Florida State Guide
Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Florida Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State: Florida
The collections of the American Folklife Center contain
large amounts of rich and varied materials from Florida
that document the diversity of the state's folk traditions.
Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions
and celebrations, and a Lecture
Webcast from the Florida native Stetson Kennedy are
available on the Center's Web page.
Selections from Florida Collections
The American Folklife Center's holdings of materials from individual states are so extensive that exploration of them can be challenging. To provide an introductory tour for Library of Congress patrons, educators, researchers, and the general public — and to display some of the wonderful audio and visual treasures amassed over the past eight decades — the Center is undertaking the online National Sampler Project.
America's Library is especially designed for elementary
and middle school students.
the States: Florida
Jump Back in Time
Spanish Expedition Established St. Augustine in Florida,
September 8, 1565
Florida Territory Becomes Our 27th State,
March 3, 1845
Seceded!, January 10, 1861
to the Keys, January 22, 1912
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in Florida.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
Attack on St. Augustine
Depiction of Sir Francis Drake's 1586 assault on St.
Photograph by George Barker taken in Silver Springs,
Florida, from the Morgan House, of a steamboat approaching
A Florida vacation house completed in 1953 by Paul
Rudolph represents a radical and influential change
both in how buildings were conceived and in how they
Cultures and History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak
Collection at the Library of Congress
The exhibition features fifty highlights from the more
than 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints,
and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection
at the Library of Congress. It explores several themes
including the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America
and the Caribbean as revealed in sculpture, architecture,
and language; encounters between Europeans and the indigenous
peoples; the growth of European Florida; and piracy and
trade in the American Atlantic.
and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British American Relations
The John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition brings together
treasures from the two greatest libraries in the English-speaking
world in an exploration of selected time periods and cultural
movements that provide unique insights into the relationship
of the United States and Great Britain. The exploration
and settlement section includes a hand-colored map of
Francis Drake's Attack on St. Augustine, Florida.
(U.S.) State Map Sites
This is a list of reference related state map project
Web sites that is maintained by the Geography & Map
Bibliographies and Guides
Conceived in partnership with France’s national
library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France,
France in America /France en Amérique is
a bilingual digital library made available by the Library
of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence
in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth
century to the end of the nineteenth century. Search
the project to find items related to Florida, including
of the Expedition of Hernando de Soto into Florida.
Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier
Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and
the American Frontier is a bilingual, multi-format
English-Spanish digital library site that explores the
interactions between Spain and the United States in America
from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.
The project presents in digital format books, maps, prints
and photographs, manuscripts, and other documents from
the collections of the partner libraries. Five main themes
related to the history of Spain and the parallel histories
between the United States and Spain are illuminated: Exploration
and Early Settlement, Colonization and Settlement, Meeting
of Cultures and Religious/Evangelical Activities, American
Revolution, and Mutual Perceptions. Search
the project to find items related to Florida, including
of the Town and Harbour of St. Augustine.
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in Florida.
to Law Online
The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library
of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated
guide to sources of information on government and law
available online. It includes selected links to useful
and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states
and territories, including
Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American
This list includes structures identified as the work
of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic
American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering
Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The
Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog
by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional
documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER
collection, entries will be added. The list includes
images for Florida.
Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library
The image lists includes prints and photographs relating
to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as
education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of
U.S. locations (text and images). Images of Florida
are included in the guide.
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading United
States--Florida to find digital images related to
Florida, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
Search in PPOC using the term Florida or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on Florida to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
On January 10, 1861, delegates to the Florida Convention
voted to secede from the United States of America. The
following month, Florida was one of six Deep South states
to form the Confederate
States of America.
On January 22, 1912, the nearly 20,000 residents of the
city of Key West, Florida, located on a small island some
128 miles south of the Florida peninsula, observed the
completion of an overseas rail connection to the mainland.
Journalist, short-story writer, and novelist Marjorie
Kinnan Rawlings was born on August 8, 1896, in Washington,
D.C. Rawlings is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning
novel The Yearling (1938), the story of young
Jody Baxter's coming of age in the big scrub country which
is now the Ocala
National Forest in Florida.
On September 27, 1514, the Spanish crown granted explorer
Juan Ponce de Leon the title Military Governor of Bimini
(an island in the Bahamas) and Florida. With this title
and the implied permission it contained to colonize those
regions, Ponce de Leon sailed for Florida in 1521.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state
of residence to locate veterans from Florida.