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Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives

FGCU Library | 3rd Floor | Room 322 | (239) 590-7658 | Open to the Public: M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibit: Koreshan

The Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives Department of the Florida Gulf Coast University Library advances research by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to original primary source materials.

Special Collections houses rare, fragile, and unique materials including manuscripts, early printed books, photographs, sheet music, and ephemera. The University Archives houses the historical record of Florida Gulf Coast University. Strengths of the collections include Southwest Florida history, forensic anthropology, ichthyology, mid-twentieth century photojournalism, and regional environmental studies. If you are interested in donating to our collections, please see our donation guidelines.

FGCU Library Biannual Exhibitions

The University Archives and Special Collections Department supports active learning and engagement through biannual exhibitions in our third floor galleries and first floor reference area. Exhibitions highlight FGCU's special collections as well as traveling exhibts and collections on loan from other libraries and museums.

Finding Aids for University Archives & Special Collections

The online finding aids will allow you to explore and search collections which are physically located on the 3rd floor for viewing by appointment. The current finding aids are not representative of the total FGCU University Archives and Special Collections. Check back often as we are continually working to make them available.


The Florida Gulf Coast University Digital Library provides online access to unique manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, rare books, historic maps and other materials from the FGCU library and beyond. Our goal is to support active learning and engagement by providing ample opportunities for discovery and scholarship. In order to achieve this goal, our digital library is constantly adding new resources, including the newly digitized Dr. William R. Maples collection, a portion of which is currently on display at the University Archives and Special Collections.

PALMM Collections (Publication of Archival Library & Museum Materials)

A cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. Projects may involve a single university or may be collaborative efforts between a university and partners within or outside of the state university system.

To schedule appointments or class sessions, please contact Melissa VandeBurgt at (239) 590-7658.