State History Collections
Special Collections maintains a number of archival collections and records documenting the state’s history. Many of the collections below are supplemented and complemented by related departmental collections, including monographic and serial items.
Hampton Dunn Collection
Extent: 247.5 linear feet (327 boxes)
Description: Journalist, author and historian Henry Hampton Dunn authored numerous books and articles related to Florida history, politics and culture. The Hampton Dunn collection is comprised of a number of Dunn’s writings as well as photographs, postcards, brochures and related materials that detail Florida’s rich history.
Florida Humanities Council Records
Extent: 72 linear feet (144 boxes)
Description: The Florida Humanities Council supports research projects dedicated to preserving the state’s history and heritage. The Council supports grants, teacher’s programs, cultural tours and a speakers bureau. The records maintained by Special Collections include organizational papers and past grant applications.
Visit the Florida Humanities Council’s website at http://www.flahum.org/ »
Florida Library Association Records
Extent: 84 linear feet
Description:The Florida Library Association (FLA) serves to provide leadership, educational opportunities and guidance for Florida’s libraries and library workers. Records include papers of past FLA presidents, board and committee documents, conference programs, legislative actions and newsletters.
Visit the Florida Library Association’s website at http://www.flalib.org »
Florida Restaurant Menus Collection
Stetson Kennedy Collection
Extent: 40 linear feet
Description: Stetson Kennedy (1916- ) is a prolific author and iconic figure in Florida history. He is founder and president of the Florida Folklore Society and also a member of International League for the Rights of Man, International Organization of Journalists, International Institute of Arts and Letters (Geneva), International Platform Association, Junta de Cultura Espanola, Cercle Culturelle de Royaumont (Paris), American Newspaper Guild and American Historical Society. Kennedy is also known for infiltrating and exposing the Ku Klux Klan and his accounting of these events in the books I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan (1954) and The Klan Unmasked (1990). The collection contains correspondence, documents relating to the Ku Klux Klan, photographs, ephemera, articles, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, audio cassettes and VHS tapes.
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