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Discover Florida Resources


The Florida Memory Project

Florida Memory is a digital outreach program providing free online access to select archival resources from collections housed in the State Library and Archives of Florida. Florida Memory digitizes materials that illuminate the state's history and culture.

A Mermaid's Tale

Nancy with her mermaid tail, was photographed during promotion for Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, 1948.


When Disney Came to Florida

A view of Cinderella’s Castle, one of the hallmark features of Disney’s Magic Kingdom (circa 1970s).

Portrait of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés (1565)

The Fountain of Youth

Portrait of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés (1565)

A Grand Florida Friendship: Edison and Ford

Pictured (left to right) are Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Henry Ford in Fort Myers, 1913

Map showing the grand vision for Addison Mizner’s development project at Boca Raton

The Boom and Bust in Boca Raton

Map showing the grand vision for Addison Mizner’s development project at Boca Raton

Under the Spring

Rainbow Springs 'Submarine Boat'

Civil War Letters Home: Roderick Gospero Shaw

Roderick Gospero Shaw (circa 1861).

Daytona Beach and the Earliest Days of Aviation in Florida

Charles K. Hamilton flying a glider designed and constructed by Israel Ludlow of New York over Ormond and Daytona beaches (1906).

History Beneath the Waves

The so-called “black gang” of the USS Massachusetts, nicknamed for their blackened faces and clothing resulting from long days shoveling coal in the ship’s boiler room (circa 1918).

Old Sparky's Rough Start: The Story of Jim Williams

Old Sparky at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, FL. c.1936. Photograph by Jack Spottswood.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

View of the new cathedral and bell tower (circa 1910).