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Highlights of Florida History

Highlights of Florida History provides images of historically significant documents from the State Library and Archives of Florida's collections. These documents represent some of the formative events in Florida history and offer an important resource to researchers and students.

 
First Spanish Period to Early Statehood  
     
  St. Augustine Map, 1589   St. Augustine Map, 1589
From: Baptista Boazio, Saint Augustine Map, 1589 (Collection M81-21).
       
Spanish Land Grant Claim Survey Map, ca. 1818   Spanish Land Grant Claim Survey Map, ca. 1818
From: United States Board of Land Commissioners, Confirmed Spanish Land Grant Claims, 1763-1821 (Series S 990, Box 35).
       
  Territorial Governor DuVal's Message to Legislative Council, 1822   Territorial Governor DuVal's Message to Legislative Council, 1822
From: Territorial Legislative Council Unicameral Period Records, 1822-1838 (Series S 876).
       
  First Act of the Territorial Legislature, 1822   First Act of the Territorial Legislature, 1822
From: Acts of the Territorial Legislature and Acts of the Legislature, 1822-Present (Series S 222).
       
  H. Lee (Henry Lee IV) to Judge Woodward (Augustus Brevoort Woodward) September 15, 1824.   H. Lee (Henry Lee IV) to Judge Woodward (Augustus Brevoort Woodward) September 15, 1824
From: Florida Supreme Court case files (Series 49, Wallet 774).
       
  1826 Leon County Election Return   1826 Leon County Election Return
From: Office of Secretary of State, Election Returns by County, 1824-1926 (Series S 21, Box 24, FF 1).
       
  Letter of Complaint on the Awarding of the Contract to Build Florida’s Second Capitol Building, 1828  

Letter of Complaint on the Awarding of the Contract to Build Florida’s Second Capitol Building, 1828

From: Secretary of State, Territorial and Early Statehood Records, 1821-1878 (Series S 2153).

       
  Harriet Randolph Letter   Harriet Randolph Letter
From: Randolph Family, Papers, 1829-1978 Correspondence Transcribed/Dated (with originals) (Collection M75-86, Box 1, FF3).
       
  Daniel H. Wiggins 1838 Diary Entry   Daniel H. Wiggins 1838 Diary Entry
From: Wiggins, Daniel H., Diaries 1816-1834, 1838-1841, 1862 (Collection M89-32, Box 1).
       
  Act Establishing Florida Statehood, 1845   Act Establishing Florida Statehood, 1845
From: An Act For The Admission of the States of Iowa and Florida Into the Union, 1845 (Collection M81-22).
       
  Petition to Establish the East Florida Seminary in Alachua County, 1852   Petition to Establish the East Florida Seminary in Alachua County, 1852
From: Secretary of State, Territorial and Early Statehood Records, 1821-1878 (Series S 2153).
       
  B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby to Governor Thomas Brown, February 25, 1853; Governor Thomas Brown to B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby, March 9, 1853   B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby to Governor Thomas Brown, February 25, 1853; Governor Thomas Brown to B.A. Vaughan, T.S. Rogers, and T.B. Goldsby, March 9, 1853
From: Secretary of State, Territorial and Early Statehood Records, 1821-1878 (Series S 2153).
       
  Letter Concerning the Outbreak of Hostilities in the Third Seminole War, 1856   Letter Concerning the Outbreak of Hostilities in the Third Seminole War, 1856
From: Governor (1853-1857 : Broome), Correspondence, 1853-1857, Box 2, Folder 3, Indian and Military Affairs (Series 777).
     
  Alachua County Returns for Presidential Election of 1860   Alachua County Returns for Presidential Election of 1860
From: Office of Secretary of State, Election Returns by County, 1824-1926 (Series S 21).
 
Civil War Period
       
  Contract for Sale of Slaves Contract for Sale of Slaves
From: Elliot Family, Papers, 1851-1957 (Collection M86-38, Box 1).
       
  Civil War Letter to Governor Call, 1860   Civil War Letter to Governor Call, 1860
From: Call, R. K. (Richard Keith), 1792-1862 (Collection M84-16).
       
  Muster Roll of Fernandina Volunteers, c. 1860-1861   Muster Roll of Fernandina Volunteers, c. 1860-1861
From: Division of Recreation and Parks, Fort Clinch Exhibit Materials, 1765, 1820-1940 (Series S 1319, Box 1).
     
  Ordinance of Secession, 1861   Ordinance of Secession, 1861
From: Florida Convention of the People, Ordinance of Secession, 1861 (Series S 972).
       
  Report on the Dismantling of Florida Lighthouses Upon the Outbreak of the Civil War, 1861   Report on the Dismantling of Florida Lighthouses Upon the Outbreak of the Civil War, 1861
From: Florida Governor, State Governors' Incoming Correspondence, 1857-1888 (Series S 577, Box 1, FF 8).
       
  Notice of Robert E. Lee's Assignment to Command of Confederate Forces on the Coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, 186   Notice of Robert E. Lee's Assignment to Command of Confederate Forces on the Coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, 1861
From: Governor, State Governors' Incoming Correspondence, 1857-1888 (Series S 577, Box 1, FF 10).
       
  Proposal to Develop a Multiple Barrel Machine Gun, 1861   Proposal to Develop a Multiple Barrel Machine Gun, 1861
From: Governor, State Governors' Incoming Correspondence, 1857-1888 (Series S 577, Box 1, FF 8).
       
  Presentation of Confederate Battleflag to Family of Colonel George T. Ward, 1862   Presentation of Confederate Battleflag to Family of Colonel George T. Ward, 1862
From: Governor, State Governors' Incoming Correspondence, 1857-1888 (Series S 577, Box 1, FF 15).
       
  Letter Describing Florida Brigade's Retreat from Gettysburg, 1863   Letter Describing Florida Brigade's Retreat from Gettysburg, 1863
From: Bryan, Council A., Papers, 1862-1902 (Collection M87-35, Box 1).
       
  Letters Relating to the Civil War Service of William T. Stockton   Letters Relating to the Civil War Service of William T. Stockton
From: Stockton, William Tennent, Papers 1845-1869 (Collection M88-21, Box 1).
       
  Letter on the End of the Civil War in Florida, 1865   Letter on the End of the Civil War in Florida, 1865
From: Fletcher, Zabud, Family Papers, 1835-1870 (Collection M90-15, Box 1).
       
  Jefferson County, Florida Freedmens' Contract, 1867   Jefferson County, Florida Freedmens' Contract, 1867
From: Circuit Court (2nd Circuit: Jefferson County), Miscellaneous Court Records, ca. 1828-1955 (L 346, Box 12).
 
Reconstruction to Progressive Era
       
  Letters Relating to the Efforts to Impeach Governor Harrison Reed During the Reconstruction Era, 1868-1872 Letters Relating to the Efforts to Impeach Governor Harrison Reed During the Reconstruction Era, 1868-1872
From: Governor, State Governors' Incoming Correspondence, 1857-1888 (Series S 577).
       
  Henry S. Sanford Letter to Governor Drew Concerning the Election of 1876, February 18, 1877   Henry S. Sanford Letter to Governor Drew Concerning the Election of 1876, February 18, 1877
From: Governor Drew Family Papers, 1856-1999, (Collection M82-8).
       
  Steamboat Company Documents, 1885, 1887   Steamboat Company Documents, 1885, 1887
From: Hart, Hubbard L., Papers, 1850-1918 (Collection M81-7, Box 1, FF 7).
       
  Confederate Pension Claim Applications, 1888-1909   Confederate Pension Claim Applications, 1888-1909
From: State Board of Pensions, Confederate Pension Files, 1885-1954 (Series S 587).
       
  Last Letter of Governor George Franklin Drew   Last Letter of Governor George Franklin Drew
From: Drew Family, Papers 1856-1999 (Collection M82-8, Box 2, FF 8).
       
  Letters Concerning Spanish Spies in Florida During the Spanish American War, 1898   Letters Concerning Spanish Spies in Florida During the Spanish American War, 1898
From: Governor Bloxham, Correspondence, 1897-1901 (Series S578); and Governor, Territorial and State Governors' Letterbooks, 1836-1909 (Series S 32).
       
  Minutes of Magdalene Union, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1905   Minutes of Magdalene Union, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1905
From: Woman's Christian Temperance Union (Tampa, Fla.), Records, 1905-1922 (Collection M89-7, Box 1).
       
  An Act to Remove the Remains of Ponce de Leon to Florida, 1907   An Act to Remove the Remains of Ponce de Leon to Florida, 1907
From: Acts of the Territorial and State Legislatures, 1822 to Present,(Series 222).
       
  Letter to Joseph E. Lee Concerning the Florida Gubernatorial Election of 1916   Letter to Joseph E. Lee Concerning the Florida Gubernatorial Election of 1916
From: Lee, Joseph E., Papers, 1876-1920 (Collection M86-27, Box 3).
 
World War I to the Depression
       
  World War I "National Crisis Day" Proclamation, 1917 World War I "National Crisis Day" Proclamation, 1917
From: Division of Elections, Proclamations and Executive Orders, 1845-1995 (Series S 13, Volume 15).
     
  Florida 1st Infantry World War I Poster, 1917   Florida 1st Infantry World War I Poster, 1917
From: World War I Poster, 1917 (Collection M89-33).
       
  World War I Letter Describing Armistice Day   World War I Letter Describing Armistice Day
From: Drew Family, Papers 1856-1999 (Collection M82-8, Box 12, FF 1).
     
  The United States recognizes the swastika flag as the official flag of Germany, September 1935   The United States Recognizes the Swastika Flag as the Official Flag of Germany, September 1935
From: Governor (1933-1937: Sholtz), Correspondence, 1933-1937, Series S 278
       
  Pre-Natal Care Health Poster, 1940s   Pre-Natal Care Health Poster, 1940s
From: State Board of Health, Bureau of Health Education, Printed Matter, 1940-1949 (Series S 908).
 
World War II to the Present
       
  Captain Colin P. Kelly Captain Colin P. Kelly
From: Governor (1941-1945: Holland), Correspondence, 1941-1945 (Series S 406, Box 63, FF 9).
       
  Midwifery   Midwifery
From: State Board of Health, Midwife Program Files, 1924-1975 (Series S 904 Box 1, FF6, FF2).
       
  Blackout orders for Palm Beach, Florida   Blackout orders for Palm Beach, Florida
From: State Defense Council, Subject Files, 1940-1946, Holland, Spessard L. - Governor (1942) (Series S 419, Box 25).
       
  Office of War Information Document on Rationing   Office of War Information Document on Rationing
From: State Defense Council, Subject Files, 1940-1946, Rationing Board, Local (Series S 419, Box 41).
     
  World War II Posters, ca. 1942-1944   World War II Posters, ca. 1942-1944
From: State Defense Council, Posters, ca. 1942-1944 (Series S 1205).
       
  Blanding, Albert Hazan, 1876-1970   Blanding, Albert Hazan, 1876-1970
From: Blanding, Albert Hazan, Papers, 1917-1958, Correspondence (incoming) - 1919-1958 (Collection M87-46, Box 1).
       
  Governor Millard F. Caldwell Telegram Dated August 13, 1945, Urging President Harry S. Truman Not to Accept Anything Less than the Unconditional Surrender of Japan; Truman’s Note of Reply Dated August 14, 1945, the Day Japan Agreed to Surrender   Governor Millard F. Caldwell Telegram Dated August 13, 1945, Urging President Harry S. Truman Not to Accept Anything Less than the Unconditional Surrender of Japan; Trumanís Note of Reply Dated August 14, 1945, the Day Japan Agreed to Surrender
From: (From: Governor Caldwell (1945-1949) Correspondence, Series 576).
       
  V-J Day proclamation, 1945   V-J Day Proclamation, 1945
From: Division of Elections, Proclamations and Executive Orders, 1845-1995 (Series S 13, Volume 15).
       
  Rev. C.K. Steele, Gov. LeRoy Collins, and the 1956 Bus Boycott   Rev. C.K. Steele, Gov. LeRoy Collins, and the 1956 Bus Boycott
From: Governor (1955-1961: Collins), Correspondence, 1955-1961 (Series S 776, Box 33).
       
  Interposition Resolution in response to Brown v. Board of Education, 1957   Interposition Resolution in Response to Brown v. Board of Education, 1957
From: Acts of the Territorial Legislature and Acts of the Legislature, 1822-Present (Series S 222).
       
  Gideon v. Wainwright   Gideon v. Wainwright
From: Florida Supreme Court case files (S. 49, Box 2780, Case 31116).
     
  Reports of Investigators on Meetings of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Ku Klux Klan   Reports of Investigators on Meetings of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Ku Klux Klan
From: Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, Records, 1954-1965 (Series S 1486, Box 1, FF 6).
       
  Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment by the Florida Legislature, 1969   Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment by the Florida Legislature, 1969
From: Acts of the Territorial Legislature and Acts of the Legislature 1822-Present (Series S 222).
       
  Equal Rights Amendment   Equal Rights Amendment
From: Smathers, Bruce A., Papers, 1970-1974, (Collection M75-93, Box 16)/ Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, Records, 1974-1985 (Series S 79, Box 5).
       
   

Governor Charlie Crist's Clemency Board Notes on the Restoration of Felon Civil Rights, 2007
From: Florida. Governor 2007: Crist (Series S 2068).