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
African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio
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].
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.
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.
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
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.
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project,
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.
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.
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment,
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.
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other
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.
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.
in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
songs from menhaden fishing boats, railroad gangs, and
turpentine camps; children's
music, and religious
music of many cultures; and interviews,
also known as "life histories." The collection
includes a special presentation, "A
Florida Treasure Hunt."
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.
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.
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.
house in the United States" / photo by Harry
[Summary: An unidentified woman stands at the entrance
to the Gonzalez-Alvarez House known as "The Oldest
House", St. Augustine, Florida.]
/ photo by Harry M. Rhoads.
[Summary: Tourists visit the historic Fort Castillo de
San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, shows stone walls
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.
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
and Exploration, General
Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation
and Communication. Browse
the geographic location index to locate maps of Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
America: Stereoscopic Views from the Robert Dennis Collection,
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
views of New York State and Florida (52 stereographs).
Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording
The collection is a multiformat ethnographic field collection
that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes,
jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a 3-month,
6,502-mile trip through the southern United States.
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
the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
The collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring
American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits.
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
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.