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University Archives & Special Collections

Visit "Giving to the Library" to make a donation.

Be sure to specify the "University Archives and Special Collections" as the designation. 

Your gift allows us 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.

Archives Vault

Archives Research Appointment

The University Archives and Special Collections are here to help!

Have a research project and need some primary sources? The Archives can help! Make an appointment with us today to assist you 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

Highlights from our Collections

Special Collections Highlight: The Koreshan Collection 

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. In 1961, the remaining members donated the land site to the State of Florida for historic preservation. The Koreshan State Park is open to the public daily. The collection is available to view either on DigitalFGCU or on the FGCU Finding Aid. 


Calling All FGCU Alumni!

University Archives and 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.


Welcome to the University Archives  and Special Collections

The 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.

Our Commitments:

  • Develop archival collections that are equitably representative of all communities residing within Southwest Florida in hopes of spurring crucial conversations and scholarship while contributing to the historical record. 

  • Collect critical resources pertaining to the environmental ecology of Southwest Florida.

  • Foster partnerships through fundraising and donor engagement in an effort to expand access to unique and rare primary resources. 

  • Deliver diverse and inclusive educational programming to FGCU and the Southwest Florida community.