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

From Our Blog: The Redoubtable Mary Boyd

Rachel Laue, our graduate assistant, recounts the story of a northern woman come South, who confronts the challenges of hard-scrabble life in the river port town of Palatka during the second half of the 19th century. From a memoir Boyd wrote for her daughters –

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Get Reference or Research Help

We’re happy to answer emails or consult with you online! You can reach James Cusick, curator, at and Bridget Bihm-Manual, collection coordinator, at – 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.

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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