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State and Local Government Records

State government records 

The core of our collection is over 45,000 cubic feet of records that document the history, organization and functions of Florida’s territorial and state government from 1821 to present; its influence and impact upon the lives of its citizens; and the protection of their civil rights. These records:

  • Have enduring historical research value.
  • Provide a record of state agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches, including:
    • Gubernatorial records.
    • Legislative committee bill files.
    • Supreme Court case files.
    • Military records.
    • Florida Folklife Collection.
    • Florida Administrative Code records.
    • Records of cabinet officers and their departments.
    • State agency records.
  • Help ensure government transparency and accountability.
  • Document the rights of citizens and the responsibilities and limitations of government.

Local government records 

We maintain a small collection of original public records generated by local government agencies throughout the state, including records of probate proceedings, property tax records, election records and city and county commission records. 

While we do not actively collect such materials, we accept 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.

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.