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Florida State University Historical Photograph Collection

Identifier: HUA 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.

Online Copies Available

Select materials from the Florida State University Historical Photograph Collection have been digitized and are available through the FSU Digital Library.


  • Creation: 1880-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1910-1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply to works in this collection. Re-use or copying beyond Fair Use may require permission from the rights-holder. Please contact for more information.


246 boxes

Language of Materials



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.

Custodial History

Date accessioned: 2016/01/21

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Reading Room

Related Materials

Related FSU photographic collections can be found in this repository:

  • Heritage Protocol Postcard Collection, 1916-1970, HP-2007-00P,
  • Florida Flambeau/FSView Photograph Collection, 1970-1999, MSS 2006-01,
  • Author
    Billy Glasco, Ben Yadon, David Rodriguez, Jeffrey Henley
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    Repository Details

    Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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