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Special Collections

African-American Collection

Image of Influential African Americans

Discover the rich cultural Influence of people of African Americans in Northeast Florida.  Through books, pamphlets, photographs, newspapers, documents, microforms, and multimedia, the African-American Collection brings to life the historical, social, civic, religious, economic and cultural life of African-Americans.

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Ansbacher Map Collection

It all started with the gift of an antique map from his son.  After that, local attorney Lewis Ansbacher collected historical maps for years to come.  The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection features more than 240 antiquarian maps from around the world, in addition to historical views and plates focusing on North Florida.

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Artwork and Exhibits in the Libraries

augusta savage sculpture

The Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) is pleased to provide space for exhibits that support its mission to enrich lives, build community, and foster success by bringing people, information, and ideas together.

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Delius Collection

Frederick Delius, c.1907 from a postcard in the Grainger Museum

The prodigious British composer Frederick Delius began his musical career on the St. Johns River when he traveled from England to Jacksonville to learn how to cultivate oranges for his businessman father.  Away from the disapproving eye of his family, Delius secretly studied musical theory and composition.  One of the composer's early and more popular works, Florida Suite, was inspired by the life and sounds found on his plantation.

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Digital Library Collection

Hemming Park aerial view

Go beyond the wall with out Digital library Collection where access to unique, rare, and fragile materials is right at your fingertips.  By digitizing selected materials the citizens of Jacksonville and individuals throughout the world have unlimited access to books and other materials restricted because of their scarcity and fragile nature.

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Florida Collection

Ponce de Leon landing in Florida

Curious about the 1901 fire that destroyed downtown?  Want to find out the name of the first motion picture studio opened in Jacksonville?  Ever wonder about the namesakes of our many bridges?

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Genealogy Collection

Genealogy images

The Genealogy Collection houses material relating to Florida and the southeastern United States, with a growing body of material on the Mid-Atlantic states and reference materials for the original 13 colonies.

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Government Documents Collection

Federal Depository Library logo

Looking for information on economics, geography, history or horticulture?

All branches of government publish information on a wide range of topics in a variety of formats.  The Jacksonville Public Library is a selective depository of the Federal Depository Library Program.  Many of the materials released by the U.S. Government Publishing Office are housed in our Government Documents Collection.

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Holocaust Collection

Entrance to Auschwitz

The Holocaust Collection is a selection of resources documenting one of the most horrific events in human history.  The collection ctalogues the history, events and aftermath of the Holocaust through books, recordings, films and other materials, including eyewitness accounts from 16 local Holocaust survivors.  Testimonials are available on DVD.

Located in the Grand Reading Room, the Holocaust Collection is made possible in partnership with Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative.

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Jacques Le Moyne Engravings

Special Collections Gallery

The Ansbacher Map Collection has a small collection of the Le Moyne/De Bry engravings located in the fourth-floor gallery in the Special Collections department.  The engravings have been assigned numbers starting with number 1 (closest to the entrance on the left as you enter) and ending with number 45 (on the right as you exit the gallery).

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