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Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Resources for faculty who want to add sustainability to their curriculum in almost any discipline.


image of the front entrance/reading room for University Archives and Special CollectionsThe University Archives is the official repository of records for Florida Gulf Coast University and serves as its institutional memory. The Special Collections curates a collection of rare and unique materials documenting the cultural and environmental history of Southwest Florida. Our team works to expand and preserve our collections, develop scholarly resources, and provide global access to the collections through DigitalFGCU

Due to our focus on the cultural and environmental history of Southwest Florida, many of our materials within University Archives and Special Collections can be used to incorporate primary sources into your courses and co-curricular activities.

Collections Related to Sustainability and the Environment

image of  the Everglades Pineland Trail

Big Cypress Collection

The Big Cypress Collection is a photo-journal displaying the former and current state of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Located in Southwest Florida, it is an extension of the U.S. Park Service. A diverse array of native wildlife can be located in the state park, which also provides freshwater for multiple estuaries along Florida's coast. 

Digital Collection

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Ellen Peterson Collection

The Ellen Peterson Collection includes the scrapbook and journal from her national bike trip, family photos, and correspondence from various stages of her life. Also included are projector slides, Sierra Club awards, an energy map of SW Florida, posters, bumper stickers, Happehatchee flyers, and pictures of her Florida home which later became a part of Happehatchee. The largest part of this collection are newspapers documenting her effort to save the planet.

Finding Aid | Digital Collection

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Kevin Erwin Environmental Ecology Collection

The Kevin Erwin Collection consists of personal papers, correspondence, field notes, and documents regarding Kevin Erwins' personal career as well as investigations, cases, photographs, publications, and administrative records documenting Erwins' career as a world-renown consulting ecologist.

Finding Aid

title image of a report titled with map titled  Water Management Study West Central Charlotte County Phase II with Charlotte County map in background

Southwest Florida Environmental Collection

This collection contains reports and surveys related to the environment, environmental impact, and development of Southwest Florida.

Digital Collection

early photo of FGCU from approximately 1997

University Site Selection & Development

This collection consists of documents regarding university site selection in southwest Florida, including site submissions, site proposals, and contractor correspondence. It also includes documents on the development of FGCU from 1992 through 1998.

Finding Aid

The Team

Meet the Archives Team

Melissa Minds Vandeburgt, MLIS (she/her)

Head of University Archives and Special Collections
239.590.7658 |

Victoria Jones, MA, MLIS (she/her)

University Archivist 
239.590.7614 |

Emily Murray (she/her)

Library Projects Coordinator
239.745.4271 |

Bailey Rodgers, MIS (she/her)

Archives Coordinator
239.745.4472 |

Olivia Bechdel (she/her)

Archival Assistant

Jonathan Farquhar (he/him)

Archival Assistant

Cheyenne Middleton (she/her)

Archival Assistant

Cameron Smith (he/him)

Archival Assistant

Alejandra Velez (she/her)

Archival Assistant

archives crew performing research

photo of the archives team