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University Archives & Special Collections

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About the Collections

Special Collections

The Special Collections at FGCU houses a variety of materials related to the history of Southwest Florida as well as materials from around the world. Researchers can find materials that explore the American Association of University Women, the research of Kevin Erwin into Environmental Ecology, Racial and Social Justice issues in Florida, and a robust collection documenting the Koreshan Unity among others. Explore and search special collections which are physically located in the Archive by visiting our Finding Aids.

University Archives

The FGCU University Archives documents the history and culture of FGCU, its students, and the wider community. In the University Archives, researchers can find information on the establishment of the University and collections related to the President's Office, Athletics, Student Organizations, and departments across campus. Explore and search FGCU University documents, photographs, and ephemera which are physically located in the Archive by visiting our Finding Aids

Digital Collections

Many of our collections can be found, in part or wholly, online through DigitalFGCU. Researchers can find images related to the Koreshan Unity, gain access to our Florida Postcard Collection and the Minnie L. Gatewood Diaries, selections from our manuscript collection, as well as documents and images related to the history of FGCU. Online access to hundreds of unique manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, and other materials from the FGCU community, the Library’s Special Collections, local cultural heritage organizations can be found by visiting DigitalFGCU.

Using the FGCU Archives

Using primary source material for research is different from other resources offered in the rest of the library. Materials located in Special Collections and University Archives cannot be taken outside of the archives reading room. Because all research must be completed in the Reading Room, it is good practice to review the FGCU Archives and Special Collections Finding Aid and prepare a research plan to make the most of your time in the reading room.

photo of the rare books in the archive's vault