Special & Area Studies Collections

Our department is home to substantial holdings of rare print, maps, archives, and manuscripts, as well as interdisciplinary collections pertaining to geographical, national or cultural regions. Our materials and personnel advance the University’s research mission and spark the minds of its students.

what’s new

Painting St. Augustine

Category: Exhibits

A selection of over twenty paintings of the historic city is now on display in the Governor’s House Library.

A Street Scene from St. Augustine, Florida, Painted by Emmett Fritz

Recently Processed, Expanded or Revised…

Category: Collections

The following collections in the Special and Area Studies Department have been recently processed, expanded or revised at the University of Florida.

1937 reenactment of the Battle of San Juan (1625) at El Morro.

“Political” Theater

Category: From the Blog

Our Popular Culture Curator explores the connections between stage and statehouse in our collection of historical playbills and theater programs.

Cast of the Play "Of Thee I Sing"

New Video

Capturing History at the University of Florida:
Sarah Coates, our Interim University Archivist, shares how her work preserves the everyday stories of the university.

our spaces

Smathers Grand Reading Room
The Grand Reading Room, on the second floor of Smathers Library

Reading Room Hours

For holiday and intersession hours please see, https://ufl.libcal.com/hours.

Map & Imagery Library (First Floor)
8am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday
Email mapsref@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance.

Grand Reading Room (Second Floor)
9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Email special@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance and to make a research appointment.

Judaica Suite (Second Floor)
Without Appointment: 9am – 4pm Friday
By Appointment, email rjefferson@ufl.edu

LACC Reading Room (Third Floor)
8am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday
Email lacref@uflib.uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance.

our department & building

Our Department

Who We Are

We promote, preserve, and grow our collections to create new knowledge from old.

A display of pop-up books from the Baldwin Childrens Library

contact us


Special and Area Studies Collections Faculty and Staff

Detail of Hobrook mural with self-portrait