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Learn more about University Archives and its collections.

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The University of Florida Archives was established in 1951 with the aim of preserving the university’s most significant administrative records. Sixty years after the opening of the Archives, the Office of Archives and Records Management was formed, integrating the Archives with records management services. In addition to administrative history, the Archives documents the university’s diverse student life, its achievements in inter-collegiate sports, and its contributions to applied and theoretical research. The Archives serves as a museum for campus memorabilia, as a library for university imprints, as an archive for sound, film, and video recordings, and as a repository for tens of thousands of historical images.

To help tell the unique story of the University of Florida, the University Archives preserves and documents the history of its various colleges, units, departments, and administrative functions. Included in such histories are correspondence and memoranda, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and agendas, and other documentation, including audio/visual materials. The University Archives also collects the administrative files of its presidents.

In addition to the history of the University’s administrative functions, the University Archives also collects the papers of significant faculty members, including their research files and personal papers to reflect on the University’s research and teaching mission over time.

The University Archives also seeks to document the student experience on campus, with an extensive collection of photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, newspapers, theses and dissertations, and records from student organizations. Each of these items documents the unique experiences of students as they navigated their lives on campus and are important items that help tell the University’s history.

To dive into the University of Florida’s history, start your research with our most frequently used resources, or explore our collections further by searching our finding aids, our film and video catalog, our digital collections, our digitized theses and dissertations, and our photograph collection. In addition, any print books or serial publications, including theses and dissertations that are not currently digitized, held by University Archives may be found by searching in the library’s catalog.