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Archives Mission Statement

The State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the archives of state government.

In the broadest sense, our purpose is to preserve and make available to the public the permanent historical public and private records of Florida in our custody.

Florida's historical records are among the most important historical and cultural resources belonging to the people of Florida.

These unique, irreplaceable records are essential to:

  • Ensuring the rights of citizens and organizations.
  • Understanding the responsibilities and limitations of government.

Florida’s historical records:

  • Offer insight into our diverse heritage and history.
  • Provide government officials the perspective they need to manage responsibly.
  • Supply valuable information for historians, genealogists, teachers and students from across the state and beyond.

Section 257.35, Florida Statutes, mandates and authorizes the State Archives of Florida to:

  • Accept, arrange and preserve records and manuscripts transferred to its custody.
  • Provide a public research room where the materials may be studied.
  • Promote and encourage research in Florida history.
  • Assist government agencies, libraries, institutions and individuals in preserving and making available those records deemed archival and/or historical.
  • Publish guides, indexes or any other publications that further the knowledge of Florida history.



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.