The Department of Special & Area Studies Collections encompasses collections of unique and special types of materials (e.g., rare books, maps, archives, and manuscript collections) and interdisciplinary collections pertaining to geographical, national or cultural regions. The collections directly support a variety of academic disciplines and research programs.
Holdings include disciplinary topics from the natural sciences and applied fields such as agriculture and public health, to the social sciences, humanities, and professions.
The preeminent archives program in Florida and the Caribbean collecting historical records relating to architecture, landscape architecture, planning and design.
Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
Contains more than 115,000 books and periodicals published in the United States and Great Britain from the mid-1600s to present day.
Governor’s House Library
Documents St. Augustine’s built environment and provides invaluable historical information about the city and its inhabitants through time.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
Considered the foremost Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States. With holdings of over 120,000 volumes and digital content.
Latin American and Caribbean Collections
Founded in 1951 to support emerging scholarly interest in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Collection has grown to become one of UF’s preeminent collections.
Archives and manuscripts comprise a significant number of the department’s most heavily accessed primary resource collections.
Map and Imagery Library
The Map & Imagery Library is made up of a number of different collections ranging from recent aerial photography to antique maps.
Panama Canal Museum Collection
A leading research collection for the study of the American era of the Panama Canal. The collection documents the U.S. experience in the Panama Canal Zone.
PK Yonge Library of Florida History
From the prehistory revealed by archaeology, through 300 years of colonial history, and across Florida’s journey in the 19th and 20th centuries .
The archives includes playbills, programs, posters, photographs, costume and stage designs, clippings, newsletters, theatrical scrapbooks, sheet music, recordings, prints, scripts, and advertising circulars.
The Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection illustrates the emergence of literary, cultural, and scientific movements from the late Middle Ages to the present day.
The University’s historically significant public records including files of its past presidents and the papers and records of individuals and organizations associated with the University.