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Florida State Heritage & University Archives

Find resources to learn about the history of Florida State University and its predecessor institutions.

Welcome to the Heritage & University Archives Research Guide

Westcott in 1946

Westcott (1946), Florida State University Historical Photograph Collection, 


Materials in our collections encompass a wide range of topics from the official papers of past university administrators to handmade student scrapbooks.  

  • All of our collections can be searched using our finding aid database, ArchiveSpace, and our library catalog.
  • All of our holdings, including the photographs and collections referenced in this guide, are physically available through the Special Collections & Archives Research Center located on the main floor of Strozier Library on Florida State University’s Tallahassee campus. 
  • Some of our materials are available in FSU's digital library, DigiNole.


The Heritage Museum and the Norwood Reading Room are public spaces that are part of Heritage & University Archives.

  • The Heritage Museum is located in Dodd Hall, which was the library for Florida State College for Women and then FSU from 1923 to 1956. Exhibits in the museum display photographs, ephemera, and artifacts that document the history of FSU.
  • The Norwood Reading room is located on the second floor of Strozier Library and is a quiet space dedicated to the founder of Heritage & University Archives, Mary Lou Norwood. This space also features an annually rotating exhibition that showcases Florida State University related materials. 

Please visit our website to learn more about our program or contact Sandra Varry, Heritage & University Archivist.

Heritage & University Archivist

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Sandra Varry
Strozier Library
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Special Collections & Archives

Special Collections & Archives spaces are closed to the public at this time. For latest updates on SCA public services, please visit our Services Page or contact us at

FSU Library Catalog
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Finding Aid Database
FSU Digital Library

Guide Authors

Mary Kate Downing (2016)
Paige Downey (2020)
Kacee Reguera (2020)




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