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Koreshan exhibit viewing

The Mission

The University Archives & Special Collections of Florida Gulf Coast University's Bradshaw Library advances research and serves the Southwest Florida Community by acquiring, preserving, and providing public access to original primary source materials.

The University Archives is the official institutional repository of records for Florida Gulf Coast University and serves as its institutional memory. The Special Collections focuses on rare books, artists' books, and materials documenting the cultural and environmental history of Southwest Florida. Our librarians, staff, and interns work to preserve our collections, develop scholarly resources, and provide global access to the collections through DigitalFGCU. Two museum-quality exhibitions are available to the public each year, curated to highlight the collections and engage our Southwest Florida community.



Due to COVID-19 the University Archives and Special Collections' reading room and gallery is temporarily closed to the public. Research services and access to the collections is by appointment only. We look forward to assisting you with your research needs and will do everything in our power to provide you with the resources you need.

Contact us at or 239-745-4472

ASCDI Reception