The Florida Bureau of Archive and Records Management is the official site of the State Archives of Florida. The State Archives of Florida uses Florida Memory as their website for hosting digitized historical records. Collections include maps, audio and video collections, voter records, town and county histories, military collections, and more.

 

 

 

 

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Florida Memory Residence Records

 

Census

1825 Leon County Census – Early territorial census of Florida’s capital

1855 Census Returns: Marion County – Records from Florida’s second state census

Florida Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 – Census records documenting the deaths of thousands of Floridians in the mid-1800s

 

 

Land Records

Jefferson County Freedmen’s Contracts – Sharecropping agreements from 1867

Spanish Land Grants – Land claims from Spanish Florida

 

 

Maps & Histories

Florida Map Collections – This collection consists of over 300 maps from the holdings of the State Library and Archives of Florida. The maps date from the 16th century to the 20th century, and include:

  • Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys.
  • Highway and railroad maps.
  • Maps showing the state’s geological features.
  • Nautical charts.
  • Military maps.
  • Maps of specific towns, counties, islands, harbors and bodies of water.
  • Colonial era maps.
  • Bird’s-eye views of Florida cities and towns.
  • Maps of the United States and the Western Hemisphere.

WPA County Histories – Local histories of Florida’s counties

 

 

Pensions

Confederate Pension Applications – Civil War soldiers and widows pensions

 

 

Voters

1845 Election Returns – Voter lists for Florida’s first state election

Voter Registration Rolls, 1867-68 – Reconstruction era voting records

 

 

 

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Florida Memory Daily Life Records

 

Audio & Video Collections

Audio – Discover thousands of audio recordings from the State Archives of Florida, including music, oral histories and interviews. Also, listen to recordings from the Florida Folklife Festivals dating back to 1954.

Video – Discover hundreds of digitized videos and film footage from the Florida Photographic Collection at the State Archives. These videos cover a variety of topics, including commerce, tourism, politics and more.

 

Educational

Classroom – The Florida Memory Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use photographs, documents, sound recordings and film footage from the State Library and Archives of Florida to explore history.

 

 

History

Florida ArticlesFloridiana: Stories from Florida’s Remarkable Past is an ongoing series of articles that use the extensive collections of the State Archives and State Library of Florida to illustrate the rich and varied history of our state. Photographs and illustrations, maps, film footage, sound recordings, letters, diaries and other sources combine to tell the story of the Sunshine State in a unique and engaging way.

 

 

Libraries, Museums, & Archives

Exhibits – Learn about key topics in Florida’s history illustrated with photographs, selected documents, audio recordings and videos from the collections at the State Library and Archives of Florida.

 

 

Manuscript Collections

Albert S. Chalker Papers – Letters home from a Civil War soldier

Bevins Family Papers – Letters from a WWI sailor

Call and Brevard Family Papers – Personal papers from two Tallahassee families

Confederate Pension Applications – Civil War soldiers and widows pensions

County Guard Commissions, 1917-1919 – WWI-era county guard officers

De Bry Engravings – 16th century illustrations from Ribault’s expedition

Dr.Davidson’s Medical Journal – Remedies and recipes to cure various illnesses and to treat diseases

Early Auto Registrations, 1905-1917 – Records of Florida’s first motor vehicles

Fernandina Death & Burial Records, 1896-1916 – Documenting death in the Progressive era

Florida Crate Labels, 1920s-1950s – Historical fruit and vegetable advertisements

Florida’s Historic Constitutions – Milestones in Florida’s political framework

Florida Merchant Marine Survey, 1936-1939 – Historic ships, steamboats and other watercraft

Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900 – Rosters of Militia Unit Members

Gramling Civil War Diary – Writings of a Confederate prisoner of war

General Jesup’s Diary – An account of the Second Seminole War

McLeod Diary – An account of the Civil War

Milton Letterbook, 1861-1863 – Letterbook of Florida’s Civil War governor

Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home – Applications from Civil War veterans

Richard Keith Call Papers – Personal papers of Governor R.K. Call

Selected Documents – Letters, ephemera and other historical records

Stephens Sisters Jail-In Papers, 1960 – Correspondence from and to the Stephens sisters

Florida Supreme Court Records – Florida cases from Florida’s High Courts

Thomas Benton Brooks Papers – Correspondence of a Civil War-Era Engineer

WPA Church Records – Documenting Florida’s places of worship

WPA Stories – Folk stories, nature writings and Florida history

WPA County Histories – Local histories of Florida’s counties

 

 

Medical

Dr.Davidson’s Medical Journal – Remedies and recipes to cure various illnesses and to treat diseases

 

 

 

Photographs

Florida Photographic Collection

Agricultural Experiment Station – 565 prints of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station from 1910 to 1946

Harriet Bedell Collection – 129 prints of Deaconess Harriet Bedell working among the Seminole Indians in South Florida from 1933 to 1960

Big Bend Area Collection – 239 photographs from 1887-2003

Charles Brems Collection – 57 photographs taken of the USS Massachusetts and its crew, many taken by Charles Brems

Brown Family Collection – 216 photographs of the Brown family taken in and around Eastpoint and St. George Island between 1898 and 1912

John Buckley Collection – 5250 photographs from 1969-1976

Millard Fillmore Caldwell Collection – Photographs, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous media, 1917-1984 (bulk, 1930-1970)

Frank Connell Collection – Approximately 550 photographs of Volusia County and the surrounding area taken between 1900 and 1915

Department of Commerce Collection – Approximately 30,000 images of cities, industries, tourist attractions, rivers, and leisure activities taken by the Department of Division of Tourism and its predecessors between 1950 and 1996

Department of Environmental Resource Collection – 53 glass lantern slides of mostly-unidentified nature scenes around Florida

Florida Department of State Collection – Images of Departmental activities, 1999 – present

Department of Transportation Collection – Approximately 2,500 photographs created by the Florida Department of Transportation

Digital Collection – This collection is a compilation of over 2000 Florida related digital photographs.

Dorothy Dodd Collection – Over 600 slides of Florida flowers and birds photographed by a former state librarian

Michael Drake Collection – 159 photographs collected by Michael J. Drake from official base photograph collections, as well as former military personnel and local residents

Patricia Stephens Due Collection – Over 50 images documenting the life and work of Patricia Stephen Due, an African-American civil rights leader and activist

Donn Dughi Collection – Approximately 600 images of the dramatic, comedic, and routine moments of Florida politics

William A. Fishbaugh Collection – 749 images of South Florida

Robert Fisher Collection – Over 1200 images of people and businesses in the Jacksonville area from 1947-1961

Florida Folklife Collection – Approximately 13,969 color and black-and-white slides from the Folklife Collection

Florida Forest Service Collection – Over 800 images from the Florida Forest Service from the 1930s

Florida Geology Collection – Over 2,000 images documenting the study of Florida’s geological and archaeological sites

Florida School for Boys Collection – 308 Black and white and color photographs depicting residents, staff, facilities, and programs and activities of the Florida School for Boys

Florida Supreme Court Collection – 318 images of Florida’s Supreme Court justices and events

Mark Foley Collection – Over 2,000 photographs, 1969-2006

Louise Frisbie Collection – Over 900 images of the Polk County area from 1910 to 1950 gathered by Louise Frisbie, regional historian and author

Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Collection – Over 800 images of Florida animal and plant life as well as employees of the Commission from 1955-1980

General (unprinted) Collection – A collection of approximately 22,186 images from our unprinted reference files

Forrest Granger Collection – 1,680 images of Tallahassee and surrounding areas, 1940s-1950s

Alvan Harper Collection – 1,439 images of Tallahasseans and the Tallahassee area, 1884-1911

Red Kerce Collection – Over 800 images of historical people and places in Tallahassee and the surrounding area from 1940-1964

Koreshan Unity Papers Collection – 2,2228 photographs documenting the development of the Koreshan Unity and the lives and activities of its members.

Norman La Coe Collection – 416 glass lantern slides of Florida industries and cities, 1910s-1930s

David LaHart Collection – Over 1,000 photographs, ca. 1970-2006

Madison County Collection – Approximately 991 photographs of Madison County area people, industries, and agriculture

Don and Gladys Marks Collection – Approximately 1,000 images taken from the 1920s to the 1960s by Don and Gladys Marks documenting many areas of Florida.

Cory McDonald Collection – 500 photographs of Key West, ca. 1903-2005

Dale M. McDonald Collection – Approximately 5,071 color slides and photographs of Key West, 1935-2000. color slides and photographs of Key West, 1935-2000

Art McKee Collection – 206 photographs of noted Florida treasure hunter Art McKee

Miami-Dade County Health Department Collection – Approximately 176 images from the records of the Miami-Dade County Health Department during the recovery period after Hurricane Andrew

Bert Morgan Photographic Collection – Photographic negatives taken by Bert Morgan and his son Richard from the 1960s through the 1980s documenting Palm Beach high society people, places, and events.

MOSAIC Collection – Over 1,100 images of Jewish life in Florida, 1880s-1960s

Newberry Collection – 78 images of Newberry and rural Alachua County

Richard Parks Collection – Over 1,000 photographs taken by Tallahassee photographers Richard Parks and Evon Streetman

Irvin Peithmann Collection – 1,076 images of Florida Seminole Indians, 1950s

Political Collection – Almost 5,000 images of prominent Florida political leaders

Postcard Collection – A collection of over 6,300 picture postcards of Florida attractions, cities, and people, circa 1900s-1970s

Print Collections – A growing collection of approximately 21,000 images from this all-inclusive anthology beginning in the 1800s

Reference Collection – Approximately 21,300 views of Florida by professional and amateur photographers ranging from copies of 15th century maps to current photographs

Harvey Slade Collection – 1,812 photographs consisting primarily of Harvey Slade’s studio portraits of Leon County people

John K. Small Collection – 2,166 images of South Florida botanicals, 1901-1938

Jack Spottswood Collection – Over 2,600 images of people and businesses in the Jacksonville area from 1916-1967

Joseph Janney Steinmetz Collection – Social events, tourist locations and activities, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, prominent people, and various recreation and industry shots from the 1930s to the 1970s

Tallahassee Democrat – Approximately 5,000 published and unpublished images of Tallahassee area people, places, and events taken by Tallahassee Democrat photographers between 1955 and the 1970s

Tallahassee Fire Department – Over 1,100 Tallahassee Fire Department images including residential and business fires, fire prevention training in schools and businesses, railroad and aviation accidents, and firefighting equipment, vehicles, and stations

Deborah Thomas Collection – Over 2600 images of people, sports, politics, events, and businesses in the Tallahassee area from 1983 to 1989

Tookes-McCoy Collection – Over 60 images documenting the lives of members of the Tookes and McCoy families of Tallahassee, the Tookes Hotel, and scenes of the Frenchtown area in Tallahassee.

Richard Twine Collection – 96 images of the St. Augustine community of Lincolnville between 1922 and 1927

James Wendler Collection – 290 images chronicling the history of Miami Beach from the 1900s to the 1980s

Frank Westwood Collection – Over 100 photographs depicting scenes in the Lake Okeechobee, Everglades and surrounding areas

 

 

 

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Florida Memory Military Records

 

Albert S. Chalker Papers – Letters home from a Civil War soldier

Bevins Family Papers – Letters from a WWI sailor

Confederate Pension Applications – Civil War soldiers and widows pensions

County Guard Commissions, 1917-1919 – WWI-era county guard officers

Florida Merchant Marine Survey, 1936-1939 – Historic ships, steamboats and other watercraft

Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900 – Rosters of Militia Unit Members

Gramling Civil War Diary – Writings of a Confederate prisoner of war

General Jesup’s Diary – An account of the Second Seminole War

McLeod Diary – An account of the Civil War

Milton Letterbook, 1861-1863 – Letterbook of Florida’s Civil War governor

Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home – Applications from Civil War veterans

Thomas Benton Brooks Papers – Correspondence of a Civil War-Era Engineer

World War I Service Cards – Floridians who served in the Great War

 

 

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