Special Collections & Archives (SCA) is a division of FSU Libraries. The mission of SCA is the preservation of rare and unusual books and original primary source materials, as well as facilitating research through providing access to these materials. SCA collaborates with other departments to provide instruction that gives students an introduction to primary source literacy and they also support active learning and discovery through exhibitions and other programs. The division includes several areas that work towards these goals: the Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Heritage & University Archives (HUA), The Claude Pepper Library, and the Digital Library Center.
SCA’s collections of unique manuscripts, historic maps, rare books, photographs, and university archives offer abundant opportunities for discovery and scholarship.Their collecting strengths include: Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, political papers, artists’ books, children’s literature, Florida history, Southern business history, and the history of Florida State University. However, our 90,000 volumes and over one million manuscript items cover more than just these strengths. If you are interested in learning more about Special Collections & Archives, click here. If you would like to search our collections further, click here. Finally, if you are interested in instruction with SCA, click here.
Image: "Wakulla Springs, 20 Miles South of Tallahassee, Fla," Heritage Protocol Postcard Collection. Heritage & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/1927510.
Image: "Kaarte van de Golf van Mexico en het Zuyd America: waar in Porto-Bello en Panama aangewezen werden," Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_G43901700R8.
Image: "Saturn V Moon Rocket," Claude Pepper Papers, Claude Pepper Library, Florida State University Libraries. http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSUPhotoF(01).
Image: "Greetings From Tallahassee, Florida," Heritage Protocol Postcard Collection. Heritage & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/1927503.
Image: "Document citing medical absence for Lieutenant Hugh Black," Captain Hugh Black Papers, 1840-1913, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/2877032.
Image: "Florida NOW News: National Organization of Women," National Organization for Women, Tallahassee Chapter Records, Claude Pepper Library, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_MSS2008003_B17_F08_001.
FSU Libraries Catalog Advanced Search - https://fsu.catalog.fcla.edu/fs.jsp?ADV=S
The FSU Libraries Catalog is the best source of information on rare books collections. It also includes description of some archival collections, with links out to finer description in the Finding Aid Database (see below).
Finding Aid Database - https://archives.lib.fsu.edu
The Finding Aid Database is the best source of information about our archives collections.
Digital Library - http://diginole.lib.fsu.edu/digital_library
The FSU Digital Library Includes digital copies of Special Collections & Archives items, born-digital collections, and digital objects hosted for other organizations
Keywords are what we use to search databases, but rarely does a single keyword produce perfect or complete results. Resources may not be described how you expect, and this is why approaching a search with multiple terms will produce the best outcome.
When formulating keywords, focus on:
Research Question: What is the history of the Everglades and how are they a unique ecosystem?
Keywords: Everglades, Florida, swamp, marsh, wetlands, mangroves, ecosystem, flood control, Lake Okeechobee, Florida Bay, cypress, Miami, manatees, alligators, sawgrass, Kissimmee River, biodiversity, coastal prairie, aquifer, environmental restoration