The State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the governmental records of the Sunshine State. It also holds manuscript collections from private citizens, local government records, photographs and other historically significant items relating to Florida. Florida Memory is made up of collections found in the Archives, but it constitutes less than 2% of the Archives’ total holdings.
A visit to the State Archives can yield a wealth of information on topics in genealogy, local history and the broader history of the state. Use the collection guides on this page to help you prepare for research on some of our most popular topics. You can also use the Archives’ online catalog to browse specific collections or search for a particular person, place, or event. We have provided a few tips here to help you get the most out of your catalog search.
The State Archives maintains a publicly accessible online catalog of its holdings. Save time and get the maximum benefit out of your visit to the Archives by searching the catalog before you arrive to determine which collections you would like to see.