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State Archives

Local government records

The Archives maintains a small collection of original public records generated by local government agencies throughout the State, including probate, tax, voting and commission records of city, town and county agencies. While the Archives does not actively collect such materials, it accepts historically significant local records that are in imminent danger of destruction or that complement other items already in the Archives. A large collection of microfilmed county tax, deed, marriage, probate, and some birth and naturalization records are of particular value to patrons engaged in genealogical research.

Florida Photographic Collection

Approximately 1.5 million still images and over 7,000 movies and video tapes comprise the Florida Photographic Collection. It is a nationally recognized component of the State Archives of Florida and the largest and most comprehensive collection of Florida-related images in existence. The Photographic Collection visually documents the people, places, and events that have contributed to the State's history and development from the mid-15th century  to the present. The earliest items in the collection are copies of colonial-era maps and prints, while photographic documentation begins from the middle of the 19th century. The earliest photograph dates back to 1845. In addition, the Photographic Collection's films and videos date from 1916 to the present. The Photographic Collection has the capability to make prints or high resolution scans of most of the images in the collection and to reproduce many of the videos.

The Florida Photographic Collection strives to document Florida's history through a comprehensive array of still and moving images. This goal is being realized through an ongoing collection program that is dependent upon public awareness and participation for support. Most of the holdings in the collection have been obtained singly or in small groups. Together they form the most complete visual portrait of Florida - one that draws its strength from family photographs depicting the homes of Floridians, their work, and their pastimes. If you have a photograph, postcard, or other photographic image that depicts any facet of Florida history, please contact the Archives.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.