Sunday, March 07, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Florida

This is the tenth post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Florida

Florida Legacy - http://dig.tblc.org/dig/index2.html - "contains content digitized from the collections of Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) member libraries, including photographs, books, pamphlets, documents, and newspaper clippings. Fifteen participating libraries have contributed over 50,000 records, including over 5,000 digital images of visual materials."

Florida Memory Project - http://www.floridamemory.com/ - photographs and videos, documents highlighting Florida's history, folklife collection, Spanish Land Grants, WWI service cards, Florida Confederate pension application files, Florida's early constitutions, family papers, physician's journal, ephemera, and WPA stories

Florida on Florida: Florida Electronic Library - http://bibt10f-8.fcla.edu/cgi/b/bib/bib-idx -  "The materials in Florida On Florida come from collections held by libraries, archives, museums and historical societies throughout Florida." Contains a catalog of digital materials related to Florida; including maps, photographs, postcards, books, and manuscripts.

Central Florida Memory - http://www.cfmemory.org/ - over 80,000 images of historic materials, diaries and letters, maps, photographs, and postcards

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Florida International University Libraries Digital Resources - http://www.fiu.edu/~library/internet/index.html - biographical entries of the cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, Everglades Digital Library, and the Florida Heritage Collection

Florida Southern College McKay Archives Center Digital Collections - http://archives.flsouthern.edu/cdm4/about.php - photograph collection and student newspaper collection

Florida State University Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Treatises - http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/ETD-db/ETD-search/search - index only, data is not online; a place to look for papers written about your family, ancestral locations, or other subjects pertinent to your genealogy

Florida State University Libraries - http://fsu.catalog.fcla.edu/fs.jsp - use this online catalog to find city directories, histories, and more. Run a search, then chose "electronic resources" or "online resources" from the left-hand menu to access the digitized information

Stetson University duPont-Ball Library Digtial Collections - http://archives.stetson.edu:8888/ - photographs, postcards, memorabilia, plaques, yearbooks, E. Clay Shaw collection, and Stover Theatre Collection

University of Florida Digital Collections - http://ufdcweb1.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc/ - more than 100 outstanding digital collections, containing over 4 million pages of unique manuscripts and letters, antique maps, rare children's literature books, newspapers, historic photographs, oral histories, and more

University of Miami Libraries Digital Collections - http://www.library.miami.edu/specialcollections/collections/digital_resources_online_exhibits.html - journals, private papers, postcards, photographs, rare maps; subjects include slavery, Civil Rights, Greater Miami

University of North Florida, Tampa Thomas G. Carpenter Library Digital Resources - http://www.unf.edu/library/sc/digitalresources.html - "This online collection provides web access to rare and unique materials representing Florida's history, culture, arts, literature, and sciences. Our digitized items include significant resources from our local history and Personal Papers collections. Formats vary, ranging from print and textual materials to photographs and maps."

University of South Florida Libraries Digital Collections - http://guides.lib.usf.edu/content.php?pid=86148&sid=744352 - local and family history, African-American history, statewide history, oral histories, photographs, rare books and maps, and much more

University of West Florida Special Collections - http://fusionmx.lib.uwf.edu/archon/?p=digitallibrary/digitallibrary - scanned photographs and manuscripts

Publication of Archival, Library, and Museum Materials (PALMM) - http://palmm.fcla.edu/ - mega search engine; "a cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship." Includes Archives Florida, aerial photography, Big Cypress National Preserve Collection, Coral Gables Memory, Everglades Digital Library, Florida Heritage Collection, Florida Historical Legal Documents, Florida Historical Quarterly, Florida Voices, Koreshan State Historic Site Collection, Miami Metropolitan Archive, Mile Markers, Ringling Collection, Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps, Sanibel Island History, Textual Collections, Visual Collections, West Florida Photohistory, and much, much more!

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Alachua County Clerk's Probate Records Search - http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/CFDocs/anprobateent2.cfm

City of Hollywood Records and Archives Division - http://www.hollywoodfl.org/records_archives/ARC.asp?DeptN=ARC - searchable and browsable collections database, history, street names, transcription of 1935 State Census of Hollywood, child's story of 1926 hurricane

City of Lakeland Public Library - http://www.lakelandgov.net/library/oldspeccoll/home/index.htm - cityhistory, info and historic postcards about historic district, some photographs

Duval County Public Records Search - http://duvalclerk.com/oncoreweb/Search.aspx

Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc. - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flgss/ - tombstone transcriptions

Hillsborough County Public Library Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection - http://www.thpl.org/thpl/history/burgert/ - "presents a unique pictorial record of the commercial, residential and social growth of Tampa Bay and Florida's West coast from the late 1800s to the early 1960s."

Miami-Dade County Recorder's Official Record Search - http://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/Public-Records/ - search the record database (some probate files and estate death certificates) or view old plat book images (pre-1966)

Palm Beach County Public Records Search - http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/publicrecords.aspx

Pinellas County Genealogical Society Databases - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs/pgs-databases.htm?cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 - cemetery indexes, funeral home records, marriage records, yearbooks, bibile records, city directories, newspaper extracts, divorces, local family histories, surname indexes, society publication indexes

Pinellas County Public Records Database - https://pubtitles.co.pinellas.fl.us/login/login_nonsubscriber.jsp

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