The P.K. Yonge Library – Your Journey into Florida History

From the prehistory revealed by archaeology, through 300 years of colonial history, and across Florida’s journey in the 19th and 20th centuries – we collect and preserve our state’s fascinating heritage. Whether it’s for research, classes, or public programs, talk to us about your interests and visit us online and at the University of Florida!

What’s New

By ma Gabrielle Bernasol

A Student’s View of the Collections

Our student assistant, who has been working closely with our collections for two years, talks about some of her favorite finds, from books on early Florida to stereoviews and photographs to hand-made books.

Conquistador on horse

By Rachel Laue

Catching a Murderer in 1885

A first-hand account of a murder and manhunt through the swamps of nineteenth-century Florida. From the correspondence of Pliny Reasoner, learn about the Sarasota Assassination Society, a gang of men in Manatee County who terrorized their community in the 1880s, killing more than seven men before finally being brought to justice.

Catching a Murderer

Florida LGBTQ+ Collection

The Yonge Library is assembling newsletters and periodicals from the 1970s and 1980s focused on LGBTQ+ rights and issues in Florida. We are looking to expand this collection, if you have runs of publications that were published here in Florida. Time period – second half of the twentieth century.

Pride March

By Lee Hoffman

The Great Speckled Bird and Florida

Our spring semester intern gives us an overview of the 1972 run of The Great Speckled Bird, the classic alternative press newspaper out of Atlanta. The Bird was a major voice of protest, counter-culture, and opposition to the Viet Nam War.

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Lost Communities of Florida

See some of the places that have disappeared from Florida, recovered in images and texts. Curated by Bridget Bihm-Manual and Hank Young. Exhibit Opening by Zoom, with Josh Goodman, Archives Historian, State Archives of Florida, January 25, 2022.

Exhibit Flyer

Get Reference or Research Help

We’re happy to answer emails or consult with you online! You can reach James Cusick, curator, at jgcusick@ufl.edu and Bridget Bihm-Manual, collection coordinator, at bmbm@ufl.edu – or thru the contact information at the link below.

Visit Our Digital Collections

Many of our manuscripts, letters, and diaries are now online, along with graphic arts collections like our citrus labels. See the artwork of Emma Chandler, John Rogers Vinton, and others.

a tourist map of florida

Find Florida History on the Web

We have created a guide for you that features lots of organizations and online websites dedicated to Florida’s history. Whether you are doing thesis research, writing a term paper, or pursuing a personal interest, start here!

Sources for research