Florida On Florida is a catalog of digital materials related to Florida. It includes all sorts of items including maps,photographs, postcards, books, and manuscripts.
The materials in Florida On Florida come from digital collections held by libraries, archives, museums and historical societies throughout Florida. To see a list of the collections included, click "Collections" on the menu near the top of this page.
About The Collections
The following collections are included in Florida On Florida.
The Heritage Collection contains historic photographs of local landmarks, people, historic maps, community events, natural disasters, and other items related to Gainesville and Alachua County.
The Bay County Public Library maintains a local history collection in a local history room set aside for that purpose. The Library has a collection of approximately 7,000 photographs and almost 5,000 of these are catalogued and searchable by subject area in the Bay County Public Library Catalog. Patrons may obtain a copy of any photograph for a small fee. The Bay District Schools owns the Tommy Smith Photograph Collection of 1,998 photos that they will maintain. The Tommy Smith Collection is also cataloged and searchable in the Bay County Public Library Catalog.
This collection contains historic and current photos of local landmarks, people, buildings, churches, schools, community events and other items that reflect the history of Bay County and its communities.
The Burgert Brothers Photographic Archives presents a unique pictorial record of the commercial, residential and social growth of Tampa Bay and Florida's West coast from the late 1800s to the early 1960s. Nearly 15,000 images in this collection chronicle the history of the Tampa Bay area as it faced wars, natural disasters, economic booms and busts. The images offer a view of a community at work, from cigar factories, sponge docks and strawberry fields, to grocery stores, service stations and bank lobbies. Many of the photographs also depict a community at leisure, enjoying a day at the beach, participating in local celebrations, attending the Florida State Fair or playing favorite games such as golf, tennis, shuffleboard or checkers. This extraordinary archive - a visual link with our past and our heritage - is preserved in the History & Genealogy Department of the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa for the public to view and use.
Central Florida Memory is a collection of digital materials from the collections of the Orange County Library System, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the University of Central Florida. It focuses on Central Florida during the years 1880 - 1930, a booming time of transition from pioneer frontier to the development of established towns and transportation networks.
The Florida State Archives has digitized its collection of Confederate pension records with over 13,000 pensions available online. The collection includes files on approved and denied pension claims from 1885 to 1954. Most files contain the original application, any supplemental applications, proof of service and residency, and occasional correspondence between the applicant and the State Board of Pensions.
Florida's newspapers are the collective memory of the diverse communities of the Sunshine State. Initially funded through federal and state grants, the University of Florida, and private donors, the Florida Digital Newspaper Library exists to provide access to the news and history of Florida. Currently, more than 63 local and regional newspapers are being digitized by the Digital Library Center, University of Florida. With additional support, the Center hopes to expand the current list of titles available.
A collection of more than 800 maps of Florida dating from the sixteenth century to today is part of the State Library's Florida Collection. Maps include, for example, early maps of exploration, bird's eye view maps, and Florida highway maps. Maps are listed in the online catalog and are available for use in the Library.
The Florida Photographic Collection is a nationally recognized component of the State Archives of Florida and contains more than 850,000 photographs, and approximately 2,500 movies and video tapes. Over 100,000 of the photographs have been scanned and placed on this website.
The collection spans a wide range of visual images from copies of mid 15th Century maps to current photographs. Most of the holdings in the collection have been obtained singly or in small groups. Together, they form the most complete portrait of Florida available--one that draws its strength from family pictures, the homes of Floridians, their work, and their pastimes.
The Florida State University Libraries' Digital Collections presents select "digitized" and "born digital" digital assets for open access to the FSU campus, scholarly research and learning, and general public communities. The Florida on Florida FSU Collections include the FSU Heritage Protocol Photograph Collection, FSU "Flying High" Circus, FSU Yearbooks, FSU Administrative Documents and Student Handbooks, and select faculty research collections. The FSU Heritage Protocol Collection presents digitized photographs from the FSU Heritage Protocol Archives and contains items related to the institutional history, cultural heritage of FSU, and its predecessor institutions. The Florida State University Digital Library Center is digitizing select Special Collections materials for access, discovery, and preservation.
Florida Voices is an initiative of the Florida Electronic Library to support all types of libraries and cultural heritage organizations in Florida in initiating and maintaining digital oral history programs. In addition to a step-by-step guide to establishing an oral history program, Florida Voices provides access to a central collection of digital oral history recordings and transcripts.
The Florida Writer's Project contains digitized materials of a small portion of the papers of Dr. Carita Doggett Corse, Director of the Florida Federal Writers' Project from its inception in 1935 until 1942. The collection consists mainly of original typescript second copies compiled from the WPA writers' project for the state of Florida. The information in the collection represents writers' efforts during the 1930's and the early 1940's. Corse maintained personal typescript copies of the writers' stories, interviews, research, as well as other handwritten notes that are not part of WPA files found in several other Florida libraries. The collection also contains various photographs and original correspondence to and from Dr. Corse.
The Florida Constitutions of 1838, 1861, 1865, 1868, and 1885 are available with transcripts and digitized images of the original documents at the Florida State Archives.
Jacksonville Public Library's Digital Library Collection is an online resource concentrating on Floridian history with an emphasis on Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. It features digitized versions of material from our Special Collections departments: the Florida Collection, Genealogy Collection, and African-American Collection. The project initially focused on visual items such as post cards and photographs, and has since grown to include rare books, letters, manuscripts, and scrap books.
The Mote Marine Laboratory Library Collection contains Mote Technical Reports of works produced by Mote staff. These reports demonstrate the research performed at the facility since the mid 1970s. The collection also includes Mote brochures and other historical documents that reflect the history of Mote.
"Hidden Treasures" is a collection of various and sundry items housed in the libraries, many of which are small and rural, of the Florida Panhandle. This ongoing project will, for the first time, make this local history available to a wider audience.
The PALMM (Publication of Archival, Library and Museum Materials) collections include Florida Heritage (materials on the history, environment and culture of Florida), Florida Environments Online (materials on Florida environments, ecologies and species), Florida Maps (antique and contemporary maps of Florida and adjacent areas), Florida Historical Legal Documents (including territorial laws and several versions of the state constitution), Southwest Florida Environmental Documents (reports, surveys, monographs and other materials of recent and historical scientific information related to the environment of Southwest Florida, the Caloosahatchee River and its watershed), Reclaiming the Everglades (rare materials on history of the Everglades and the south Florida environment from 1884-1934), Miami Metropolitan Archive (materials on Miami-Dade County urban development), Milemarkers: Linking Keys History (Images from the collection of the Monroe County Public Library depict the rich history of the Florida Keys), and West Florida Photohistory (images from the UWF Special Collections emphasize the history and development of the West Florida region)
With more than 4,500 images in six collections: Hamilton Holt, Faces of Rollins, Architecture and Landscape, Student Lives, Treasures at Rollins Archives, and Winter Park and Florida, Rollins Digital Archives document the rich histories of the College since its founding in 1885 and the nearby Central Florida Communities. The collections include not only photographs, but also letters, speeches, postcards, pamphlets, manuscripts and other historical items.
The confirmed Spanish land grant claims related to the territory that Spain ceded to the United States in 1821.
Revealing the research rich collections of the University of Florida, as well as other noteworthy collections, the Digital Library Center has digitized and mounted over 3 million images since its inception in 1999. UFDC's current collection strengths rest in ; maps and aerial photography; newspapers; and Florida and Caribbean studies. Holdings include artifacts,herbarium specimens, photographs, and oral histories, as well as archives, books and journals.
USF Tampa Library Special & Digital Collections (SDC) collects, preserves, and provides free, online access to significant collections of Floridiana. Of particular interest are SDC's notable collections of oral histories including the Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida, Spanish Civil War, Columbia Restaurant, and Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman Administration oral history projects. Several collections of photographs and slides (Burgert Brothers, Robertson & Fresh, Ensminger, and Zylstra) are also available along with rare Florida maps, local newspapers and journals, postcards, and more.
The digitized Winter Park History and Archives Collection contains photographs, images, documents, and audio files representing the wealth of local and regional history housed at the Winter Park Public Library. Highlights of the collection include the papers of Florida Senator Paula Hawkins, the papers of business and quality management guru Philip B. Crosby, the Eve Bacon collection of photos of Winter Park, and the diary of Mary Brown that documents Florida frontier life. Hundreds of historical images are available online. The full History and Archives Collection can also be searched via the online catalog, which contains records from thousands of images, books, maps, photos and other items documenting the history of Winter Park, FL.
This is an online exhibit and image database of educational visual aids produced by the Museum Extension Project (MEP), a division of the New Deal jobs creation program, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and owned by the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts at Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The digitization of these historic artifacts was made possible through a National Leadership grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning.
The World War I service cards provide name; age; serial number; race; place of birth; and residence; for service men and women who were either from Florida or who entered service in Florida.