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University Archives & Special Collections

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


Fitzgerald Fish Book Exhibit

Currently on display is the exhibit “Ichthyology in Print (1554-2004): the Gerald F. and Marjorie G. Fitzgerald Fish Book Collection.” The 142-volume collection provides examples of five centuries of Western printmaking, typography, and bookbinding. The monographs, printed in seven languages, are an exemplary compilation of fish scholarship, including pre-Linnaean (pre-1735) naturalists Pierre Belon, Ippolito Salviani, and Guillaume Rondelet. The additional seminal works Piscium, Serpentum, Insectorum, written and illustrated by Mark Catesby, and Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische, written by Marcus Bloch, are also on display. Gerald F. and his wife Marjorie G. Fitzgerald graciously donated the Fish Book Collection to Florida Gulf Coast University Library in 2009.


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

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.

The University Archives and Special Collections Department supports active learning and engagement through biannual exhibitions in our gallery and reading room.


University Archives & Special Collections EAD Finding Aids

The finding aids will allow you to explore and search the collections. The current finding aids are not representative of the total FGCU University Archives and Special Collections. Check back often we are continually working to make them available.

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.

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