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University Archives & Special Collections

Archives Vault

Archives Research Appointment

Have a research project and need primary sources? The Archives can help! Make 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

Highlights from our Collections

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!

Visit "Giving to the Library" and specify the "University Archives and Special Collections" as the gift 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.

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.