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.

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.

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.

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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Blog Posts

UCF Celebrates the Arts 2019

Exhibit: UCF Student Book Arts Competition: 13 Years of UCF Student Designed Artists’ Books

UCF Student Book Arts Competition: 13 Years of UCF Student Designed Artists’ Books showcases winning entries from the UCF Libraries Special Collections & University Archives’ Annual Book Arts Competition. Artists’ books are works of art that use the structure or function of a book or book-like objects. While most artists’ books are published in limited […]

13th Annual Book Arts Competition Exhibit

Exhibit: 13th Annual Book Arts Competition

On its 13th year, the Book Arts Competition sponsored by Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Central Florida Libraries have been recognizing the artistic works of undergraduate and graduate students in book arts. Book arts are works of art that pushes the form and reading structure of traditional books. Many artist books […]

Hidden Artists Exhibit, August through September 2018

Exhibit: Hidden Artists

You might find them in front of the classroom or in the office down the hall and yet never suspect they make art. They are “Hidden Artists”. Hidden Artists is a group of UCF faculty and staff from various departments who create art on their own time. Founded by Judy Bragg Pardo, retired Senior Art […]

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