Florida Research Facilities
Prices of admission ( if listed) are as of August 2003.
Subject to change.
Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 (954) 625-2800 Email:
Serves as a research library and cultural center for scholars, students
and the general public, and contains more than 75,000 books, documents,
artifacts and related materials that focus on the experiences of people
descent. Local history is a cornerstone of the available resources. The
auditorium and exhibit areas provide a forum to exchange ideas and
and to promote an understanding and appreciation of the contributions
persons of African descent. The 60,000 square foot library opened on
500 S. Bronough Street, R.A. Gray Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250,
(850) 245-6600 Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm Mon through Fri 9:30 am to 3:30
(excluding holiday weekends)
The Archives maintains a collection of nearly 40,000 cubic feet of
records of state and local government, as well as papers of private
families, businesses, and organizations. It also administers the
Photographic Collection of approximately 800,000 images and a
Collection of more than 10,000 books, 200 CD's, and 15,000 microfilm
- University of Florida, Smathers Libraries
P. O. Box 117007, Gainesville, FL 32611-7001 (352) 392-9075, ext. 306
Library hours are too extensive to print here, but can be found at
their web site. They have a very unusual collection of British
documents including “parish registers.” They have
many volumes of the state archive series for Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
and Maryland. Also, allow some time for their
Special and Area Studies Collections. The P.K. Younge Florida history
is one of the best in Florida.
Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida
851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland, Florida 32794, Phone - (407)
628-0555 Hours: Mon-Thur 9 am-4 pm; Fri 9 am-1 pm; Sun 1 pm-4 pm
The Holocaust Memorial Center Library has a collection of over 5,000
volumes and over 500 videotapes. Holocaust books are in the majority;
related subjects include Anti-Semitism and racism, Jewish - Christian
relations, Jewish history and more. A Juvenile section is included. A
vertical file is available for the use of students and researchers.
Oral histories of Holocaust survivors and liberators are included in
the video collection. In the archival collection are Yiskor (memorial)
books and numerous artifacts from the Holocaust donated to the
Holocaust Memorial Center. Reference shelves include Holocaust
Encyclopedias, volumes of documentary material from Yad Vashem, Art
books and rare volumes.
County Main Library
Julian W. Lowenstein Florida History & Genealogy Department,
1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960, Phone: (772) 770-5060
x108Hours: Mon-Thur 10 am-8 pm; Fri 10am-5 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm; Sun 1-6
Approximately 4000 square feet of room space includes over 20,000
titles, 35,000 microfiche, 9,000 microfilm and 9 computers that use
over 250 CD-ROM's and has access to all major genealogy Internet
subscriptions. All U.S. census from 1790-1930 is available in a variety
offormats. In addition, many special collections are available such as
Corbin of Massachusetts, Barbour and Hale of Connecticut, Rev. Joseph
Turner Brown of DelMarVa (Delaware, Maryland
& Virginia), Father Loiselle marriage indexes of Quebec, and
Crawn Collection of New Jersey.
Public Library, Genealogy Department
122 N. Ocean Street Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-2665
Hours: Mon - Thur 9am-8pm; Fri - Sat 9am-6pm; Sun * 1pm-6pm * except
April 20, May 11 & 25, August 31.
Jacksonville Public Library's Genealogy Collection, located on the
first floor of the Main Library, houses genealogy materials relating to
the Southeastern United States, with particular emphasis on
Jacksonville and Duval County, including census rolls, family histories
and other resources. Includes reference materials for the original
- The Southern Genealogical Society Library
6215 Sauterne Drive, Jacksonville, Fl 32210 Telephone:
904-778-1000. Hours 10am-3pm every Wednesday &
the first and third Saturday of each month. This is
located in a home built in the 60s.
Visitors are always welcome to browse through the over 6,000 books and
periodicals. You can research the entire U.S. and some
countries. Many family trees have been documented and placed
within our library.
are on hand to point you in the right direction and answer your
questions. There is a
donation jar for non-members use of the library.
Public Library, Special Collections
101 W. Flagler Street, Miami Florida 33130 (305) 375-5580 Library
Hours: Mon Sat 9:00 - 6:00 pm Thur 9:00 am-9:00 pm Suns 1:00
pm-5:00 pm (October-May only)
A complete collection of the U.S. Census for all states and for all
available years is housed in this extensive reference department. Other
microfilm holdings include the U.S. City Directories covering major
from 1860 through 1935, & immigration lists. The book
the Eastern and Atlantic States.
County Regional History Center
65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801. Phone: (407) 836-8500,
Toll Free: (800) 965-2030
Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun - Noon - 5 pm Open Daily except
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New
Year's Day. Admission: $7.00 Adult; $6.50 Seniors (60+) and Students;
$3.50 Children (3-12); Free Children under age 3. Located in downtown
Orlando, one block west of the
Orange County Public Library.
County Public Library
101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801, (407) 835-7323
It has one of the finest genealogical collections in the Southeast. The
collection was started in 1923. In 1929, the Library became the
of the Florida State Society of the Daughters of the American
The genealogy collection contains more than 25,000 books and bound
10,000 microfiche and over 15,000 reels of microfilm. They have the
federal census from 1790-1930 on microfilm, Passenger List indices for
Boston, Galveston, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia and special
such as Barbour (CT), Boston Transcripts, Massachusetts Indexes to
marriage and death (1841-1895), Draper Manuscripts (southern states),
Papers of Florida, and the American Slave.
Polk Co. Historical & Genealogical Library
Historic Courthouse - 100 East Main Street, Bartow, FL 3830 Telephone:
(863) 534-4380, Hours: 9:00 am -5:00 pm Tue-Sat
Article on the Library
Library contains 12,800 books, manuscripts and typescripts and over
7000 microfilm on southeastern states. Complete census is available for
of the southern states from the earliest start date to 1930. They have
1500 compiled family histories and a large collection of Civil War
publications. This library has three floors of space and is housed in
the old Polk County Courthouse where the Polk County historical museum
is also located.
College Olin Library Archives and Special Collection
1000 Holt Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 646-2421 Mon-Thu
8am-12am; Fri 8am-6pm; Sat9am-6pm; Sun11a-12am
Owns microfilm of British and American Historical collections.
Excellent repository for central Florida historical resources.
4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816, (407) 823-2562 / (866)
Open from 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri and is located on the 5th Floor of the
Library, Room 501. (407) 823-2576, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.West
Indies Collection has over 1,800 books and periodicals on the history,
and social life of the West Indies and the Caribbean area. Thomas
& Georginne Mickler collection contains books, pamphlets, maps,
and ephemera covering many topics related to Florida’s
history and development. Other UCF sources include: Draper manuscript
collection on microfilm, U.S. Serial Set 1789- Pres., Index of Patents,
1842-Pres., Florida Sanborne Fire Insurance Maps, African American
Biographical Database, Index to Early American Periodicals (1741-1935).
More information: http://library.ucf.edu/GovDocs/genealogy.htm
Built Museum of African American History and Culture
511 West South Street, Orlando, FL 32805 Mon to Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Office: (407) 245-7535
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the
Wells’ Built Museum opened in December 2000. Doctor William
M. Wells, one of Orlando’s early
African American physicians, constructed the building, formerly the
Built Hotel, in 1929.
This page updated Feb 16, 2014