Museum, Inc.

Cheryl Atwell, Director
252 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 255-6976
Fax (386) 255-7605

This collection contains materials pertaining to Daytona Beach and the Halifax area and includes photographs, genealogical research, historical postcards, family papers and vertical files.


DeBary Hall, Inc

P.O. Box 911
210 Sunrise Blvd.
DeBary, FL 32713

(407) 668-3840
Fax (407) 668-3841


Stetson University Archives

Gail Greib
Dupont-Ball Library
421 N. Woodland
P.O. Box 8418
Deland, FL 32720-3769

(904) 822-7180
Fax (904) 822-7199

An institutional archives containing papers, clippings, photographs and other materials relating to the history of the University. Also contains letters of DeLand settlers and biographies of early presidents and faculty members.

West Volusia Historical Society, Inc

137 W Michigan Ave
Deland, FL 32720

(386) 740-6813 Phone/Fax

Old photographs, deeds, oral histories documenting the founding families and history of Volusia County and DeLand.


Enterprise Preservation Society

Contact: Sandy Walters
P O Box 4015
Enterprise, FL 32725

(407) 328-8556
Contact: Kevin Finn

(386) 860-3890


Black Heritage Museum

Contact: Mary Harrell
314 N. Duss Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

(386) 478-1934

Southeast Volusia Historical Society, Inc.

Contact: Gail Henrikson
P O Box 968
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-0968

(386) 478-0052


Orange City Historic Preservation Board

Contact: Carol Forrer
300 South Volusia Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763

(386) 774-8849

Orange City Historic Preservation Society

Contact: Ann Lindsay
236 South Rose Ave.
Orange City, FL 32763

(386) 775-2284

Orange City Historical Society

Contact: Harley Strickland
Orange City, FL 32763

(386) 775-2942

Society of Workers of Early Arts & Trades of Florida

Contact: Tuck Russell
1888 West Blue Spring Ave
Orange City, FL 32763--6007

(386) 774-2793 Phone/Fax


Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Assoc.

Ellen Henry, Curator
4931 S Peninsula Dr
Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

(386) 761-1821
Fax (386) 761-3121

The museum archives are comprised mainly of duplicate materials from the National Archives concerning the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station. This repository also holds historic photographs and other materials concerning the local ara. Documents include journals, letters, government correspondence, construction plans, blueprints, photographs, and clippings.


Port Orange Historical Trust

Carol Kubacki, Treasurer/Curator
P O Box 291156
Port Orange, FL 32129

(904) 788-2143

Apply by mail to use this collection of photographs and correspondence relating to Port Orange.

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