The State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the Florida State Government. The Archives is mandated by law to collect, preserve and make available for public 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 falls within 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management services, provides a framework for statewide library initiatives and makes available the published and unpublished documentary history of the state.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 the LSTA grant funding.
The mission of Florida Memory is to provide online access to archival resources housed in the State Library and Archives that illustrate significant moments in the state's history, offer educational resources for students of all ages, and make available collections for historical research.
The six primary components of Florida Memory are: