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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

Digital Collections

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 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 to 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. .

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.

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

The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.

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.

Detroit Publishing Company

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. Browse the collection by location to locate more than 900 photographs for Florida.

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.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives

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. The collection contains more than 2,000 images of Florida.

Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs

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 location to locate eleven images of Florida.

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937 to 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.

Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

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. The colleciton contains more than 2,000 images pertaining to Florida.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

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 the collection by location to locate more than 700 items for Florida.

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 this collection 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 by location to locate more than 300 maps of Florida.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1870 to 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.

Panoramic Photographs

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

Printed Ephemera: 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.

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 to 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.

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. Browse by location to locate five interviews from Florida.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740 to 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.

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.

Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827

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.

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