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Photo Exhibits

Photo exhibits spotlight various topics in Florida history, and are accompanied by brief text intended to place selected materials in historical context.

Alligators in the Backyard

Alligators in the Backyard

Alligators can be found throughout Florida's popular culture, from tourist attractions and alligator wrestlers to postcards and team mascots.

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Florida Archaeology: Studying and Exploring 12,000 Years of Floridians

Florida Archaeology: Studying and Exploring 12,000 Years of Floridians

In celebration of Florida Archaeology Month, this exhibit showcases images of the archaeological resources throughout the state.

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Baseball in Florida

Baseball in Florida

From Joe DiMaggio to the All American Girls Baseball League, this exhibit from the State Archives of Florida features historic baseball images from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Images of Florida's Black History

Images of Florida's Black History

Here are just a few of the many images depicting the history of African Americans in Florida.

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Bob Graham's Workdays

Bob Graham's Workdays

In 1977, Bob Graham announced he would experience the lives of ordinary Floridians firsthand by working their jobs.

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Florida During the Bush Years

Florida During the Bush Years

Governor Jeb Bush was elected Florida's 43rd Governor in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002.

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Florida Cattle Ranching

Florida Cattle Ranching

Florida has the longest history of ranching of any state in the United States. This exhibit celebrates that long history and the continuing importance of cattle and ranching to the Florida economy and culture.

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Florida Cigars: Artistry, Labor, and Politics in Florida's Oldest Industry

Florida Cigars: Artistry, Labor, and Politics in Florida's Oldest Industry

Commercial cigar rolling first came to Florida in the 1830s and in the decades after the Civil War it became one of the most important industries in the southeastern United States.

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Racism and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Florida

Racism and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Florida

This exhibit of images from the Florida Memory Photographic Collection illustrates a brief history of racism and the struggle for civil rights in Florida.

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"Conch Town": A Photographic Exhibit from the Florida Art Project, WPA

"Conch Town": A Photographic Exhibit from the Florida Art Project, WPA

Images and documents from a 1939 photo exhibit by the Florida Art Project of the WPA on the Conchs (Bahamian immigrants) of Riviera Beach, Florida.

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Daguerreotype to Digital: A Brief History of the Photographic Process

Daguerreotype to Digital: A Brief History of the Photographic Process

Photography was one of the most important inventions of the nineteenth century.

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Dale Mabry Field: From Army Air Base to College Campus, 1929-1948

Dale Mabry Field: From Army Air Base to College Campus, 1929-1948

In 1945, administrators asked returning veterans if they would be willing to attend classes at Florida State College for Women (FSCW) in Tallahassee, if the college provided adequate housing, transportation, and instruction.

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The Everglades in the Time of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The Everglades in the Time of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Photographs documenting the nature, culture, development, and conservation of the Florida Everglades.

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Florida Flights of Fancy

Florida Flights of Fancy

Since shortly after the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Florida has attracted entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors, not to mention the U.S. military and scientists, interested in the possibilities of flight.

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Folklife Postcards

Folklife Postcards

Contact the State Archives of Florida to request a complimentary set of eleven folklife postcards.

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Golf in the Sunshine State

Golf in the Sunshine State

Florida's sunny climate and flat terrain made for a perfect terrain for golfers.

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Gridiron Culture in the Sunshine State

Gridiron Culture in the Sunshine State

This photographic exhibit highlights some of the earliest teams in the state of Florida, the origins of in-state rivalries, and the development of big time college football in the Sunshine State.

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The Grove

The Grove

Richard Keith Call, future governor of Florida, built the home known as The Grove near the newly established territorial capital of Florida.

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Portraits of African Americans from the Alvan S. Harper Collection (1884-1910)

Portraits of African Americans from the Alvan S. Harper Collection (1884-1910)

The Alvan S. Harper collection consists of the surviving glass negatives of noted portrait photographer Alvan S. Harper.

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Historic Hurricane Photos

Historic Hurricane Photos

Selected images from 1896 through 2005.

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Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901

Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901

Jacksonville's Great Fire of 1901 was the largest metropolitan fire in the American South

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View Key West — the Dale M. McDonald Exhibit

View Key West — the Dale M. McDonald Exhibit

Businesses, boating events, attractions, community events, landscapes, residences, and street scenes in Key West.

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Zephaniah and Anna Kingsley Plantation

Zephaniah and Anna Kingsley Plantation

Zephaniah Kingsley moved to Ft. George Island in 1810.

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Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. (1926-2011)

Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. (1926-2011)

In 1967, Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. became the first Republican Governor of Florida since 1872.

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Florida Laughing

Florida Laughing

Florida Memory presents images of joy and fun from our state's historic records in celebration of World Laughter Day.

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Migrant Workers During the Great Depression in Florida

Migrant Workers During the Great Depression in Florida

These images were created by the New Deal program, the Farm Security Administration in order to document the hardships of farm workers during the Great Depression.

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Movies in Florida

Movies in Florida

Once referred to as Hollywood East, Florida has been the location for countless films from the 1910s through to the modern era.

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NASA Turns 50

NASA Turns 50

Although Florida, the state of sunshine and beaches, swamps and alligators, was already home to Cold War-era missile sites, the dawn of the space age would bring dramatic changes to the state's economy, landscape, and culture.

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Pets with a Florida Flair

Pets with a Florida Flair

From dogs and cats, to fawns, monkeys and macaws, Floridians have shared their lives with their animal friends.

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Plantation Culture: Land and Labor in Florida History

Plantation Culture: Land and Labor in Florida History

This exhibit presents images that illustrate the changing nature of social relations on large estates throughout Florida's history. The text provides a brief overview of changes in labor and land use in Florida from the arrival of Europeans and Africans to the present.

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Roadside Attractions in Florida: Tourism and Spectacle Before Disney

Roadside Attractions in Florida: Tourism and Spectacle Before Disney

Starting in the late 19th century, tourists travelled to Florida to see lush gardens, to peer through glass bottom boats, to see mermaids, and to interact with the exotic environment.

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Roxcy Bolton: A Force for Equality

Roxcy Bolton: A Force for Equality

An exhibit of items from the Roxcy Bolton papers at the State Archives of Florida.

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Images of Florida Seminoles in the Sunshine State

Images of Florida Seminoles in the Sunshine State

These images give only a brief insight into the vibrant culture and complex history of the Seminole Peoples of Florida.

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Spanish-American War

Spanish-American War

In 1898 national attention focused on Florida as the Spanish-American War began. The port city of Tampa served as the primary staging area for U.S. troops bound for the war in Cuba.

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Spanish Architecture in Florida

Spanish Architecture in Florida

The evidence of 500 years of Spanish heritage is clear in Florida's past and present architecture.

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Tin Can Tourism

Tin Can Tourism

After the completion of the Dixie Highway from Montreal to Miami in 1915, the number of automobile tourists increased dramatically every year.

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Tracks Toward the Future: Scenes from Florida's Railroad History

Tracks Toward the Future: Scenes from Florida's Railroad History

Railroads opened Florida to new industry, expanded the tourist economy, and allowed for rapid development of residential and commercial areas.

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Winter Holidays in the Sunshine

Winter Holidays in the Sunshine

For Florida residents, winter was a time of holidays, family celebrations, and -sometimes- cold weather.

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Images of Women's History in Florida

Images of Women's History in Florida

Here are just a few of the many images depicting the history of women in Florida.

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Women Who Serve

Women Who Serve

This exhibit recognizes women in Florida who have served the state in numerous ways over the generations, from military service to medical care to law enforcement to fire and rescue services.

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Yamato Colony

Yamato Colony

Yamato was a farming community in South Florida founded by Japanese immigrant Jo Sakai in 1905.

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