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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


Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Inc.

Carolyne Norwood, Administrator
P. O. Box 4315
405 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34216

(941) 778-0492

Primarily a small museum collection, the Society also holds scrapbooks and photographs documenting the area.


Apopka Historical Society & Museum (Museum of Apopkans)

Contact: Diana Nemchick
122 E. 5th Street
Apopka, FL 32703

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



Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts Inc

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

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


Federal Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Bay Pines

Diana Akins, Chief, Library Services
P. O. Box 5005
Bay Pines, FL 33744

(727) 398-9366
Fax (727) 398-9367

This institutional archives includes documentation of the construction of the Center in the 1930’s including photographs and other records of the life of a large medical center. A friends group hopes to build a small museum on the grounds in the future which will house the archival materials. A scrapbook of the first African American nurse to serve in the County is included.


Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library

Joe Spann, Library Manager Old Courthouse - East Wing
100 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830

(941) 534-4380
Fax (941) 534-4382

This library documents Imperial Polk County including public records of the county and selected cities. It is primarily a genealogical research library with genealogical materials from the Southeastern United States.


Belle Glade Public Library

Joseph Orsenigo
530 S. Main Street
Belle Glade, FL 33430

(561) 996-3453

This repository holds the papers of Lawrence Will Special Collections, an author-historian who wrote several books on South Florida including Okeechobee Hurricane. The collection chronicles the development of the area.


Boca Raton Historical Society, Inc.

Peggy McCall, Archivist
71 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 334432-3919

(561) 395-6766
Fax (561) 395-4049

The Society collects materials documenting Boca Raton including city public records, oral histories and photographs. Collections include the records of early settlers of the area.

Florida Atlantic University

Library, Special Collections and Archives
777 Glades Road
LY (Building 3) 261
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0992

(561) 297-3787
Fax (561) 297-2189

Contact: Leslie Siegel,

This institutional archives and academic special collections holds papers that document the University, the region, music, Judaica and the civil war. The DuBois Collection of South Floridiana is a recent acquisition as well as continuing materials on the history of Palm Beach County.


Boynton Beach City Library

Janet M. DeVries, Archivist
208 S. Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

(561) 742-6390
Fax (561) 742-6381


Boynton Beach City Library houses an historical archive collection with material pertaining to the history of Boynton Beach and surrounding South Florida towns. The collection includes Boynton Beach newspapers (1947-2007), maps, documents, scrapbooks, journals, postcards, photographs, news clippings and oral histories of pioneers families.

St. Vincent De Paul Seminary

Marguerite Wolf, Archivist
10701 South Military Trail
Boynton Beach, FL 334464-4811

(561) 732-4424 ext. 173
Fax (561) 737-2205

An institutional archives that contains the official memoranda of Seminary Rectors and board members, curricula from past and present faculty, student theses, video tapes of official functions plus photographs of Seminary events. Also has a small museum function.


Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc.

Patricia Bues, Coordinator of Public Relations/Archives
Office of the President
Boys Ranch, FL 32060

(904) 842-5501
Fax (904) 842-2429

An institutional archives documenting social services including residential facilities for youth in Florida. Extensive files on events and fund raisers include donor records, documentation of the Office of the President and Board plus records on running the programs around the state.


Manatee Community College

Lib/Bradenton Campus
PO Box 1849
Bradenton, FL 34206-7046

(941) 752-5305
Fax (941) 752-5308

contact: Susan McDonough

Manatee County Central Library

Eaton Florida History Room
Pamela N. Gibson, Eaton Room Librarian
1301 Barcarrota Boulevard
Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 748-5555 ext. 225
Fax (941) 749-7191

The History Room provides archival support for the collections of the Manatee County Historical Society. Materials include over 27,000 photographs, extensive files on local history and back files of county newspapers documenting county history.

Manatee County Historical Records Library

1405 4th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 741-4070
Fax (941) 708-5926

contact: Dean Dixon

A government archives containing Manatee County public records includes deed books, probate files, court records, tax and minute books. The archives also includes city directories, Sanborn and plat maps, aerial photographs, early school attendance records, deed abstracts and newspaper/obituary files.

South Florida Museum

Kristen Koehn, Curator
201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 746-4131 ext. 27
Fax (941) 747-2256

A natural and general history museum documenting Tampa Bay and local area. Archival materials include charts and maps of Tampa Bay, ledgers and photographs of expeditions to South America in the 1930’s and 1940’s plus records to support the museum collections.


Levy County Archives & Records Center

Levy County Clerk's Office
355 S. Court Street
Bronson, FL 32621

(352) 486-5266

Repository for the early civil, criminal, marriage, marks & brands, tax rolls, probate, and Commissioner minutes of Levy County from 1845.


Dade Battlefield State Historic Site

Barbara Roberts, Park Manager
7200 County Road 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

(352) 793-4781
Fax (352) 793-4230

Historical documentation including old military records pertaining to research into Dade’s Battle.



Cedar Key Historical Society Museum, Inc.

Contact: Galina Binkley
P. O. Box 222
Cedar Key, FL 32625

(352) 543-5549

The Museum holds materials documenting all aspects of life in the Cedar Keys. Collections include records of railroads, commercial fishing, the pencil and cedar mill industries, palmetto fiber industry, city records, military activities during Civil and Seminole Wars plus extensive historical photographs.


Alger-Sullivan Historical Society

Contact: Jerry Simmons
P O Box 1002
7610 Jefferson Avenue
Century, FL 32535

(850) 256-2029, (850) 256-2661, (850) 256-3980

This collection holds the archives of the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company including business records and photographs. The Company built the mill town Century in the early 20th century.


Florida State Hospital

Mark W Campbell, Health Information Manager
Health Info Services
P O Box 1000
Chattahoochee, FL 32324

(850) 663-7780
Fax (850) 663-7439

An institutional archives that contains many photographs, patient registers dating to the 1800’s and hospital reports discussing improvements and statistical information.


Fort Christmas Historic Park

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

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


South Lake County Historical Society

480 West Ave.
Clermont, FL 34711

(352) 394-6611


Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum

HC-61 Box 21-A
Clewiston, FL 33440

(863) 902-1113
Fax (863) 902-1117

Contact: Anne McCudden, Willard Steele
Oral History Coordinator: Elizabeth Lowman

The Museum’s research center preserves the documentation of the history of the Seminole Tribe containing all types of materials including photographs, oral histories, letters, maps, etc.

Clewiston Museum

J. B. McCrary, Director
122 South Commercial St.
Clewiston, FL 33440-3706

(941) 983-2870

This collection contains documents, photographs, etc. concerning the development of Clewiston and the sugar industry.


Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida History

Contact: Nick or Debra Wynne
435 Brevard Ave
Cocoa, FL 32922

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


Brevard Community College

Carol Marshall, Librarian
1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, FL 32922

(407) 632-1111 ext. 62956
Fax (407) 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

Contact: Kay Davis
2201 Michigan Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32926

(407) 632-1830

Florida Historical Society

Debra T. Wynne
Tebeau-Field Library of Florida History
435 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922

(407) 690-1971
Fax (407) 690-0099

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."


City of Coral Gables Historical Archives

Carol McGeehan
P.O. Drawer 141549
Coral Gables, FL 33114

(305) 460-5361

Materials relating to the City of Coral Gables including photographs, architectural records and oral histories of early settlers. Does not collect materials on Dade


University of Miami

Cristina Favretto
Richter Library Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124

(305) 284-3247
Fax (305) 566-7352

An institutional archives and special collections holding extensive literary, business and organizational materials documenting the region and the state. Some outstanding collections include the records of Pan American Airlines and the congressional papers of Dante Fascell. With over 500 manuscript collections and 100,000 photographs, detailed information about holdings can be found on the website.

University of Miami Libraries

Cuban Heritage Collection
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, FL 33124

(305) 284-4900
Fax (305) 284-4901

contact: Esperanza B. de
contact: Craig Likness

This rich archives documents the history and culture of Cuba, the Cuban exile experience and the Cuban-American impact in south Florida and holds many types of materials including manuscript collections, maps, photographs, postcards, and rare books and periodicals.


Carver Hill Memorial and Historical Society, Inc

Caroline J Allen, President
649 McClelland St
Crestview, FL 32536

(850) 682-3494

The Society holds the records of the Carver Hill School. Carver Hill was an African American school serving children from K-12 in Crestview.



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.


Advent Christian Village

PO Box 4760
Dowling Park, FL 32064

(386) 658-5110
(386) 658-2644

contact: Millie H. Griswold, Archivist

An institutional archives documenting the history of Advent Christian Village (In 1913, known as the American Advent Christian Home & Orphanage.) The collection includes photographs, documentation on the administration of the organization, historical magazines, and historical information of Camp Suwannee, a youth camp. Advent Christian Village is the first retirement community in Florida and the first to include orphaned children as residents. There is also information and photographs on the Thomas Dowling sawmill, a tourist attraction built by Mr. Dowling, and the community of Dowling Park that preceded the development of the Home & Orphanage.


Dunedin Historical Museum

Vincent Luigi, Director
P O Box 2393
Dunedin, FL 34697-2393

(727) 736-1176
Fax (727) 736-4756

A local historical museum holding primarily photographs of Dunedin.



Eatonville Community History Association

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

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


Enterprise Preservation Society

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

(407) 328-8556
Contact: Kevin Finn

(386) 860-3890


Koreshan State Historical Site

Jeanne Parks, Park Manager
P O Box 7
Estero,FL 33928

(941) 992-0311
Fax (941) 992-1607

This repository documents the Koreshan Community including partial runs of newspapers, the Cora Stephens Collection of photographs of the Community, landscapes and people, a few letters and genealogical materials. Photographs are accessible by a database.


Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society Inc

Sid Trask-President
Alice Davis-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.



Amelia Island Museum of History

Phyllis Davis
233 S. 3rd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904) 261-7378 x.101
(904) 261-9701 fax

Concentrating on Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island and Nassau County, this repository holds photographs, oral histories of African American residents, plus a number of business records and family papers.


Bonnet House

Tom Edmonds, Curator & Asst. Dir.
900 N. Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(954) 563-5393 ext. 138
Fax (954) 561-4174

This house museum holds documentation of construction including blueprints and photographs as well as some Bonnet Family papers.

Broward County Historical Commission

Denyse Cunningham, Curator
151 Southwest Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

(954) 765-4671
Fax (954) 765-4437

The Library of the Commission holds an extensive collection of maps, oral histories, family papers, local government pubic records documenting the County and related Florida materials.

Broward County Library

James Findlay
Dianne & Michael Bienes Special Collection
100 S Andrews Ave
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301

(954) 357-8692
Fax (954) 357-6762

This library documents all agencies of the WPA including the CCC. Materials include the Stetson Kennedy Federal Writers Project papers and photographs.

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Inc.

Susan Gillis, Curator of Collections
219 SW 2nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

(954) 463-4431 ext. 13
Fax (954) 463-4434

The Historical Society’s collection contain extensive archives, manuscripts, architectural plans and over 250,000 photographs relating to all aspects of the history of Broward County.

Henning Library & Archives

@ The International Swimming Hall of Fame
Preston Levi, Director
One Hall of Fame Dr
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316

(951) 462-6536 ext. 204
Fax (951) 522-4521

contacts: Preston and Rita Levi

This repository documents all aspects of competive swimming, diving, syncronized swimming including the minutes, convention notes and correspondence of 108 swimming organizations.

Nova Southeastern University

Robert Bogorff
University Archives
3301 College Avenue, Modular 2
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

(954) 262-4642
Fax (954) 262-3945

An institutional archives, this repository documents all aspects of life on campus and includes materials such as photographs, oral histories and faculty papers. Also documents the town of Davie.

Stonewall Library and Archives

1717 N. Andrews Ave.
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311-4813

(954) 763-8565
Fax (954) 763-8565

contact: Fred Searcy

This repository has the largest collection of lesbian and gay materials south of Washington, DC and east of Houston, Texas. It serves as an archives of political, historical and social documents for the lesbian and gay community and also houses organizational records of all kinds.


Edison and Ford Winter Estates Library

Lori VanWagner
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33901

(941) 332-6815
Fax (941) 332-6787

Inquire by letter to use these papers of Edison documenting his time in Florida and the lives of his family.

Fort Myers Historical Museum

Stan Mulford, Archivist
2300 Peck Street
Forth Myers, FL 33901

(941) 332-5955
Fax (941) 332-6637

As the City’s museum, collections include over 9000 photographs, documents and oral histories relating to the history of Southwestern Florida.


Indian River Community College Library

Pat Profeta
3209 Virginia Ave
Ft Pierce, FL 34981

(561) 462-4757
Fax (561) 462-4780

The main focus of this repository is as an institutional archives but holdings also includes documentation relating to the history of the surrounding four county area.

St Lucie County Library System

Allardyce Hamill, Reference Coordinator
124 N Indian River Dr
Ft Pierce, FL 34950

(561) 462-1615
Fax (561) 462-2750

This library collects historic public records and manuscript materials documenting the County. Collections begin in the 1920’s and include Sanborn maps of Ft. Pierce.

St Lucie County Regional History Center

Brynn Batsche
414 Seaway Drive
Ft Pierce, FL 34949

(772) 462-1891
Fax (772) 462-1877

Since 1968 the St. Lucie County Regional History Center has been dedicated to the preservation, research and interpretation of Treasure Coast's unique history. Owned by the people of St. Lucie County and housing over 20,000 artifacts and archives related to local heritage the Center also owns the Hill Family Photographic Collection consisting of over 1,200 photographs of the area's early history. Photographs, primary source archives as well as significant collections ranging from secondary source manuscripts to archaelogical reports are housed in the Justin Havee Research Library at the Center. Research appointments, requests and social studies tutoring may be scheduled by appointment by calling the Museum Educator at 772-462-1891.



Alachua County Library District

Bobby Powell
401 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601

(352) 334-3939
Fax (352) 334-3918

Historic photographs documenting aspects of Gainesville and Alachua County life.

Alachua County Historic Trust

Matheson Museum, Inc.
Lisa B. Auel, Director
513 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601

(352) 378-2280
Fax (352) 378-1246

This repository has extensive family papers and organizational records documenting Gainesville and Alachua County. It also holds historic photographs, postcards, historic site files, etc.

University of Florida

John Ingram, Chair, Special Collections
George A. Smathers Libraries
P.O. Box 117007, Library East
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007

(352) 392-9075
(352) 846-2746

An institutional archives and sophisticated manuscript repository in support of a varied and complex academic program. The Department is well know for its Floridiana, the papers of Florida authors and politicians, documenting the American and English performing arts, and an extensive oral history collection. Refer to website for details of holdings.

University of Florida

Florida Museum of Natural History
Elise LeCompte
P O Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800

(352) 392-1721 ext. 236
Fax (352) 392-3698

Archives of the Museum and field notes pertaining to the archeology, natural history and ethnology of Florida and the Caribbean.


Geneva Historical & Genealogical Society Inc

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

(407) 349-5697


Baker County Historical Society

David St. John
P.O. Box 985
Glen St. Mary, FL 32040

(904) 259-8891

This repository collects historic public records of the County and has an extensive genealogical library.


Goldenrod Historical Society & Museum

Contact: Joyce Graves

(407) 677-5980



Haines City Public Library

Margaret Barthe
303 Ledwith Avenue
Haines City, FL 33844

(941) 421-3633
Fax (941) 421-3635

Oral histories of Haines City pioneers and photographs from the 1950’s.


City of Hollywood

Richard Roberts, Director
Records & Archives Center
P.O. Box 229045
Hollywood, FL 33022-9045

(954) 921-3545
Fax (954) 921-3417

Historic public records, manuscripts of family papers and business records plus a small photograph and oral history collection rounds out this City Archives.

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Patricia R. Wickman, Director
Anthropology & Genealogy Department
6300 Stirling Road, Room 421
Hollywood, FL 33024

(954) 966-6300 ext. 1423
Fax (954) 967-3423

This Department holds oral histories, documents, manuscripts and a photographic archives to support genealogical research by members of the Tribe.



Citrus County Archives and Special Collections

One Courthouse Square
Inverness, FL 34450

(352) 341-6336
Fax (352) 341-6445

Contact: Kathy Turner Thompson

This repository holds historic public records of the County, a small oral history
collection and an extensive photograph collection.



City of Jacksonville

Planning and Development Department
Joel McEachin
Suite 700 Florida Theatre Building
128 E. Forsyth Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 630-1891
Fax (904) 630-1701

Documenting the built environment of Duval County the Department holds site files,
information on archaeological sites and cemeteries plus subject files on
neighborhoods and individuals. Also contains maps.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Jennifer Lisella, Registrar
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204

(904) 356-6857
Fax (904) 353-4101

Manuscript collections in support of research in world art and garden design plus
the papers of members of the Cummer family.

Diocese of St. Augustine

Charles R. Gallagher, Archivist
Catholic Center
P. O. Box 24000
11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32241-4000

(904) 262-3200 ext. 139
Fax (904) 262-0698

An institutional archives documenting the Catholic Church in Florida.
The Diocese’s first Bishop was appointed in 1870 and a complete run of Bishops’
letters documenting all aspects of Florida life is available. Holdings
also include the baptismal and marriage records from the Catholic Cathedral
in St. Augustine. The earliest record in this repository is dated 1594.

Florida Times-Union

Jennifer O'Neill, Library Director
One Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32231

(904) 359-4184
Fax (904) 359-4184

Currently developing an archival program based on huge negative collection
of photo assignments beginning in the early 1900’s.

Jacksonville Historical Society

Emily Retherford Lisska
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 665-0064
Fax (904) 665-0069

A local history repository documenting the history of Jacksonville and Duval County containing papers of Jacksonville political figures, extensive photographs, maps, books and documents. Please contact ahead of visit as research materials are not stored on site.

Jacksonville Public Libraries

Glen Emery, Florida Curator
Main Library
122 N. Ocean Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

(904) 630-2410
Fax (904) 630-2431

This collection includes Floridiana and local history with an emphasis on Jacksonville and Northeastern Florida. Includes photographs and city documents as well as a collection of postcards beginning in 1901.

Jacksonville University

D. Courtenay McLeland
Carl S. Swisher Library
2800 University Blvd., N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211

(904) 256-7277
Fax (904) 256-7259

An institutional archives documenting the University and including a special collections function that holds transcripts of the Federal Writers Project and materials relating to the composer, Frederick Deluis.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Loraine Evans, Curator
101 W. 1st Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206

(904) 356-2992
Fax (904) 356-4338

One of seven repositories in the United States concentrating on supporting research with historic manuscript materials. Many reproductions available as well as an effort to collect historic individual manuscripts pertinent to early Florida history.

Museum of Science and History

1025 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32207-9053

(904) 396-7062
Fax (904) 396-5799

With a focus on Jacksonville and north Florida, this primarily museum collection holds postcards, examples of business correspondence from the area and some personal papers.

National Park Service

Kingsley Plantation
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Kathy Tilford
13165 Mount Pleasant Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 251-3537
Fax (904) 221-5248

Documenting historic Kingsley Plantation, the Timucuan Preserve and Fort Caroline.

Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc.

Bonnie Grissett
2623 Herschel Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

(904) 389-2449
Fax (904) 389-0431

This organization has been documenting the neighborhood since 1974 with a newspaper and holds photographs of early houses, events and people.

University of North Florida Library

Eileen Brady, Librarian
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road S
Jacksonville, FL 32224

(904) 620-1533
Fax (904) 620-2719

This academic library holds its institution's archives and manuscript collections specializing in local history and the papers of prominent Jacksonville individuals. Major collections include the papers of Eartha M. M. White, a local humanitarian and philanthropist and John E. Mathews, Jr., a former state legislator.


Beaches Area Historical Society

380 Pablo Avenue
P.O. Box 50646
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

(904) 246-0093
Fax (904) 280-9108

Thousands of photographs and other materials documenting the communities that comprise the area including Jacksonville Beach, Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and Palm Valley. Only open on Thursdays.


Loxahatchee River Historical Society

Jamie Stuve, Executive Director
805 N. U. S. Highway One
Jupiter, FL 33477

(561) 747-6639
Fax (561) 575-3292

The collection contains photographs, maps, archival items and artifacts about the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the DuBois Pioneer Home and the history of the northern section of Palm Beach County along the Loxahatchee River.

Town of Jupiter

Robin Potvin, Records/Archives Manager
210 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458

(561) 746-5134 ext. 2340
Fax (561) 575-9730



Holipaw Heritage

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


Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

Teresa Ashley, Exec Director
205 Whitehead
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 294-2116
Fax (305) 294-4513

Besides 28 original Audubon engravings, the collection includes letters and photographs from the Geiger Family Papers. Captain Geiger, a licensed bar pilot, built the house in 1846.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site

Corine Burgess, Park Manager
P O Box 6560
Key West, FL 33041

(305) 292-6850
Fax (305) 292-6881

This collection contains the surveys, maps, drawings and field notes of Howard England who was instrumental in excavating artifacts in the Fort as well as photographs of the Fort, city events and people.

Friends of Fort Taylor

PO Box 58
Key West, FL 33041

contact: Pat Hockenjos, Jack Thomas

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Katie Savalie, Exhibits Manager
200 Greene St
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 294-2633 ext. 21
Fax (305) 294-5671

The papers of Mel Fisher, films, photographs and other materials documenting treasure hunting and associated archeology.

Monroe County Library

Tom Hambright, Historian
700 Fleming St
Key West, FL 33040

(305) 292-3595
Fax (305) 295-3626

This repository holds local government records, court records, 1823-1845, photographs of Key West and the Keys, genealogical oral histories, land records and some local business materials.


Kissimmee Historical Society

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



LaBelle Heritage Museum

P. O. Box 2846
150 Lee Street
LaBelle, FL 33975-1681

(941) 674-0034

This museum holds the largest collection of local newspapers available for Hendry and surrounding counties as well as a good photographic collection and artifacts.


Lake City Community College

Learning Resource Center
Jim Morris, Library Director
Rt 19 Box 1030
Lake City, FL 32025

(904) 752-1822 ext. 1338
Fax (904) 755-1521

An institutional archives documenting the College including plans for the buildings and photographs of when it was a forestry school and a naval airbase in World War II.


Lake Mary Historical Commission

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

(407) 324-3002


Bok Tower Gardens - Anton Brees Carillon Library
Chao Research Center Archives

Joy Banks, Librarian
1151 Tower Blvd
Lake Wales, FL 33853

(863) 734-1227
Fax (941) 676-6770

The library houses one of the world's largest collections of carillon related materials, including a large number of scores, personal papers of carillonneurs, and the archives of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. The Chao Research Center Archives houses the institutional records of the Gardens including many Bok family papers. Available by appointment only.


Museum of the City of Lake Worth

Beverly S. Mustaine, Museum Specialist
414 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33460

(561) 586-1700
Fax (561) 586-1651

This collections primarily documents the city but holds materials about the county and Florida subjects including over 6000 photographs, personal papers and histories, scrapbooks and oral histories.


Florida Presbyterian Homes

Richard Huggins, Director of Development
16 Lake Hunter Drive
Lakeland, FL 33803

(863) 688-5521
Fax (863) 682-4644

Florida Presbyterian Homes is a retirement community that began in 1955. The repository documents the development of the Homes with extensive original manuscripts, clippings, photographs. Of interest to the study of the Lakeland area and the Presbyterian Church. Resident Ester Tallent at (941) 686-7048 serves as archivist.

Lakeland Public Library

The Lakeland Room
100 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5375

(863) 284-4280
Fax (863) 284-4293

The Lakeland Room acquires materials that document the history of Lakeland from its founding in 1885. The collection strengths are photographs, postcards, organizational records, maps, architectural drawings, school yearbooks, newspapers, books by local authors, city records and sources relating to local business.

McKay Archives

Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698

(863) 680-4994

Contact: Gerrianne Schaad

The McKay Archives acquires materials that document the history of the college from its founding in 1885, also materials about the citrus industry, and papers from alumnus. The collection strengths are phootgraphs, postcards, organizational records, architectural drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright, school yearbooks and newspapers.

Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

Nell Thrift
P.O. Box 3767
Lakeland, FL 33802

(863) 688-9276

This collection documents Methodism in Florida and contains church histories, oral histories, photographs and church records including membership lists.


Heritage Village

Pinellas County Historical Museum
Ayumi Iida-Cordon, Archivist/Registrar
11909 125th St N
Largo, FL 33774

(727) 582-2123
Fax (727) 582-2455


An extensive collection documenting county history including photographs, oral and video histories, family papers, business records, clippings, slides and postcards.

Largo Library

Rae Verhoef
351 East Bay Drive
Largo, FL 34643

(727) 587-6748

This collection is primarily photographs of buildings and people in the local area.


Leesburg Heritage Society

Contact Sanna Henderson
P O Box 490693
Leesburg, FL 34749-0693

(352) 787-3076


Longboat Key Historical Society

Ralph B Hunter, President
P O Box 44
Longboat Key, FL 34228

(941) 383-4066
Fax (941) 383-1633

Inquire by letter with a specific question to use this collection documenting the founding of Longboat Key which was incorporated in 1955. The collection contains over 1000 photographs beginning in 1915, information on early settlers, etc.


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



Gulf Beaches Public Library

200 Municipal Drive
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

(727) 392-2828
Fax (727) 399-2840

Holdings are limited to vertical file materials, city directories and a small number of photographs.


Elmer's Genealogy Library

Elmer Spear, Owner
200 E Rutledge
Madison, FL 32340-9531

(850) 973-3282
Fax (850) 929-2970

A genealogical library with a concentration on materials from Ohio, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. This library is open to the public for a small fee and holds printed tools, newpapers, pension and census records, etc.

North Florida Community College Library

Sheila Hiss, Director of Library Services
1000 Turner Davis Drive
Madison, FL 32340

(850) 973-1625
Fax (850) 973-1698

A college archives established in the late 1950’s that also holds materials which document the North Florida area including microfilm of newspapers, census records and other materials beginning in 1831.


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.


Florida Institute of Technology

Nancy Wallington
Evans Library
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901-6988

(407) 724-7271
Fax (407) 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 State Recreation Area

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

(407) 984-4852
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.


Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Mary and Edward Norton Library of Opthalmology
Doris S. Silver, Archivist
900 NW 17th St
Miami, FL 33136

(305) 326-6078
Fax (305) 326-6015

The archives of the Institute is a collection of papers and photographs pertaining to the development of the University of Miami, School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmolgy, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital beginning in 1959. The collection includes the papers of Bascom Headen Palmer, MD, in whose memory the Institute is named.

Black Archives History & Research Foundation

Derek T Davis, Executive Director
5400 NW 22nd Ave Bldg C Suite # 101
Joseph Caleb Community Center
Miami, FL 33142

(305) 636-2390
Fax (305) 636-2391

Materials concerning the black community in southern Florida including photographs, manuscripts, oral histories and records of local organizations including churches, schools, businesses and community groups.

City of Miami

Priscilla A. Thompson, City Clerk
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133

(305) 250-5361
Fax (305) 858-1610

This public records repository contains historic records of the City of Miami.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Library

Nancy Korber
11935 Old Cutler Rd
Miami, FL 33033

(305) 667-1651 ext. 3424
Fax (305) 665-8032

The Special Collections of the Montgomery Library includes the administrative history of the botanic graden, the archives of Col. Robert H. Montgomery and Dr. David Fairchild, the founders of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Also included are collections from other important figures in the fields of horticulture and botany in South Florida including: Allison Armour, Ann Archbold, John Kunkel Small, Arthur C. Langlois, Nixon Smiley, George Avery, Frank Craighead, Donovan S. Correll, John Popenoe, J. Paul Scurlock, George Cellon, and Dent Smith.

Florida International University

Vicky Silvera
Green Library
1200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-3136
Fax (305) 348-3408

This academic library houses a university archives and special collections. Collections include a number of political papers such as those of Congressman Larry Smith and Florida Senator Jack Gordon, Dr. Levi Marrero’s research at the Archivo de Indias in Seville, Spain, the papers of the first newscaster for the Miami area, Ralph Renick and a collection of photographs from Cuban photographer Rogelio Caparros.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida

Rebecca Smith, Archivist
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

(305) 375-1492
Fax (305) 375-1609

A large archival component supports the Museum’s interpretive program. Collections relate to the Caribbean and southern Florida with an emphasis on Dade County and include business, personal and organizational records. Types of materials include oral histories documenting folklife and the immigrant experience plus extensive photographic collections. Also holds extensive architectural drawings, maps of the Caribbean and Florida, postcards, prints and ephemera.

Miami-Dade Clerk of the Court

Clerk's Archives
9350 N.W. 12th Street
Miami, FL 33172

(305) 593-1352
Fax (305) 599-8981

contact: Eileen H. Cabiya or Alma J. Mathews

A full service big county records center containing the historic records of the Clerk of the Court.

Miami-Dade Community College

Sam LaRoue, Director of Admissions
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Room 5520
Miami, FL 33155-4900

(305) 237-7466

This institutional archives contains the records of the activities of one of Miami’s most important cultural organizations and documents student life in an urban setting.

Miami-Dade Public Library

Sam Boldrick, Librarian IV
101 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130-1523

(305) 395-5023
Fax (305) 375-3048

The many strengths of this large regional collection documenting South Florida and Miami include records of local civic and religious organizations, Dade County Commission minutes from 1869, extensive Caribbean and Florida newspapers, and the Florida Authors Collection of mss. & correspondence.

Louis Wolfson II Moving Image Archive

Miami-Dade Public Library
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

(305) 375-1505
Fax (305) 375-4436

The Wolfson Archive contains millions of feet of film and thousands of hours of videotape, spanning over nine decades of Florida's past. Together, these materials provide the opportunity to re-live or see fro the first time the issues and events that have shaped the history and culture of this region.

The Vasari Project, Miami-Dade Public Library System

Main Library
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

(305) 375-1550

The Vasari Project is a special collection dedicated to documenting, collecting and preserving Miami-Dade County's art history from 1945 to the present. It is a living archive that grows through contributions from artists, art professionals, exhibition spaces, galleries, institutions and private donors. The archive collects documentation rather than original works of art and is comprised primarily of printed matter: correspondence, press clippings, photographs, posters, books, exhibition catalogs, artists' files, oral histories and other ephemeral materials.


Barry University Archives & Historical Collections

Sister Dorothy Jehle, OP
11300 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161

(305) 899-3027
Fax (305) 899-3775

This institutional archives and special collections contains the case and program files of Operation Pedro Pan/Cuban Children's program-Catholic Charities, the congressional papers of William Lehman and University records from 1940.

Brockway Memorial Library

Maria T. Temkin, Library Assistant
10021 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138

(305) 758-8107
Fax (305) 754-7660

Dedicated in 1999, the Miami Shores Archives of Brockway Memorial Library documents the history of the Village of Miami Shores, Dade County, and Florida. The largest amount of material comes from the collection of C. Lawton McCall, longtime Village Manager and the papers of Thelma Peters, Historian.


Micanopy Historical Society

Diana Cohen, Archivist
P.O. Box 75
Micanopy, FL 32667

(352) 466-3848

The Society’s archives and special collections consist of individual and family collections that document small town life in early (and recent) Florida including early school records, organizations such as the Friends of the Library and local government materials consisting of the Micanopy Town Council Minutes from 1886. Historic photographs and an extensive vertical file round out the collections.


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.



City of Naples

Tara Norman, City Clerk
735 8th Street, South
Naples, FL 34102-6796

(941) 434-4701
Fax (941) 434-4704

A full service City Clerk’s office working to document the history of the City and to advocate good stewardship in public records.

Collier County Museum

Ron Jamro, Director
3301 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112

Fax (239)252-8580

Materials, especially photographic, which support research in and interpretation of Collier County history.

Hodges University

2655 Northbrooke Dr.
Naples, FL 34119

(941) 774-4700
Fax (941) 774-4593

An institutional archives that also holds the archives of the Special Library Association, Florida and Caribbean Chapter and documentation of Marco Island.


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


North Miami Public Library

Ilene Zaleski, Assistant Director
835 NE 132nd St
North Miami, FL 33161

(305) 891-5535
Fax (305) 892-0843

This public library holds scrapbooks, photographs and newspapers clippings documenting local history.



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


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


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.


Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc.

Historic Spanish Point
Scott Stroh, Curator
P O Box 846
Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 966-5214
Fax (941) 966-1355

Materials beginning in 1867 that document this site located on the Gulf Coast near Sarasota. Also field notes of archeological finds and modern records documenting former owner Bertha Potter Palmer.


Oviedo Historical Society

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

(407) 977-1273



Putnam County Archives

Janice S. Mahaffey
P.O. Box 1976
Palatka, FL 32178-1976

(904) 329-0330
Fax (904) 329-0202

Besides historic public records of the County, this repository holds family papers of early settlers, business records, documentation of communities in the County, photographs and oral histories.


The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

Sandra Barghini
P.O. Box 969
Palm Beach, FL 33480

(561) 655-2833
Fax (561) 655-2826

Collected papers of Henry Morrison Flagler documenting land development in Florida including railroad expansion, tourist development and farming as well as photographs, plans and drawings. As this repository is not currently open to the public, please inquire by mail.

Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Debi Murray, Director of Research
Mailing Address: PO Box 4364
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
Location: 300 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

(561) 832-4164 x105
Fax (561) 832-7965

A well organized archives containing letters, deeds, maps, historic county records, photographs of events in Palm Beach County including materials by Addison Mizner, architect and developer. Also documents south Florida and Florida history.

Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

311 Peruvian Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480

(561) 832-0237 Archives
(561) 832-0731 Main Off.
Fax (561) 832-7174

contact: Carolyn S. Denton, CA

Architectural drawings of Marion Sims Wyeth(1889-1982), Belford W. Shoumate (1903-1991), and Henry K. Harding (1904-1984), architects who were instrumental in developing the town of Palm Beach; photographs and maps of the built environment; and site files on historic houses.


Florida Agricultural Museum

Bruce Piatek, Director
1850 Princess Place Rd
Palm Coast, FL 32137

(904) 446-7630
Fax (904) 446-7631

Documenting Florida agriculture with historic public records from the State Department of Agriculture including some photographs and oral histories.


Bay County Historical Society

Thomas E Smith, Treasurer
801 Florida Ave
Panama City, FL 324012340

(850) 769-4685

Apply by letter to use the photographs and clipping files that are held by this

Navy Experimental Diving Unit

Bonnie Davis
321 Bullfinch Road
Panama City, FL 32407-7015

(850) 230-3224
Fax (850) 230-3226

The Unit must approve all life support equipment used under water. Materials document the history of diving and the invention and testing of equipment.


Emil Buehler Naval Aviation Library

Hill Goodspeed, Historian
1750 Radford Blvd
Ste C
Pensacola, FL 32508-5402

(850) 452-3604 ext. 123
Fax (850) 452-3296

This repository documents all aspects of Naval Aviation including impact on Pensacola of the Naval Air Station, correspondence of Admirals, the official records of the Blue Angels, manuscripts of WWI, WWII and Vietnam soldiers and over 400,000 photographs.

Ernie Lee Magaha, Clerk of Circuit Court

PO Box 333
Pensacola, FL 32591-0333

(850) 595-4318
Fax (850) 595-4320

contact: Joyce M. Cowan

Historic Pensacola Preservation Board

Tom Muir, Museum Administrator
P. O. Box 12866
Pensacola, FL 32576-2866

(850) 595-5985 ext. 18
Fax (850) 595-5989

The T. T. Wentworth Collection of Florida and Pensacola ephemera, maps, drawings, business correspondece. The collection also includes the site files for Pensacola’s historic buildings.

Pensacola Historical Society, Inc

Jacquelyn Wilson, Archivist
110 East Church Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

(850) 595-5840
Fax (850) 595-5842

All aspects of Pensacola and Escambia County history with varied public records and private collections plus extensive photographs, maps and oral histories. A division of West Florida historic preservation, inc., a direct support organization of the University of West Florida.

Pensacola Junior College

Dr. Sandra Davis, District Department Head/LRC
1000 College Blvd
Pensacola, FL 325048998

(850) 484-2010
Fax (850) 484-2098

Primarily a special collections with local history materials. Marshall McLeod manages all institutional archives at (850) 484-1848.

The University of West Florida

Dean DeBolt
John C. Pace Library
Department of Special Collections
Pensacola, FL 32514

(850) 474-2213
Fax (850) 474-3338

The Special Collections Department acquires research materials which document the history and development of Pensacola and the West Florida region (ten counties of the Florida Panhandle, between the Perdido and Apalachicola Rivers) from earliest settlement to the present time. It is the largest West Florida research collection in existence and a major repository dealing with Florida and the Gulf Coast region. The Department is also an institutional archives.

West Florida Regional Library

Dolly Pollard, Librarian
200 W Gregory St
Pensacola, FL 32501

(850) 436-5063
Fax (850) 436-5039

This public library holds planning reports, maps and photographs of the City.


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.


Integrated Control Systems, Inc

Donna Smith, Director, Library Media Services
900 W Marion Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

(941) 639-6677
Fax (941) 639-7645

This privately held management consulting firm directs the Dublin Literary Award, a financial award of $150,000 for works of fiction in English. Librarians make nominations for the Award. Files include information about the Award.



Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History

329 Bayshore Blvd. South
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

(727) 726-1668
Fax (727) 725-9938

The collection contains artifacts, photographs and documents relating to the development of Old Tampa Bay and Safety Harbor.


Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas

National Monument
1 Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084-3699

(904) 829-6506
Fax (904) 823-9388

Materials relating to the construction and operation of the Castillo and Fort Matanzas found in Spanish and British archives. Documents early colonial and territorial history of Florida including military life.

City of St. Augustine

David Brandt III, Director
Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism
Government House
P. O. Drawer 210
St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210

(904) 825-5033
Fax (904) 825-5096

Former St. Augustine Preservation Board Library materials documenting all aspects of St. Augustine life.

Flagler College

Laurin M. Bosse, Director of Public Information
P.O. Box 1027
St. Augustine, FL 32085-1027

(904) 829-6481 ext. 249

An institutional archives in support of public relations for the College holding vertical files, photographs and various College publications.

Flagler College

St. Augustine Foundation and the Center for Historical Research
P. O. Box 1027
St. Augustine, FL 32085-1027

(904) 829-6481
Fax (904) 825-0094

The purpose of the Center is to collect and interpret information on sixteenth century Spanish Florida. Its holdings include extensive microfilm collections of materials from Spanish archives.

Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Of St. Augustine Florida
Sister Marie René
241 St. George St
P. O. Box 3506
St. Augustine, FL 35084

(904) 829-3735

In 1866 the Sisters were brought to Florida by the Most Reverend Bishop Augustin Verot to work in the missions. The archives documents their activities.

St Augustine Historical Society Research Library

Overton Ganong, Director
271 Charlotte St
St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-2333
Fax (904) 824-2569

To support its mission of documenting all aspects of St. Johns County and early Florida history, this repository holds over 50 manuscript collections, numerous scrapbooks, photographs, historic public records including those of the County Circuit Court beginning in 1812 and extensive church records. Also includes over 1,000 maps and blueprints of St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

81 Lighthouse Ave
St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 829-0745
Fax (904) 808-1248

Collections focus on local maritime history. Major components are Living & Working at the Light Station - U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Coast Guard WWII Ponce Training Station and regional underwater archaeology. Collections consist of documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories, exhibits and related research.

Sisters of St. Joseph, Inc.

PO Box 3506
St. Augustine, FL 32085

(904) 823-8707
Fax (904) 826-0949

contact: Sister Thomas Joseph McGoldrick, S.S.J.

Spanish Quarter Village

Clark Wullenweber, Collections Tech
29 St George St
St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-6830

The repository holds the field records documenting the research, restoration and reconstruction of the Village.


Saint Leo College

Sister Dorothy Meuhofer
The Cannon Memorial Library
MC 2128 P.O. Box 6665
St. Leo, FL 33574-2128

(352) 588-8258
Fax (352) 588-8484

An institutional archives documenting the history of the College beginning in the early 20th century.


Florida Holocaust Museum

Stephen Goldman, Museum Director
55 5th St S
St Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 820-0100 ext. 222
Fax (727) 821-8435

This museum, organized in 1991, collects materials documenting all aspects of the holocaust through photographs, vital records, personal papers, video-taped interviews, etc. Materials begin in the early part of the century and continue to present day.

St Petersburg Junior College

Dorothy Bell, Acquisition Librarian
MM Bennett Library/SP Campus
St Petersburg, FL 33710

(727) 341-4733
Fax (727) 341-4654

SPJC is the oldest community college in Florida and the library holds documentation from the beginning of the college circa 1930.

St. Petersburg Kennel Club

Louise B. Weaver
10490 Gandy Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2395

(727) 812-3339 ext 267

This repository documents the business of racing in Florida and the South and includes racing books from 1925, records of past performance of greyhounds and photographs.

St Petersburg Museum of History

Ann Wikoff, Archivist
335 2nd Ave NE
St Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 894-1052 ext. 203
Fax (727) 823-2625

This repository holds all types of archival materials including photographs, personal papers, business records, military and tourist ephemera, oral histories, etc., documenting St. Petersburg and the Pinellas peninsula.

University of South Florida

Jim Schnur, Special Collections Librarian
St. Petersburg Campus
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
140 7th Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5016

(727) 553-3404
Fax (727) 553-1196

Institutional archives plus special collections including local history, marine science, natural history collections and journalism collections such as the papers of Nelson Poynter, founder of the St. Petersburg Times.


Friends of Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

115 10th Avenue
St Petersburg Beach, FL 33706

(727) 552-1610
Fax (727) 363-6704
contact: Sally Yoder

This repository holds extensive collections documenting the Gulf Coast Barrier Islands from the Southern pass of Pass-A-Grille through North Redington Beach.


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


Sanibel Public Library

Patricia J Allen, Library Director
770 Dunlop Rd
Sanibel, FL 33957

(941) 472-2483
Fax (941) 472-9524

Collection contains written and oral histories pertaining to Sanibel Island and the Lee County islands. Also holds personal papers and the published and unpublished works by Sanibel residents.


Edward Lowe Foundation

3360 Higel Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34342

(941) 349-5364
Fax (941) 349-5364

Sarasota County History Center

Heidi Connor, Archivist
6062 Porter Way
Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 861-6090
Fax (941) 861-6893

Documenting all aspects of Sarasota County history including historic County public records, local newspapers and photographs. This repository also holds personal papers, organizational and business records complementing county history.

Jonas Kamlet Library at Sarasota Opera

Karl Hesser, Director of Education
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-8450 ext. 249
Fax (941) 955-5571

This library specializes in operatic and vocal repertory: scores, recordings (audio and video), sheet music, as well as reference books and periodicals. The library also holds the papers of Helen Jepson Dellera, American soprano who starred at the Metropolitan Opera House (1935-1944). The collection includes photographs and recordings of her work. Also an institutional archive.

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Deborah Walk, Curator
5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-5744
Fax (941) 359-5731

This well run archives holds institutional records, the existing papers of John Ringling and documents all aspects of American circus history.

Mote Marine Laboratory Library

Susan Stover, Librarian
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236-1096

(941) 388-4441
Fax (941) 388-4312

This repository holds original marine research studies and technical reports based on individual research conducted at the facility as well as some institutional records.


Sebring Historical Society

Caroline Collier, Curator
321 W. Center Street
Sebring, FL 33870

(941) 471-2522

Documents the City of Sebring with photographs, family papers, city records, maps, etc.


Marion County Museum of History

Contact: Bettie DeBary
P O Box 306
Silver Springs, FL 34488

(352) 629-2773
(352) 694-2529


Historical Society of Martin County

Susan Duncan, Curator
Elliot Museum
825 NE Ocean Blvd
Stuart, FL 34996

(561) 225-1961
Fax (561) 225-2333

Documents Martin County and the surrounding Indian River area with oral histories, photographs and archival collections. Of particular note are glass plate negatives and early aerial photographs by local photographer and the records of the Houses of Refuge, lifesaving stations in Florida, containing logbooks, eyewitness accounts and other documentation of shipwrecks along the Florida coast.

Stuart Heritage, Inc

Chris Sawicki, President
161 SW Flagler Ave
Stuart, FL 34994

(561) 220-4600

This small museum and archives tells the story of Martin County with photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles and historic public records.



Claude Pepper Library and Museum

Claude Pepper Center
636 West Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1123

The Claude Pepper Library and Museum contains the papers of Senator Claude Pepper, U.S. Senator (1937-1950) and Member of Congress (1962-1989). Collection contains over one million primary source government documents which pertaining to Pepper's political career and personal life. The Collection also includes audio-visual, artifacts, and photographs. The Collection is an excellent resource of information on a variety of topics as it pertains to the 20th century.

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

James N. Eaton, Director
Black Archives Research Center and Museum
Tallahassee, FL 32307

(850) 599-3020
Fax (850) 599-2604

This repository hold records and papers relating to African Americans and their institutions in Florida and the United States.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Division of State Lands
Dr Joe Knetsch
3900 Commonwealth Blvd MS 105
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

(850) 488-2427
Fax (850) 413-9001

Complete descriptions of lands in Florida including field notes, track books and original plats.

Florida Department of State

Division of Library and Information Services
Florida State Archives
R.A. Gray Bldg.
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

(850) 245-6700
Fax (850) 488-4894

This full service archives and manuscript repository holds historic public records and extensive private collections documenting all aspects of life in Florida including centralized microfilm holdings on Florida counties, a huge Florida photographic archives, oral histories and other types of primary source materials.

Florida Department of State

Division of Library and Information Services
Florida Collection
R. A. Gray Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

(850) 245-6600
Fax (850) 487-6242

Comprehensive collection of Florida ephemera, campaign literature, church histories, trading company records and other original documents about Florida from the 18th century. An extensive map collection begins in the early 1500’s.

Florida Legislative Research Center & Museum

Candice Odom, Archivist
Tallahasee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallhassee, Florida 32304

(850) 201-9660
Fax (850) 201-9671

The Florida Legislative Research Center & Museum (FLRC&M) collects, preserves, and makes available for research collections of materials of members of the Florida Legislature, including papers, photographs, oral histories, interviews, and related archival materials. The FLRC&M accepts donations of historically significant collections that document the role of the legislative branch of government and its relation to the people of Florida.

Florida State University

Institute on World War II & the Human Experience
Joan E. Denman, Senior Archivist
Department of History
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2200

(850) 644-9033
Fax (850) 644-6402

Documenting the social history and human experience of World War II participants, in the military and on the Home Front. Personal letters, diaries, documents, memoirs, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, and other materials. Of particular note, is the Tom Brokaw Collection, of war-related materials sent to the author of The Greatest Generation books.

Florida State University

Lucia Patrick, Head
University Libraries
Department of Special Collections
105 Dogwood Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2047

(850) 644-3271
Fax (850) 644-1221

Special Collections contains rare books, the John McKay Shaw Childhood in Poetry Collection, the Napoleon and the French Revolution Collection, a Florida Collection, a Scottish Collection, Universty Archives and Photo Archives, manuscripts, and the Claude Pepper Collection.

Florida Supreme Court Library

Joan Cannon, Librarian
Supreme Court Bldg
500 S Duval St
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1926

(850) 488-1531
Fax (850) 922-5219

This repository holds the private papers of former justices, oral histories and photographs documenting the court and the records of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

National Forests in Florida

Rhonda Kimbrough, Heritage Program Manager
325 John Knox Road, Suite F 100
Tallahassee, FL 32303

(850) 942-9300

This archives contains land acquisition and management records, historic documentary and aerial photographs of the forests of Florida. Also hold oral and written histories from forest managers.

National Park Service

Southeast Archeological Center
Richard Vernon
2035 E. Paul Drake Drive
Johnson Building Suite 120
Tallahassee, FL 32310

(850) 580-3011 ext 142
Fax (850) 580-2884

This repository holds the field notes for the archeological objects found in national parks in the Southeast region. Many of the parks also retain documentation and research materials.

Tall Timbers Research Station

Juanita Whiddon
13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312

(850) 893-4153 ext. 236
Fax (850) 893-6470

Institutional records beginning in 1958 and the personal papers of Henry Beadel, Herbert L. Stoddard and Henry Stevenson for The Birdlife of Florida.

Tallahassee Museum

Linda Deaton, Curator
3945 Museum Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32310

(850) 575-8684
Fax (850) 574-8243

The Museum holds photographs and ephemera documenting the Tallahassee area. Also an institutional archives.


City of Tampa

Rosemary Hayes, Archivist/Records Manager
Archives, Records and Micrographics Center
1102 N. Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

(813) 274-8030
Fax (813) 274-8024

In addition to historic public records of the City of Tampa, the archives holds the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce photographic collection beginning in 1950. Records are in off-site storage; please call before you come.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Florida-Bahamas Synod
Irene Flynn, Resource Center Director
3838 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 876-7660 ext. 29
Fax (813) 870-0826

Documenting the development and operation of the Lutheran Church in Florida. Correspondence, histories, reports, etc. of all Lutheran Church congregations. Archives prior to 1988 are housed in Columbia, South Carolina at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Mary Flekke, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, is the official archivist.

Hillsborough Community College

John Huerta
P.O. Box 31127
Tampa, FL 33631-3127

(813) 253-7158
Fax (813) 253-7076

An institutional archives documenting all aspects of campus life including presidential papers and program development. Documents the College beginning in 1968.

Henry B. Plant Museum

Susan Carter, Curator/Registrar
401 West Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606

(813) 254-1891 ext. 24
Fax (813) 258-7272

This repository supports the decorative arts museum function and primarily holds photographs of the Tampa Bay Hotel building between 1890-1931.

University of South Florida

Department of Special Collections
4202 E Fowler Ave. LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974-2731
Fax (813) 396-9006

contact: Mark I. Greenberg, Director

The USF Tampa Library Special Collections Department, established in 1962, collects, preserves, and provides access to significant collections of Floridiana, archival and manuscript materials, 19th-century American imprints, children's and adult literature, rare books, science fiction, and sheet music for use by students, faculty, and the general public.

University of Tampa

Merl Kelce Library
Art Bagley, Reference Librarian
401 W Kennedy Blvd
Box 73F
Tampa, FL 33606

(813) 253-6231 ext. 3057
Fax (813) 258-7426

An academic university archives and special collections including the papers of Stanley Kimmel, friend of Hemingway and the papers of Blanche Yurka, Broadway actress.


City of Tarpon Springs

P O Box 5004
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-5004

(727) 942-5614
Fax (727) 942-5619

contact: K. Michele Manousos

Along with historic county records, this city clerks office also houses the collections of the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society documenting Tarpon Springs including early photographs. The number for the Historical Society is (727) 938-3711.

Florida Aviation Historical Society

E C Hoffman, President
99 E Orange St
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

(727) 937-3854
Fax (727) 934-3894

A new archival program seeking to document the history of airports and aviation in Florida.


Lake County Historical Museum

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

(352) 343-9600

Lake County Historical Society

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.


Florida College

Chatlos Library
119 N Glen Arven Ave
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

(813) 899-6777
Fax (813) 899-6828

An institutional archives beginning in 1946 and holding the papers of Presidents and photographs of activities and individuals on campus.


North Brevard Historical Museum

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

(321) 269-3658



Heritage Museum Association

Christian LaRoche, Museum Director
P.O. Box 488
Valparaiso, FL 32580

(850) 678-2615
Fax (850) 678-2615

Documenting the history of Okaloosa and Walton counties, the Museum holds letters, business records and other materials relating to early Scottish settlers, the L and N Railroad, oral histories of pioneer families, historic country public records documenting marriages and businesses.


Venice Archives & Area Historical Collection

Dorothy Korwek, Director of Historical Resources
351 S Nassau St
Venice, FL 34285

(941) 486-2487
Fax (941) 480-3031

This collection holds manuscripts of residents and organizations, oral histories, city records and photographs documenting the cities of Venice, Laurel, Osprey and Nokomis.


Indian River County Clerk of the Court

Richard Woodard
P.O. Box 1028
Vero Beach, FL 32961

(561) 770-5185
Fax (561) 770-5008

This historic public records repository holds early County records including registers of marriages beginning in 1925.

Indian River County Main Library

Pam Cooper, Supervisor
Archive Center and Genealogy Department
1600 21st Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

(772) 770-5060 x5
Fax (772) 770-5446

A broad ranging collection documenting family history in many states including important manuscript collections on microfilm. Rare collection on Vero Beach Naval Air Station during WWII, extensive vertical files on local history, pioneer families, etc. For a full listing of manuscript materials see website.



Wakulla Springs State Park

Ron Weiss, Asst. Park Manager
550 Wakulla Park Dr
Wakulla Springs, FL

(850) 224-5950
Fax (850) 561-7282

This repository contains scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence and selected oral histories documenting the site as a hotel.


Palm Beach Atlantic University Archives

Debra Mattingly
1100 South Olive
PO Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708

(561) 803-2238
Fax (561) 803-2235

PBA began in 1968 and the archives was established in August 2001 to preserve the university's history and heritage. It includes items published by and/or related to PBAU, its founders, faculty, staff, and students.


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
Campus Box 2768
1000 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

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 51
Winter Park, FL 32790
Physical Address: 200 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 647-8180

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.

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