Through extensive collaboration with internal and external partners, the Digital Initiatives team seeks to create a collection of digitized materials unique to the Central Florida community. We invite you to explore our collections by clicking on the titles below.
Central Florida Memory is a unique digital collection of material contributed by partner institutions to create a virtual place where visitors can discover what Central Florida was like before theme parks and the space program. Diaries and letters describe the region and how people survived day-by-day in this extreme and rugged environment. Maps, photographs, and postcards illustrate how the region looked in the early years and how it changed over time. Voters' registration and funeral records and city directories provide demographic information that makes the picture of the Central Florida settler come into focus.
The long-term intent of the project is to provide an online platform and focal point for gathering, preserving, and disseminating the documents, artifacts, and stories of the history of Central Florida. Our interest is in much more than just providing access to or heightening awareness of this history. This project provides educational resources and tools to enhance the delivery of instruction of history at all levels, especially fourth grade students and teachers learning Florida history.
Central Florida Memory is a cooperative project consisting of seven partner institutions: University of Central Florida Libraries, Bethune Cookman University, Museum of Seminole County History, Orange County Library System, Orange County Regional History Center, Rollins College, and Stetson University. Please visit the Central Florida Memory website for more information about the project or to obtain the Digitization Spec Kit.
The Civil War digital collection hosts materials made available to the Civil War in the American South. In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War, Civil War in the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).
ASERL members hold deep and extensive collections documenting the history and culture of the American South, developed over hundreds of years to support scholarly research and teaching. Many of the special or unique manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers, broadsides, and other materials have been digitized to provide broader access to these documents for scholars and students around the world. Civil War in the American South is a collaborative initiative to provide a single, shared point of access to the Civil War digital collections held at many individual libraries.
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
The University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries contributes materials to the Digital Library of the Caribbean from our Special Collections. Many of the materials are from the William J. Bryant West Indies Collection (including ephemera, audio, artifacts, slides, an artwork exhibit) which are listed on our finding aids.
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The Florida Heritage Collection is an ongoing cooperative project of the State University Libraries (SULs) of Florida to digitize and provide online access to materials broadly representing Florida's history, culture, arts, literature, sciences and social sciences. Thematic areas in this growing collection include Native American and minority populations, exploration and development, tourism, the natural environment, and regional interests. Materials are taken from archives, special collections, and libraries of the eleven state universities which make up the SUS. These materials represent only a small part of the wealth of historical and archival treasures held by the SUS libraries.
Contributions by the University of Central Florida Libraries represent more than 42,000 images. Information regarding image capture, conversion, cataloging, and metadata can be found on the Florida Heritage Collection Technical Aspects page.
The Florida Historical Quarterly, the academic journal of the Florida Historical Society, promotes scholarly research and appreciation for the peoples, places, themes, and diversity of Florida's past. The Society is the oldest cultural institution in the state, tracing its origins to 1856. The Quarterly has served to expand understanding of Florida's historical development and offers a broad spectrum of articles. Published four times annually, the Quarterly continues the tradition of high quality scholarly articles established and maintained by the Society.
Full-text search capability of the Florida Historical Quarterly is available for volume 1 (1908) through volume 77 (Spring 1999) through PDF and Full Text access. JPEG and PDF formats are available for volume 78 (Summer 1999) through volume 81 (Spring 2003). Continuous work is underway to place the more recent issues online as well.
This digital collection contains selected materials from the Harrison Buzz Price Papers. The reports in digital format are a small percentage of the collection, selected for their research use by the faculty of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The entire collection of the Harrison Price Papers contains hundreds of research reports, proposals, speeches, and collected research materials on a variety of projects he conducted between 1955 and 2003. Some materials are restricted due to the donors wishes, but researchers may petition the donor through Special Collections Staff for access.
Over 200 digitized IST documents are available electronically as PDF documents via the UCF Libraries' catalog. The hard copies are housed in the collection at the main branch of the UCF Libraries. Publications for digitization were drawn from the Institute for Simulation and Training's extensive collection of research related to modeling and simulation science. This unique compendium is supported in part by generous annual donations from G. Vincent Amico.
PRISM: Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements, a collaborative digitization project of the libraries and special collections departments of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the University of Central Florida (UCF), is comprised of materials focusing on a wide range of political and rights issues and social movements including topics such as socialism and communism, class struggle, Marxist economics, religion, world pacifism, anti-racism, anti-Semitism, civil rights, women's rights, workers' rights, world labor movements, world economics, capitalism, the demise of colonialism, Cuban politics, the "ban-the-bomb" movement, war efforts, the Vietnam War, and the United Nations. Spanning from the mid 19th century to the late 20th century, the pamphlets and monographs provide insight into the prevailing leftist and liberal views of the times from countries all around the world; from the United States to Korea and India to Canada.
We invite you to explore the various writings to gain an understanding of historical economic, political, and social forces that have had an influence on today's societies.
The University of Central Florida Libraries invites you to join an exciting project to extend the reach of UCF's graduate research publications.
Why should I get involved?
Theses and dissertations are commonly used as the basis for research around the world and are popular requests from other libraries and their patrons. While today's theses and dissertations are published electronically to provide researchers and fellow students with ready access to scholarly materials, many works submitted at UCF before 2004 are only available as print copies on our libraries' shelves.
How can I help?
With the assistance of UCF thesis and dissertation authors like you, we can begin to transform our print collection of UCF graduate student authored theses and dissertations into a digital collection with unlimited worldwide access. If you published a thesis or dissertation prior to Fall of 2004, please consider allowing us to add your work to the growing digital collection of UCF graduate student publications.
Will it cost me anything?
No. All work will be performed by the University of Central Florida Libraries. However, your permission to reproduce and display your work is invaluable.
What do I need to do?
Simply provide the UCF Libraries with a nonexclusive right to reproduce and post your thesis or dissertation by following the instructions for the Internet Distribution Consent Agreement.
What if I have questions, comments, or concerns?
During the first half first half of the twentieth century, the Carey Hand Funeral Home was the largest in Central Florida, serving a five-county area, including Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Polk and Hillsborough. It was the first funeral home in Florida to have a chapel, and housed the first crematorium built south of Cincinnati and Washington, DC, serving most of the southeastern states.
The modernized funeral home built by the company in 1918 now houses the University of Central Florida's Downtown Campus located at 39 West Pine Street. The company has been in continual operation since 1890, currently known as the Carey Hand and Cox-Parker Funeral Homes.
The University of Central Florida Special Collections holds the Funeral Home Records from 1891-1955. The records are used extensively for genealogical and historical research on Central Florida. The collection includes Undertaker's Memoranda, Funeral Registers, Cremation Records, records for the Palm and Greenwood Cemeteries, as well as other materials relating to the generations of the Orlando mortuary business. For more information, visit the Carey Hand exhibit or the Carey Hand finding aid.
Selected Undertaker's Memoranda and Funeral Registers have been digitized and are available for users on Central Florida Memory. Enhanced metadata allows users to search the collection by name, gender, race, date of death, cause of death, parents' names, and burial place.
Tips for searching
The search boxes below search across all records in Central Florida Memory for all of the terms that you put in the search box, in any order. For example, if you search for gunshot wound, the search engine searches for items containing gunshot, and wound, but will not return results containing only the single words gunshot or wound. Most of the fields below are specific to the Carey Hand records and will return results focused on those records. Some of the fields, like the Name field, will retrieve results from all of the materials in Central Florida Memory. Simply scroll through the pages by clicking on the page numbers or next at the top or the bottom of the screen to locate the appropriate Carey Hand records.
The search boxes support the use of a wildcard operator that enables you to search for approximate terms. Using an asterisk (*) at the end of a search term will search for results with none, or any number of any characters appended to the root search term. For example, dan* will find results with the words dan, danny, daniel, daniels and so on.
As part of RICHES of Central Florida, UCF intends to record, archive, and make accessible oral history interviews of Central Florida veterans. Diversity is a main focus for this project since there are many different subgroups under the group veterans, all with important stories. While the histories will be largely archived and made available through the UCF library, a portion will be contributed to the ongoing Veterans History Project based out of the Library of Congress.
The University Archives, housed with the Special Collections, holds publications, records, photographs and other materials on the University of Central Florida, formerly Florida Technological University from its beginnings in 1963 to the current day. Materials are selected, preserved, and made accessible for their enduring historical and administrative value to the University. These records may be paper-based, or in other formats such as photographs, audio, or film; they are appraised for their content.