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Includes published and unpublished papers of several authors, correspondence, photographs, publications, ephemera, and audio-visual materials document modern literary works.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

Exhibit: Women First at UCF

Exhibit: Friday, February 28th through Thursday, April 30th, 2020Reception: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, John C. Hitt Library room 223 The Women First at UCF Project is a collaboration between Dr. M. C. Santana (Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Robert Cassanello (History), Mary Rubin, Eli Jimenez, and Christopher Saclolo (Special Collections & […]

Women’s History Month @ UCF Libraries

UCF Libraries has jumped wholeheartedly into Women’s History Month 2020 with the help of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and faculty from various disciplines across UCF. Women First at UCF Project Reception:Tuesday, March 3, 20204:00 – 6:00 pmJohn C. Hitt Library room 223 Exhibit: Friday, February 28th through Sunday, April 19th, 2020 The Women […]

14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition

Exhibit: UCF Student Book Arts Competition: 14 Years of UCF Student Designed Artists’ Books

The 14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition Exhibit, which features all entries, is on display at the John C. Hitt Library’s 5th Floor exhibit area. The Student Book Arts Competition at the University of Central Florida Libraries has been recognizing the artistic works of undergraduate and graduate UCF students in book arts! This year the […]

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