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Florida State University Historical Photograph Collection

Identifier: 00-HPUA 2016-003

Scope and Contents

The Florida State University Historical Photograph Collection is a large and diverse array of visual materials ranging from the late-19th to the 21st century. Formats represented include black and white and color photographic prints; 35mm, 120mm, and 4x5 acetate negatives; and other various kinds of small photographic ephemera including postcards, leaflets, and promotional materials. The bulk of this collection was produced by an official Florida State University entity or department with the express purpose of publication, dissemination, or otherwise public-facing service for the University.

The majority of photographs pertain to specific academic departments, student clubs and activities, athletics organizations, and faculty and staff. The collection mostly covers the 20th century, encompassing the formation and existence of Florida State College for Women (FSCW, 1905 - 1947) to the creation and growth of Florida State University (1947 – Present). There are also some materials related to West Florida Seminary (1884-1901) and Florida State College (1901-1905). Date ranges for specific folders have been provided where appropriate and applicable.


  • Created: 1880s - 2010s
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1910s - 1990s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

For publication, please request permission from the University Archivist.


228.00 boxes

Arrangement Note

This collection is organized into five series: General Subjects, Buildings, Faculty, Presidents, and Negatives. The Negatives series has been separated based on format and housing concerns. The remaining four series contain photographic prints and other visual ephemera. Some series have been sub-divided based on the subject-matter.

Related Materials

Heritage Protocol General Photograph Collection – HP-2007-00G Heritage Protocol Postcard Collection, 1916-1970 – HP-2007-00P Florida Flambeau/FSView Photograph Collection, 1970-1999 – MSS 2006-012
Florida State University Historical Photograph Collection
Billy Glasco, Ben Yadon, and David Rodriguez
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US