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University Archives & Special Collections

The University Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only from:

May 6th - August 16th 

If you have any research inquiries, you can schedule an appointment with us. If you need research assistance or have general questions, please email us at


Archives Vault

Have a research project and need primary sources? The Archives can help! Schedule an appointment today to assist with your research. To learn more about the collections and how the Archives can help you, visit using the archives.

Koreshan Unity and Highway 41

The Koreshan Collection documents the daily life of the Koreshan Unity settlement of Estero. Founded by Dr. Cyrus Teed in the late 19th century, the commune quickly grew into a self-reliant township complete with a functioning economy and source of electricity. The collection is available to view either on DigitalFGCU or on the FGCU Finding Aid. 


Calling All FGCU Alumni!

As the official source of institutional memory, the Florida Gulf Coast University Archives regularly collects materials related to our students, culture, and alumni. The University Archives houses over 200 linear feet of documents, photographs, memorabilia, and publications related to the history of Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, please visit our Alumni page.

Make a donation today!

Your gift allows the University Archives and Special Collections to continue to provide access to rare and unique collections documenting the cultural and environmental history of Southwest Florida, museum-quality exhibitions, and educational programming.

For monetary donations, visit "Give to the Library" and specify "University Archives and Special Collections" as the gift designation. We thank you for your support!

For more information on physical donations, visit the archives "Donation Policies" and "Collection Policy".