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Florida Memory: An On-Line Resource Available To All

 Florida Memory: An On-Line Resource Available To All


As Florida enthusiasts, Florida Memory is definitely one of our favorite secret weapons. You may see some of our Authentic Florida social media posts and articles will credit “The State Archives of Florida” or if you follow us on Twitter, we retweet a lot of content provided by @FloridaMemory.  They also create wonderful calendars, so we wanted to make sure our Authentic Floridian family got first dibs on the 2019 Calendars. They are free, fun and oh so Florida!!! (scroll to the end of this article for more details)

Florida Memory provides free online access to historical documents, photographs, films and audio recordings from the State Library and Archives of Florida. Florida Memory digitizes materials that illuminate the Sunshine State’s history and culture. Just be forewarned, it’s easy to go into the site in search of one item and the next thing you know hours have gone by because you’ve happened upon so many interesting topics. 

The State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the records of Florida State Government. The Archives is mandated by law to collect, preserve, and make available for research the records of the State of Florida, as well as private manuscripts, local government records, photographs, and other materials that complement official State records.

Tourists receive orange juice at Welcome State (1977). State Library and Archives of Florida.

The Archives is part of the Division of Library and Information Services, which in addition to archival and records management services, provides a framework for statewide library initiatives and makes available the published and unpublished history of the state. The Division of Library and Information Services is one of seven divisions within the Florida Department of State.

In an effort to make its collections accessible to the largest possible audience, the State Library and Archives of Florida applied for grant funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to digitize select collections. The Florida Memory website resulted from LSTA grant funding.

The Elliot family on A1A in Palm Beach, Florida (1960). Photo courtesy of State Library and Archives of Florida.

The mission of the Florida Memory Program is to provide FREE online access to select archival resources from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida. Florida Memory chooses materials for digitization that illuminate significant events and individuals in the state’s history, and help educate Floridians and millions of other people around the world about Florida history and culture.

The six primary components of Florida Memory are:

1.  The Florida Photographic Collection: a searchable image database of 206,231 photographs. The collection spans a wide range of visual images from copies of mid-16th-century maps to current photographs.

.2.  Video Collection: a selection of over 311 full-length films from the Archives’ extensive catalog of moving images, including news, political footage, promotional films, interviews, sports coverage, and films produced by various state agencies.

3.  Audio Collection: a searchable database of 2,923 audio recordings (approximately 34,000 individual tracks), including the Florida Folklife Festival (1950s-2000s), thematic CDs featuring tracks from the collection, interviews, and ethnographic field recordings gathered by state folklorists.

4.  Collections: online access to over 310,000 digitized documents from selected historical and genealogical collections, including the Florida Folklife Collection, Spanish Land Grants, Confederate Pension Application Files and World War I Service Cards.

5.  Exhibits: historical essays accompanying digitized examples of documents held by the State Library and Archives, along with related visual materials.

6  .The Online Classroom: an educational resource for students and teachers with transcripts and scanned images of primary documents from Florida’s past. Materials, lesson plans and online activities are tailored to meet the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.


FREE 2018 Florida Memory Calendar!


The State Library & Archives Team is working on the 2019 Florida Memory calendar and they can’t wait for you to see it! This year, they’re collaborating with their friends at Fresh From Florida to bring you a calendar that will make your mouth water.

Sign up for your complimentary calendar TODAY using the link below. Calendars will be mailed at the end of the year FREE of charge.

Sign up for the 2019 Florida Memory calendar here: https://goo.gl/forms/0Ye67J9i2BCzc2G53  

Official Website: http://floridamemory.com

 To receive Authentic Florida’s free weekly ENEWs, sign up on our Authentic Florida home page or email us at melanie@authenticflorida.com.

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