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The University of Central Florida Special Collections Manuscript collections contain unique and original personal papers and organizational papers that document local history, Florida history, travel and tourism, and many other topics.

Please be aware that collections must be used in the Special Collections reading room and due to the nature of original sources, may take extra time to research. All materials have a guide with information on the contents of the collection. Some are available online, while others are available for use in the Library. For use of collections that are being processed, please contact Special Collections before visiting the department.

Unprocessed Collections are also available for research and may not be available for immediate access. Staff may review materials for sensitive and private information such as social security numbers and medical records. Please contact Special Collections before visiting.

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African Americana

African American Legacy: The Carol Mundy Collection, 1794-2010 – 24 boxes, 60 flat files, 19.5 linear feet

Collected by Carol Mundy, this collection contains over 1,500 items relating to African American history. The collection includes books, manuscripts, sheet music, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, broadsides, posters, photographs and rare ephemera which all speak to the black experience. While the collection is comprehensive both nationally and internationally, the collection does contain materials that relates to local African American history.

Carol Mundy: African American Legacy Research Files, 1790-2012 – 5 boxes, 2.25 linear feet

This research collection primarily looks at African American Legacy in small town Florida, including Eatonville, Apopka, and Ocoee. Through photographs, manuscripts, census data, historic home registers, and so much more; you can dive deep into researching these historic African American cities. Delve into the historic homes and their inhabitance of these historic cities through this collection. The documents in this collection are primarily photocopies, or photographs of original documents. The documents in this collection as a result were printed or created recently.

Fred Rodgers and Dr. Francis Martin Jr. Collection, 1829-2006 – 8 boxes, 1 flat file, 3 art frames, 3.25 linear feet

The Francis Martin Jr. and Fred Rodgers collection contains a plethora of art pieces, correspondence, and photographs that correlate with numerous artists. The art pieces have varying subjects which include many species of canaries, depictions of Black Americans (mostly created by E. W. Kemble), and various Mexican landscapes by Pataky. A key piece is the portrait of Alexander Hamilton by William Sartain. E. W. Kemble is mostly known for his artistical satire of Black Americans in the 19th Century. The collection also contains meticulously hand drawn comics by Charles Crumb and beautifully rendered art by Winslow Homer found in antique magazine issues of publications such as Appleton’s Journal and Harper’s Weekly. Dr. Francis Martin Jr’s processes in collecting information regarding his thesis on E. W. Kemble which includes many items of correspondence with Kemble’s family can also be found in the collection.

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