Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections & University Archives offers access to unique materials for students, faculty, researchers, and the public.

Explore our collections:

African Americana

Archival and published materials documenting African American history and the Black experience, from late 1700s to modern day, including items of local, regional, national, and international interest.

Artists Papers

Papers, photographs, scrapbooks, portfolios, graphic designs, book designs, drawings, paintings, zines, and exhibition catalogs documenting various artists’ life and work.

Library and Reflecting Pond

Books or book-like objects created by artists as works of art. Also includes fine press books and periodicals, ephemera, and monographs related to book arts, bookbinding, papermaking, and printing.


Collection of historical materials related to botany mainly in Bromeliads such as photographs, field notes, manuscripts, diaries, correspondence, plant entries, sketches, drawings, paintings, publications, and posters.

Caribbean West Indies

Books, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, ephemera, government publications, fine art, and artifacts documenting the history, geography, economy, and customs of the West Indies and the Caribbean.


Publications, manuscript materials, maps, ephemera, images, and fine art documenting the history, economy, and inhabitants of Florida and especially Central Florida, from the 1800s to present day.

Literary Papers

Includes published and unpublished papers of several authors, correspondence, photographs, publications, ephemera, and audio-visual materials document modern literary works.

Political Papers

Includes political papers and records of public officials, collections on local democratic clubs, organizations, files on suffrage and women’s rights, manuscript and printed materials pertaining to the Vietnam War.

Space Program

Photographs, prints, books, documents, reports, technical manuals, memorabilia, objects, public relation and press materials all related to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Travel & Tourism

Published and archival materials documenting the history of tourism in Florida and its economic impact on the state. Includes materials about Central Florida’s numerous theme parks and attractions.

University Archives

Official repository of the history of UCF, University Archives holds office and program records, audio/visual materials, publications including printed theses and dissertations, ephemera & so much more!

A complete list of collections and their guides are available in the “Collection Guides” links under the respective areas, either Special Collections or University Archives.

Because some collections in Special Collections & University Archives are not processed, access to these collections might be limited. Please refer to “Unprocessed Collections” links under the respective areas, either Special Collections or University Archives, to view a complete list of unprocessed collections.

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Central Florida Future Header from 1/4/2010

Central Florida Future Digitization Complete

The UCF Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives and Digital Initiatives departments are pleased to announce the completion of a project to digitize the University of Central Florida’s student newspaper. The publication ran from 1968 to 2016.    The newspaper’s first issue appeared on October 7, 1968, to coincide with the first day of classes at […]

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Exhibit: Beyond the Barrier: The X-1 Project

The exhibit “Beyond the Barrier: The X-1 Project” details the design and development of the X-1 program and contains numerous pilot reports and photographs. Materials in the collection document the X-1 program from start to finish and were collected and used by Louis C. Rotundo when writing his book “Into the Unknown, The X-1 Story.”  […]

Student Book Arts Exhibit

Exhibit: 15th Annual Student Book Arts Competition

The 15th Annual Student Book Arts Competition Exhibit is now open. The exhibit features all student entries for this year’s competition. The competition promotes the practice of book arts made by undergraduate and graduate students. The judges were David Benjamin, department head of Special Collections & University Archives, and guest judge Mike Taylor, Florida based […]

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