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!

New Acquisitions in Black Literature and Culture

Each year the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History adds to library holdings focused on biography, social sciences, and literature & culture of Black history around the state. Rare or limited edition books are held in the P.K. Yonge Library, while general works are made available for loans and circulation.

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Places to Start

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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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.

In the News: Additions to “Pioneer Days in Florida”

Our graduate research assistant , Rachel Laue, discusses some of the work she is doing to transcribe the content of manuscripts in our 19th century collections.

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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!

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