The Online Classroom is designed to help educators use photographs, documents, sound recordings and film footage from the State Library and Archives of Florida.
The Online Classroom also showcases collaborative projects between the State Library and Archives of Florida and Florida schools. These projects help students make a personal connection to the primary source documents that tell the stories of their communities.
Photographs and documents from the State Library and Archives of Florida are placed together with background information.
The Florida Seminoles
This unit introduces major themes, events, and individuals in Seminole history using primary sources from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida.Read More
Florida in the Civil War
Read letters, diaries ("I forgot to mention that President Lincoln and some of his cabinet were assassinated on Saturday night.") and official records.Read More
Mary McLeod Bethune
Bethune was active in the struggle for civil rights and served as an unofficial advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.Read More
The Cigar Industry Changes Florida
In the decades after the Civil War, cigar making became one of the most important industries in the southeastern United States.Read More
Using primary source documents gives students the power to analyze history as historians do.
Primary sources are created in the moment of the historical event being studied. These primary source sets contain documents and photos arranged by topic that teachers can use in their lesson plans. Each set is accompanied by a teacher's guide containing historical context, teaching suggestions, and relevant NGSSS and Florida Standards.
Tallahassee Bus Boycott
Reverend C. K. Steele and Reverend H. McNeal Harris (pastor of Bethel AME church) protested segregated seating on Tallahassee city buses by sitting in the middle instead of at the back of the bus.Read More
The Tallahassee Ten
In June 1961 Interfaith Freedom Riders challenged segregated interstate buses by traveling from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida.Read More
Patricia and Priscilla Stephens and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
In the summer of 1959, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized the Miami Interracial Action Institute and taught attendees principles of non-violent direct action to combat inequality in the South.Read More
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Florida
From 1972 to 1982, Florida lawmakers addressed the question of whether to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The amendment proposed that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex." Floridians' response to the ERA mirrored the national divide over the amendment's message on gender equality.Read More
This is a list of resources available online from the State Library and Archives of Florida relating to topics in Florida history. Additional resources are available at the State Library and Archives of Florida in Tallahassee.
Florida History Day, which is sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, is an annual statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary school levels. A Florida History Day entry can address any person, event or idea from any time or place in history, but it must relate to the theme Breaking Barriers in History.
Resources for several topics in Florida history have been identified. This list is not comprehensive. Once you have a topic in mind, try searching all of Florida Memory for additional resources.
Explore a few examples of Florida's American history and culture.
- Asian Pacific
- Black History
- Hispanic Heritage
- Native American Heritage
- Women's History
The month of May was chosen as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
The list below features resources on African American history from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida. Black history in Florida is especially rich, dating back to the early 16th century. These resources attest to the struggles and triumphs of persons of African descent in Florida history.
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Two federally recognized tribes, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Indians, call Florida home today. Additionally, there are many urban tribal citizens who live in the state; the 2010 U.S. census documented over 160,000 Native American or Alaska Native peoples in Florida.
In 1971, the United States Congress designated August 26 as Women's Equality Day in commemoration of the 51st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The designation commended women and women's organizations, the historic triumph of women's suffrage, and reminded the nation of the continued fight for equal rights.
Collaborative projects between the State Library and Archives of Florida and Florida schools.
This step-by-step guide will help you find your family history using primary source documents.Read More
Digital storytelling is a way to tell a story using images, video, audio and music.Digital storytelling is a way to tellRead More
Florida Then and Now
This project documents change in Florida cities, towns, communities and landscapes from a student perspective.Read More