The State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the records of Florida State Government. The Archives is mandated by law to collect, preserve, and make available for research the records of the State of Florida, as well as private manuscripts, local government records, photographs, and other materials that complement official State records.
Archives are a great resource to find out more information about a particular place, time and communities. They also are a great place to find primary sources. The Florida State Archives have primary source sets to help students and historians learn more about Florida’s history. Click here to explore those primary sources.
What is a primary source? “In historical research, primary sources are original written or physical items created in the time period being studied.”
To learn more about primary sources check out the University of Tampa’s Research Guide for Primary Sources.
The Florida State Archives provides the public with photograph collections, video and audio recordings, curated collections, exhibits and educational resources for teachers.
Want to use an image in your school project? No problem! Over 200,000 images in the Florida State Archive are copy-right free! Just make sure to give the State Archives of Florida credit in your paper or work.
Click Here to Check out the Florida State Archives
Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive was created to allow students and researchers the opportunity to search back through the Internet Archive’s digital collections.
Currently the Internet Archive has:
- 150 billion Web Pages that have been archived with their Way Back Machine.
- 240,000 Movies.
- 500,000 Audio Recordings including over 70,000 live concerts.
- 8,000,000 Texts & E-books.
- 1,600 Educational Items (Lectures, Classes and More!)
- 30,000 Software Items. (Game Emulators and More!)
The Value of Internet Libraries
Libraries are one of societies most valuable institutions. These institutions serve their communities with free access to information resources and serve as historians to record their communities cultural artifacts and history. What happens when your community is the internet?
Internet Libraries strive to preserve digital content that has been created and posted to the internet for research and scholarship. The Internet Archive in collaboration with the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian are working together to make sure these historically significant items do not disappear.
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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a FREE resource that stores over 11,581,302 information resources online.
These resources include photos, audio files, books, manuscripts and more from libraries and museums all over America.
Search the DPLA by using their map, browsing their curated exhibitions, searching by a specific date or year, and by doing a basic search in their library.
Click the picture below to start searching!