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The University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) hosts more than 300 outstanding digital collections, containing over 15 million pages, covering over 78 thousand subjects in rare books, manuscripts, antique maps, children's literature, newspapers, theses and dissertations, data sets, photographs, oral histories, and more for permanent access and preservation. Through UFDC, users have free and Open Access to full unique and rare materials held by the University of Florida and partner institutions.
The UF Libraries encourage and support faculty collaboration on digital collections and digital scholarship.
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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Collections
The Arts Collection Group includes collections of arts, from performing arts to graphical arts to comics and also includes architecture and landscape design as well as the psychology in art collection.
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries contains more than 130,000 books and periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain from the mid-1600s to present day. The Library also has manuscript collections, original artwork, and assorted ephemera such as board games, puzzles, and toys. The Baldwin Library is known for comparative editions of books, with special emphasis on Robinson Crusoe, Pilgrim’s Progress, Aesop’s Fables, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Library also has the largest collection of Early American Juvenile Imprints of any academic institution in the United States.
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature
The Book Arts Digital Collection draws from the holdings in the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection in the UF Libraries' Special Collections.
The Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere Digital Collection includes materials from events, research, and teaching.
Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere
Materials from the Center for Study of Race and Race Relations.
Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
The Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection illustrates the emergence of literary, cultural, and scientific movements from the late Middle Ages to the present day. It contains over 60,000 books, prints, ephemera, and other items spanning the range of written and printed production around the world. Its holdings enrich the educational experiences of undergraduates and advance research in the humanities around the world.
To see a more detailed description of the collection and its content areas, visit https://rarebooks.uflib.ufl.edu/
The Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection
History and heritage collections include the history of Florida, the historical role that Florida has played in the greater history of the U.S., and the general history of the United States.
History and Heritage Collections
The literature collections include great literature and children's literature as well as general literary studies collections.
The Oral History Collections comprise the digital holdings of both the Matheson Museum (Gainesville, Florida) and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. Together, the Collections document life in Gainesville, across Florida, the Caribbean and other locales.
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP)
Science and Technology Collections
The 'Food and Agricultural Sciences' General Collections holds general resources about agriculture, crops, farming, food science, and natural resources (e.g. climate, water, and soil conditions) related to agriculture. A mainstay of the collection is the publications of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Sub-collections include Florida Historical Agriculture and Rural Life, International Farming Systems, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Survey publications of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Food and Agricultural Sciences
The 'University of Florida Herbarium Specimen Collections' provides digital images for selected specimens from the Florida Museum of Natural History / University of Florida Herbarium.
The sciences collections includes natural and earth sciences, herbarium collections, wetlands research, as well as food and agricultural sciences and sciences and technologies.
Historical aerial photographs dramatically document changes in Florida's land use. The initial Aerial Photography: Florida collection was funded by two Florida Library Service and Technology Assistant grants from the Florida Department of State.
Aerial Photography: Florida
Map and imagery collections includes maps of Florida and the world, both historic and contemporary, as well as aerial photographs of Florida.
Map and Imagery Collections
The Caribbean Newspaper Collection in dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and other research materials on newsprint currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
Caribbean Newspapers, dLOC
The Digital Aerospace Collection is an ongoing project to house, organize and preserve contemporary and historic material pertaining to NASA operations in Florida and around the country, as well as non-NASA content from both U.S. and International publishers. The history of Florida has been inextricably linked to NASA since the Launch Operations Center was opened in the early 1960s.
Digital Aerospace Collection
The Digital Military Collection is an ongoing project to house, organize and preserve contemporary and historic military books, newspapers, periodicals, video and audio content.
Digital Military Collection
The Florida Digital Newspaper Library, hosted by the University of Florida Libraries, provides access to the news and history of Florida.
Florida Digital Newspaper Library
The Ralph Lowenstein Historical Jewish Newspapers Collection includes a range of periodicals representing over 300 titles from almost thirty countries, offering a glimpse into the Jewish press worldwide throughout the twentieth century. It illustrates a multitude of Jewish political, cultural, and economic voices and the religious, literary, and mundane interests of Jewish readers in various countries. The collection is not representative of the period's Jewish news publications; nevertheless, it introduces readers to the main trends of Jewish journalism in Europe, North and South America, and in Mandatory Palestine and Israel. Also included here is a digital sub-collection, the Price Library of Judaica Anniversary Collection, which was created as part of a pilot digitization project.
The University of Florida’s Digital LGBTQIA+ Collection consists of varied materials including bulletins, journals, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers, photographs and assorted ephemera published by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) organizations supporting the State of Florida’s LGBTQIA+ community.
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, is a long-term effort to provide permanent, free access to historic newspapers selected and digitized by NEH-funded awardees in the United States. This program was created to build upon the United States Newspaper Program (USNP), another NEH & Library of Congress sponsored program geared toward locating, cataloging, and preserving microfilm newspapers published in the U.S. from the 18th Century to present. The NDNP extends the usefulness of the USNP digitized assets by incorporating newspapers published from 1690-1963 into a national digital newspaper resource, Chronicling America, where the digitized pages are made available. Through this resource over 15 million newspaper pages have been made available thus far.
The University of Florida was one of the original NDNP awardees in 2005 when the program first started. Approximately 100,000 page
US Caribbean & Ethnic Florida Digital Newspaper Project
The 'Florida History and Heritage Collections' document Florida arts, culture, history, and society.
Florida History & Heritage Collections
Florida Law currently holds the Journal of the Florida House of Reprentatives and a Florida Water Law collection. Planned additions include the Laws of the Florida Territory and the Early Florida Constitutions, as well as a variety of general texts on Florida laws, the legislative process, and government.
Florida Law Collections
Florida Museum of Natural History
Historic and contemporary photographs visually document Florida and the University of Florida. This collaborative collection was created with content from several schools within the University of Florida, the Matheson Historical Center Collection, SWFLN, and many other smaller archives, libraries, and museums.
Florida Photograph Collections
The Historic St. Augustine collection contains primary source material including historic interpretation notes, architectural sketches, drawings, archaeological field reports, maps and photographs related to properties in the historic district. The majority of the material comes from the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board (HSAPB) block and lot files which were created with the intention to provide historical information and guide HSAPB administrators in the development and management of the colonial town and properties. The files were maintained and augmented over the years by each successive Preservation Board and housed within the Government House Library.
These materials will be of particular interest to those in architecture, museum studies, historic preservation and restoration, as well as to those interested in the history of St. Augustine.
Historic St. Augustine
These collection groups tell the stories of the people that lived in Florida and the cities they built.
Living in Florida: Its Cities and People
Digital collection of materials relating Michael V. Gannon, the noted historian, radio commentator, former priest, and emeritus professor of the University of Florida.
Michael Gannon Digital Collection
African Studies Collections support the past, ongoing, and future needs of the University of Florida's Center for African Studies, among the most active and highly regarded such teaching and research centers in the United States.
African Studies Collections
This collection is comprised of Albert Huet's WWI diary and other artifacts related to his time in the French army.
Albert Huet's WWI Documents
This digital collection draws from the Asian Studies Collections at the University of Florida, and includes rare resources on Chinese Art History.
The recent thawing of U.S./Cuba relations is a watershed moment and provides a unique opportunity for strategic collaborations involving the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí(BNJM). The University of Florida (UF Libraries) has expanded its historical collaboration with Cuban institutions by signing an agreement with the BNJM to create broad and deep open access to digital collections of Cuban Heritage materials. Under the 2016 agreement, the University of Florida and the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí have identified four major projects for the development and exchange of digital content from and about Cuba.
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
Digital Library of the Caribbean
European History Resources comprises resources digitized from the University of Florida's special and circulating collections pertaining to the history and cultures of Europe. The bulk of materials collected here document France and the Unit.
The Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) is a collaborative and cooperative digital library designed to preserve and provide wide access to Jewish heritage materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Modelled on the Digital Library of the Caribbean, JDoC provides a host site and portal for digitized versions of hidden and/or endangered Jewish cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
Jewish Diaspora Collection
The South American Collections relect deep intellectual coverage of South America in the University of Florida Libraries. For decades the Libraries have acquired books, journals, newspapers, maps and other materials in print and computer based formats covering all countries and cultures of the region. These holdings are primarily housed in the University's Latin American Collection, but also include important resources in the other units of the UF Libraries, such as the Science Library, Map & Imagery Library, the Art Library, and the Legal Information Center. Researchers can study a wide range of diverse topics including Southern Cone literature and politics, Andean indigenous societies, Brazil’s creative expressions, and South America’s vast natural resources. Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guianas are also very well represented.
South American Collections
The World Studies collections includes area studies outside of the United States, Florida, and the Caribbean.
World Studies Collections
University of Florida and Endowed Collections
Exhibits from the University of Florida and Partners
The General Manuscripts & Archives Collection contains selected materials from UF's Manuscripts & Archives that are not in their own discrete digital collection.
General Manuscripts & Archives
The Institutional Repository at the University of Florida is a collection of the University of Florida community's research, news, outreach, and educational materials.
Institutional Repository at the University of Florida (IR@UF)
Panama and the Canal is a rich collection of resources relating to the Panama Canal, the Canal Zone, and the Republic of Panama. The collection primarily includes materials from the University of Florida's Panama Canal Museum Collection, Latin American & Caribbean Collection, Map & Imagery Library, and government documents of the Panama Canal Commission and its predecessor agencies that are held in the Panama Canal Center of Excellence at UF.
Panama and the Canal
This collection holds materials from and related to former US Senator George A. Smathers, who was designated a Great Floridian by the State of Florida in 1994.
Papers of George A. Smathers
The Papers of Governor C. Farris Bryant cover the years 1942 to 1977, with an emphasis on the Florida Legislative, gubernatorial elections in 1956 and 1960, and his career in the Federal Office of Emergency Planning.
Papers of Governor C. Farris Bryant
Collection to house teacher resources, primarily lesson plans.
Teacher Resources Collection
The Health Science Center Archives is a unit associated with and containing historical materials from the six colleges in the Health Science Center as well as the Health Center administrative unit, the Vice President for Health Affairs, and the Health Center Library. The materials in these collections help describe the history of founding of the Center in the 1940s and 1950s and its opening in 1956. The collections include administrative records, copies of oral histories from founding members of
UF Health Science Archives Photograph Collections
The University of Florida Archives supports topical research on the history of the University. It is the custodian of the University's historically significant public records including the administrative files of its past presidents. The Archives also collects the papers and records of individuals and organizations associated with the University and maintains files of yearbooks, student publications, and official University documents.
The US Federal Document Digital Collections houses federal documents.
US Federal Document Digital Collections
Women in Development collects research on societal structures in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. These materials reflect the impact of women in rural and urban settings. They discuss issues of education, economic growth and legal rights among other topics.
Women in Development