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Rare Book Collections

An introduction to the major rare book collections held in FSU Special Collections & Archives

Florida Collection


Columbia County: The Gateway into Florida. Florida County and City Histories, 1922. Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida.

The Florida Collection comprises over 6,000 books and periodicals about Florida and by Florida authors. These materials include such topics as local history, guidebooks, cookbooks, business directories, politics, Native Americans, archaeology, and the environment.

Locating Materials in the Florida Collection

Steps for searching the Florida Collection:

  1. Open the library catalog Advanced Search
  2. Type “Florida Collection” in the keyword box, including quotes
  3. Select “Strozier, Special Collections” from the Location drop-down menu
  4. Click “Search”

When searching the library's catalog for rare books, it can be useful to search for subject headings and limit the location to "Special Collections." Books tagged with these subject headings may also have other relevant tags that you can browse through as well.

Early Florida

  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Florida
  • Florida -- Discovery and exploration
  • Florida -- colonization
  • Florida -- History -- Spanish Colony

Tallahassee History

  • Tallahassee (Fla.) -- History
  • Leon County (Fla.) -- History.

Florida Industry & Agriculture

  • Railroads -- Florida
  • Agriculture -- Florida
  • Industries -- Florida

The Civil War in Florida

  • Slavery
  • Florida--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Florida--Politics and government--1861-1865
  • Confederate States of America--History
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)

Florida Politics

  • Florida--Politics and government
  • Florida--Politics and government--1821-1865
  • Florida--Politics and government--1865-1950
  • Florida--Politics and government--1951-

To find digitized selections from the Florida Collection, search the Florida History and Heritage collections.

Special Collections & Archives

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