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View of the city of Tallahassee. State Capital of Florida, County Seat of Leon County 1885.
View of the city of Tallahassee. State Capital of Florida, County Seat of Leon County 1885.
Milwaukee, Norris, Wellge & Co.
Map Collection.
Geography & Map Division.
Call Number:
G3934.T2A3 1885 .W4

American Memory Historical Collections

Examples of materials related to Florida are provided for most of the collections listed below. Search on the term Florida to locate additional resources within these American Memory collections.

The African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society

The collection is a selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society. Included in the collection is "Race Progress in Florida" [from newspaper].

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black and White Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1935-1945

The images in the collection show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and increasing farm mechanization. Browse the collection by geographic location to locate more than 1,000 images of Florida.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Color Photographs from the FSA-OWI, 1939-1945

The color photographs of the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection include scenes of rural and small-town life, migrant labor, and the effects of the Great Depression. Browse the collection by geographic location to locate eleven images of Florida.

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library

The collection consists of approximately 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. The collection contains more than 100 images of Florida.

American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: A Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents an historical view of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

The collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states. The histories describe the informant's family education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet, and miscellaneous observations. Included in the collection are 128 titles of mostly first-person accounts of life in Florida during the Great Depression.

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

The collection comprises 253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Search the full-text option of the collection to find items pertaining to Florida.

The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. The collection contains two items that reference Florida.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. The collection includes twelve items printed in Florida.

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955

The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938

The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. The collection includes seventy-three slave narratives from Florida.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse by place to locate items for Florida.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

The collection consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

The collection presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

The collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942

The collection is a multiformat ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic, Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan, Seminole, and Slavic cultures throughout Florida. Recorded by Robert Cook, Herbert Halpert, Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, Alton Morris, and others in conjunction with the Florida Federal Writers' Project, the Florida Music Project, and the Joint Committee on Folk Arts of the Work Projects Administration, it features folksongs and folktales in many languages, including blues and work songs from menhaden fishing boats, railroad gangs, and turpentine camps; children's songs, dance music, and religious music of many cultures; and interviews, also known as "life histories." The collection includes a special presentation, "A Florida Treasure Hunt."

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. Included in the collection is The Proceedings of the State Conference of the Colored Men of Florida held at Gainesville, February 5, 1884.

Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920

The collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music.

History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library

The collection includes formal portraits of Indian chiefs as well as clothing, dwellings, and daily lives of Taos, Santa Clara, San Juan, and San Ildephonso pueblo Indians, and Ute, Crow, and Lakota peoples.

  • "Oldest house in the United States" / photo by Harry M. Rhoads.
    [Summary: An unidentified woman stands at the entrance to the Gonzalez-Alvarez House known as "The Oldest House", St. Augustine, Florida.]
  • Watchtower / photo by Harry M. Rhoads.
    [Summary: Tourists visit the historic Fort Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, shows stone walls and tower.]

Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies

The collection features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate maps of Florida.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885

The collection contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-60 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-85.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books

The books in this collection bear nineteenth-century American imprints, dating mainly from between 1850 and 1880. The collection is particularly strong in poetry and in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

The collection includes 955 volumes from 22 nineteenth-century periodicals digitized by Cornell University as part of the original Making of America project. These include magazines of general interest, such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, and titles catering to more specific audiences.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929

The collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in this transition. Search the full-text option to find items related to Florida.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

The collection presents 181 segments from recorded interviews with quiltmakers and 410 graphic images (prints, positive transparencies, and negatives) from 2 collections in the American Folklife Center: the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest Collection.

Reclaiming the Everglades: South Florida's Natural History, 1884-1934

The collection includes a rich diversity of unique or rare materials: personal correspondence, essays, typescripts, reports and memos; photographs, maps and postcards; and publications from individuals and the government.

September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. The collection contains five interviews from Florida.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860

The collection contains just over 100 pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The collection includes the Trial and Imprisonment of Jonathan Walker, at Pensacola, Florida, for Aiding Slaves to Escape from Bondage. With an Appendix, Containing a Sketch of His Life.

Small-Town America: Stereoscopic Views from the Robert Dennis Collection, 1850-1920

The collection contains 12,000 photographs of the Mid-Atlantic states New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from the 1850s to the 1910s, from the Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views at the New York Public Library. The collection includes Stereoscopic views of New York State and Florida (52 stereographs).

Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip

The collection is a multiformat ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a 3-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States.

The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

This collection features 68 motion pictures produced between 1898 and 1901 of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine Revolution.

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

The collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. The collection is organized into ten series or groupings, ranging in date from 1606 to 1827.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States.

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