About Florida Memory

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.

The Archives is part of the Division of Library and Information Services, which in addition to archival and records management services, provides a framework for statewide library initiatives and makes available the published and unpublished history of the state. The Division of Library and Information Services is one of seven divisions within the Florida Department of State.

In an effort to make its collections accessible to the largest possible audience, the State Library and Archives of Florida applied for grant funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to digitize select collections. The Florida Memory website resulted from LSTA grant funding.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Florida Memory Program is to provide free online access to select archival resources from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida. Florida Memory chooses materials for digitization that illuminate significant events and individuals in the state's history, and help educate Floridians and millions of other people around the world about Florida history and culture.



The six primary components of Florida Memory are:

  1. The Florida Photographic Collection: a searchable image database of 185,439 photographs. The collection spans a wide range of visual images from copies of mid-16th century maps to current photographs.
  2. Video Collection: a selection of over 160 full-length films from the Archives’ extensive catalog of moving images, including news, political footage, promotional films, interviews, sports coverage, and films produced by various state agencies.
  3. Audio Collection: a searchable database of 2,782 audio recordings (approximately 34,000 individual tracks), including the Florida Folklife Festival (1950s-2000s), thematic CDs featuring tracks from the collection, interviews, and ethnographic field recordings gathered by state folklorists.
  4. Collections: online access to over 310,000 digitized documents from selected historical and genealogical collections, including the Florida Folklife Collection, Spanish Land Grants, Confederate Pension Application Files and World War I Service Cards.
  5. Exhibits: historical essays accompanying digitized examples of documents held by the State Library and Archives, along with related visual materials.
  6. The Online Classroom: an educational resource for students and teachers with transcripts and scanned images of primary documents from Florida's past. Materials, lesson plans and online activities are tailored to meet the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.