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About University History & Records Collections

Our Mission

The mission of Heritage & University Archives is to locate, identify, record, assist in the preservation of, and promote knowledge about the history of Florida State University and its predecessor institutions. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends have expressed this heritage through published, unpublished, audio and visual materials, memorabilia, ceremonial objects, and official university records.

Heritage & University Archives is part of the Special Collections & Archives Division of the University Libraries.

What We Do

By acquiring, preserving, and making these materials accessible to researchers, the university is able to chronicle and promote its history from its inception as West Florida Seminary in the 1850s to the present. Records in the university archives are generated by the various campus administrative and academic departments, and document the official day to day business of the institution and its administration. These materials are essential in understanding the growth and development of the university.

When Searching the University Archives

Related and similar information is often located in more than one collection or group of items under the umbrella of Florida State University. For example, correspondance about planning Homecoming Week will be located in our Student Government Association Records, University Communications Records, Greek Life organizations, etc. Starting points may direct you to multiple creators of records when searching a particular topic. Please see our Research Guides for further information and assistance.

About The Florida State University Libraries

The mission of the University Libraries is to support and enhance the learning, teaching, research, and service activities of the Florida State University...