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State Archives of Florida Online Catalog

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The Online Catalog allows searching and browsing of information about the Florida State Archives’ holdings of over 48,000 cubic feet of state and local government records and historical manuscripts. The catalog provides descriptions of over 3,400 collections and lists the contents of containers and folders in many of those collections. For assistance with accessing and using State Archives collections, call our Reference Staff at 850.245.6719 or email us at

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  1. Select your search options.
  2. Enter your search terms into any of the search boxes below.(Search Tips, Types of Searches)
Level of detail of search:
Display Options:
Keyword:(searches across all fields)
examples: cabinet     welfare     regents
examples: "capital punishment"     education
examples: "employment survey files"     minutes
examples: "dept of corrections"     "knott family"
Personal name:
examples: "bolton, roxcy"     "yulee, david"
Corporate/conference name:
examples: "university of florida"     "lewis state bank"
examples: photographs     "audio tapes"     "census maps"
Date/date range
examples: 1860 to 1880     1929     (use for Series/Collection level searches only)
Call number
"L 346"   "S 1256"   "R HADM"   "T SGAC"   "M92-1"   "N2000-3"
Important: Use quotation marks and proper formatting.

Search Tips
  • Use AND, OR, NOT, and ( ) to narrow or broaden your search:
    • "capital punishment" and minorities [narrows search to records having both terms]
    • "political ethics" or "misconduct in office" [broadens search to records having either term]
    • hunting not license [narrows search to records having the first term but not the second]
    • ("folk music" or gospel) and dance [retrieves records with either of the parenthetical terms and the term outside the parentheses]
  • Use * to truncate and search varying forms of a word:
    • transport* (will search transport, transporting, transportation, etc.)
  • If you enter terms into more than one box, the search will retrieve records matching both search terms.
  • To search a date range, use "to" between the beginning and ending dates.
Types of Searches
Keyword - any type of term (name, subject, title, etc.) found in any field of catalog record
Subject - topical areas covered by records in the series or collection
Title - the name of a series, collection, record group, container, file folder, or item
Creator - agency or organization that created or received and maintained a series or collection
Personal name - name of an individual or family
Corporate/conference name - name of any government or private organization
Genre/form - physical or intellectual form of records (e.g. diaries, photographs, deeds, maps)
Date/date range - a year or range of years covered by the records
Call number - unique indentification number assigned to each series, collection, or record group