The Special Collections and Archives division includes Special Collections, University Archives, Heritage Protocol, and the Claude Pepper Library. Collections comprise more than half a million items, ranging from ostraka, cuneiform tablets, papyri, illuminated manuscripts, and incunabula to modern artist books, literary manuscripts, and business records.
The primary areas of collection strengths include Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, Florida political collections, Southern business history, literary manuscripts, local and regional history, and the history of Florida State University.
Information about our collections can be found in the FSU Library Catalog, in Archon and in DigiTool. For help searching those systems, please see the instructions below.
To search only items in Special Collections, limit your search to Location: Strozier, Special Collections on the Advanced Search page as seen below.
Archon is our finding aid database. You may search all finding aids by using the top left search bar or you may browse finding aids by repository by selecting Special Collections, Heritage Protocol or Pepper Library and then browsing by title.
Islandora is FSU's Digital Library repository. Here, you have several options for searching. You can use the top search bar to search all collections or within a certain collection. This drop down menu will change as you enter collections by limiting itself to the collection you are in and the collections directly under and above.
You can also use the Advanced Search which allows you to select the fields the search is run within and add more fields to narrow your search as needed. Note: Currently, if you want to run a full text search, it must be done through the Advanced Search interface.
If you are having trouble locating materials, staff are available by phone at (850) 644-3271 or email during weekdays between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Please contact us for further information by the channels listed above or by stopping by Special Collections during our research hours. Telephone, email, and mail inquiries are welcome.