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Voices of the First Coast

Voices of the First Coast is a local initiative modeled after StoryCorps, a nationwide story project, designed to record, preserve and share the stories from our local community. Jacksonville Public Library and the local National Public Radio station WJCT collaborated to capture these oral histories of Northeast Florida. Voices of the …

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Voices of the First Coast

Loyd Sandgren Photography Collection

Loyd Sandgren (1916-2001) was a Jacksonville-based commercial photographer who primarily worked from the 1940s through the 1990s. After his death in 2001, the Jacksonville Public Library acquired a collection of over 14,000 prints and thousands of negatives from his family. These are archived in cold storage as part of the Jacksonville …

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Loyd Sandgren Photography Collection

Rufus E. Payne

Personal papers of Rufus E. Payne, the first superintendent of Negro schools in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rufus E. Payne

Boat Excursions NE Florida

This collection contains photographs taken during trips on the St. Johns River and surrounding waterways in NE Florida. The originals were donated to the Jacksonville Public Library and are archived in the Florida Special Collection Department. 

Boat Excursions NE Florida

American Civil War Memorabilia

Items held by the Jacksonville Public Library Florida Collection related to the American Civil War. 

American Civil War Memorabilia

Jacksonville Public Library System

Photographs of Jacksonville Public Library buildings, staff, and events.

Jacksonville Public Library System

Jacksonville Newspaper Indexes

The Jacksonville Newspaper Indexes were created to supplement the local newspapers: The Jacksonville Journal,  The Florida Times-Union, and The Florida Times-Union Star Edition. They include reference to news stories and vital statistics of the day, such as: crimes and trials, construction of buildings and roadways, death notices and …

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Jacksonville Newspaper Indexes

Great Fire of 1901

This collection contains original hand-written and typed telegraphic correspondence, and photographs related to the Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida. On Friday, May 3, 1901, flames engulfed the vibrant young southern city of Jacksonville, Florida. The fire began around 12:30 p.m. and burned until 8:30 p.m. When the flames …

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Great Fire of 1901

Postcard Collection

This collection holds postcards that were donated or purchased for Jacksonville Public Library. The originals are held in the Special Collections Department of the Library. 

Postcard Collection

Stereograph Collection

This collection holds stereographs that were donated to the Jacksonville Public Library. The originals are held in the Special Collections Department of the Main Library.

Stereograph images consist of two drawings, or photographs, of the same view or object from slightly different angles, set side-by-side on a stereocard. Looking at …

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Stereograph Collection

Lewis Ansbacher Collection

The Lewis Ansbacher Collection contains maps and engravings donated to the Jacksonville Public Library through the generosity of the Lewis and Sybil Ansbacher Family Foundation; Sybil Ansbacher, wife of the late Mr. Lewis Ansbacher; and his brother, Jordan Ansbacher.

The map collection includes antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida …

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Lewis Ansbacher Collection

Jacksonville City Directories

This collection holds reproductions of the Jacksonville City Directories. The originals are held in the Special Collections Department of the Main Library.

Jacksonville City Directories

Jacksonville Black History Calendars

The African-American History calendar for Florida's First Coast was initially conceived by Dr. Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Florida State College at Jacksonville (formerly Florida Community College at Jacksonville) and Mrs. Clovia Russell, AT&T (formerly Southern Bell) in 1989. Their idea was to present biographical sketches of …

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Jacksonville Black History Calendars

Florida Collection Photographs and Slides

Photographs and slides in the Jacksonville Public Library Florida Collection. 

Florida Collection Photographs and Slides

Jacksonville Florida Neighborhoods

Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida, is a jewel of the Sunshine State that has changed so much over the years. Founded in 1791, it is important for Jacksonville to have an abundance of photographs to archive the city’s rich history. By viewing old photos of Jacksonville, people can learn about the history of the city and how much …

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Jacksonville Florida Neighborhoods

Jacksonville Civil Rights History

Council President Anna Brosche introduced legislation to the Jacksonville City Council to appoint a Task Force on Civil Rights History in February 2018, which was passed unanimously upon introduction. The Task Force undertook an in-depth review of Jacksonville's history with regard to events, persons, places, themes and causes …

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Jacksonville Civil Rights History

1960 City Hall Time Capsule, Jacksonville Florida

A time capsule was discovered in the cornerstone of the former City Hall on Bay Street when the Public Works crew conducted pre-demolition work on the building. The time capsule had been placed there in October 1960 by the then-mayor Haydon Burns. On October 3, 2018 the current mayor Lenny Curry had the pleasure of opening the …

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1960 City Hall Time Capsule, Jacksonville Florida

Jacksonville Public Library Rare Books Collection

The Digital Collection contains materials selected from the Jacksonville Public Library (FL) Special Collections Department highlighted and made available to the public. This material is in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

Jacksonville Public Library Rare Books Collection

Jacksonville Public Library Board of Library Trustees

A collection of minutes from the monthly meetings of the Jacksonville Public Library Board of Library Trustees (BOLT).  

Jacksonville Public Library Board of Library Trustees

Emerson Jones Collection

Emerson Louis Jones was a local portrait and wedding photographer in Jacksonville, Florida. and the Washington, D.C. areas. The collection includes biographical information and examples of his photography including social gatherings and fashions of the 1960’s and ‘70s.  

Emerson Jones Collection

New Stanton High School

The original Stanton School was both the first school for African American children in Jacksonville and the first in the state of Florida. The school was named for Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War. The first two buildings were destroyed by fire, but the third was used for 15 years after which point it began to …

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New Stanton High School

Hamilton Jay Collection

A scrapbook of newspaper articles collected/written by Florida poet and editor of The Florida Times-Union from 1888-1899: Hamilton Jay.

Hamilton Jay Collection

Cross-Florida Barge Canal

The Cross-Florida Barge Canal was conceived back in 1567 by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, but did not come to (partial) fruition until the 1930s. As part of the “New Deal” program initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt, workers flocked to North Florida to begin the project. The intention was to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Gulf …

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Cross-Florida Barge Canal

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Our Digital Collections contain materials selected from the Jacksonville Public Library (FL) Special Collections Department highlighted and made available to the public via the Internet. The material is in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

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